A Skies of Arcadia developer has asked fans to start a movement that aims to convince Sega to make a sequel to the game.
Kenji Hiruta, one of the programmers on the Dreamcast RPG classic, is pushing fans to join him in urging Sega to greenlight a sequel to the RPG.
Hiruta took to Twitter on January 13, 2020 to give away an illustration based on the game created by Skies of Arcadia illustrator Itsuki Hoshi. In the same tweet, he also said that “if this kind of movement expands a lot, SEGA may consider to develop the sequel.”
-Ms.Itsuki Hoshi is the illustrator of Skies of Arcadia. (and is sooo elegant!) -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.— 蛭田健司 Kenji Hiruta (@k_h00) January 13, 2020
Later on that same day, Hiruta responded to a tweet by a fan pointing out that he was pushing for people to ask for Skies of Arcadia to return. “Strongly,” he tweeted, “I really really want to develop the sequel.”
The possibility of this happening doesn’t seem completely out of the question given that fans helped Shenmue III happen - another series once owned by Sega.
However, Skies of Arcadia producer Rieko Kadama doesn’t think the game needs a sequel. She spoke to Kotaku on the topic last year while also dismissing the chance of the game being ported to PC or Nintendo Switch.
“I personally feel that [the GameCube’s] Skies of Arcadia Legends completed the “director’s cut” of the title,” Kadama said.
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The GameCube version, titled Skies of Arcadia Legends, came out in 2002. In our Skies of Arcadia Legends review we called it the “best GameCube RPG yet.”[poilib element="accentDivider"]
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