Director of the often-overlooked Square Enix classic Live A Live is once again enticing fans with the possibility of a sequel after last month’s PlayStation and PC remake.
If the Steam and PlayStation editions of the video game can give a million copies, then I would be incredibly positive in presenting a Live A Live 2 to the company!,” director Takashi Tokita said in a social networks Q&A when asked about the potential of a follow up. Please, everyone, I need your help with this! That’s a pretty standard answer to this kind of inquiry, but it’s a lot more specific than the last time Tokita hinted to a sequel.
What impact did the mangaka have on the Live A Live universes? If the group could add one more age bracket, which one would it be? Is Live A Live 2 ever a possibility?To answer even more of your #LiveALiveQuestions, producer Takashi Tokita is back. The game can be purchased on PS5, PS4, and Steam right now. pic.twitter.com/ukGAKNoRfAMay 24, 2023
Tokita and the rest of the Live A Live team collaborated with seven different manga artists, including Case Closed/Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama, to create playable characters across the game’s seven age ranges. Tokia has said, “I believe it would be fantastic if we did not limit ourselves to just manga artists, and might team up with all sort of different developers from worldwide on a new video game,” suggesting a wide range of potential collaborators for a potential sequel.
One fan’s worry over the game’s length suggests that Tokita has ideas for expansion as well; after all, a modern setting in a newly developed video game would seem very different from the modern of the 1994 original. In my opinion, a time period set in the year 2023, complete with internet connections, artificial intelligence, and other cutting-edge technologies, would feel very futuristic. A “genuine modern day” episode may be fun, in my opinion.
Tokita also recently revealed that “in the Nintendo DS period, we had actually attempted to prepare a follow up, but it was difficult to show the enthusiasm of Live A Live fans to the business, therefore we wound up in a deadlock” during a recent interview with Famitsu (translated by Nintendo Everything).
Live A Live 2 never seemed like a real possibility in my wildest dreams, but then again, I never thought we’d live in a world where the original Live A Live may get a remake, either. While the original game was only released in Japan, the HD-2D remake saw a worldwide release on Switch in 2015 before hitting PC, PS5, and PS4 a month earlier.
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