Thanks for bringing this to our attention! Huge news! I wrote up a post about it on Serenes Forest, and I’m going to copy it over to here.
I’m sure you’ve all been following the recent blossoming of the “Kaga Effect” with glee.
Keiji Inafune left Capcom in order to produce Mighty No. 9, a spiritual reboot of Inafune’s beloved Mega Man franchise. Recently, it was announced that the creators of Banjo-Kazooie, who gradually left Rare after Microsoft acquired the company, formed their own studio and followed in those same footsteps, announcing their own spiritual reboot Yooka-Laylee, which shattered fundraising records by becoming the fastest video game to reach $1M. Today, we’ve got speculation that Castlevania creator Koji Igarashi is also looking to join the trend.
Who set the precedent for the spurned creator’s spiritual reboot? None other than Fire Emblem’s own godfather, Shouzou Kaga, of course. Recall the legal troubles Kaga faced after leaving Intelligent Systems to form his own studio, producing a title called “Emblem Saga” exclusively for the rival Playstation console. After lawsuits had run their course, Kaga’s game was renamed to TearRing Saga; Nintendo’s attempts to stop the game’s release outright ended in failure. These cases have been cited in companies’ recent decisions to allow former employees to develop these spiritual reboots without taking legal action.
Well, there’s some more big news today on that front: the trailblazer himself, Shouzou Kaga, has announced his comeback!
About two weeks ago, I got in touch with VincentASM about some rumors that’d been shared by Japanese members posting on Fire Emblem Universe. It started in a topic about a new SRPG Studio program, which was released on April 10th by Sapphire Studios. The popular theory, it seemed, was that Shouzou Kaga himself was the creator for SRPG Studio.
The first instinct was to scour his blog for clues; Kaga’s postings have become more frequent since 2015, which seemed to be another hint towards some sort of comeback. Earlier in the year, Kaga wrote about an unreleased fan game he worked on back in 2010 called Vestaria Chronicle 687-693.
Yesterday, Kaga shed light on his involvement with SRPG Studio in a post on his blog. Kaga explains that he has exchanged messages with the creator of SRPG Studio and expresses his support for the project, then remarks with amusement at the rumors persisting that he was, in fact, the creator.
More surprising yet, the godfather of Fire Emblem indicated that he has already amassed a staff of ten people to work on producing a game with SRPG Studio. Kaga notes that they have limited time and resources to work on the game; he is unable to provide an estimated release date at this time, but promises to share future updates through his blog. The biggest issue Kaga relays is the lack of assets to build the game with (map sprites, battle animations, effects, map tiles, parts, background music, sound effects and background images–especially the first two).
In lieu of crowd-funding, Kaga has opted for a partnership with SRPG Studio. It’s unsurprising that he’d surprise us with an alternative take on soliciting fan support for this comeback project. Kaga seeks to crowd-source the development of resources for his intended new game, outlining the following conditions for contributions:
- May be modified by Kaga to fit his game’s stylistic sense.
- Will belong to Sapphire Soft by right; everything else still belongs to the author.
- Conform with Sapphire Soft’s terms and conditions.
- Be allowed for use in the production of sequels.
- Absolutely must not infringe somebody else’s copyrights (eg. taken from another game).
If all of the above have been acknowledged, users may e-mail their contribution in a zip file (the address can be found in an image on his blog), along with any usage conditions. Should the assets be accepted, Kaga will reply back.
Anybody who contributes to the project will receive special thanks in the finished game’s credits roll.
Huge thanks to Vincent for providing the synopsis of Kaga’s post (he’ll be posting about it on the front page shortly), and to FEU members klono, LetsGoForIt, and MisakaMikoto for keeping us updated on these developments.
tl;dr Based God Kaga is back, everyone, and he’s about to put your RPG Maker projects to shame.