Skies of Arcadia Developer: "I Really, Really Want to Develop the Sequel"

Skies of Arcadia Developer: "I Really, Really Want to Develop the Sequel"

Signs of life for a classic RPG?

Skies of Arcadia is one of the Dreamcast's most beloved games, and fans still seem eager for any news they can get about it. Today, one of the developers of the cult classic RPG sparked some hope for fans when he indicated that he'd be interested in developing a sequel.

Kenji Hiruta, who worked on Skies of Arcadia, tweeted in response to a fan saying one of the "main devs" for Skies of Arcadia is pushing for people to ask for Skies of Arcadia to come back. "Strongly," Hirtua writes. "I really really want to develop the sequel."

The original game is nearing 20 years old at this point, as one of Sega's big RPGs for the Dreamcast. However, its influence can be felt to this day through the people it inspired. Double Fine's Tim Schafer cited Skies of Arcadia as one of his influences for Psychonauts, alongside Rayman 2. "You can see how if you mash those games together, you get Psychonauts," Schafer told USgamer in an interview at PAX West 2019.

Both Sam Barlow, developer of Telling Lies and Her Story, and Sean Velasco, designer of Shovel Knight, cited Skies of Arcadia when we spoke to them about their favorite Dreamcast games as well. This many years on, it seems odd that we haven't seen any movement on a new Arcadia game.

In an interview last year with Skies of Arcadia producer Rieko Kodama for Kotaku, odds didn't seem high for a sequel. Kodama says she felt honored that fans have expressed interest in a sequel, though; "It makes me happy to think of its legacy being passed on in this way," Kodama told Kotaku. Maybe hope isn't dead yet for one more trip to the skies of Arcadia.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwi?ski.

Need help?

Witcher 3: How to Start the Blood and Wine DLC and Meet Its Level Requirements

We explain how to get to Toussaint and what level you should be when you do.

Witcher 3: All the Correct Play Lines in "The Play's the Thing" Quest

We explain how to perform the Doppler's play with Priscilla, as well as whether to choose tragedy or comedy.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift Codes List (January 2020)

You can get free gifts in Pokemon Sword and Shield by entering certain Mystery Gift Codes. Here’s a full list of all the active codes available right now.

The Outer Worlds Shrink Ray - How to Get the Unique Shrink Ray Science Weapon

This is where you can get the Shrink Ray science weapon in The Outer Worlds, one of the unique weapons in the game.