The gorgeous Okami is 10 years old, which is an almost unbelievable fact in itself - it seems like only yesterday that we were stalking its stunning ink-rendered world as Amaterasu, marvelling at the motion controls and tight, appealing gameplay.
Despite getting a sequel on the DS, Okami has arguably never been bettered, and PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya - who served as director on the game - appears to feel the same. He's been posting messages on Twitter which have been translated and compiled by Nintendo Everything:
Even though ten years have passed, I've still been receiving congratulatory messages and requests for a sequel, so as a developer I couldn't ever be happier than now… I'm grateful to everyone who has been supporting Okami, and also to Capcom for giving a chance to send it out to the world, while at the same time I also hope from my sincerest heart that someday I could fulfill the duty to draw the continuation of the journey of Amaterasu and co. …
…but everyone's expectations have been swelling so much that they're going to burst, so even if I were to make a sequel I don't have even a pixel of confidence that it could surpass the original…
Okami was developed by Clover Studio, members of which would go on to form Platinum, which also turns 10 this year. Kamiya didn't work on Okamiden and that's why he possibly doesn't consider it to be a true successor. Would you like to see what he could do with a proper follow-up or do you think, given his comments above, that he's done with the series? Let us know what you think by posting a comment.
Okami is my favorite game of his. A truly special game.
It's a shame we never saw a version or a sequel on the Wii U, where you could use the gamepad to draw brush strokes.
What I love about Kamiya is that he always wants to move onto something new. Don't think he's ever headed up two games in the same series. No matter how good a game is, I'd always prefer something new.
I picked this up for Wii sealed not too long ago for $15 I haven't played through it yet but I'm really excited to soon!
Hideki Kamiya is such a nice guy, truly.
It's too long. There. I said it.
I'd believe that. Okami was a fantastic game, and a very tough act to follow.
Okami is definitly one of the best game ever made. A true master piece that keeps on giving.
Okami is a Zelda-like that came out the same time as Zelda Twilight Princess and was surpassed it on almost every level by a significant margin.
I played Okami HD on PS3, too bad that it's not available on Wii U
Best game I've ever played. Story, graphics, music, gameplay and overall atmosphere are all superb.
When people ask me which The Legend of Zelda-game is my favourite I always say: Okami. It outdoes TLoZ that has ever been made on every level
One of my regrets I never played. Shame!!
I only heard about this a few days ago, but it looks great and I'm planning to pick up a Wii version.
The Wii version (the only one I've played) is beautiful and very interesting in many ways: gameplay, story, art, missions, sound. However, the frame rate and resolution and the textures could clearly be improved. Even the camera has some space for improvement.
I had no idea that there was a remaster on PS3 with Move controller support, but I don't have a PS3 anyway. Why don't they re-release that for PS4/XOne/NX? And can you play it with a regular controller, like the PS2 version?
Seriously, at least TRY, if it doesn't become successful use the data from the failure and improve on what went wrong, he won't know if he can do better if he doesn't try.
@Peach64 He's truly an artist.
I loved this game on Wii. I would definitely buy it again for ps4, and want a true sequel. Okamiden was crap and I fell asleep playing it.
I found some of the motion controls in combat too frustrating and never finished it. Get the high def version on the Wii U with Gamepad support and it would be a no brainer to buy it again / try it again. This and Trauma Team were two the updates and/or sequels I most expected to see when the Gamepad was unveiled, and neither came to fruition.
Hate to admit it, but I actually liked the PlayStation versions of this better. The Wii Remote gestures were too inaccurate for me.
All the same, congratulations to Hideki Kamiya for creating a beautiful, immersive world to explore.
Okami is one of the prettiest games ever made. It's such a joy to look at and its one of my all time favorites.
@chiefeagle02 the lighting zig-zag was impossible for me to do with the wiimote. It took me forever to just get it let alone try to use it.
Why hasn't the HD remaster left the PSN store and been available on Steam or a different eShop?
I've been looking at Okami longingly for a long time. I sat down recently and looked into it enough to satisfy myself which way to go. PS3 HD version is the definitive version to get, as the visuals are improved, the music is intact, and the motion controls are optional. Fortunately I was also patient enough for it to come up on PSN sale this last week and I snagged it for £3.99. I may well pick up a Wii version at some date though, for the collection, as it seems to be such a highly regarded piece.
I played Okami on the Wii many years ago and loved it. Around a year ago I bought the physical copy of the HD version off of Amazon and enjoyed it again on the PS3. Definitely a great and unique game.
