September 15, 2011 9:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins
With everyone enjoying the ability to play Radiant Silvergun, minus the need for a Sega Saturn with a mod cart, nor the hefty price that eBay resellers were demanding, attention has now shifted towards another Treasure re-release for XBLA. But as Eurogamer reports, the upcoming port of Guardian Heroes was initially supposed to be a follow-up.
Treasure's Hiroto Matsuura states: "Originally, the project started as Guardian Heroes 2... The team that had been working on Sin & Punishment: Star Successor wanted to start a new game... But the publisher [Sega] said in order to create a sequel, they wanted us to revitalize the IP. So instead of starting on the sequel we made a remake."
Matsuura goes on to state that the next installment would play pretty much exactly like the original; even though the visuals will invariably be 3D, it would retain the same 2D, layer-based mechanics. So hopefully, if the revival does well enough, we might actually get a Guardian Heroes 2 after-all!
But the thing is, one already exists, in the form of Advance Guardian Heroes. It's not so much a game that everyone's forgotten, but something many have chosen to do so. While not a horrible experience, it just didn't feel like the original.
Gameplay differences aside, the primarily issue was how thoroughly depressing the plot was, with all the heroes from before either being dead or the bad guys. So my hope is that if there is a "proper" sequel, it won't be as bleak and miserable in tone.