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Chocobo Racing 3D Fails To Reach The Finishing Line

Posted by Orla Madden

Development seems to have just stopped

It's just over 3 years since the 3DS was announced back at E3 in 2010, and with it was a list of third party titles set to grace the handheld during its lifespan.

Square Enix had its fair share of games listed for the 3DS, with Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance landing in 2012; in the same year Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy burst onto the scene.

Chocobo Racing 3D was also listed by the company, but seems to have completely slipped under the radar since the game's announcement at E3. Siliconera reached out to Takashi Tokita, who was the creator behind the original Chocobo Racing for the Playstation in 1999, to see if he knew anything about the game's progress, to which he replied:

The original Chocobo Racing was made by me. But the one for the 3DS was a project being handled by someone else, and as far as I know, it has been closed. Now, if I had made it, I would have made sure that it came out. Unfortunately I was not!

It's not known who was handling the aforementioned title's development, but seeing as news has been extremely sparse with it, things aren't looking too positive for a release on the 3DS in the future. Are you disappointed with this news? Would you still like to see the game released? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (41)

ueI

#1

ueI said:

I always thought Chocobo Racing 3D was more of a placeholder than an actual title in development.

Blast

#2

Blast said:

I'm not sad by this at all. I just want a good Final Fantasy game on 3DS. It totally deserves an entry....

Spuratis

#3

Spuratis said:

Chocobo Racing for the playstation was actually pretty fun. It was surprisingly good and some stages were pretty intense. The characters were also great, too, especially if you were a fan of Chocobo's Dungeon 2 for PS. Oh well. Odds are this wouldn't have been the same anyway. Those screenshots look pretty strange for a racing game.

Captain_Gonru

#4

Captain_Gonru said:

@Blastoise-san While I don't disagree with you about a Final Fantasy game on 3DS (looking forward to Bravely Default, btw), I'm always saddened to hear about an unfinished game. It means someone's hard work was wasted, and resources that could have gone elsewhere (like a localized DQX) were squandered. All around bad news.

ultraraichu

#5

ultraraichu said:

It's funny. My first reaction to the news is "There was going to be a Chocobo Racing game for the 3DS?", but when I first heard about the game during that time, I was excited to play it. Talk about out of sight, out of mind (or bad memories and expectations).

odd69

#6

odd69 said:

Ive always wanted to play it, it's the only Thing FF related i havent tried

ACK

#9

ACK said:

That they haven't made a game expanding FF7's chocobo breeding and racing makes me sad. Oh, to be young and will the days away striving for nothing less than a golden chocobo...

Jellitoe

#10

Jellitoe said:

Whatever happened to the FF title that they were working on for the 3DS. or was this it?

Mahe

#13

Mahe said:

Bad news! Even if the cancellation was pretty obvious after there was no news about it after the reveal...

mookysam

#14

mookysam said:

I'm not bothered about chocobo racing but would like to see some "proper" Final Fantasy games on the 3DS. Square seem to be focused putting Final Fantasy remakes on ios and android rather than the dedicated handhelds. :-(

AVahne

#18

AVahne said:

I'm just surprised that 3DS hasn't at least gotten an entry in the Crystal Chronicles series.

SubZer023

#19

SubZer023 said:

No A whole Remake of FF IV and After Years for Graphics and Frames to Sound and 3D XD I love FF IV

JJtheTexan

#20

JJtheTexan said:

I'd long ago assumed this was cancelled. Which is too bad; I was looking forward to it.

Stuffgamer1

#23

Stuffgamer1 said:

Gee, I forgot about this. Honestly, I don't care too much...I have the PS1 game and it's not all THAT great. Now a Chocobo DUNGEON being cancelled...that'd be something else entirely. :P

audiobrainiac

#24

audiobrainiac said:

I don't care about this OR Theatrythm. I just wanted a real 3D Final Fantasy game. Would love to see FFVIII remastered.....Hope Bravely Default is good.

Yomerodes

#27

Yomerodes said:

That infamous list of E3 2010 is a delicate subject with 3DS owners...many games were outright cancelled (Bomberman, Bloodrayne, A boy and his blob, Assasins Creed, Saints Row and now Chocobo Racing)...and others are still Missing in Action, particularly Contra 3D and Persona 3D.

RR529

#28

RR529 said:

When I first saw the title of this article, I got really excited! Then I read the rest of it, and am now sad :(

I thought this looked like it was going to be fun...

DualWielding

#34

DualWielding said:

I want a final fantasy VI remake for the 3DS but its unlikely to happen since the game is not popular in Japan

mastersworddude

#38

mastersworddude said:

Disappointing, but not surprising, when can we start considering Square Enix a full on Mobile app developer?

Lionhart

#39

Lionhart said:

This is sad news but I knew it was going to happen. There had been like no footage or news on this game for a VERY long time. I really wanted to try Chocobo Racing. Whatever happened to the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series?

MAB

#40

MAB said:

3DS is doomed... 3rd party devs don't want to release any games on it... It will surely not sell very well in the future ;)

Kitsune_Rei

#41

Kitsune_Rei said:

I'm disappointed, I know its a minor title to most, but I was looking forward to it. I enjoyed the Playstation version and we put a good number of hours into it.

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