December 12, 2016

Andreas Betsche

Legrand Legacy wants to revive memories of the glorious past of JRPGs

December 12, 2016 | Andreas Betsche

Before the hype of a Final Fantasy VII remake by Square Enix has seriously kicked off yet, here comes a classic JRPG from Indonesia. With “Legrand Legacy” the developers of Semisoft want to revive memories of old school tactical RPGs.

Legrand Legacy dialogue
Main character Finn talks to Geddo, a mysterious old man he met in the arena.

Legrand is a world torn between a civil war and an invasion by demonic creatures called “Fir Bolgs”. Players will take control of Finn, a slave condemned to fight for his life and the pleasure of others in bloody arena battles. Of course, Finn isn’t just a simple boy but will play a crucial role to keep the legacy of Legrand alive.

Legrand Legacy Battles
Battles against monsters in Legrand Legcy are turn-based.

With the help of up to six other characters, Finn can travel the realm of Legrand and fight battles. It isn’t an open world but rather made of various locations that can be entered through a map overview. These locations might evoke a familiar feeling to retro JRPG gamers: 3D models on hand-drawn 2D backgrounds. Conflicts are generally settled through turn-based combat with quick time elements called Action-Circle-Tempo. Hitting the right button at the right moment will grant boosts or special effects to attacks.

Legrand Legacy World Map
Even the world map is retro: just click on a new location to get there.

To complete their homage to the golden age of JRPGs, Semisoft plans to add boss fights and side quests as well as the management of headquarters and their NPCs. Very well rendered cutscenes promise to be a great reward after finishing a long quest line or an epic fight.

Legrand Legacy will be released on Steam in September 2017. You can support the development on Kickstarter, where already 70 % have been funded. The campaign ends on Friday, 16th December. There is an alpha demo for those yet undecided that gives a good impression of Semisoft’s vision for the final game.

Update 01/19/2017: Semisoft has started a new Kickstarter campaign with a lower target budget and help of a third-party investor. Their first campaign failed at around 70 %. A new and modified alpha demo can be downloaded on Gamejolt.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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