Sonic Creator’s Rodea the Sky Soldier Is Still In Development

By Sato . July 29, 2013 . 5:30pm

Some of you may remember Rodea the Sky Soldier, a NiGHTS style game featuring an anthropomorphic character, which was announced a couple years ago by Sonic creator Yuji Naka and his studio Prope. At the time, Naka told Siliconera that the game’s main character, Rodea, was based on an animal he found “interesting”.


Not much has been heard about the game since, until a recent 4Gamer interview with Kadokawa Games’ president Yoshimi Yasuda.


Kadokawa Games were announced as the publishers for Rodea the Sky Soldier shortly after its announcement back in 2011, but since then, they’ve been quiet about the game’s development. 4Gamer asks Yasuda whether he can share the latest on what seems to be the forgotten game.



Says Yasuda, “I commend you for asking! (laughs) I’m not sure if it’s because the media folks are just concerned, so, nobody actually asks us about it.”


“But if we don’t take it up now, then perhaps it will go completely forgotten, so I’d like to use this opportunity to talk a little about it.”


He continues: “Since Rodea was announced, it was expected to be released for Wii and 3DS; however, Yuji (Naka) over at Prope and Kadokawa Games were developing it as a title for the Wii. When it came to making it for the 3DS, they couldn’t reproduce the Wii Remote’s operational sense for 3DS and went through plenty of trial and error, which didn’t work out in the end. That’s when the development of the 3DS version of the game was turned around, so we can make a Rodea that is meant to be enjoyed on 3DS.”


“The game’s operational sense is very crucial. Unless it has definite causation of actions coming from whenever a button is pressed, it will be nothing but a ‘simple flying game’,” says Yasuda. “For the 3DS version, it stands at about 70 percent completed. While we’re at it, we’d like to have more people be able to enjoy it for themselves, so we’re testing out a ‘Plus-α’”


4Gamer asks, what exactly is this ‘Plus-α’?


“For that, please try to keep it a secret for the time being,” Yoshida says, “We greatly apologize to those who’ve been waiting with their expectations, so when we’re nearing the end of development, instead of announcing bits at a time, we plan on going all out, so please wait just a little longer.”


4Gamer finally asks if it’s still okay to expect plans for its release to be on Wii and 3DS as previously announced.


“Yes, we will release it by all means, so please kindly continue supporting us,” Yoshida replies.

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  • carlospsp

    PS4, please

  • MrRobbyM

    I forgot this existed. Like, completely. I remember it looking cool. Hopefully it’s only changed for the better

  • Neophoton

    Glad to know it’s still alive and kicking! Nearly forgot about this game.

  • MikelAL93

    Glad to see this game is alive, but I would love a Wii U release if possible since Wii is mostly dead now…

  • KuroNathan

    O.o, I thought that was jackie chan for a small moment.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    I hope the Wii version will not be a Japanese-only thing…

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    It has been a while since this game was last talked about. I’m almost positive that it’s been moved from the Wii to the WiiU.

    • TrevHead

      They could always make both Wii & U versions and kill 2 birds with one stone.

    • They would have to be pretty crazy to release it for the Wii at this point… but on the other hand, releasing it for Wii U would require graphical enhancements and (I assume) the addition of a WiiPad control scheme. Probably still worth it, though.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Like I said before, Wow this isnt dead?! great

  • SilentMC

    That’s good that the game is still alive, it was one of the games that had caught my eye from way back before the 3DS’s launch. I wonder what’s going to happen to the Wii version of the game. Released on Wii U eshop as a downloable game I’m guessing.

  • Cameron Ward

    So after taking so long to make it, they dont think about moving production onto the Wii U? Unless they are taking of making it for the Wii U e-shop, I think putting it on the Wii would be a bad idea.

    • almostautumn

      Eh, more people own a Wii, plus the Wii U is backwards combatible. At this point, most Wii U owners are using the backwards combatible to explore Wii titles anyway due to the slow drip of releases, and so really I don’t think it matters.

  • Taylor Davis

    man, how long has it been since i first heard about this game, wow time flies by. Well that’s probably all the games that have came out and i forgot about this one. Well take your time and I’ll be sure to buy it in the future :). Also, our they making this a Wii u game as well? I think they should go for the Wii u than the Wii.

  • Jeffrey Thrash

    I’ve been wondering what happened to this game, recently. Good to see that it’s still being developed.

  • ecoutercavalier

    Is there any way that Siliconera could reach out for word on this game? It’s been an awfully long time since we’ve seen any news about it. It would be nice to hear whether or not it’s still in development, and for which consoles.

    I have my fingers crossed for the Wii U.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Good lord when will this come out o____o

  • Was looking up games with sky pirates and came across this title. Been looking up articles of it but regardless of whether it actually has pirates or not, I feel like this is a game I should be interested in.

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