Suikoden Creator Yoshitaka Murayama Working On A New Project Targeted At The West

By Eugene . June 23, 2014 . 9:59am

Creator of the Suikoden RPG series Yoshitaka Murayama recently gave an interview to the Suikoden Revival Movement, and in it dropped a tidbit that a new game project from his studio, Blue Moon, might be coming West.

 

Murayama stated: “It’s hard to say with certainty what will happen in the game industry, but one of the projects I’m currently involved with is targeted mainly towards the overseas audience.”

 

“However,” he added, “we’ve only just launched the project very recently and are not sure when things will actually get off the ground. When we do have something to show, I’ll be sure to post a message about it on my homepage.”

 

What this new project is remains to be seen. A few years ago, Murayama penned a manga adaptation of Magic: The Gathering, titled Magic: The Gathering - Moe Tsukinu Honō.

 

He also talks about some additional background on the Suikoden series such as the influences behind it (including a surprising Michael Moorcock link) and his work on the Magic the Gathering manga he helped do. You can read the full interview here.

 

Food for Thought:

In the interview, Murayama is asked about Kickstarter and his thoughts both on the platform and whether he might use the platform as well. He replies that Kickstarter may be the solution to the rising costs of developing HD games.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if he took to Kickstarter to develop a spiritual successor to the franchise he helped create? It sounds unlikely, but hey, a bunch of Japanese developers are doing just that.

 

Source: Suikoden Revival Movement (via Kotaku)


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  • shymel

    “Aimed at the west” that phrase always makes me worried.

    • IS | 桂木

      Same. But hopefully we’ll be in good hands… ? This guy DID create the masterpiece that is Suikoden 2

      • Franggio Hogland

        Well he has my money.

    • SMT

      Yeah, it’s more often than not “Here’s a game the Japanese wouldn’t like that we think is what the west wants but actually shows we have no idea what western people like in games”.

      Even SE learned after Bravely Default that their games should not be made with that mindset – Just focus on making a good game like in the older days, because that’s what people want.

    • Kango234

      That and “We want the _____ audience” are like the videogame kiss of death.

    • Chersea

      At least it increases localisation chances?

  • Lutfi Ardiansyah

    please once again, revive the legends of 27 True Runes

  • epy

    “Suikoden Creator Yoshitaka Murayama Working On A New Project” =D
    “Targeted At The West” =/

    • DesmaX

      At least it’s not “Targeted at the East”. It would probably be on iOS

  • DesmaX

    A Kickstarter for a spiritual sucessor sounds fine.

    Seems like we’ll see a revival of the genre (Of sorts) on this generation. Lot’s of games announced with potencial

  • AlphaSixNine

    “targeted mainly towards the overseas audience”? That worries me but will check it out once more info surfaces. I hope it’s an RPG at least lol :3

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Don’t target the west! Just make a cool game as you normally would and make sure it gets localized!

    • Shippoyasha

      I am still insanely dubious of kickstarter too.

      • darke

        From my experience, so far it seems as reliable as a publisher to get games to market.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Yeah, ditto.

  • Kaibun

    Targeted at the west? Man, that gets me worried. If it’s good as something like Startropics, another game aimed at the west, I’ll take it.

  • Herok♞

    I am interested because, this game will be a good indicator of what Japan feels western audience want in their games.

  • Milewide

    Lowly mortal, you set your sights too low. TARGET THE MOON!!!

  • fairysun

    Man, starts a new Suikoden(especially if it involves Harmonia) project and sees Stars of Destiny comes running to you.

  • OrangeArmy

    Hey, I live in the west and I love Suikoden,

    target it at me and we’ll get a new Suikoden game.

  • Ash_Riot

    Guy looks like hell. He’s a has been now anyway. Doubt his game would be great. He was relevant once, but then decided it was cool to turn his back on his fans and disappear into a void.

    I bet it’s a mobile phone game too, btw.

  • Godmars

    You mean to say a sci-fi Suikoden styled space opera, with booze gambling and alien hookers, is possible?

    (*´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥﹏°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ )

    • Firekitty

      Pretty sure they already made that game. It was called ‘Infinite Space’.

      • Godmars

        Too much to ask for something like that on a console?

        • Firekitty

          Probably. The last two ‘Suikoden’ games were on portables, not to mention the majority of RPGs these days.

          A fan can hope, but we should be realistic, too :.

    • Warboss Aohd

      Sci-Fi Suikoden?

      All for it, especially if protagonist is an Alien.

