February 14, 2013 | J.J. Cappa
The team behind the upcoming sequel to Ore no Shikabana o Koete Yuke (俺の屍を超えてゆけ) has started a development blog called “The Road to the Sequel.” Since its announcement at the Tokyo Game Show last fall, not a single word had been said (until today) about the PlayStation Vita title, which will be the first new “OreShika” (俺屍) game since the original was released for the PlayStation in 1996. According to their first post, however, the team at Sony Computer Entertainment hopes that regular updates will help to ease any worries that were created by their six months of silence.
Unfortunately, they have not shared any specific details about the game yet, but the information posted this afternoon does suggest that development is progressing steadily; environments are being built and characters are being put in motion. They are still brainstorming new ideas, though, and adjusting to the unique Vita hardware has meant a lot of trial and error for the team at this stage.
To develop the new OreShika title, SCE is working with Alfa System, who developed the first game in the series as well as its 2011 PlayStation Portable port. They insist that each trip to Kumamoto Prefecture (where Alfa System is based) is strictly for business purposes, but the local cuisine appears to be having a big influence on the game as well.
The Ore no Shikabana o Koete Yuke sequel has no release date at the moment, and as neither the PSOne original nor the PSP port were localized for Western release, it is hard to guess whether or not it will ever leave Japan. Fortunately, PS Vita consoles are region-free.