Visions of Mana is an upcoming action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the Xbox Series X/S, PC, and potentially other platforms. It is the fifth mainline entry in the long-running Mana video game series, known for games like Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana.
Visions of Mana was recently announced to be coming to Xbox consoles during the 2023 Xbox Developer Direct presentation. The game has a release window of Summer 2024, meaning it will launch sometime between June and September of that year.
Visions of Mana
As mentioned, Visions of Mana is the next mainline game in the Mana franchise after 2020’s Trials of Mana remake. It is an all-new, original entry being developed specifically for modern consoles and PCs.
Visions of Mana is planned to return the series to its action RPG roots, focusing on real-time combat, spellcasting, character progression via experience points, equipment upgrades, and other genre mainstays.
Announcement of Visions of Mana coming to Xbox
Visions of Mana coming to Xbox Series X/S consoles were revealed during the January 2023 Xbox Developer Direct video presentation. The Mana franchise has traditionally been unavailable on Xbox consoles, so this announcement was a surprise and welcome news for Xbox owners and RPG fans. It represents the first time an entry in the storied, 30+-year-old series will get an Xbox release.
Release window for Visions of Mana on Xbox
As part of the Visions of Mana reveal for Xbox Series X/S, publisher Square Enix confirmed the game’s release window is set for Summer 2024.
So while an exact date was not provided, we know Visions of Mana will launch at some point in that four-month summer timeframe. It’s likely release date specifics will be shared later in 2023 or early the following year as development progresses.
Visions of Mana on Xbox
The announcement that the Mana franchise is coming to Xbox for the first time by way of Visions of Mana is big news for fans of the series and RPG enthusiasts on Microsoft platforms. The Mana games have been exclusive to Nintendo and Sony systems for over 30 years.
While the details are still scarce, Visions of Mana being confirmed as an action RPG means it will deliver real-time combat focused on melee and magic attacks, leveling up characters, obtaining new gear, exploring environments, and battling bosses – gameplay staples the iconic Mana series helped establish.
Significance of the Mana series coming to Xbox
As mentioned, the significance of Visions of Mana coming to Xbox consoles cannot be understated. The Mana franchise has been exclusive to Nintendo and Sony platforms since the days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the early 90s.
Microsoft console owners have never had access to these beloved games over the last 30+ years. So Visions of Mana finally appearing on an Xbox platform is a big deal and should help introduce the Mana series to a wider audience of RPG fans.
Mention of availability on Xbox Series X|S and PC
During its reveal at the Xbox Developer Direct, Square Enix confirmed Visions of Mana will be released for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC.
So owners of Microsoft’s latest consoles or gaming desktops/laptops will be able to purchase and play Visions of Mana. Other platform availability was not announced but remains possible later on, with PlayStation 5 being a prime candidate if Square Enix decides to port the game beyond Xbox and PC.
Potential availability of PS5 in the future
While it was only announced for Xbox Series X/S and PC so far, there is a strong chance Visions of Mana could see a PlayStation 5 port after its initial release window. Square Enix has a strong relationship with Sony and has brought many games in its catalog to PlayStation platforms.
It would be unusual for a major Square Enix release like Visions of Mana to not also make its way onto PS5, though nothing official has been confirmed yet. But PS5 owners can reasonably hope to get access to the game, possibly several months or longer after the Summer 2024 launch on Xbox and PC.
What is Visions of Mana?
For those unfamiliar with the property, Visions of Mana is the fifth mainline entry in the Mana series of action RPG games. The franchise dates back over 30 years and includes seminal entries that helped define the action RPG genre.
The Mana games focus on fantasy stories, real-time battles, spellcasting, character progression, loot collection, and other RPG systems. They have been exclusive to Nintendo and Sony gaming platforms since the early 1990s.
Return to action RPG roots for Visions of Mana
As noted in its Xbox Developer Direct reveal, Visions of Mana is being designed as a return to the action RPG roots of the Mana franchise after some recent spin-off experiments like the strategy-RPG hybrid Heroes of Mana.
These are the core gameplay pillars the Mana series helped establish in the action RPG genre, so fans should feel right at home with Visions of Mana based on the details provided so far.
The announcement that the Mana RPG series is finally coming to Xbox by way of the upcoming Visions of Mana is big news for fans of action roleplaying games. Releasing in Summer 2024 for Xbox Series X/S and PC, it promises to deliver the same kind of real-time combat, progression, and adventure the franchise is known for.
While PlayStation and Nintendo fans have enjoyed Mana games for decades, Microsoft console owners will soon get their chance to experience the storied franchise. And Visions of Mana also aims to welcome series newcomers with its stand-alone story.
RPG enthusiasts on Xbox and PC thus have a major release to look forward to next year. We’ll be sure to provide further updates on Visions of Mana as Square Enix reveals more details leading up to its launch in Summer 2024.