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Capcom should make a sequel to Okami instead of a HD re-release

Posted by Jason on October 1, 2017 at 5:10 AM

Okami - which has players controlling the goddess Amaterasu in wolf form, and literally painting life back into the world - is regarded as a modern classic. The game "represents a pure, resolutely Japanese vision, and is all the more appealing for it.". The HD re-release of Okami, PS4 version, is currently the 18th best selling game on Amazon (or 6th if you exclude the cards, consoles, and controllers) and has consistently been in the top 30 since Amazon put the pre-order up. With all the excitement about an updated re-release, however, speculation about an Okami sequel is still rampant. Although the release of Ōkamiden helped tide fans over, there just wasn't' the depth that the original had. A sequel could explore the continuance of the original, with a new twist. Would the music be the same, or could we hear new music? Sometimes a battle is worth staying in just to remain in the musical moment. The brush artistry will look amazing on the current generation consoles, and with greater computing technology, Amaterasu has the ability to experience a whole new trilogy of adventure.

Hideki Kamiya has hinted about a sequel and said he "hopes" for one, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Kamiya has talked about Okami 2 and how he wants to do it. He is probably going to start looking for another project soon. In an interview, Kamiya said he hadn't broached the idea with publishers yet, he said, "I've spent a lot of time thinking in my head what that game would be. I've got ideas in my head for Okami 2 as well…We've got other Scalebounds in our heads too."

There are several directions an Okami sequel could go. There is a lot of potential in the battle system and in the game's core mechanics. But the game could definitely have used a bit more time, more budget, some tough decisions and general polish. This unfulfilled potential is Kamiya in the ideas behind the game. We know he had to make a lot of huge changes to the basic game mechanics very, very late in the development progress, and with some time and some thinking we could get a sequel that would improve the series. The PS4 and new Nintendo Switch could launch new graphics and scenery to dazzle fans. One of the calls to action for gamers to encourage a new game could be exclusivity - perhaps only on one console brand with high graphics resolution. This exclusivity will sell both games and consoles to play them on.

Capcom is not currently in the position to fund the creation of niche sequels, so they may need to partner with a second investor or game developers such as Sony or Nintendo. It does fit nicely with Nintendo's usual lineup, but having another Zelda-like world game may not be something they were interested in. Okami is the only Kamiya game with no "spiritual successor" and fans are passionate about wanting that sequel. It seems like the creator has many ideas, as well.

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