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Coming to PSN this Week: Grandia PSOne Classic

Takahiro Nishi's Avatar + Posted by Takahiro Nishi on Feb 23, 2010 // Sound Director, Game Arts

Finally! Grandia will be available for download on the North American PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 and PSP this Thursday for $9.99!

Since the title launched on the Japanese PlayStation Network in April of 2009, we have received many inquiries about the North American launch. And it wasn’t so easy to keep our lips zipped under such circumstances, but the day has finally come!

Grandia 1

*Character design and illustration by Takuhito Kusanagi

Well, let me tell you a bit about the game.

Grandia is an unforgettable journey with over 80 hours of gameplay, and it was released over 10 years ago for the PSOne and became one of the most critically acclaimed RPG games. The player assumes the role of Justin, a young boy obsessed with becoming a great adventurer, who inherits a magic stone that leads him on an epic journey to uncover the mystery of a long lost civilization. And, he meets other adventurers who join him on his quest and as he unravels the threads of the ancient legend, he draws the attention of the Garlyle Forces who devise diabolical schemes to stop him.

The fight for the truth takes place across the world, with over 200 weapons, enemies, and items to collect plus over 80 magic spells and techniques to master. The title was released with two ROMs a decade ago due to the volume of the game, but you can download the same game from PSN on your PS3 and PSP only for $9.99!

I believe Grandia is ideal for RPG fans who missed the original version and those gamers who want to recapture the magic of their gaming past, and it can be appreciated by players young and old, men and women, casual and hardcore because this is a timeless game.

Grandia 2

*Illustration by Toshiaki Hontani

This is one of the first game development projects I was involved in after entering the company, and I was in charge of sound direction for the PSOne Grandia. Mr. Nobuyuki Iwadare has composed the soundtrack throughout the Grandia series, and the kind of work I carried out back then was explaining the atmosphere of the game to Mr. Iwadare. Then, he could compose the music suitable for the game and synchronizing the sound effects and his music with the game or the movie parts.

The performance of videogame hardware in those days wasn’t as good as it is today, and there were limitations to the methods of musical or sound representation back then; however, we continued to be particular about musical/ sound representation in laborious details and developed our first Grandia by trial and error.

So, I have a certain fondness for this title, and I was very thrilled when I learned that the PlayStation Network was willing to add our classic game to the lineup. And, all the staff including myself who were involved in the development of Grandia are very happy that the game can be played by both a new generation of gamers and those who played the game when it was first released. Thank you, Sony Computer Entertainment of America! :)

Grandia 3

*Illustration by Toshiaki Hontani

Are you ready to enter (or re-enter) the world of Grandia, brave adventurer? Your quest awaits! Check it out this Thursday when it launches on PlayStation Store for only $9.99!

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+ ryuzx on February 23rd, 2010 at 6:55 pm said:

Awesome news! Thanks, SCEA!

I’d love for Intelligent Qube and Suikoden II to make it up soon. Chrono Cross, Silent Bomber Rival Schools, and One Piece Mansion would be nice surprises as well. Oh, and where’s Vagrant Story?

Also, if only the Lunars could be re-released on the PSN, but the PSP remake is probably going to mess things up there. Ha, I guess my want list is a bit much, but I’m glad you’ve not given up on backwards compatibility releases unlike a certain competitor has done, SCEA. Again, thanks!


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+ BlackIceJoe on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 pm said:

I think this is great.

I hope this sells well so there can be a Grandia IV. Plus I want to see Lunar 3.

I would love to see both of those games. I think they would work really well as PSP games.

So GAME ARTS if it is not to much to ask. Please make Grandia IV & Lunar 3.


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+ gdogg666 on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:05 pm said:

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo why why didnt u post this sooner i would have waited on starwars battlefront noooooo can i get a free code pretty plz


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+ LokeSTL on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:11 pm said:

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!! AGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Ummmmm…..YEEEEEESSSS!!!! AGGGHHHHHH!!!! Please keep the RPGs coming! Can’t believe you guys came through with Grandia!!! AAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!


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+ jBat17 on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:13 pm said:

consider it purchased.

please give us legend of dragoon next, sony!


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+ yukiboy23 on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:15 pm said:

SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCEA
i’ve never played any games in that series, but according 2 everyone commenting on this post it sounds AWSOME!!!! i’ll have 2 check it out


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+ Korlithiel on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:17 pm said:

While the price feels high since it’s so old, and it isn’t one of the few titles I would say it’s worth buying a PSP/PS3 for, it’s definitely among the few titles I loved the time I got in to it and now eagerly look forward to this weeks PSN update so I can add it to my digital collection.


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+ Zezzler on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:17 pm said:

looks interesting, i should check it out.

There should be PSone demos! that would be sweet~


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+ Slythex on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:24 pm said:

Oh man! This is one of the best games I’ve ever played that I don’t actually own.

THANK YOU!


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+ LordAbsu on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:25 pm said:

B O U G H T.

Thank you SO much to everybody involved!! Grandia’s a true CLASSIC!! :D


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+ LordAbsu on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 pm said:

Also:

Thank you for letting us know about the game’s release beforehand. This lets us manage our funds better and plan our purchases in advance. :)


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+ ShadowOfEden on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:52 pm said:

Awesome, I love that game!


