In 1999, we met Seaman for the first time. Seaman was Japanese developer Yoot Saito’s odd virtual pet simulator for the Dreamcast, complete with a pack-in microphone to direct the game using only one’s voice. Seaman got a sequel later, for the Playstation 2, in 2007. And now with a fleeting teaser image on Twitter, Saito might be revisiting the sea-bound soul.
”Seemingly, a new project is being started. Guess what from the web-address on their back,” reads the tweet from Saito. In the image, Saito, alongside other probable developers are wearing shirts that say “don’t panic” in large font—a familiar slogan from Seaman. For the website, seaman.ai shows as under construction. At Bit Summit 2016, Saito announced that he was returning to game development after a long absence in focusing on creating apps. This announcement looks to be the fruit of that labor.
Seemingly, a new project is being started. Guess what from the web-address on their back. pic.twitter.com/h9eiUjGosL— 斎藤由多加 (@YootSaito) May 25, 2017
The new project could be a number of things. HD remakes of the Seaman games for newer consoles. Alternatively, the “new project” might be a long-awaited sequel, which would be Saito’s first game since the bite-sized airport simulator Aero Porter for the 3DS. Regardless, coupled with an appearance at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference where he gave a retrospective talk on the original game, seeing a creative mind like Saito dive back into game development is an exciting thing.