Recently, we reported that Square-Enix’s The Last Remnant was being mysteriously pulled from storefronts. Now we know why, with the announcement of The Last Remnant Remastered, exclusively for the PS4. Many outlets, including us, predicted that a remastered version was probably in development after its disappearance in early September. However, this remaster does contain some factors that are worth discussing.
The teaser that Square-Enix released to announce the remaster doesn’t tell us very much. Presumably it would contain the content added to the PC port, which addressed many complaints of the initial console release. There isn’t much gameplay footage in the trailer, but The Last Remnant’s already great artstyle looks even better on a modern console.
The Last Remnant was initially released on the Xbox 360 in 2008, with a much improved PC port the next year. However, somewhat unusually for a JRPG at the time, it never came to the PS3. PlayStation owners will now have access to the game for the first time on the PS4. It didn’t see much commercial success upon release. However, it later developed a strong cult following which praised its strategic gameplay and surprisingly mature story.
The announcement of a remaster sort of explains why the original game was taken off Steam. That said, the fact that this remaster is a PS4 exclusive makes that weird. Unless there are plans to port the remaster back onto PC at a later date, PC gamers no longer have the ability to buy any version of the game. Considering Square-Enix’s support for the PC platform in recent years, such as by porting most of its Final Fantasy catalogue to Steam, it would make sense that it would eventually make its way back to that platform. Especially considering how the PC port has been considered to be the definitive version of the game so far, it is strange that it needed to be taken down from Steam in order for The Last Remnant Remastered to be announced.
The Last Remnant Remastered will release exclusively on the PS4 December 6 2018.