Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster arrives on Nintendo Switch in Japan, hints at wider release

Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster launches on the Japanese Nintendo Switch, offering enhanced visuals, gameplay improvements, and potential for a Western release.

Sting, the developer of the classic role-playing game (RPG) “Riviera: The Promised Land” announced the remastered version in July of last year. This news comes courtesy of an announcement made last July by developer Sting, marking the 21st anniversary of the game’s original 2002 debut on the WonderSwan Color handheld console.

While not a complete modern remake, the “Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster” serves as an enhanced port of the 2006 PSP version. This remaster boasts several improvements aimed at enhancing player experience, catering both to newcomers and returning fans alike.


Key additions include the ability to switch between five different soundtracks, the option to accelerate gameplay speed up to five times, and the ability to skip event scenes for those seeking a more streamlined experience. Additionally, all in-game illustrations have been upgraded to high definition, and an auto-save function has been implemented for added convenience. Difficulty levels and a mode selection option offer further customization, while a “boost” feature allows players to acquire skills more rapidly.

One particularly interesting detail lies in the inclusion of both Japanese and English voice acting within the remaster. This decision, coupled with the presence of an English language option, hints at a potential future Western release. However, no official confirmation from Sting regarding this possibility has been made as of yet.

Beyond the aforementioned improvements, the core gameplay of “Riviera: The Promised Land” remains intact. Players navigate the game’s world using simple controls, engaging in a unique battle system where skills are determined by the items the player possesses. The narrative follows the protagonist’s effort to prevent the “Divine Punishment” from destroying the land of Riviera, with player choices impacting the narrative through an affection system with various characters.

In conclusion, the release of the “Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster” marks a significant development for fans of the classic RPG. While currently limited to the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop, the inclusion of English language elements suggests a potential Western release in the future. This remaster offers a revitalized experience for both veterans and newcomers, featuring improved visuals, gameplay adjustments, and an array of accessibility options.