Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology was Originally Planned for the PS Vita, Comments on Eruca’s Hair

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, the remake of the Atlus RPG released in 2010, was launched in Japan today. Within the game’s limited edition, a special, 100-page art book contains a developer interview with insight into the game’s development.

Plan for PS Vita

Within the interview, director Mitsuru Hirata states that Perfect Chronology was originally planned for “another portable device” development years ago. before its production was suspended for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.  Once #FE was over with, they decided to resume the development of the remake for Radiant Historia on the 3DS, as it had a much larger userbase than the “other portable platform” in question. With this statement, [email protected] concludes that Hirata is referring to the PlayStation Vita.

The decision to continue production of the remake was thanks to the positive critical reception for the original game that continued about five years after its release, as well as its appreciation overseas. They wanted more people to know of the highly appreciated “Radiant Historia.”

The production of Perfect Chronology started in earnest at the beginning of 2016. Before that, Hirata replayed Radiant Historia to completion, finishing it around the end of 2015.

Eruca’s Hair

In a recent 4Gamer interview, director Hirata is asked about the decision to change Princess Eruca’s hairstyle, which was originally short.

The original design for Princess Eruca in Radiant Historia.

Hirata wanted to redesign visual aspects of the game, like the characters and the UI, in a way that new customers could pick up. There are many people who liked the original look of the game, so it was an important decision.

In regards to Eruca’s new, long hair, Hirata states that she was actually meant to have long hair originally. She was given short hair in the Nintendo DS game to convey a princess with a different hair style than one would expect. While Perfect Chronology doesn’t represent a “return to origin,” they decided to make Eruca’s hair long again to make her depiction as royalty direct, and as “the image of a princess you generally imagine.”

Translation help thanks to @MysticDistance.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology was released for the 3DS in Japan on June 29, 2017. It will be released in North America and Europe in early 2018.

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  • A shame. I would love to play it on Vita. 3DS is not my cup of coffee. It never was, it never will.

    • MetalRizeAwesomeOnmipenismon

      Same here

  • JonathanisPrimus

    You sure it was Vita? The Japanese articles on this seem to indicate he was less specific in his comment, just saying he referred to another portable platform (which others assumed was Vita). The root 2ch post then links to this image:
    If this was a prototype version of the remake, I don’t think it was on Vita. The grass looks all aliased and in 2010, Vita probably wouldn’t have had finalized specs to get that far in development. Maybe a PSP version?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Vita, though. While Atlus Japan has only had success stories on the platform, they’ve treated it like absolute garbage. I’m starting to suspect 13 Sentinels won’t be coming out on Vita anywhere.

    • Persona_Central

      Thanks for pointing out the vagueness of Hirata’s answer, I’ll clarify that in the post. However, this is talking about Perfect Chronology, not the original game (which was released in 2010).

      • JonathanisPrimus

        Do you know what the text at the bottom of the image I posted says? If that’s referring to the original game, then clearly it began development on a PlayStation platform due to those button prompts.

        • Persona_Central

          The caption for that image states that it was a sample image created around 2010, with the assumption that the game would be ported to other portable devices at that time.

          It sounds like it was purely conceptual, with the thought that the original game could also be brought to the PSP. And then, separately, Hirata says in this new interview that Perfect Chronology was also planned to be brought to “other portable devices” (i.e. the Vita), but the plans changed.

    • Edgar

      That pic shows how to properly do a remake.

  • Sonic Wind

    They made the right choice.

  • How do they justify not making both?