Twenty years after its launch on Dreamcast, could Skies of Arcadia be making a return?
Skies of Arcadia launched all the way back in 2000 - a turn-based RPG published by Sega for the ye olde Dreamcast and later for GameCube. While a sequel for the game was being planned in 2003, it never came to fruition and plans for a new title in the series were eventually put on hold indefinitely.
Now one of the original developers from studio Overworks has taken to Twitter to confirm a rumour that's been floating around on social media.
Developer Kenji Hiruta retweeted one user who claimed "[o]ne of the main devs for Skies of Arcadia is pushing people to ask for Skies of Arcadia to come back..."
"Strongly," writes Hiruta. "I really really want to develop the sequel."
Strongly. I really really want to develop the sequel. https://t.co/QDCydPd00s— 蛭田健司 Kenji Hiruta (@k_h00) January 13, 2020
Hiruta is now offering to send one overseas fan an illustration from Skies of Arcadia artist Itsuki Hoshi, along with an autograph, in order to catch the attention of publisher Sega. Those interested in the autographed sketch simply need to follow his Twitter account and retweet his tweet. A winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the month.
"I believe that if this kind of movement expands a lot, SEGA may consider to develop the sequel," he writes.
-Ms.Itsuki Hoshi is the illustrator of Skies of Arcadia. (and is sooo elegant!)— 蛭田健司 Kenji Hiruta (@k_h00) January 13, 2020
-She agreed to give this autograph to an oversea fan.
-I'll pay the fee to send it.
-I believe that if this kind of movement expands a lot, SEGA may consider to develop the sequel.
An HD re-release of Overworks’ revered Dreamcast RPG has been teased by Sega before. In fact, Sega previously renewed the Skies of Arcadia trademark back in 2012. But once again, nothing came to light. In an interview with Kotaku last year, the game's former producer Rieko Kodama seemed to think its last iteration on GameCube was enough of a bookend for the game.
“I personally feel that [the GameCube’s] Skies of Arcadia Legends completed the 'director’s cut' of the title," she said at the time. "But I am honored when fans of the game who have become game developers themselves express interest in creating a sequel. It makes me happy to think of its legacy being passed on in this way.”