Back in 2007, Square Enix released Dawn of Mana, the fourth and last main game in the Mana series. Fans have been waiting for the next game for a while, but it looks like the wait won’t be that much longer. Rise of Mana producer Masaru Oyamada recently shed some light on the future of the series.
During the interview with Dengeki, Oyamada was asked if he has anything planned for the Mana series (known as Seiken Densetsu in Japan) for its 25th anniversary in two years.
“The Mana series are titles that aren’t readily available on current consoles,” starts Oyamada. “Especially Seiken Densetsu 3, which was only available on the Super Famicom. Therefore, I’d like to make Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden*, Seiken Densetsu 2*, and Seiken Densetsu 3 as a series that can be properly played, and in two years time I’d like to release Seiken Densetsu 5.
*Note: Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden was released as Final Fantasy Adventure in the West, Seiken Densetsu 2 is Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3 was a Japan exclusive Super Famicom sequel for the second game.
Dengeki mentions that fans will definitely be looking forward to the game, and ask Oyamada if he were to in fact make Seiken Densetsu 5 in two years, which console would he like to make it for?
“Now that’s a difficult question,” responds Oyamada. “We’re talking two years, here. However, I have a feeling that fans want it to be for home consoles. There are actually a good number of fans who’d like to sit back and enjoy it (on home console). And there’s a big part of me that wishes to properly make something, for those fans.”
Oyamada concluded the interview by mentioning that he’s currently working on an Android version of Secret of Mana, while keeping past titles and other collaborations in mind, as it’d bring him great pleasure to have fans of the older titles get to experience them once again, with added pets and more to look forward to, this time around.