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The Legend of Dragoon Soars onto PSN This May

We learn a sequel was also once in the works for the cult classic.

Sony Computer Entertainment hasn’t exactly been a hotbed of RPGs from a development standpoint, but there was a time back in the late 90’s that the genre had the studio’s full attention.  The genre was a behemoth then, with titles regularly gracing the covers of video game publications and garnering respectable development and marketing budgets.  SCEI wished to put forth their offering and the result was the cult classic Legend of Dragoon.

While many an RPG fan has longed for a sequel they will at least be able to revisit Endiness as the PlayStation original will be making its way to the PSN on May 1st.

The announcement was made today by Shu Yoshida who shared some of his experiences concerning the development of the game as well.  “The Legend of Dragoon was one of the last projects I worked on as a produce in Japan Studio and by far the biggest team I managed hands-on,” mused Yoshida.  “We started the project in 1996 with only a handful of people, hired one by one as we were building up teams for Ape Escape, The Legend of Dragoon, and Ico simultaneously.  During the peak of the game’s development, we had well over 100 people working internally in the studio on The Legend of Dragoon — for a PSone game!”

One of the more interesting pieces of knowledge dropped by Yoshida was the fact that a sequel to the epic RPG was indeed once in development, but was mysteriously dropped early on.  “I still occasionally hear from fans of The Legend of Dragoon, and many want to know if there is a sequel. LOD2 was put into preproduction after I left the Japan Studio, but was eventually cancelled for some unknown reason, and the team members moved on to different projects.”

No pricing for the PSOne game was announced at this time, but we’ll keep you posted of any other developments as we hear them.

Feel free to share your experiences with this RPG in the comments section below!


 

Comments

Anonymous

04/11/2012 at 06:10 PM

"The genre was a behemoth then, with titles regularly gracing the covers of video game publications and garnering respectable development and marketing budgets.'

Still is,still do,still do

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/11/2012 at 08:32 PM

Legend of Dragoon was one of the only PSX RPGs I skipped. Not saying I'll pick it up now, but I was always surprised that a sequel never came out. It was a pretty good seller.

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

04/12/2012 at 09:28 AM

I remember playing this one as soon as it came out.  I had been tracking it for a while and though it isn't the most original RPG to come out, it was still quite fun.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

04/13/2012 at 10:40 AM

I'll second this, and I'd also like to add that it's hardly the most derivative RPG title to come out in the 32 bit era.  I could never really understand the amount of hate it draws in some gaming circles.  It's a quality title that a lot of work and talent clearly went into and, as you stated, it's quite fun, which in a game really matters more than anything else.

Anonymous

04/12/2012 at 11:20 AM

it isnt even the best rpg sonys been involved in

 

 

wild arms, and arc the lad forever

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

04/15/2012 at 01:00 PM

It is so interesting to see a fan so invested in JRPGs.

Actually, not it isn't. Its very annoying.

Kyle Charizanis Staff Alumnus

04/18/2012 at 07:02 PM

The timed attacks were really cool. More non-paper mario games should have picked up on that.

Anonymous

04/26/2012 at 11:39 AM

BRING THE GAME TOEUROPEAN PSN!!!!!!!!!

Michael117

04/26/2012 at 01:14 PM

My friend Tami over on 1UP has talked about this game alot and it seems pretty interesting. If I had a PS3 I think I'd check this out. My cousin has a PS3 and like his RPGs too, but I don't think he knows anything about Dragoon either, much like myself.

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