Back in 2011, the world got its first look at Rodea the Sky Soldier, a unique aerial action game from Sonic creator Yuji Naka. Since then, nary a word has been said about the title (which was being developed simultaneously for Wii and 3DS), leading many to believe it had been quietly cancelled, but a recent interview confirms that the game is still very much alive.
Speaking to 4Gamer, Yoshimi Yasuda, president of Kadokawa Games (publisher of Rodea) stated that, despite the silence, Rodea was still in development for both platforms. According to Yasuda, the reason the title has yet to be released is because Prope has had difficulty reproducing the gameplay of the Wii version on 3DS:
“Since Rodea was announced, it was expected to be released for Wii and 3DS; however, Yuji (Naka) over at Prope and Kadokawa Games were developing it as a title for the Wii. When it came to making it for the 3DS, they couldn’t reproduce the Wii Remote’s operational sense for 3DS and went through plenty of trial and error, which didn’t work out in the end. That’s when the development of the 3DS version of the game was turned around, so we can make a Rodea that is meant to be enjoyed on 3DS.”
Yasuda went on to explain that the 3DS version is now roughly 70 percent complete, and the company still intends to release the title on both Wii and 3DS, though whether or not it will make its way outside of Japan is still up in the air.