Gunman Clive was one of those fun little games that had all the right ingredients of a success. A creative and interesting art style, tight gameplay inspired by classic side scroller games such as Mega Man, plenty of replayability, and a cheap price point helped it to stand out from the pack and gain a following. Its successor, Gunman Clive 2, was the epitome of a properly done sequel; surpassing its predecessor in every way possible by building upon the solid foundation that had been laid. The popularity of these two games begs the question, though: will it ever become a trilogy? According to the series creator, Bertil Hörberg, it definitely could be.
Fellow Nintendo news site, Nintendojo, recently conducted an interview with Bertil on the Gunman Clive games and his plans for the future as a developer. Naturally, the discussion eventually fell on sequel plans and he had this to say:
I don't know; it won't be any time soon but I'm not against the idea of another sequel in the future. If I do create a Gunman Clive 3 or continue the series even further I think I will shake up the formula a bit more and do something a bit different. GC2 started as a very straightforward sequel with basically just more levels. I think it grew to be a bit more ambitious than that in the end, but it still follows the first game very closely in terms of the core gameplay and structure. Honestly I don't really know where to go from here thematically; in GC2 I tried to make everything feel grander and more dramatic. He's already been to space and traveled around the world, fought dinosaurs and giant robots, so I don't know how I'd top that to make his next adventure feel like a clear step up again.
It may be quite awhile before we see another Gunman Clive, but nonetheless, at least the door is being left open. Plus, if there ever is to be a Gunman Clive 3, it sounds as if it'll go in a unique direction. Meanwhile, Wii U fans have reason to be hopeful, too, as Bertil mentioned that a Wii U port might happen:
My plan was to start with the platforms the first game was on (iOS, Android & Steam), as I want everyone who played that to be able to get the sequel, and then move on to Wii U and possibly other consoles. But we'll see how many versions I'm able to do before I want to move on to a new game, so I'm not promising anything definite yet. The 3DS version made up for the vast majority of the total sales for GC1, but I don't feel I can disregard the other platforms after one game, and it shouldn't be too much work to port it. As I mentioned though, I haven't gotten very far yet and it's going pretty slowly still.
It makes sense that ports would be made first for the original platforms, but here's to hoping that it'll eventually make the transition to HD.
What would you like to see out of a Gunman Clive 3? Would you like to play either of the originals on your Wii U? Share your thoughts in the comments below..