TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga (ティアリングサーガ ユトナ英雄戦記 Tiaringu Sāga Yutona Eiyū Senki, unofficially translated as TearRing Saga: Yutona's Hero Quest) is a tactical role playing game developed by Shouzou Kaga after he left Intelligent Systems, and formed his own studio, Tirnanog. The game was released exclusively in Japan on May 24th, 2001 for the Sony Playstation console. Because the game's original name, titled Emblem Saga, was so similar to Nintendo's Fire Emblem series, with the game itself being almost identical in terms of both the gameplay and basic scenario to past Fire Emblem titles, Nintendo decided to file a lawsuit of copyright infringement. The game was ruled as not being a breach of copyright. Nonetheless, an acceptable solution was reached between the two parties and the title of the game was changed to TearRing Saga. As a result of these events and the overtly similar game experience, some fans may consider the game as a rip-off of the Fire Emblem series, but many also enjoy its vivid gameplay, storyline, and graphical presentation.
The continent of Lieberia is being terrorized by an evil cult, hell-bent on reviving their dark god. Runan and Holmes, the two heroes of the game, travel the continent to stop the cult before their ambitions are realized. The game features many Fire Emblem-like elements and is often dubbed as one of the spiritual successors to Fire Emblem Gaiden, due in part to its twin protagonists, traversable world map, and use of various monsters as enemies (all of which would not be seen again until Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and much later, Fire Emblem: Awakening).
See main article: List of characters in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga.
See main article: List of Classes in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga
Similarities/References to Fire EmblemEdit
- Staple Fire Emblem classes such as Swordfighter, Armor Knight, and even Pegasus Knight are featured.
- Many of the weapons and items are identical, including Kill Blade, Hammer and Meteor.
- The first main hero, Runan, starts off as a Lord and promotes to Knight Lord (originally named Lord Knight in the pre-release version).
- Manaketes were originally set to be featured, but were replaced with the similar Emiyu race of dragons. They feature all the characteristics of the Manakete race, even a mysterious catastrophic decline, but transform using rings instead of Dragonstones.
- The legendary Archsage Morse was a member of the Emiyu race, similar to Gotoh's role.
- On Wellt Island, there is a visitable location called Mars Temple.
- Some non-playable Dragon Knight characters hail from the Dukedom of Sofia, which cannot be found on Lieberia's world map.
- According to Lieberia lore, the founders of the Kingdom of Reeve originally came from the continent of Jugd from the east, a possible reference to Jugdral.
- Miradona, the mother of Utna according to legends, possesses a similar role to Mila in that she is an Earth Goddess. The other half of her name might be derived from "Doma".
- The final boss is a Dark Dragon, who was once vanquished by a legendary hero, Garlon, much like Anri in the backstory of certain Fire Emblem titles. There is also an unused class called Naga Dragon, a reference to Naga, which is likely Miradona's class.
- Raquel is nicknamed "Child of Bridget", which is a possible reference to Briggid.
The game was never released in or localized for English-speaking countries. However, many fans of the game attempt fan translations.
There is currently an ongoing open fan translation at: http://sites.google.com/site/trstrans/ On July 21st, 2012, the first public release version was posted. Oboro and Runan are still seeking editors.