Animal Crossing: New Leaf players in PAL territories and North America have had more than half a year to fall into the mayorship and day-to-day happiness of its world. Now, back in this real, arguably less ideal world, New Leaf's director and producer will be opening up regarding the triumphs and challenges of making the game.
Director Aya Kyogoku and producer Katsuya Eguchi have been announced as speakers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this 17th-21st March. The two Nintendo veterans will team up for an hour-long talk about the creation of New Leaf and how they feel about the results. Listeners can expect them to discuss the directions they chose in attempting to craft a sequel that balanced fresh ideas with traditional series themes to appeal to both old and new players.
A specific date and time for the discussion has not yet been determined. Updates and additional information about the Game Developers Conference itself can be found through the main page.
Kyogoku and Eguchi both come from Software Development Group 2 at Nintendo EAD. Kyogoku, who joined in 2003, can also list The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Animal Crossing: City Folk among her work experience. Eguchi, a member of Nintendo since 1986, has served on multiple franchise projects including Star Fox, Wii Sports, and Animal Crossing: Wild World.
The world of Animal Crossing is filled with so many nuances and intentions meant to grasp or affect the player, so there should be plenty to learn in this talk. What questions would you like answered about New Leaf or the Animal Crossing series as a whole? Let us know below.