  • tturtlejosh

    Cowboys? Haaa… ok I’ll go now

  • 60hz

    talking about arriving late to the japan-lets-westernize party… news flash, several jp pubs have tried and failed and now realize that their success in the west has been because they were NOT western (i’m looking at you square!)… but i guess time will tell…

  • Kornelious

    Things never go right when Japanese developers try to “Westernize” a game…..Here’s to hoping I’m wrong though….

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Nice to see him after all these years, as well as when he left half-way of Suikoden 3 due to a dispute with the Konami’s higher-ups.

    • JohnNiles

      Halfway through? I did not know that. o_O

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        From what I remember and heard years ago, supposedly Kuroko’s (One of the recruitable five dogs in Suikoden 3) POV was originally wanted by Murayama to be Sasarai’s. I believe it is one of the clashing points between the creator and Konami’s higher-ups back then.

        • http://expsharekupo.wordpress.com/ Mint Cream

          I knew he left mid-way, but I didn’t know about the potential Sasarai viewpoint. I would have loved that!

        • News Commenter

          No. The Sasarai anecdote has no factual basis. Not to mention higher-ups don’t care about storyline particulars unless it’ll spark controversy or lack appeal to the targeted audience. Having a dog for a minor plot point hits neither of those concerns.

          Murayama and Konami parted ways fairly amicably, and near to the end of development. What you got in Suikoden III is about as close to Murayama’s vision as the first two games were.

  • AndyLC

    Here are things Japanese developers have done ‘targeted at the west’
    -Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
    -DMC: Devil May Cry
    -Lost Planet 3

    I really hope Yoshitaka Murayama knows what he’s doing…

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      I think with proper development and luck, it can be pulled off. Then again, it’s a challenge.

    • Domii

      Bro DmC was awesome. I don’t know what you talking about.

  • Raze

    Don’t target the west

    Target the japanese and localize it to west!

    • Maxwell3000

      You tell em Rudy.,..erm Raze!

    • Ric Vazquez

      Exactly

  • chibisake

    I don’t know why people worries with the “targeted at the west” thing. Games like Wild Arms, FFVIII, and a lot of JRPGs, SRPGs,
    roguelikes and dungeon crawlers heavily inspired in the Medieval Europe and in Dungeons and Dragons are awesome.

    • PreyMantis

      But they weren’t specifically aimed at Western audiences.

      • chibisake

        I think that the Final Fantasy franchise is partially aimed at Western audiences, specially since the international release of Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VIII is a game full of cinematic scenes that shows action (the battle between Seifer VS Squall, etc.), and has a western spirit.

        Dungeon crawlers like Elminage Original are like the old western DC and RPG games. The same applies to the Beat’em ups that CAPCOM made with the Dungeons and Dragons franchise.

        A more recent example: Project Phoenix
        https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1300298569/project-phoenix-japans-indie-rpg-feat-aaa-talent

        There are a lot of games aimed at western audiencies (well, not specifically, but they were aimed anyway) that are perfectly enjoyable. So, in my opinion, there is no need to be so negative.

        • Warboss Aohd

          Project Phoenix is literally the meshing of Western and Japanese game design.

          • chibisake

            That’s correct, and that’s why it is targeted to western audiences (and asian ones too). Some japanese professionals holds an important position in this project.

          • Warboss Aohd

            the guy running it is a Japanese Australian who is a fan of both western and japanese games, he also speaks both Japanese and english, both well at that.

            He is basically the person i want in charge of the project.

        • darke

          I certainly don’t mind ‘targeted to the west’ games that target old school gamers like me like; like Wizardry clones and roguelike-likes. ;)

  • Gojira Twit

    Hmm… speaking of Kickstarter and Japanese Western development and spiritual successors to Suikoden:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seltaire/americana-dawn/posts
    http://english.americanadawn.com/

    • Patrick Dudemaister

      Looks really interesting this project.. gona have to keep an eye on it.. Thanks for posting!

  • Yan Zhao

    Stop trying to target the west because most idiots here only play CoD or GTA anyway. Just make a Suikoden game for the few of us non-mainstream gamers.

    • Aunna Terrell

      If you read the interview, he mentions a couple of times that you have to request a new Suikoden from Konami. He left during Suikoden 3′s production and didn’t have a hand in any of the others.

  • Warboss Aohd

    my body is beyond ready.

  • Warboss Aohd

    oh quit complaining about him targeting the west, how about we wait and see what he has for us.

  • Virevolte

    Please, enjoy our new Iphone game.

    • Skeptika Crediblus

      Wait, is he publishing with Squeenix?

  • Aristides

    If you target the west, target the west like NIS does X3. Give the hardcore what they want :P

  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    I have always wanted a Magic The Gathering on handheld. i would love to have one on N3DS.

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