Sword and Fairy might not have the same prestige attached to it worldwide as Final Fantasy, but it’s no exaggeration to say that it is the Final Fantasy of China. The series has been around since 1995, and has been so popular in its homeland that it has spawned everything from theatre productions to multiple seasons of TV, and a series of books.
Localising the games into English is a relatively new phenomenon, however. Sword and Fairy 6 was, and got a release on PlayStation 4 as well. It wasn’t the world’s best localisation effort, but it was legible and allowed us to enjoy a very good classical Japanese-style RPG. Sword and Fairy 7 is in English on PC, where it has had a largely positive response, with 71 per cent of the nearly 10,000 user reviews being solid thumbs up.
Now the publisher, Softstar Technology, has announced the global release of it on PlayStation 4 and 5. It will be re-titled “Sword and Fairy: Together Forever” and will have English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles. The game will also get a physical release in Japan and Asian markets. The publisher in the west will be eastasiasoft.
I am so excited for this. The more RPGs we get out of China, the better. Also, I know this is par the course for me, but the protagonist is so pretty, AND she has an owl animal familiar! Shades of Rinwell from Tales of Arise in this her, that’s for sure.
The game will release at some point this year, but we don’t have a specific date yet.