Odin Sphere
Promo art for "Odin Sphere." Atlus

Atlus and Vanillaware have released a new trailer for “Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir,” a high definition remake of the underrated PlayStation 2 game. The trailer showcases the updated graphics and the newly refined combat system, which may surprise older gamers who were expecting a simple HD re-release for the title.

The game boasts the signature Vanillaware graphics style, which means lovely hand-drawn figures and backgrounds that look impressive. Despite originally coming out on the PlayStation 2, the game doesn’t look out of place on a current-gen console, though this might be due to the developers cleaning up the visuals.

Gematsu has confirmed that a number of the game’s visuals were redrawn to look better on the PlayStation 4. However, those that miss the old graphical style, or simply want to see how it used to look like, can play “Classic Mode,” which is the original game in high definition.

Judging from the trailer below, it seems like the “Odin Sphere” HD re-release will be just as action-packed as the original if not more. The game will be tougher, as Siliconera has confirmed that the enemy AI has been tweaked.

New bosses will also be part of the HD re-release, though it’s not sure how they’ll affect the story. It will be interesting to see if they’re integral to the game’s story, or if they’ll just be part of a bonus stage.

While “Odin Sphere” received positive reviews when it first came out, it seemed too late for it to make an impact, as the PlayStation 3 was just around the corner. Still, the game managed to gain a following and its popularity led to it being released as a PS2 classic for the PS3. Unlike the upcoming “Leifthrasir” version, the PS2 classic has no trophy support and is essentially a port of the PS2 game.

“Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir” will be coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita next year for the West. Japanese gamers will be getting the game sometime in January. In the meantime, fans can check out the trailer below or purchase the PS2 classic on the PS3 for US$9.99 (AU $13.84).

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Odin Sphere Reivusurashiru PV # 02 (Credit: YouTube/atlustube)