Fans have been wondering about the possibility of a new Suikoden game, HD remasters of Final Fantasy XII and Xenogsaga (especially since Katsuhiro Harada mentioned it) for a while now, and industry insider Verendus, who is well known on NeoGAF for knowing what he talks about, dropped quite a few interesting pieces of information on the forums today, in a thread about the possible exclusivity of the new Silent Hills.
Things started mild, with the teasing mention of a new PlayStation exclusive by Konami:
There’s an incoming Konami exclusive for Playstation. Is it this or a mythological new Suikoden? Dun dun dun.
Anyway, this game isn’t that far along apparently.
Then they turned heated with a veritable storm of reveals:
- New Suikoden game in the works now. This one is very far off though as it’s a recent thing as far as I know. I’d think 2016 is the earliest we start hearing stuff about it.
- Superman is looking to make his triumphant return to video games, in a non-fighting game this time.
- New Virtua Fighter game to come.
- Good news for some PC MGS fans, there are plans from the top to bring the HD collection to PC. Not that anyone isn’t expecting that, I’m sure.
- On the back of that, FFXII HD on current gen is basically confirmed at this point. As is one of the older Dragon Quest titles in HD (I’ve genuinely forgot which number though since it’s been a while). In addition to that, there is a spin-off Final Fantasy title planned for consoles. Not big budget. Not FFX or FF7 in case people take it there. Not a traditional RPG either.
- For you, thou shall bring a Xenosaga HD collection. I’m also looking forward to this as I’ve never played them. Took a whole lotta tryin’ just to get up that hill. Now we’re up in the big leagues, gettin’ our turn at bat. As long as we live, it’s you and me, baby.
- You will start to hear about digital revivals of some old IPs in the next one to two years. Playstation and otherwise.
- Another unnamed IP which is coming to Playstation exclusively from Sega should hopefully be announced next year. It’s had teething issues which seems to be making it take longer than I thought, as have most other projects on current gen to be fair from the looks of it, but I’m happy to mention it again because it looks like we might finally get an announcement next year. I’m hoping at least. This one’s not a fighting game.
- Third Person IP which is big budget is coming and it’s set in the Indian subcontinent. Mentioning this because I feel it’s quite notable something big is going this route. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a big title in this kind of setting. I find it very surprising, but also very exciting. Western developed.
- Japanese new IP which is set in…Japan. Third person action adventure title with monsters and machines. Might have RPG elements, not too sure on that unfortunately. Futurisitic setting. Playstation exclusive.
- A new game which will be a pretty big deal, I’m sure.
- An old game, which will be somewhat of a big deal I guess.
We should have news on all of the above over the coming 2 years I’d think. There’s one or two “twists” here and there where one may not like what happens, but it’s all true. I honestly think this is going to be an amazing generation.
Verendus afterwards also mentioned that Metal Gear Solid 4 might be coming to PC as well, and that Konami is planning to potentially revive another old IP that has been on the back burner for about a decade, adding that the Final Fantasy XII HD remaster would be on PS4, even if he didn’t exclude a PS3 release as well.
He finally explained that the third person IP mentioned at point 9 is an action adventure, and that he thinks that the Final Fantasy XII and Dragon Quest HD remasters will be announced before the release of Final Fantasy XV. The game teased with “Bonnie and Clyde” is also a western-published title.
There’s definitely a lot to take in there, but we have to remember that this kind of insider information remains unconfirmed, and should be considered only a rumor until each announcement is made officially.
One thing is for sure: if all of this is true, the next couple of years will be exciting, especially for JRPG fans.