The team behind PlayStation’s iconic Rhythm RPG franchise patapon Later this month the crowd-funding platform will bring a spiritual successor to Kickstarter. gem – which was officially announced overnight at Kyoto indie convention BitSummit – is being directed by Patapon creator Hiroyuki Kotani, with original composer Kemei Adachi also on board.
While no platforms have been announced at the moment, it’s possible to assume it will be available on PS5 and PS4, assuming it meets its crowdfunding goals. While the trailer embedded above teases very little, it’s clear from the audio and art direction that this is shaping up to be a new Patapon in all but name.
The original Patapon game launched in 2007 for the PSP, and marked a particularly imaginative period for the Japan studio team after Sony’s closure. The game effectively requires you to rhythmically hammer drum patterns to command an army of the titular patapones, with unique moves with different beats, such as attack and defense. It would go on to get many sequels and PS4 remasters.
Accordingly VGC, the new game will have elements like Rogue. Producer Kazuto Sakajiri said, “The three main game concepts have over 100 lovable characters battling it out on screen, four-player simultaneous battles, and elements more adventurous and morbid than Patapon.
But does all this mean that the Patapon franchise is dead? Not according to creator Hiroyuki Kotani: “Maybe there’s a possibility of doing a Patapon sequel in the future, but for this we really wanted to make our own game, in our own style, with specific types of gameplay that show that we What do you want,” he told VGC. “After that, if there is an opportunity to talk to Sony about doing a Patapon sequel, we will go from there.”
And despite the closure of the Japan studio, Kotani believes Sony is still doing very well in its home territory. “Even though Japan Studio no longer exists, Sony still has a lot of creative energy and I’m looking forward to the types of projects that come from them,” he said.
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