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+ perrandy on February 23rd, 2010 at 7:57 pm said:

as an rpg gamer i’m pretty please that you guys are adding psone rpgs to the psn.


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+ COMBATCSOLDIER on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:02 pm said:

I love this game, I really do. My question to sony is if your going to charge 10 bucks for a PS1 Classic, could you add trophies to the damn thing to make it really worth while. Seriously. I love you sony but I am becoming frustrated. Its like…hmmmm Play White Knight Chronicles, dragon age origin, that has trophies and is current. Or play a ps1 classic that I paid 40 bucks for 15 years ago on ps1. You need a new direction and I love you sony but your seriously pissing me off.


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+ Ramage on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:02 pm said:

I loved this game. In fact I think I played one of the later ones first and enjoyed it so much I went to gamestop and got all the old ones.


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+ RuoneDelacroix on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:17 pm said:

This game, I feel has really been overshadowed by Final Fantasy in North America. The PSX release was just 2 or 3 weeks before FF VIII all the way back in 1999. It slipped in under the radar, but I’m glad that people can finally play it now again on their PS3/PSP. If you’ve played any of the other Grandia games (II, Xtreme, III) and didn’t like them, then I suggest you play the first one. It’s so much better than the rest. I still have my PSX copy, but I’m sure as shoot going to buy it again on Thursday. Props to you, Sony and GameArts. Let’s keep the good titles rolling.


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+ RuoneDelacroix on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 pm said:

@ COMBATCSOLDIER:

Why would there need to automatically be trophies for PSX games? Why should there need to be at all? You’re going to say that $10 isn’t worth it for a game that lasts at the very least 60 hours? If that’s not worth it, I don’t know what is. Age has nothing to do with how good a game actually is.


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+ jhl74 on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 pm said:

I’ve been wanting this game for a while now. Thank you for releasing this on PSN.


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    + tnishi on February 24th, 2010 at 5:18 am said:

    Sorry to have kept you waiting. Hope you\’ll enjoy it!


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+ xTruShinobix on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:46 pm said:

Man you guys are really stepping up the PSOne releases :D Thanks!


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+ dallow on February 23rd, 2010 at 8:54 pm said:

Thank you so much Game Arts!
What a surprise, you’ve made many around the world happy with this release!


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    + tnishi on February 24th, 2010 at 5:20 am said:

    You\’re very welcome. :)


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+ LordAbsu on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:03 pm said:

@ COMBATCSOLDIER:

Personally, I think that being able to play PSOne Classics on my PSP is worth every last red cent I pay for them. Trophies would be nice, but being able to take the games of my adolescence around with me on-the-go is definitely nicer.


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+ Adriane on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 pm said:

Awesome Sauce! Now I just need XENOGEARS, SUIKODEN 2, and TOMBA! to release on the PSN. Hurry up Sony, my money won’t be here forever.


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+ Adriane on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:24 pm said:

AND I can’t forget about Legend of Dragoon which also needs a sequel.


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+ RoyalXIII on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:43 pm said:

Cool. Hopefully we’ll see Tales of Destiny & Tales of Destiny 2 (Eternia in Japan)


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+ Maxwell3000 on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:55 pm said:

OMG THANK YOU SONY! THis is my favorite game of all time. I’ll play this to no END!


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+ Einhander138 on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 pm said:

Should be re-released on disc.


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+ D-Tremens on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 pm said:

Ok, it looks good and always is ok to have PSOne classics on the PSN, but the only that I REALLY WANT is Vagrant Story. Please SONY, bring it to us again.


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+ jahguy7 on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:37 pm said:

wow… 10 dollars? Don’t agree


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+ Ultima915 on February 23rd, 2010 at 11:14 pm said:

:O not bad


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+ RudeAnimat0r on February 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 pm said:

Thanks guys, I’ve been waiting to replay this for a looooong time. I played through it almost 12 years ago now on my Saturn, it’ll be nice to finally play the game in English.


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+ Dardantuan on February 23rd, 2010 at 11:42 pm said:

‘I was very thrilled when I learned that the PlayStation Network was willing to add our classic game to the lineup’

It would seem at first glance that Sony doesn’t really care which PS1 games they put up on the PSN and decide to proclaim as a ‘classic’. More often than not, these ‘classics’ are anything but.

I never played or even heard of Grandia. It sounds pretty interesting, so I may check it out. Especially since there most likely won’t be any other compelling support for my PSP Go…


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+ D1rk-Knight on February 24th, 2010 at 12:01 am said:

Game Art are here?!
Where did you guys disappeared after Grandia 3?! I missed this series & I wish you guys make a new one on the PS3.


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+ MikoNeko on February 24th, 2010 at 12:10 am said:

Wow, 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for JRPGs on the PS3. White Knight Chronicles, Star Ocean 4, FFXIII, and now Grandia.

I’m a very happy camper. Keep ‘em coming, I’ll keep buying ‘em!


