The development head of Ushiro, Level-5’s long-lost horror game announced back in 2008 and updated for Nintendo Switch last year, has answered some questions regarding the project, via an interview with the company’s official virtual Youtuber Reto-chan.
Since the game’s announcement, it has become a meme in gaming circles in Japan, having until last year been the only PSP game left on Famitsu’s release schedule, as well as being voted in on ‘Most Anticipated Games’ every week.
Here are the highlights:
Seriously though, what’s the state of Ushiro’s development?
Head developer M: “Please ask President Hino. He mentioned in a weekly gaming magazine that the game is coming to Nintendo Switch, but the finer details are only known by President Hino himself, so…”
Why’s development been delayed so much?
M: “A reason… (long silence) We haven’t exorcised it yet. Whenever we use the word ‘demon’ (akuma) we properly exorcise it from our office. Actually, even for the fourth Yo-kai Watch movie, we used the word ‘ghost’ and as such had to do an exorcism. But despite Ushiro being this sort of title, we haven’t done so… Lots of things have happened to the people involved, with some even making headlines on Yahoo News…”
Will Ushiro properly be developed going forward?
M: “I hear that there are quite a few young creators who have mentioned they want to make Ushiro, and as the head of the title I’d also like to release it, but before that I believe we have a lot of things we need to release first before that.”
You can find the full video below:
Ushiro is in development for PlayStation Portable Nintendo Switch.