When we last spoke with Yuji Naka, he told us his next game involved an original character and the sky. Today, Famitsu revealed the title, Machinist of the Sky Rodea. Yuji Naka and Takumi Miyajima are working on creating this sky fantasy game.
Rodea, the regal looking character with tail fins… on his tail, is the lead character. Ion is the girl with the goggles to Rodea’s left. Princess Cecilia is looking over them.
Similar to Prope’s last title, Ivy the Kiwi, Machinist of the Sky Rodea is coming to Nintendo 3DS and Wii. In the Wii release, players only use the Wii remote to control the game. You point to remote to move and rapidly shake the remote or press the B button to get there faster. Pointing the remote and pressing A makes Rodea use a gun attack.
Development of Rodea began in the fall of 2009. A prototype of the game was deemed to be too complicated and Naka thought of a the Wii remote as a solution to make give the game simple controls. The result is a completely new action game.
Kadokawa Games, publishers of Metal Max 3 and Earth Seeker, are publishing Machinist of the Sky Rodea in Japan.
Naka also told us the main character is based on an animal he thought was "interesting." Any idea on what kind of animal Rodea is?