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+ TheFrankman86 on February 24th, 2010 at 12:35 am said:

Grandia – one of the greatest PlayStation RPGs ever. IMHO better than FF7 due to awesome battle system, just suffered from weird translation at times.


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+ Tragic_Nightmare on February 24th, 2010 at 12:51 am said:

That’s awesome news! :)

Now.. Any chance for The Legend of Dragoon?


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+ Gekidami on February 24th, 2010 at 1:21 am said:

We need Alundra on the store, italready on the Japanese one.


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+ Helvedeshunden on February 24th, 2010 at 3:33 am said:

I really, really loved Grandia 2 on the Dreamcast. In fact it’s one of my all-time favourite RPGs. I hope I get the chance to play Grandia on my PS3. It will require you lot putting it out in Europe, though. Hint hint!


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+ Silvercube on February 24th, 2010 at 3:46 am said:

Awesome!

Now if Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve II come out next, I’d be ecstatic :)


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+ ViviUO on February 24th, 2010 at 4:02 am said:

Hey, cool. A PSOne classic that people actually want.

Now all we need is Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and Final Fantasy 9. Otherwise I’ll buy them on ebay and you will lose my money. =)


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+ Kamiboy on February 24th, 2010 at 4:14 am said:

I have this in my PSOne collection, along with every other great PSOne title I could ever wish to go back to. But do be a darling and let SONY know that if they put the minimalest effort into these PSN PSOne releases, as in say bestowing Throphies upon them without flimsy excuses as to why they won’t I would certain purcase this, along with about 5 other titles off of the shop just because of the added incentive of revisiting them.

Also, you would sell a lot more copies, I don’t know, I think the accounting people over at SONY seem to have a phobia at very large sums, because they seem adamant about not making any money.

In short, please, Trophy support for PSOne, and eventually PS2 re-releases in PSN. Pretty please, for your own sake as well.


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+ PsychoMacross on February 24th, 2010 at 4:24 am said:

Most excellent news of the day! This is the game that got my sister into video games simply because of its irresistible charm.

That said, the illustrations are made of WIN!

Any idea on if a Grandia artbook will make it stateside?


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+ PsychoMacross on February 24th, 2010 at 4:26 am said:

At #90 Kamiboy:
You mean to say that you want the PS1 games to be reprogrammed from scratch to include trophies? I think you’re asking for a little too much.


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+ Korbei83 on February 24th, 2010 at 4:26 am said:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ jlo138 on February 24th, 2010 at 4:29 am said:

Ya’ll need to partner with Nintendo and get some SNES Classics up for the PSN. And I don’t mean Capcom Collections an such. I mean games like F-Zero or something. I know Mario is out of the question but come on. I don’t want to hack a PSP and Nintendo doesn’t have such a portable gaming system. The DS doesn’t cut it. It’s like comparing the PS3 to N64. And why $9.99 for a PS1 Classic anyways? It’s PS1 for Gaming Sake. You make it seem like it’s a “steal” or something. It’s almost as bad as the Wii’s Virtual Console charging $5.00 (500 pts)for Mario NES.


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+ hush404 on February 24th, 2010 at 5:01 am said:

Holy cow! Something worth playing! Woo! I was getting tired of that crap that was being thrown down the PSone classics tube.


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+ COMBATCSOLDIER on February 24th, 2010 at 5:04 am said:

I love this game and I respect everyones view here. I understand that being able to take a ps1 classic with you on the psp is great. I personally have bought 14 ps1 classics. However I find myself rarely ever playing them when I have recent ps3 games to play.

I understand and agree with you guys, I just personally feel that if they added trophies it would definitely add a much more value to the game itself.

The thing I am dissapointed with is while we are getting ps1 classics, Microsoft is about to get games like Chrono trigger, Perfect Dark 64 and even Golden Eye. I personally cant stand microsoft and I actually supported them for many years until around mid 2007.

Its just that I would like better selection from psn. I dont want just artistic games or PS1 classics.

No disrespect to Sony cause I love them and they make the best games for ps3. My point is simply that it would be nice to get our hands on some of the great classics like Killer Instinct Gold, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark etc. All sony would have to do is pay for some copy right fees and im sure they would make the money back ten fold.

I respect the fact sony is making there own mark. However its getting a little repetitive with the artistic exclusives.


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+ Gorvi on February 24th, 2010 at 5:18 am said:

This is great news. I still have the original game, complete of course, but this is tempting just to have on the PS3 available at all times. $10 is a steal for this game.


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    + tnishi on February 24th, 2010 at 5:24 am said:

    Hope you\’ll enjoy it on your PS3.


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+ SpiritThief on February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 am said:

WOOHOO!!

Party like its 1999!!

Easily one of the best RPGs ever. Really did great things for the genre I can’t wait to go thru it again.


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+ SpiritThief on February 24th, 2010 at 5:39 am said:

Oh and eveyone should buy this.

10 bucks is a steal compared to the $200 new copy seen on amazon

@_@


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+ C-Murph666 on February 24th, 2010 at 6:02 am said:

AWESOMESAUCE~!!!!

Also, get Suikoden II. Its not that hard to get and you know it.


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