SaGa Frontier is a role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation and released in Japan on July 11, 1997. A remastered version featuring additional characters, events and features was released on April 15, 2021 for Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It is the seventh game in the SaGa series, the first to be released on the PlayStation, and the first to be released under the SaGa brand outside Japan (previous overseas releases had used the Final Fantasy brand instead).
The plot of SaGa Frontier takes place in a science fantasy universe called “The Regions”, a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game allows the player to follow the exploits of one of seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal. The game’s “Free Scenario System” offers a large amount of non-linear gameplay, allowing the player to freely travel between many of the Regions, interact with other characters, and take part in turn-based combat. SaGa Frontier enjoyed commercial success, having sold over one million copies.
The basic concept of SaGa Frontier is based on its Free Scenario System, in which one can play as any of seven different protagonists, all of whom exist in the same setting, a solar system known as The Regions: a group of planets, each with its own culture, game-level of technology, and form of magic. The game is considered non-linear, in that from the beginning many of the characters are free to go almost anywhere and interact with almost anyone. Travel through most of the Regions is easy due to inter-regional ships traveling regularly between them. The storyline of each character also changes depending on who is chosen and what is said in conversation.
Combat in SaGa Frontier pits players against groups of enemies encountered on the field screen. The battle screen depicts 2D-animated sprites amidst a 3D-rotating background. Battles are turn-based, in which the player chooses his or her actions and allow them, along those of the enemies, to play out. A variety of weapons, special skills, and magic spells are at the player’s disposal. Most skills are learned mid-battle, while many spells are purchased in the game’s shops. If certain conditions are met within the battle, party members on either side can create combination attacks for added damage.