Live A Live sequel was planned during the DS era, hope for the future
According to Live A Live director Takashi Tokita, the RPG almost received a sequel during the DS era.
Tokita shared that information in a recent interview with Famitsu. He said that while there were plans for a new game, “it was hard to display the passion of Live A Live fans to the company, and so we ended up in an impasse.”
Here’s our full translation:
Before, Tokita-san said he attempted to resurrect Live A Live, but it didn’t go well.
Tokita: In the Nintendo DS era, we had tried to plan a sequel, but it was hard to display the passion of Live A Live fans to the company, and so we ended up in an impasse. We finally made it for that (the HD-2D remake) this time. I think one of the reasons we succeeded is definitely the HD-2D presentation. Keeping the impression of the Super Nintendo era while modernizing it was a big factor.
We had also thought about doing a full 3D remake instead (of the HD-2D remake), but we considered the fans, and decided that it wouldn’t be quite what they wanted. Therefore, I think this Live A Live HD-2D remake was a result of many cogs happening to align.
While Live a Live didn’t receive a sequel back in the day, it could happen in the future. Tokita said in a Q&A video this week that if the remake sells one million copies, he’d be “very confident” in bringing up Live a Live 2 with Square Enix. Oddly, he only called out the Steam and PlayStation release – not the Switch version, which has already been around for a year.
Translation provided by SatsumaFS on behalf of Nintendo Everything.