The Mana series 30th-anniversary live stream closed out with some exciting news today when producer Masaru Oyamada revealed that the next full-fledged console game in the franchise is currently in development. There wasn’t much else to show or say, but it’s nice to see that the series seems to finally be moving forward after a long break from new console entries. Head to around the 2:28:00 mark in the stream below to see the announcement yourself.
If you can’t be bothered to scroll through the stream, here is what Oyamada said about the new Mana game:
It would have been good if we could make a cool video announcement with a bang, but the 30th anniversary has just begun. To be honest, we are developing it. We are working on it, but please wait a little longer for the announcement. In fact, Mr. Ishii [Mana series creator, current CEO of Grezzo] took a look at it the other day. That’s how far we’ve come, so I hope you’ll look forward to it. We still have a long way to go in development…. We’re preparing to release it on consoles, and we’d be glad if you can wait for it.
Basically, it’s coming, it exists, but it’s not quite ready to show. For now, that will have to be enough for a series that has not seen a new mainline entry since Heroes of Mana on DS in 2007 (though the Trials of Mana remake was pretty darn good). The franchise has unfortunately spent a large portion of its thirty years without much action, but at thirty years old, the series is showing some real signs of life for the first time in a while. The future is bright for Mana.