Could a sequel to Grasshopper’s Shadows of the Damned be out in the near future? Grasshopper’s Akira Yamaoka is optimistic and even thinks its publisher –Electronic Arts – might be interested.
Shadow of the Damned was a quirky action-horror game made by the “dream team” of Suda 51 over at Grasshopper, Shinji Mikami – the creator of the Resident Evil franchise and Akira Yamaoka – most famous for scoring the soundtrack for Konami’s Silent Hill series.
While the game got decent review scores, it didn’t fair nearly as well commercially. It failed to break the 10,000 barrier in its first week of release in Japan and could only manage a paltry 24,000 units sold in its first month of release in the US. In saying this, almost everyone assumed that the game won’t be seeing a sequel due to low sales.
Akira Yamaoka thinks differently. In an interview with Eurogamer, Yamaoka was asked whether a sequel to the game could be in the cards even if it sold poorly. He answered,
“I’m thinking of a sequel, I can’t tell you here, but clearly I’d like to.”
When asked if he thinks EA would risk backing the sequel, Yamaoka states,
“Probably;” before flat out saying, “Well, yes.”
If true, this is certainly interesting as Shadow of the Damned’s ending was left wide open for a sequel. What’s also interesting is if indeed EA does back it up it means they believe in the product itself and thinks it can make amends commercially.
Would you want a sequel to Shadows of the Damned? If so, what do you think Grasshopper needs to do in order for it to sell more?