First announced in December 2020, Onion Games’ new sandbox RPG will launch in 2023, director and game designer Yoshiro Kimura said in a new “Ask Kimura” segment sent to newsletter subscribers ” The Secret Onion Cellar”.
As for the RPG’s theme, Kimura couldn’t give a definitive answer, but said, “What I can say is that I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘kids’ this time around. That’s the most important thing I’ve thought about.”
Onion Games RPGs are known for having a specific theme. Moonwas about love, for example, while Chulip was about kissing.
Get the full Ask Kimura and the latest letter from Kimura below.
#01. When is the new game coming out?
Thanks for this important question!
The answer is “next year”… but that’s all we can say for now!
At this point, we’re not in a place where we can announce a final release date.
What we can say is that our first step will be to add a Steam page with an undetermined release date…
… I think anyway.
And even then, it will probably be another six months before it launches on any platform…
… I think anyway.
To announce a release date, we need to be at a point in development where we know we can absolutely stick to that date…
…and we’re not there yet.
#02. What general theme is your new game going for, such as how Moon was about love, and Chulip was about kissing?
Thank you very much.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions like this in English for quite some time now, but I haven’t had many chances to answer them yet. I will try to answer them more often from now on.
What is the theme of the game? That is indeed the question.
I can’t give you a definitive answer, because I tried to fully understand that while making the game…
What I can say is that I have been thinking a lot about ‘children’ this time. That’s the main thing I’ve been thinking about.
This is Kimura-san, your uncle who makes indie video games. As you know I am currently hard at work developing a new RPG. Today I want to talk about this ‘pink-hued world’.
It seems that the number of Japanese developers making indie games is increasing dramatically. And now, last month saw the debut of a TV drama called Atom’s last shotabout a solo, author, indie game genius.
What a great time we live in! I can’t believe there is such a TV show in Japan! … But it’s kind of weird. It’s honestly not super interesting. Maybe because there is no “toil” in it?
In the real world of indie games, there are far more frustrated developers than successful ones. What you thought was going to be a bright, pink future turns out to be stained red with blood!
In reality, the world of indie games is more about being thrown onto a muddy, bloody battlefield.
Maybe it’s just that this show doesn’t reflect that damn exhaustion that many indie game developers have.
During a game’s development, you’re constantly bleeding out your own living costs and other labor costs, and you never know if the next transfusion will show up in time for the game to release.
Even then – and even if you make an insanely interesting game – there’s no guarantee it will see huge sales.
And even though we know that in advance, we game developers have to keep working to maximize our productivity. We must keep moving forward.
Indie game developers are essentially bizarre creatures who constantly run, laugh and play chess, while bleeding profusely.
Anyway, we keep working hard to complete the new RPG!
I’m pretty sure we’ll be completely dry by the time it’s finished, so when the time comes, please check out the game (and maybe buy it if you can)!
November 24, 2022
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