Classic JRPG Live A Live May Be Getting An English Version Soon

It looks like Square Enix has filed a trademark for the 1994 Super Famicom game Live A Live on 2 July 2020. For those unfamiliar, Live A Live is a time-travelling JRPG that was directed by Takashi Tokita, the man who would go on to direct the ultimately more iconic and popular also time-travelling JRPG, Chrono Trigger.

You could say that Live A Live paved the way for Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. It was also notable for featuring a unique (at the time) gameplay mechanic; where a group of heroes individually fight through their own chapters of a video game and only have them come together for a final quest at the end. Other games have since done the same thing, including the recent 2018 JRPG Octopath Traveler by Acquire and Square Enix (see the pattern here?).

However, Live A Live twisted that notion; having its heroes hailing from different timelines instead of just different places in the same world. Besides that, the game’s music was great as well, composed by Yoko Shimomura, who would later go on to compose music for acclaimed franchises like Super Mario RPG and Kingdom Hearts.

The company filed the trademark for the Australian region code (via Gematsu) but it’s worth pointing out that the listed language for the game is English, especially considering that the original never did receive an official English version despite having been re-released several times over the past three decades or so, including on the Wii U in 2015 and the 3DS in 2016.

Thanks to the new trademark, it has sparked hope of Square Enix actually developing an English localization for Live A Live. As of now, there haven’t been any official announcements of a Live A Live remaster or port.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the gameplay in the video below.


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