When Tetsuya Mizuguchi left Sega to form his own studio he considered to abandon the whole music/rhythm genre that he is known for. During the Q Entertainment lecture, Shuji Utsumi, current CEO of Q Entertainment, revealed that Mizuguchi-san was considering developing a Hollywood like action game with a female lead since sales of Rez were so low. Instead of going with the mainstream Utsumi-san urged Mizuguchi-san to be “half a step ahead” of the audience instead of three steps with Rez. Instead Lumines was born and Q Entertainment is going to continue to be a company that “rocks” with more music games.
At the end of the presentation Utsumi-san teased the audience with an announcement that he planned to make, but at the last minute he pulled the announcement out of the presentation. He mentioned that the announcement was hinted at during his lecture. Hmm… let’s see he spoke about how Meteos Online and Angel Love Online use cash op systems, how Lumines was inspired by Tetris, and there was a brief history of Rez. All the way at the end he showed a video of Heavenly Star and mentioned how that it was “important”. Since Every Extend Extra Extreme is out of the bag, what could Q Entertainment be working on?