Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series Remaster Could Open the Door to 'Expanding the IP', According to Producer

Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series Remaster Could Open the Door to 'Expanding the IP', According to Producer

Richard Walker

Next week will see the launch of Klonoa remasters via the Klonoa: Phantasy Reveries Series, bundling remasters of the original two entries in Bandai Namco's platforming franchise. Should the Phantasy Reverie Series remasters prove successful, it could lead to “opportunities to further expand the IP”.

“With Klonoa, since there’s been large gaps between the release of the games, at this 25th anniversary’s timing, we decided to release this title so people can play the original [games] first,” Producer Ryo Ishida told game journal Lock-On (via VGC). “And if this remastered version is loved by the community, there might be opportunities to further expand the Klonoa IP and do other remasters of other titles as well.”

Ishida noted that the “first goal” behind Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series - which includes a remaster of the 2008 Wii remake of the 1997 PS1 original Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, and a remaster of the 2001 PS2 sequel, Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil - is to “spread awareness and reignite the Klonoa IP.”

Marketing Manager Moa Ikeuchi added that the primary target for the Phantasy Reverie Series is the “veteran gamers” who still love Klonoa. “Alongside the memories that our existing fans have, we have also made the game more appealing and [suitable for younger gamers] and also people who haven’t [discovered Klonoa] yet,” said Ikeuchi.

“That’s why even though our main target is veteran gamers, we hope that a large variety of game fans will enjoy and experience the charm and appeal of the original Klonoa games," he continued, stating that it's because of those veteran games that the studio has been able to “reinvent and reveal" the remasters to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Klonoa.

There's potentially more Klonoa to come, then, all being well. Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on 7th July.

  • Would have to play that remaster but it looks very nice! A new game could be fun.
  • The first game holds a very special place in my heart, but man, I simply hate such blackmaily statements. "If you don't buy our remaster, there might not be another game and the series will die. Prove how much of a fan are you". IIRC, Fatal Frame's director said similar things. How about making a good game that'll defend itself? I took a look at the trailer and it doesn't look half bad, but I hate what they've done to the HUD.
  • @Gytree suda 51 did the same thing for the no more heros game that got released on switch. he said if enough people buy the game he'd do no more hero's three. i dont think it sold well for being a wario ware clone, but we still got no more hero's.
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