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Stylized sprites, open battlefields, constantly moving war parties, and tough decisions blend beautifully in Unicorn Overlord. It is being developed by Vanillaware and published by the company that gave us Ogre Battle 64 Atlus. At first glance, it was clear that this game has the DNA of Ogre Battle 64 (OG64). The announcement trailer music with the choir chanting in the background as the narrator sets the tone of the game. Instantly brought me back to the OG64 menu screen.

Unicorn Overlord is a tactical RPG that has simulated combat similar to Advance Wars and Symphony of War. The story of this upcoming title follows a young blue-haired hero who is destined to save the kingdom with the guidance of a wise older warrior. The main hero in OG64 also happened to be a young blue-haired soldier with the help of an old wizard who rose up the ranks and saved his kingdom. Both games have customizable units that offer different perks and abilities based on soldier placement. It also looks as if you will be able to change the equipment of each soldier. There will be over 60 unique characters ranging from angels to elves. And OG64 had everything from Cerberus to flying Hawkmen.

Ogre Battle 64 Was A Game Changer

OG64 forever changed my gaming palate. If it was not a platformer, Poke’mon, or beat ’em up title it was easily skipped. But when I first saw the gameplay for OG64 my mind was blown. Being able to create whatever type of party you want while approaching each battle any way you see fit changed me as a gamer. Opened the door to Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, XCOM, CRPGs, Disgaea, and so much more. All from going to my cousin’s house one day and watching my uncle play OG64.

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So, Unicorn Overlord will be a day-one purchase, I am not looking for it to be the new Ogre Battle 64. That is an unfair expectation, but it has so many of those game elements in it. Alongside a cool blend of hand-drawn characters with detailed sprites to match. Realtime combat mixed with detailed unit placement will no doubt create some epic moments. Releasing March 8, 2024, on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 you can preorder Atlus’ latest tactical fantasy RPG now.

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