Despite the game being one of the most highly-rated games of all time, it didn’t do too well in terms of sales. Clover Studio, the group behind this game, was dissolved. The Wii port, which is what I played, was done by Ready at Dawn Studios. It was almost a whole year after I beat the game when I heard about Ōkami’s original ending credits, which Capcom had decided to cut out from the Wii port.
The reason, from what I gathered, is due to legal constraints. Which is complete nonsense since the HD remake on the PS3 has the credits with Clover Studio’s logo at the end cut off, along with a completely different music, presumably since the original song is now too long for the new credit sequence. It’s just Capcom being Capcom.
Since then, they released a sequel for the game centered on Amaterasu’s son, Chibiterasu. Ōkamiden was released on the Nintendo DS to fairly positive reviews. But we’ve never gotten a continuation to Amaterasu’s story! The end of Ōkami depicts (spoilers!) Waka and Amaterasu going to the Celestial Plains to get rid of the demonic hordes that had infested the place. That is a rather good setup for a sequel! All the main plot points are resolved, the heroes are victorious, and they are now ready to embark on their grandest adventure yet. The sequel is already made for them! I mean, I won’t really trust anyone but Platinum Games, which is formed by the ex-Clover Studio people, to make the sequel, but I’ll be eager to see what the new game will bring.
To be fair, I have not played Ōkamiden, so I’m not too sure how well its developers, Mobile & Game Studio, Inc, handles the franchise. But considering the amount of praise it had, it will be interesting to see what they can bring to the table as well. Ōkami is getting a bit too much like Skyrim for me, remade for every new console and nothing else being done to it. I just want to see Amaterasu the Demon Slayer again. And even better if Amaterasu and Chibiterasu are both playable characters. I mean, look at him, he’s adorable!
That said, I was still extremely happy to learn of the new HD remake for the PS4, XBox One and the PC. For the first time, there is a PC game that is made for the drawing tablet. Seriously, how often do you get a game that you can play with a tablet? Unless Nintendo decides to port Kirby and the Rainbow Curse onto the PC, the Ōkami franchise is probably going to be the only one for all eternity. This is probably a game that Steam should make tablet support for.
Every single fiber of cynicism in me is telling me to be suspicious. The PC port may be buggy. They might decide to pull some DLC nonsense. There are ways that this can go wrong. But I am still hopeful. I won’t preorder it though, I want to wait for the reviews first.
Besides, I still need to save up for a tablet.