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Trials of Mana remake is headed to PC next year

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Trials of Mana, originally released in 1995 as the third part of Square's Mana series (and better known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3), is getting a "full high-definition remake" that's set to come out early next year. 

Trials of Mana tells the story of six adventurers who battle monsters to protect a world where the Goddess of Mana has been weakened following her battle with the eight Benevodons. Each playable character begins the game in a different location but they eventually end up in the same place, where they can team up in parties of three to embark upon the same quest: Save the dying Mana Tree and prevent the Benevodons from escaping their prison.   

Details on the remake are slight, but Square Enix said it will be "entirely rebuilt with revamped action-RPG battle, leveling and skill systems and modern 3D graphics." It already looks like it's coming together better than last year's Secret of Mana remake, which was not good. Check out an extended demo from Nintendo's E3 livestream here, about an hour into the broadcast.

Trials of Mana is currently slated to come to Steam in early 2020.   

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.