Sigh…Trace Memorwii has not been announced, nor has The Continued Adventures of Kyle Hyde. It looks like the Wii game Cing is working on (confirmed to Buttonbasher in September) will be more Harvest Moon than Hotel Dusk.
Summary from the IGN article
-The makers of Wish Room, Harvest Moon, Chulip, Final Fantasy XII and Dragon Quest VIII are teaming up for a new super project for the Wii. Project O (a tentative name, of course) has just started development at two southern Japanese development studios, Cing and Town Factory, to be published in Japan by Marvelous Interactive.
-This title is already getting attention due to its growing list of development talent. Serving as producer is Marvelous Interactive’s Yasuhiro Wada, general producer of the Harvest Moon series. The game’s designer is Yoshiro Kimura, who worked on moon (PlayStation) and Chulip (PS2), and has signed on as a contractor for Marvelous in order to do this title. Another key member of the Harvest Moon series is also reportedly working on the game. Kimura also brought in Kazuyuki Kurashima, another staff member from the moon days.
Not enough for you? Well here are a couple of guys who’s past games you’ll definitely recognize. Project O’s main programmer is Youichi Kawaguchi, the main programmer of Dragon Quest VIII. Serving as art director is Hideo Minaba, the art director of Final Fantsay XII. Minaba, incidentally, now works at Town Factory.
-Project O started with the idea of being a combination of Sim People and Sim Earth.
-The simulation elements will push the Wii to the limit, promised Wada. When in the god’s perspective, the game will display dozens of characters simultaneously, each moving using unique AI routines.
Another big point, mentioned Wada, is that on top of the simulation elements, the game will deliver the feeling of being part of a storyline. In the interview, he promised something different from any previous game. Kimura chimed in and noted that there’s one exception: the Harvest Moon series. Kimura feels that Project O will be similar to Harvest Moon in that it will feature a loose storyline surrounding the simulation gameplay.-
-If all this seems conceptual, that’s because it may just be. The game is currently being worked on by just the six staffers mentioned here, with the hunt currently on for the seventh staff member, a musician.
-2008 tentative release.
I could never get into the Harvest Moon games, but I may check it out because it’s Cing. I’m one of their drones. By contract I have to play their games.