Let the presses stop. If you’ve never heard of the Katamari games before, this is why the remake for 2023 has to be on your radar. It’s a wildly popular PlayStation 2 classic.
Never heard of it?
As a follow-up to Katamari Damacy, We Love Katamari debuted exclusively on the PlayStation 2 in 2005. It’s interesting to note that the game’s creator, Keita Takahashi, was against it since it went against his personal belief that sequels kill developers’ creativity and that the success of the games business depends too much on them.
The creator of Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi, disliked the concept of a sequel since it conflicted with his beliefs that the industry’s focus on sequels hinders employee creativity. After Namco officials said they would continue with development with or without his participation, he agreed to helm We Love Katamari.
In comparison to the first, the game had more funding and staff, and Takahashi oversaw a team of 30 workers to build it. We Love Katamari has a fanservice concept as a reaction to the huge support Katamari Damacy received from fans. Takahashi stipulated that it ought to feel both new and fresh while preserving the essence of its forerunner.
The fact that We Love Katamari maintained the distinctive gameplay, highly stylized aesthetics, and catchy soundtrack of Katamari Damacy was well received by critics. Its new elements, such as multiplayer games and extra level objectives, received positive reviews as well.
The Prince, the 5-centimeter-tall son of the godlike being the King of All Cosmos, rolls around a “katamari,” a magical ball that enables objects smaller than it to adhere to it, in the video game We Love Katamari. The user controls the Prince as he walks through each level, collecting items to accomplish his father’s goals.
Isn’t this exciting?
Some people said the game’s new concepts didn’t really alter the experience much from the original in terms of creativity. It was the only other Katamari game in which Takahashi participated, and Me & My Katamari was released later that year.
We Love Katamari Reroll+ Royale Reverie will be remastered and released on June 2, 2023 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Then, after being informed by the game’s publisher Bandai Namco that the project would proceed regardless of his involvement, Takahashi agreed to serve as We Love Katamari’s director.
The new game is called We Love Katamari as a way of saying “thank you” to the fans who enjoyed the plot, sense of humor, curiosity, and delectable shibuya-kei soundtrack.
Based on the new features that Bandai Namco has included, this remaster is probably a fantastic place to start if you’ve never played any of the Katamari games.
Naturally, the visuals have been improved, and the plot of the young King includes five additional obstacles for devoted fans. Improvements to the quality of life for players include the ability to save favorite songs, improved navigational markers to identify obstacles and goal objects, and a lovely selfie option.
On June 2, We Love Katamari Reroll+ Royale Reverie will be made available for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.