Return to a much-beloved series when Visions of Mana launches this August

Trading souls for mana seems far from fair.

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Final Fantasy Adventure. Mystic Quest. Seiken Densetsu. Call it what you will, Square Enix’s Mana series started off with a Final Fantasy backbone and Legend Of Zelda-inspired gameplay. By the time the second title launched, the Final Fantasy elements were dropped and Mana was firmly in place as an official title, continuing to be used for decades. It was 2019’s Collection of Mana’s launch that seems to have prompted a brand-new title in the series. Visions of Mana brings the series back to its action-RPG roots, and today Square Enix announced that the game would be released for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox in August. There’s also a new trailer, and information on different digital/physical editions.

Tianeea, AKA the Fire Village, holds a festival every four years to choose alms that will travel with soul guards to the Tree of Mana and offer their (the alms) souls in return for the flow of mana power to be rejuvenated. Val has recently been given the title of soul guard and he brings his longtime friend Hinna to the festival where the Faeries choose the alms, only for Hinna herself to be chosen as the Alm of Fire.'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

Today’s trailer introduces Palamena and Julei. Young Palamena is a powerful person: she is the Queen of Illystana, Capital of the Deep. She gained the throne following her father’s death, and has since been juggling social expectations and turbulent politics with the care of her even younger brother. Julei is a sproutling, currently in charge of watering his sleeping companions in Verdeus Borough. He’s so bored with the same old routine, until Val and co. come into his life.

There are five playable characters, and if you want it is possible to create your own three-person dream team from choosing amongst them. Those who don’t participate will still receive the same EXP, which should keep everyone balanced. Palamena specializes in long-range magic attacks; Morley is great with quick-paced, close-range battles; Val is good at melee (no surprise for a starting character); Careena supports the party with buffs and area-of-effect attacks; and Julei supports the party with healing and regenerative abilities.

The game is available for consoles as digital/physical standard editions, a physical Collector’s Edition, and a digital Deluxe Edition. The physical editions are available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series worldwide; Europe, Japan, and Asia will also get a physical PlayStation 4 release. The physical Collector’s Edition is available only through Square Enix. It contains a copy of the game, a Ramcoh plush, an art book, a soundtrack, and a collector’s box. Purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition will get you a copy of the game, 24 hours of early access (if you pre-order), a Mana-themed costume set (outfits for Val, Julei, Careena, Morley, and Palamena), and a Mana Series Background Music Bundle that lets you use these 26 tracks in-game.

Developed and published by Square Enix, Visions of Mana will be released for PC via Steam/Microsoft, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Xbox Series on August 29.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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