Comment posted Uncovering three of the unannounced titles at TGS ’09 by kaiser6012.
Well, it’s been 9 months (more than that… almost a year) and there’s been no word on both Grandia 4 and Legend of Dragoon 2.
Now, I’d like to think that I’m an eternal optimist, but when it comes to LOD, I’ve been disappointed so many times it’s hard to take something like this with good humor, particularly when it appears that the name has been dropped as a bait-and-switch for another, lower quality game.
See, here’s what I think’s happened: your “incredible insider source” has a game he wants hyped. It’s not a terribly remarkable game – it’s main drawcard is heaps of eye candy and some debatably risqué conversation choices and doesn’t have much meat on those bones when it comes to past success with the series. So what to do? Advertising directly is kinda hard with the main artistic focuschosen and word of mouth is too unreliable.
Easy – they go online, find two RPGs that have had sequels requested for years and years, advertise the okay game with two games that would be instant bestsellers and get free air time. Then, when the other two games don’t eventuate, say “Oh well, I never said they were a sure thing. Besides, I got one right”.
I apologise if I am coming off as antagonistic and be aware that this is only a hypothesis, but it appears to me that you should disown that inside source – he’s mooched free advertising off you.
It also seems that you have gotten it wrong, at least in this case. If you’re willing to say “I told you so” in your follow-up reports, you have to be able to take criticism when things fall through. Next time, I beg you to double-check the info before giving false hope to the sequel-hopers. We’ve been #$*@ed around enough.
kaiser6012 also commented
- Nah, he probably said his trollish schpiel and disappeared, as trolls are wont to do.
Still (being the devil’s advocate and not any sort of dissenter), were I to put odds on which games would be produced, I’d put Ar at first, Grandia a close second and waaaaaay in the back, LOD third. I’m having trouble understanding why they’d wait so long between sequels…
That said, credit to the Dean where credit’s due. Good call.
- Hey, hey, hey, let’s all just calm down here. Yes, the games weren’t unveiled at TGS and yes, this does present as a blow to The Dean’s credibility. But that doesn’t mean that the whole thing can be dismissed out of hand.
Plenty of games have been announced with little fanfare or precursory media hype and given how long the games have been waiting for a sequel (if you don’t import games from Japan 7 years for Grandia and a whopping 9 years for LOD), it would only be natural for the dev team to want the game absolutely set in stone before they announce anything.
Personally, I take the rumour (however well substantiated it is, it is still, unfortunately, a rumour) with 9 months worth of salt. If, in that time, any of these three games are announced, it lends cred to The Dean. If not… well, we’ll see what happens.