Katsuhiro Harada, most well-known for his work on the Tekken combating collection, is heading up growth for a brand new mission at Bandai Namco that simply might need the best growth funds within the firm’s historical past.
Harata, who at present serves as common supervisor, director, and producer, for Bandai Namco, not too long ago hinted on the new mission in the course of the “Piro Stay! New 12 months’s Eve Particular 2021” livestream occasion (translation by way of Gematsu). Whereas he did not reveal any specifics about what the sport is, apart from saying it isn’t a combating sport, Harata did categorical shock that firm higher-ups accredited a mission of this scale.
“Effectively, actually I feel this could be the most expensive growth mission in Bandai Namco historical past,” Harada stated in the course of the occasion. “I feel its unbelievable that the higher-ups accredited of this. Effectively, the approval has handed, its simply that as a result of coronavirus, we haven’t actually been in a position to correctly begin the mission.”
After we’ll study extra about this new mission is at present unknown. As is simply how costly this new sport is. It is price declaring, in response to the market analysis firm Newzoo, Bandai Namco is the third largest online game maker in Japan, behind solely Sony and Nintendo. It at present develops and/or publishes collection akin to Darkish Souls, Smash Bros., Tekken, and Soul Calibur. It is also writer of Elden Ring, FromSoftware’s subsequent sport, and the winner of “Most Anticipated” sport on the 2020 Sport Awards.
Moreover, Harata revealed that other than this new mission, he’s engaged on new video games that are not combating video games. He additionally added that he does not assume he’ll work on a combating sport collection that is not Tekken sooner or later. Up to now, Harata served as producer on the Pokemon combating video games Pokkén Match and Pokkén Match DX, launched in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He additionally directed Tekken 7, launched in arcades in 2015 and on consoles in 2017.
For extra on Harata and his work, take a look at our overview of Tekken 7. We even have two totally different interviews with Harada from 2017 you possibly can learn, akin to how he tries to maintain Tekken related and his function in Dragon Ball FighterZ.