Rumour: GrimGrimoire 2 Was In Development

By Ishaan . March 29, 2011 . 8:26am

In 2007, Nippon Ichi Software published a game developed by the creators of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Vanillaware, titled GrimGrimoire. A realtime strategy game for the PlayStation 2, GrimGrimoire starred Lillet, a student at a magic academy.


On her fifth day at the academy, Lillet wakes up to find everyone at the academy dead, and is transported back in time to relive the past five days over and over again until she can solve the mystery and prevent the deaths from happening.


Like Vanillaware’s other games, GrimGrimoire was directed by Vanillaware president, George Kamitani, and also like their other games, it was a standalone title with no sequels developed. The difference is, GrimGrimoire was the only Vanillaware game that Kamitani wanted to develop a sequel to, which is something he has mentioned in various interviews conducted during 2007. Online play is a feature Kamitani has cited as wanting to include in a potential sequel.


This brings us to a certain company, who are a studio that handle localization and voiceover aspects for a plethora of videogames, ranging all the way from mainstream shooters to JRPGs. As you’ve probably guessed, they also handled voiceovers for GrimGrimoire. This is the interesting part.


On their credits page, the studio mentions voiceover not only for GrimGrimoire, but also for a GrimGrimoire 2, listed as a PlayStation 2 game.


Naturally, this isn’t an indication of how far along GrimGrimoire 2 was in development, but it does tell us it was under serious consideration… to the point that a studio had been contracted for help with localization work. Nippon Ichi are listed as the U.S. publisher for the title, too.

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  • Locklear93

    That’s too bad. I never got that far in GrimGrimoire, but I liked it enough I’d have bought a sequel with no hesitation.

    • my thoughts exactly.

      Any Vanillaware game is an instant buy for me.

  • PrinceHeir

    any Vanilla Ware games are awesome :)

    i want another Muramasa game please :P

    • Guest

      & Odin Sphere

    • Shadow_Raskolnik

      I’d rather see Kamitani create more original titles then resort to making sequels like other companies. Not to mention that there is a whole wide range of other mythologies other there that he can incorporate into his games.

      We have already seen games with a Norse/Celtic mythology theme (Odin Sphere) and a Japanese mythology theme (Muramasa). Maybe for the next game Kamitani can use Egypt mythology or North American mythology for the basis.

      Either way as long as Ignition keeps away from any future Vanillaware titles and another company picks them up (Atlus, NISA, or Xseed) I’ll be happy.

      • PrinceHeir

        why the hate for Ignition?

        did they do something wrong or what?

        • Shadow_Raskolnik

          While I was willing to give Ignition several chances every game they release continues to prove their ineptness at localizing titles. Since many of Vanillaware’s games tend to be very story-focused I would rather see them localized by companies that know what they’re doing their a company like Ignition who would either butcher the text or make a subpar translation.

          basically it goes something like “fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on me again, fool me three times and I’m hope you guys crash and burn I’m going elsewhere to spend my money.”

          • PrinceHeir

            yeah i remember reading articles online about ignition doing a poorly job on the translation part of they story in the games.

            though i hope they improve in the near future.

  • godmars

    1) Should have been put out as a PSP title.
    2) Could be offered as a PSP2 title.

  • jarrodand

    Should’ve been a Wii game. The console was selling tons of games back in 2007/2008 and IR aiming would’ve worked well with a GG style RTS.

  • Bummer. I liked GrimGrimoire, would have bought the sequel. Even if the slowdown was wanky on the PS2. Online play is something that I would have never used though.

  • This is the first time Im even hearing of Grim Grimoire? The description of the game sounds like it is fun. I never saw it ported to psp like others?

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    I wonder if it could be a good gateway into the genre for me….

  • Ereek

    Oh dear, I’m not sure if this is excellent or horrible news. Excellent because I really liked GG’s characters (which should be rather obvious. . .), or horrible because we’ll never see the game.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Lujei is so damn sexy. And creepy. So the innuendo between Lillet and that angel homunculus girl. And just about between everyone else. In an amusing way.

      Anyway, just trying to agree.

      • Ereek

        I was surprised I liked Lujei as much as I did. I love the idea of a dead-lunatic-homicidal-time destroying witch who carries her husband’s talking decaying head around.
        I actually felt she was toned down a bit in twisted-ness in Soul Nomad. She felt more “cute” to me there.

        As for Lillet, I was rather also fond of the twisted relationship between Lillet and the devil professor, Advocaat. There were some definite hints, but they weren’t as in-your-face as the blatant Lillet and Amoretta.

        • Advocaat & Lillet.. *__*

          Ahem.. sorry, my inner fangirl couldn’t resist. (But wouldn’t they just make such a cute and sexy couple.. :>)

    • Shadow_Raskolnik

      I would say this is horrible news since it meant that a second GrimGrimoire game was being considered, then was canned. When I first read this my hopes flashed up for a breif moment before crashing back down to earth. I’m hoping that NIS and Vanillaware will create a sequel someday in the future.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Loved this game so much I completed it twice.

    As long as Vanillaware’s working on *something* then I’m potentially happy.

  • Question is what proof would they need that their audience would buy such a thing? Clearly there’s interests on both sides of the table. I’ve read the article but I don’t really understand what would hold them back from devving a PS3/360 title (or Wii, I guess) sans the money and time to do it.

    I mean obviously online play is going to be more supported in this day and age. An RTS based heavily on VanillaWare’s stuff with some cameos from other games of the series? Hell yea that would be a sale.

    • Shadow_Raskolnik

      Well GrimGrimoire is the only game where Kamitani has expressed the desire for it to be someothing like a series, Odin Sphere and Muramasa are more or less spearate titles (although they both have been grouped together with Princess Crown as being something like a spiritual series). But since Lujei has also been in Soul Nomad I wouldn’t mind seeing some of those characters in a GG sequel.

  • BUT BUT BUT…..*cry*

  • Methylene

    … damn it. I hope it’s just in limbo for the moment because YES, sequel to GrimGrimoire, DO WANT.

  • Haven’t heard from Vanillaware since Muramasa, and their website hasn’t been updated since 2009. Hope they’re all right.

  • Joanna

    I really need to sit down with Odin Sphere again. I didn’t like it the first time I played, but I’ve noticed that sometimes I don’t like a game when I play it first but upon a second try, I actually enjoy it. I really want to like Vanillaware because I think their games are gorgeous and what I had always wanted from 2D games.

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