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Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster Coming to Steam July 17th

Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster logo and character collage

Developer and publisher Sting has given expectant fans a release date for the Steam release of Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster (video below). This remaster has been available to Japanese audiences via Nintendo Switch since February 28th and mobile devices from May 29th; the version coming to Steam will be the first time this remaster will be available to English-speaking audiences.

Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster Details

You can enjoy the remastered version of Riviera: The Promised Land, the first work in the Dept. Heaven Episodes series, on Steam!

Equipped with various additional convenient functions, the ease of play has been improved! It’s full of elements that will satisfy everyone from first-time players to experienced players!


At the behest of Hector, who is one of the Seven Magi, the Grim Angel Ein and his familiar, Rose, along with another Grim Angel named Ledah, all head to Riviera, an island floating in Asgard.

On the way, Ursula, the guardian of the Riviera, appears and is thwarted by the Grim Angels’ intrusion.

Ein, whose memories were sealed by Ursula’s attack, wakes up in Elendia, where the spirits live…

Key Features

  • Easy-to-operate field exploration!
  • A unique battle system where your skills are determined by the items you own!
  • Who are your close comrades? A favorability system that changes depending on your choices!
  • More than 90 illustrations to liven up events!

Remastered Additional Elements

  • Background music change function with five types of sound sources!
  • Play mode with up to 5x speed!
  • Event skip function!
  • All illustrations are available in high-definition!
  • Reliable auto save function!
  • Ease of play greatly improved by difficulty level and mode selection!
  • Boost function that allows you to quickly learn skills!
  • Improved user-friendly interface!
  • Function to switch voices between Japanese and English!
  • User-friendliness has also been further improved in the Steam version!

Riviera: The Promised Land was originally released in Japan in 2002, exclusive to the WonderSwan Color. The West would not see a localized release until June 2005, when Riviera was released for the Game Boy Advance. RPGFan has no less than three reviews for this title, with the most recent being Patrick Gann’s review of the PlayStation Portable port. Patrick thought there were better games from Sting — such as Dept. Heaven series follow-up Yggdra Union — and didn’t think the game worthy of a replay for those who had experienced the GBA version, ultimately deeming the PSP port “unnecessary.” Patrick did, however, have some praise for the addition of quality voice acting, while also enjoying the soundtrack.

We are truly in the era of the remaster, with what feels like an endless stream of remakes, remasters, and remakesters. Check out RPGFan’s recent coverage of the various summer games events, and read about some of the exciting re-releases coming to modern platforms over the coming months.

Riviera: The Promised Land Remaster comes to Steam on July 17th. Currently, there is no word on whether or not the Nintendo Switch or mobile versions will be localized.

Source: Gematsu

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Claton Stevenson

Claton Stevenson

Claton (yes no "Y") is an RPG obsessed News Editor. Claton fell in love with the genre whilst watching his childhood friend spam GF summons in FF VIII; thinking "wow these graphics are just like real life. Is this really a game"? He’s been chasing that feeling of awe and wonder ever since. Who knows? Maybe he’ll find it right here with RPGFan. When he’s not writing for RPGFan, you’ll find him nonchalantly leaning against the ballroom wall being the “best looking guy here.” …whatever.

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