After a short delay, Grandia HD Remaster is available now for PC via Steam. A remaster of GamesArts’ classic RPG, it retails for $19.99. Along with the first game being available for PC, Grandia 2 Anniversary Edition has been updated to the Grandia 2 HD Remaster, which is a free update for current owners.
Of course, they also have the option of switching back to the Anniversary Edition. Regarding Grandia HD Remaster, GungHo Online Entertainment America president and CEO Jun Iwasaki stated, “We are thrilled PC fans are now able play and enjoy Grandia HD Remaster. Grandia is the perfect fit for RPG fans and newcomers wanting wonderful and charming characters, a beautiful soundtrack, and a grand adventurous story.”
The first Grandia is noteworthy for its battle system – a combination of real-time and turn-based that encourages interrupting enemy attacks and seizing the initiative. Players can also use magic via Mana Eggs and explore classic locations like Parm in all their revamped glory. Then there’s the music, composed by Noriyuki Iwadare that remains excellent to this day.
Along with improved sprites and textures, Grandia HD Remaster features an enhanced UI and enhancements to the original cinematics. PC players also get the benefit of widescreen support and higher resolutions along with remappable controls on mouse and keyboard. The Grandia HD Collection is also available for Nintendo Switch.