During the latest Xbox Developer Direct event, Square Enix surprised fans with the announcement of Visions of Mana, marking the franchise’s first new mainline game in 15 years. The game is set to be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this summer.
Executive producer Masaru Oyamada reflected on the history of the Mana series, revealing that there have been 17 entries over the course of its 30-year existence. Interestingly, he also pointed out that the Mana series actually originated as Final Fantasy Adventure back in 1991.
Koichi Ishii, the creator of the Mana series, also appeared during the event to discuss his supervision of the team, particularly in the transition from pixelated monsters to 3D creatures that players will encounter in the game.
Visions of Mana will be the first game from the Mana series to make its way to Xbox, and Oyamada expressed Square Enix’s enthusiasm for this milestone, highlighting the game’s real-time action combat. This marks a departure from the turn-based combat of the original Final Fantasy Adventure, distinguishing the Mana series from the turn-based Final Fantasy games.
The game’s combat mechanics and vibrant world have been showcased in various trailers, building anticipation for its release later this summer.
While fans eagerly await the game’s release, they can revisit the Visions of Mana announcement trailer that debuted at The Game Awards 2023 last month.