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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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+ Botiacelli8 on February 25th, 2010 at 5:46 pm said:

Sooo does this have trophies?


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+ animusdx on February 25th, 2010 at 7:41 pm said:

Put Xenogears on the US PSN please!


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+ N1nji on February 25th, 2010 at 8:12 pm said:

cant wait to get this sometime later on. I havnt had the chance to play the original.

Would love for a grandia 2 release over PSN, I was near the end of the game when my dreamcast kaput on me so I never got to finish it, and I got the PC version for a few bucks but holy heck is it too buggy.


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+ fffanatic on February 25th, 2010 at 11:05 pm said:

GRANDIA 1 is one of my all time favorites. Still waiting for GRANDIA 4 :( And sony please bring out Vagrant Story, Suikoden 2, and Xenogears.


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+ Takahiro Nishi on February 26th, 2010 at 1:07 am said:

I spoke with Mr. Iwadare a little while ago, and here’s the message from him to you guys:

“Hello. This is Noriyuki Iwadare. I composed the soundtrack of Grandia.
More than 10 years after it’s original release, the game seems to be still loved by so many people. I feel very happy and honored to know that.
Thank you very much!!”


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+ Dtweak01 on February 26th, 2010 at 10:12 am said:

THANK YOU, Game Arts!!!!

10$ is a steal for a game this great.
This was No. 1 on my PSN most awaited games list!


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+ fffanatic on February 26th, 2010 at 11:50 am said:

I still have Grandia 2 and 3. Unfortunately I traded in Grandia 1 before I realized what a gem it is. I’m happy to say I added it once again to my rpg library. Is there any news for a Grandia 4???


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+ Ladykiller64 on February 26th, 2010 at 9:54 pm said:

Grandia II was one of my fav rpgs on ps2 not because of its story which I found pretty generic, but the amazing cast of characters, flawless battle system, and the wonderful music. I enjoyed Grandia III as well, but to a lesser degree.

Never got to play the first one though and I’ve been searching for a copy for awhile now. I was glad to hear this news and bought it immediately to play on my psp. Definitely an absolute steal for $10. Thanks!


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+ Alcidias on February 27th, 2010 at 6:42 am said:

YES! This is honestly one of my favorite games of all time, but I haven’t been able to find my old disc. Now I don’t need to!

Also, I really hope you guys bring the Lunar series onto the PSN. Those games were amazing as well…or since the first one is being remade on PSP, maybe the second one at least. :P


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+ leeness28 on March 13th, 2010 at 3:44 am said:

This was my favourite RPG back in the day. Please, please, please bring it out in the UK Playstation store!!! I would love to be able to play it again.


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+ Vuongie on March 22nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

Please bring Grandia to the Europe/UK Playstation store just as leeness28 has said. I have been waiting so long to play this game again and to complete it as i have not had the chance to due to not finding the game T_T please!!!


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