Over My Dead Body 2 Director Shares Details On The Upcoming Vita RPG

By Sato . September 20, 2013 . 1:25pm

Since it was initially announced back in 2011, we haven’t heard much about Sony Computer Entertainment Japan’s Over My Dead Body 2, the PlayStation Vita sequel to the cult hit PSOne game about a cursed bloodline that must defeat a demon. After recently revealing a first look of its trailer, director Shoji Masuda spoke to 4Gamer about the upcoming sequel.


The above is a look at Over My Dead Body 2 (to the left) and the original Over My Dead Body on PSOne. As you may have noticed, the graphics have been completely revamped in 3D, but the upcoming sequel still retains its Japanese-style artwork.


According to Masuda, this change is a result from the request of fans. It was not because fans wanted to see it in 3D, but because there was a high demand of those who wanted to see a hereditary resemblance in the characters. The reason being is that your progeny can only live for two years, so your distant descendants will be the ones to lift the curse, which means that you’ll be playing through various generations of the family with the cursed bloodline.



“If we did this in 2D, it would simply be something like ‘Fukuwarai’ (Japanese ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ game),” explains Masuda. “The talks of making it into 3D completely influenced everything, as we felt that by displaying the family in 3D, it would’ve been strange if the other things weren’t, so from there we thought that it’d be better to also display the map and battles in 3D.”


“It’s not that we wanted to make it into 3D, but it was a result of everything else that it ended up being mostly in 3D.”


Fan feedback has been a crucial part of developing  Over My Dead Body 2. Since the release of Over My Dead Body’s PSP remake, Sony have gathered input from questionnaires, various social media networks such Twitter, mixi, and even from those on the Japanese 2channel discussion boards.


Masuda shares that they have a thick stack of papers that are full of fan requests. For every request that has been mentioned by three or more people, the development team puts it into a list of considerations, which are then examined thoroughly. 4Gamer then asks what some of the most common requests were.


“The one that had the most [requests] was about about removing the limit of having 256 people in your family tree,” answers Masuda. “At the time, it was limited due to the capacity of the PlayStation’s memory card, but this time you’ll be able to register at least 1,000 people, so I don’t think there will be any trouble. Also, ‘please let us have more than one save’ was another big one. This was also limited to just one in the past because of capacities, but this time you’ll get to have up to four saves.”


Masuda also teases a new system that will be a part of Over my Dead Body 2 that will involve some sort of communication.


“You see, playing Mahjong with computers is fun, but playing between people you know, is definitely much more fun,” shares Masuda “I’d like to capture the fun part of such a communication method and put it into Over My Dead Body. While we’ll be releasing more details a little at a time, I’m sure you’ll be baffled by it once you get to try it out for yourself.”


Over My Dead Body 2 is slated for release in summer 2014 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • This looks nice =)

    • TheExile285

      Yeah I’m hyped for it. Its apparently playbe at TGS but I can’t find any gameplay.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    The remake came out in 2011. The sequel was announced at last year’s TGS in a similar manner to the way the new Gravity Rush game was.

    • TheExile285

      which means we could be waiting for GR2 forever….. ;_;

      although it should be really good so i’ll just wait i guess. still better than The Last Guardian situatio-*shot*

      • JonathanisPrimus

        2015 isn’t forever.

        • TheExile285

          I know i was exaggerating

  • TheExile285

    My body needs a trailer….. and a firm localization confirmation by SCEA…..

    From what I’ve seen and read, this is gonna be amazing.

    • Chris Yuen


      I’ll love to see it making its way over too.

      • Arcana Wiz

        i have high hopes that it will be, the problem the first it was cause it was a remake and came at the end of psp cycle.

        • jujubee88

          Hope you guys are right. This is the type of JRPG I’ve been wanting more of on VITA!

      • artemisthemp

        So who would be publisher in the West?

        • Guest

          It’s a first-party studio title. Sony themselves can publish it.

          • artemisthemp

            Sound like I will be able to play this game :)

          • Elvick

            They could always source it out to someone else. Xseed started publishing Wild Arms during the PS2 era and brought the PSP game.

            Sony dropped WKC2 and then D3 Publisher took over.

            Demon’s Souls and Atlus… lol… So short sighted Sony.

            But I’d prefer Sony just do it… but it’s nice they at least will allow others to bring out their stuff. Unlike some people… Namco with Tales. D:<

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Wow. This sounds pretty interesting. I’ll wait for another trailer to show this in action.

  • Arcana Wiz

    It looks great… and We can make a NEKO family, you know a family tree with cat ears…. customizable faces and hair with neko ears…. *start to drools* and it’s hinted that another gods have too some characteristcs that can be inherited.

    • TheExile285

      I want a squirrel god so I can make a family of makoto’s!

      • Arcana Wiz

        i wanna a bat god to make morrigan! Or some goods have great eyes to pass to my neko’s! man this game will be played by me as a bishoujo maker! perfect a entire family tree to your liking!

        • Chris Yuen

          I can’t handle the thought of having so many waifus dying out on me though. Everytime a cute one dies, I’ll be like NOOOOOO, I’ll gather the dragon balls for you!

          • Arcana Wiz

            yeah….. the dying feaure is kinda interesting and sad but i like to think that the child who die go to heavens and rule it with their god and goddess fathers and mothers, so they only ascend.

  • ronin4life

    Was the original ever localized?

    • Arcana Wiz


    • TheExile285

      Nope. Story is not connected so that shouldn’t stop us from getting this.

  • klkAlexar

    Normally I don’t like having so many playable characters but this looks super interesting so I want to play it. Since it looks like that we a have a good chance of getting it maybe we will also get it in 2014. Simultaneous release would be nice (unlikely).

  • Learii

    my body need this to be localized

  • Sure hope we get a Western release this time

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