Grandia II Anniversary Edition

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For the original release, see Grandia II.

Grandia II Anniversary Edition
Grandia II Anniversary Edition cover
Developers
Original game Game Arts
Anniversary Edition SkyBox Labs
HD Remaster Sickhead Games
Publishers
GungHo Online Entertainment
Release dates
Windows August 24, 2015
Grandia II Anniversary Edition on MobyGames
Grandia II Anniversary Edition on Wikipedia
Grandia
Grandia II 2002
Grandia Online 2009
Grandia II Anniversary Edition 2015
Grandia HD Remaster 2019

Key points

Updated version of Grandia II featuring improved textures, lighting and shadows, the original Japanese voice option and an additional difficulty level.
An update was released for the Steam version on October 15, 2019 to coincide with Grandia HD Remaster, renaming the game to Grandia II HD Remaster and featuring further changes including improved interface textures, better 16:9 and gamepad support, and French, German, and Japanese language options.
The HD Remaster update removes options present in AE, as well as removes 4:3 support entirely, crops videos to fit 16:9, performs worse, adds aliasing that isn't present in AE, does not fix major issues with Audio/Video/Animation synchronization, and the mouse cursor no longer auto hides itself.[1]
Most updated textures are upscaled with the majority of textures untouched. Text is inconsistently updated, as some is high res and some is low res. Visual comparison here.
Audio files are poor quality with a lower average bitrate compared to previous versions of the game. See HQ Music Mod for a fix.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Anniversary Edition. Has not been updated to Grandia II HD Remaster.
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
The 2015 Anniversary Edition is available to re-download on Steam at any time.
Steam: Change to the Anniversary Edition version
  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Select the game, Right-click on it and select Properties.
  3. Open the Betas tab.
  4. Change Select the beta you would like to opt into to anniversary_edition and click Close.
  5. Launch the game after the download has finished.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\saves\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/330390/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\saves\grandia2_###.VMS[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/330390/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Essential improvements[edit]

HQ Music Mod[edit]

HQ Music Mod[2]
  1. Download the mod here
  2. If playing with English audio, files will belong in <path-to-game>/Data/Sound
  3. If playing with Japanese audio, files will belong in <path-to-game>/Data/Sound_n
  4. Backup the entire /Sound or /Sound_n folder somewhere. You don't have to, if you need to revert the entire thing, you can just re-verify the files.
  5. Drag and drop the contents of the OGG folder to the /Sound or /Sound_n folder
  6. Refer to the ReadME or download page for additional instructions for noted optional files.

HD Interface Mod[edit]

No longer necessary for Grandia II HD Remaster. This is applicable to Anniversary Edition.
leandroeidi's HD Mod[3]
  1. Download the mod here
  2. Make a backup of your <path-to-game>\data\afs folder. This mod will overwrite many files in there and you should keep a backup to make it possible to undo everything.
  3. Copy the data folder to <path-to-game>

Video settings[edit]

Video settings (HD Remaster).
Video settings (HD Remaster).

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 rendering support has been removed in HD Remaster. All video files have been cropped to 16:9. Roll back to AE for 4:3.
Multi-monitor
[4]
Ultra-widescreen
[5]
4K Ultra HD
[6]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Launcher has a list of preset resolutions, starting from "1280x720", to as high as "3840x2160", depending on your monitor. A custom resolution of your choice can also be entered into the resolution box before startup.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Used in place of exclusive fullscreen. This causes performance problems and stuttering.[7]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Enabled by default. Can be reduced or improved through the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA, however mipmap rendering has been changed causing texture aliasing that MSAA can't fix that didn't exist in AE. Visual comparison here (Look at the table cloth and floor boards to the left).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
The game relies on DWM for Vsync since it is borderless. [8]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Field exploration and menus are capped at 30FPS. Battles are capped at 60FPS. The option to switch the game entirely to 30FPS has been removed in HD Remaster. Roll back to AE for 30FPS option.[9]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard bindings (HD Remaster).
Keyboard bindings (HD Remaster).
Controller bindings (HD Remaster).
Controller bindings (HD Remaster).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings (HD Remaster).
Audio settings (HD Remaster).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, SFX, Ambience, and Footsteps.
Surround sound
Stereo only.
Subtitles
FMV sequences only. English subtitles are only displayed when playing with Japanese audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled or disabled in launcher's video settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Japanese

Japanese Text[edit]

Despite not being advertised, Japanese text is present in Grandia II HD Remaster and appears to be functional but can't be enabled in the launcher. Japanese text will be officially supported at a later date.
Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\saves\
  2. Open config.ini
  3. Navigate to text_language and set it to 1
  4. Launch Grandia II HD Remaster directly through the executable and not through the launcher. The launcher will change the language back to a non-Japanese option.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio XAudio2
Input SDL2
Cutscenes MPlayer

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 240
DirectX 11 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/330390/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (330390) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:BONKERS on 2019-11-08
  2. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=673761272
  3. https://steamcommunity.com/app/330390/discussions/0/520519112492477670/?ctp=12
  4. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-10-24
    Tested on an multi-monitor setup.
  5. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-10-24
    Tested at 2560x1080 resolution.
  6. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2019-10-24
    Tested at 3840x2160 resolution.
  7. Verified by User:BONKERS on 2019-11-08
  8. Verified by User:BONKERS on 2019-11-08
  9. Verified by User:BONKERS on 2019-11-08