The upcoming issue of video game journal, Lock-On, has published a new interview with Klonoa producer Ryo Ishida and marketing manager Moa Ikeuchi in which they speak about the forthcoming Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series compilation and the future of the series. They said that the compilation has been made so that veteran Klonoa fans and newcomers can experience the classic platforming adventures and to “spread awareness and reignite the Klonoa IP. The duo also said that the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series compilation will test the waters and that the team will wait to see how it performs sales-wise, as the team would love to create further Klonoa games and classic remasters. The Klonoa series is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary and Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is out on Nintendo Switch and other platforms on Friday, 8th July.
“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. 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. The first goal and idea behind the [Phantasy Reverie Series] itself is to spread awareness and reignite the Klonoa IP.”
Klonoa producer, Ryo Ishida
“The main target is veteran gamers who still love Klonoa. As you know, Klonoa is a title and character that is still loved and supported by many people. It’s because of these veteran gamers and our existing fans […] that we were able to successfully reinvent and reveal the remastered version on the 25th anniversary. 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. 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.”
Klonia marketing manager, Moa Ikeuchi
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