I’ll be honest, before writing this article I had never heard of Solatorobo. However, the response to the news that a sequel is in the works has caused quite the stir across a number of gaming forums, which leads me to believe that this news is kind of a big deal. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is obviously held in high regard amongst those who have experienced the DS based original, a spiritual successor to the PlayStation game Tail Concerto. (For the record, we loved it.)
Having been a good boy and done my research, I can inform you that Solatorobo simply means ‘Sky & Robot’. The original game is a quirky action based RPG, in which you take on the role of Red Savarin, a ’17 year-old, anthropomorphic dog’. This is the extent of my research but that quote alone means that the game has gone straight to the top of my ‘Games I Must Buy’ List!
This story broke at a Namco Bandai event held in Barcelona, where CyberConnect2 president Hiroshi Matsuyama confirmed that a sequel was well and truly in development– this is no longer a pipe dream, this is happening. At present, no details have been confirmed regarding a possible release date or platform. At this stage my money would be on a 3DS release, but who knows which system the game may end up gracing.
Anyway, whilst I am still too ignorant to gauge exactly how exciting this news actually is, I plan to make the original Solatorobo my very next 3DS purchase. I guess only then will I be in a position to understand why this announcement has so many people so psyched.
Any Solatorobo fans out there? Let us know why we should be so excited for the sequel.