Hideki Kamiya recalls the development of Okami while he has several projects in hand, such as Bayonetta 3 or Sol Cresta.
Okami was a game that, although it did not get great reviews at its launch, gained a good position in the video game industry. The adventure of the goddess Amaterasu was created by Hideki Kamiya, who has made a name for himself in the industry with his work on works such as Viewtiful Joe. But, although he is currently engaged in the development of Bayonetta 3, that does not prevent him from reminiscing about the development of Okami.
Kamiya had conceived this game with the idea of praising Japanese nature and culture. Still, the project went through several obstacles during its development, as the creator himself explains. And, although Okami went well and got a good handful of positive reviews, Kamiya is still thinking about making a sequel.
“In Okami, with both the story and the Heavenly Brush mechanics, we talked about how we could take some time and develop these ideas into a sequel, making it more fun and less stressful. Obviously, we wanted to make a sequel.” However, Kamiya eventually distanced himself from Capcom, so any chance of seeing an Okami 2 rests on the decisions made by the publisher.
And, although Kamiya recalls that Okami was not a success from the start, he soon saw renewed strength to make a sequel: “At the same time, I started to see people asking about those plot points we left up in the air, asking for a sequel. The more I see it, the more I think it’s a work I’ve left unfinished. There will always be a part of me that thinks I need to fix it at some point. I want to do it someday.”
Although Kamiya has a possible sequel for Okami in mind, the creative does not stop being engrossed in different projects such as the Bayonetta as mentioned earlier 3, which will recover elements of the cancelled Scalebound or Sol Cresta: a shoot ’em up that has delayed its release date scheduled for December. Be that as it may, Kamiya is still working on new ideas and mechanics that were left unresolved, so the ball is in Capcom’s court to start the hypothetical development of Okami 2.