Cancelled Lufia III: Ruins Chaser Concept Images Unearthed

By Ishaan . January 6, 2011 . 4:27pm


In 1998, Neverland Co. were working on a third Lufia game, funded by publisher Nihon Flex, for the PlayStation. Said to be using a 2D isometric presentation, Lufia III: Ruins Chaser was reportedly 20% through development, and Natsume were set to publish it in North America.


Unfortunately, Nihon Flex went out of business, putting Neverland’s project on hiatus. When development continued, it wasn’t on the PlayStation, but on the Gameboy Color, as Lufia: The Legend Returns.


Unseen64 recently unearthed concept images from the original Lufia III: Ruins Chaser project, so you can hop over to their site if you’re interested in seeing them. Above is the trailer for Ruins Chaser that was shown off at the Tokyo Game Show in the Spring of 1998.

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  • This is kinda sad
    If this would have worked on the PS1 we could have now a Lufia 7 or so on the PS3 and not this crap on Handhelds :<

    • Exkaiser

      Sounds like wishful thinking more than anything.

    • Feynman

      Nice as that is to imagine, it’s unlikely… Lufia is a cult favorite, but it’s never had the mainstream appeal of your Final Fantasies or Dragon Quests.

      Still, it’s nice to dream.

      • Testsubject909

        How about… It could one day get some magical revival.

        This beloved cult classic would be picked up again and be given a new facelift and garner the same sort of success that Persona 3 had and growing from there, retaining some of it’s old charms and gaining some new features to appeal and also present itself well in our modern days.


        Which is to say… Isn’t Estopolis basically Lufia or it’s spiritual successor?

        • Estpolis DS is a remake of Lufia II with most of the charm stripped out.

        • Estopolis is the Japanese name of the series.

  • This feels like some forgotten hero that died in battle protecting everyone without noneone knowing. And then forgotten *Looks at the horizon*

  • AdamBoy64

    A sad look back at what the Lufia series could have been and could have become (mind you what’s shown in the clip doesn’t give a real sense of what the gameplay would have been like – it could have been terrible)

    But still, it was interesting.

  • Justinzero


  • PrinceHeir

    i miss these games that have a more retro feeling like :(

  • Jirin

    …Now there’s a dead classic for you.

    I’ll never understand why people want RPGs on handhelds now. Strange Journey is a fine game but it lacks the atmosphere that made the PS2 SMT games. If you lose the ambiance of the setting, you lose absorption into the story.

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