Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is releasing on 8 July on PS5 and PS4, and producer Ryo Ishida hopes that it will lead to more entries in the long-running franchise, in the form of other remasters or new IP.
In an interview that will appear in the next issue of the gaming journal Lock-On, via VGC, Ishida had the following to say on the subject:
“With Klonoa, since there’s been large gaps between the release of the games, at this 25th anniversary’s timing, we decided to release this title so people can play the original [games] first,” Ishida explained.
“And if this remastered version is loved by the community, there might be opportunities to further expand the Klonoa IP and do other remasters of other titles as well.
The first entry in the franchise, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, was released on PS1 in 1997, and you can see how far the series has come in this comparison video.
Marketing manager Moa Ikeuchi elaborated on the matter, explaining further:
“The main target is veteran gamers who still love Klonoa. As you know, Klonoa is a title and character that is still loved and supported by many people.
“It’s because of these veteran gamers and our existing fans […] that we were able to successfully reinvent and reveal the remastered version on the 25th anniversary.
“Alongside the memories that our existing fans have, we have also made the game more appealing and [suitable for younger gamers] and also people who haven’t [discovered Klonoa] yet.
“That’s why even though our main target is veteran gamers, we hope that a large variety of game fans will enjoy and experience the charm and appeal of the original Klonoa games.”
So, it seems like depending on the success of Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, we might see a new Klonoa title after all these years. If you want another peek at the game ahead of launch, you can check out its opening cinematic.
Did you play the original Klonoa, way back when? Are you excited by the prospect of a new entry in the franchise? Let us know in the comments section below.
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I loved the original but it was short I think price tag is important sadly as in most cases I look at how much bang for my buck I get. It was easy when I was a child not sure if they have added content but I am hoping so.
I hate this tactic so much. “Hey buy this stuff you already paid and/or a completely different product you didn’t necessarily want and we’ll maybe make the game you actually want”. It sucked with Darkstalkers and Chibi Robo when it actually did kill those franchises. I was never big on the remake from its visuals and the fact that I can just buy the original on my Vita, but this makes me not want to support it.
Bit annoyed that the Switch is getting physical releases of Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, Pac-Man World Re-PAC & Cuphead (Rumored) but PlayStation isn't, I'd love to physically own these games on Switch AND PlayStation.
Klonoa is getting a PS4 version though? I've already wishlisted it on Amazon.
@JustPlainLoco If not released physically i have no issue not buying it. Its such nonsense to do one platform and not on a another.
It's getting a physical release on both PS5 and PS4
A full 3D klonoa 3 like (mario odyssey) will be great I think 😃
@pushtriangle - Damn it, another game I'll have to buy through ebay because EB Games isn't giving me the option to buy it on PlayStation, same thing happened with A Hat in Time.
However (To my knowledge) no word on Pac-Man World Re-PAC getting a physical release on PS.
@Deoxyr1bose Very true. Reminds me of all the campaigning and petition signings we had to do to get half decent Vita games localized back in the day. "Buy this garbage Digimon game and we might localize Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, the good one!" Nah mate 👎
I would love to help out, but sadly PS Store pre-orders don't exist!
I have to wait until release day before I can order.
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