With the release today of Actraiser Renaissance on PlayStation Store, gamers around the world * can experience frantic yet methodical platforming action as well as the ability to build and simulate their own cities in this two-genre adventure. on PS4 and PS5. More than 30 years after its original release, this remaster of a retro classic comes with an HD graphics redesign, a soundtrack rearranged by composer Yuzo Koshiro and additional content including the new real-time strategy mode ” Settlement Siege, ”plus stages, and a new cut-to-size pattern.
Not sure what Actraiser Renaissance is or why people are so excited to see this beloved classic make a comeback? Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know.
Who was the actor?
First released over 30 years ago, Actraiser was a platformer and city-building simulation where players took on the role of the Lord of Light, a benevolent god who awoke from a long sleep, to discover the world in the grip of evil and chaos. With a faithful angel companion and the faith of his believers, the Lord of Light must lead the peoples of the world to salvation by destroying monstrous creatures, building refuges and ultimately defeating the leader of it all: The Evil One.
During the city building segments, players assumed the role of the trusted angel of the Lord of Light and would guide a new civilization to prosperity and salvation by controlling the elements and performing miracles. If monsters were to attack, your angel could shoot arrows at them and signal the Lord of Light where to send miracles, such as lightning and earthquakes to keep the hordes at bay.
Next to these city building segments were action platform footage, where players took on the form of a human-like statue brought to life by the Lord of Light. In these tense side-scrolling sections, players should take down the creatures and boss monsters that awaited them while navigating perilous traps.
By mastering both disciplines, players could defeat The Evil One once and for all, bringing peace to the world of Actraiser.
What is Actraiser Renaissance?
Put simply, Actraiser Renaissance is a bigger, bolder, and lovingly remastered version of the game that became a cult classic all these years ago. Actraiser Renaissance brings back many of the features that made the original so popular, along with all new content and improvements to make it easier to get started and read.
Actraiser Renaissance comes with stunning HD graphics, making the monsters you fight and the cities you cultivate look even bigger and better than before. It also has a new autosave feature, which means that whether you hold back the forces of evil in city building or try to kill them in the action sequences, there are plenty of opportunities for you to attempt to. new tips and tactics without worrying about losing too much progress.
Become the salvation of mankind
City building has been given even more love with all new features, such as an improved development phase that allows for greater customization of cities and your budding civilizations. These allow you to place new structures for the siege of the colony, as well as new types of houses being built depending on the progress of your city.
The city’s defense strategies have also opened up even more, thanks to a revamped miracle system that allows Lord of Light to cast larger and more powerful miracles in order to grant more divine interference to enemies below and to better protect your supporters.
Even more content comes in the form of a new area known as Alcaleone, which comes with its own expanded map, allowing players to expand their civilizations even further.
There’s also the new “Settlement Siege” feature, which brings an extra genre to the fold in the form of real-time strategy battles, where you’ll be tasked with protecting your cities from the hordes of incoming enemies. By establishing different forts and defenses such as mages and blockhouses, you can prevent evil minions from attacking your place of worship, and by commanding the heroes of the kingdom, you can ask them to devastate monsters in their path. How will you build your civilizations to maximize both their prosperity and their defenses when the monsters invade?
Become the devastation of evil
The side-scrolling action sequences also come with new features that gamers can get their teeth into. Not only are there new levels to face, but there’s also a new boss to do justice to. While building your kingdoms you will now have the ability to take down monster lairs with your sword and wits, successfully seeing the lair destroyed and your followers a little safer.
Players who manage to defeat the final zone, an already formidable task because they will have to eliminate several bosses in a row as well as Tanzra, The Evil One, will also encounter one more challenge to overcome …
The soundtrack also received a boost in the form of new songs and arrangements from the game’s original composer Yuzo Koshiro (whose other credits include Ys, Shenmue, and Etrian Odyssey). Returning to the project after 30 years, he breathed new life into his original compositions and also composed 15 new tracks to enjoy while slashing enemies and building new civilizations. Fans of the original songs, or those who want to experience them for the first time, will be able to do so easily, as Actraiser Renaissance also offers the possibility to choose between the classic songs and their rearrangements at will.
That’s not all…
To celebrate the 30e anniversary of the original’s release outside of Japan, players who purchase Actraiser Renaissance before November 1st** will receive two sets of rewards in the form of a thematic wallpaper and five remastered songs composed by Yuzo Koshiro.
* The release date of Actraiser Renaissance may vary by region. Please check the current status of your respective PlayStation Store.
** Incentives will no longer be available after November 1st 8:59 am PST / 3:59 pm UTC / November 2sd 12:59 am JST. The early purchase bonus distribution period is subject to change without notice.