This is a remaster of the original game from 1991.
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It's been 30 years since the North American release of the original ActRaiser for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES for you youngsters). The original game was a solid 2D action platforming affair that also included a fair bit of town-building simulation.

Last night, Square Enix announced Actraiser Renaissance, a remastered release of the classic game that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, mobile, and PC via Steam. This release will feature HD visuals and some quality of life improvements.

Not only was the game announced last night, but it was also released last night. Yep, it's available right now for a price of $29.99 (USD) on all available platforms. Square Enix is even giving fans a special bonus for those that purchase prior to November 1, 2021 on the Nintendo eShop, through Steam, or the PlayStation 4.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original game’s release, players who purchase the game before November 1st, 2021* through the Nintendo eShop or the Nintendo store website and STEAM® will receive an early purchase bonus that includes a wallpaper and a mini soundtrack consisting of five in-game songs. In addition to the mini soundtrack, players who purchase via the PlayStation store before November 1st, 2021* will receive an original PS4 theme with background music.

*The early purchase incentive distribution period will end at 15:59 GMT, November 1st, 2021 and is subject to change without notice.

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Actraiser Renaissance combines 2D action and platforming with city-building simulation. Help humanity prosper by playing as the Lord of Light and their loyal angel in a world beset by evil. Utilize your miraculous powers to summon lightning and trigger earthquakes to remove obstacles that impede the growth of your civilization. Explore the vast new realm, build, and protect your settlements with the angel’s mighty bow and arrow to ward off the evil monsters that prey on your people.

New updates and features include:
  • Beautifully remastered HD graphics including the characters, map, monsters and battle backgrounds and effects
  • Newly designed city-building simulation segments, including a new region and developmental stages for cities
  • Players can harness new magic, including the ability to cast fire, ice, and other magical elements, in 2D action stages
  • Players can dodge, attack and slash with upward and downward motions, for a more dynamic action experience
  • New real-time strategy “Settlement Siege” feature
  • Remastered original soundtrack with 15 new music tracks
  • Ability to toggle between the original soundtrack and newly remastered soundtrack from the original composer, Yuzo Koshiro
  • New auto-save and difficulty settings feature