Okami is quite the amazing game. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was playing it for the first time, or even the multiple other times I've played it. As much as I'd love another game in the series, I can see where the developer is coming from. Some masterpieces should be left be, as to not soil the original. Even with how much I'd go crazy for another game in the series lol
@sinalefa Same here. Okami is my favorite clover game and my personal favorite game that Kamiya worked on. TBH it's probably in my top 5 games of all time for me
Okami is the closest thing to a Zelda game that isn't Zelda. There's no need to make a sequel, just release the HD version on other consoles.
No, let's not try to make him work on a game he has no desire to make, and let him continue to do what he's inspired to do on his own. There are enough worn out game franchises out there pushing out sequel after sequel.
Not many devs have bettered Okami as far as I'm concerned so he shouldn't just single himself out. It's got a high number of faults, having to fight a lengthy boss fight 3 times, it drags on towards the end and it takes a while to truly get going but I for one was easily able to look past those faults when playing through it again a couple of months ago. A true classic, well done Clover Studios.
Okami is an absolutely amazing game. I can definitely see why he feels unsure about making a sequel when he doesn't think he can top it. One must hope he'd feel inspired enough to proceed anyways, though. I'd certainly welcome a sequel even half as good as the original and I don't often let sequels sour the original if it does turn out bad somehow.
Of note, if anybody wants to try Okami for the first time or just play it again, it's around 5 USD for Okami HD on the Playstation Store right now! Hurry and buy it! Definitely the definitive version.
Even a remake I would be happy with on the NX.
Part of me thinks Okamiden's slow-pace could be largely attributed to the DS's... inferior capabilities. A proper sequel on a next-gen console (heck, even the 3DS) would, if not surpass the original, at least be worthy successor. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for Okami.
@Nassov haha me too! When I worked at a game store that was my pitch "best Zelda in years"
@Nassov well 3D Zelda anyway
10 years already? Crazy. One of my top 5 games ever, definitely.
Also, I still maintain an HD version on Wii U with Gamepad controls would be the definitive edition.
Okami is one of my all-time favorite games, and one of the first games I played on the Wii. The graphics, art, story, and mechanics all come off almost without a hitch, and some of the boss fights are absolutely insane (and fun). Okamiden wasn't a bad sequel (not a true sequel, really) but it doesn't hold a candle to the original game.
If you haven't played this game, pick it up as soon as you can!
I love Okami so much, definitely one of my favorites. If anyone is planning on playing it, I'll say this: Yes, the beginning is very slow. I would say the game doesn't really pick up until you get to the first dungeon (Tsuta Ruins I mean, not sure if Hana Valley counts) which I guesstimate it's three-four hours of gameplay for first-timers, but trust me, it does pick up after that. I'm saying this because I have a friend that gave up on the game because of the beginning, and I think it sucks that he'll lose out on the rest because of that.
Are you kidding me? Of course I want Okami 2. Okami is one of my favorite games ever made. I bought it and beat it twice on PS2. I bought the Wii port and beat it two more times. I bought copies of the Wii port for my niece and nephew turning them into huge fans. I bought Okamiden and beat it. (It was a fun, charming follow up with some pretty impressive graphics for a D's game, but fell short of being as brilliant as the original. I still very much enjoyed it. If the port it to Wii U VC I'd buy it there.)
I bought the lovely PS3 exclusive HD remaster of Okami. I no longer have my PS3 so I really wish Capcom would port that over to PS4, Wii U or every system really so others can get a chance to see that game in HD.
So yeah. You could say I want Okami 2.
@ChuJelly I love that version. And I've owned them all. But I no longer have my PS3. Sold it to get my PS4 at launch. But if they don't port that over to PS4 I will eventually have to get another PS3 just to have Okami Had in my collection.
Okamiden is still a sequel and still as lovely and challenging as the original. But yeah, this game is to much of a class act to have a bunch of sequels and is a tough act to follow. Its a True Masterpiece among games, Epic Mickey wishes it were half as good.
@VanillaLake You can play it with a regular controller and it baffles me as to why it hasn't been posted to other systems. I would buy it all over again to have it on PS4 or Wii U.
@jgibson75 Yeah, I would definitely buy it again on PS4, Xbox One or Wii U. The only complaints I had were the not so sharp visuals and sometimes annoying camera of the Wii version, the only I have played.
The story, art style and music I liked a lot, and I learnt about sake playing this.
@FierceRagnar They wouldn't even have to port it to Wii U, just release it as a Wii downloadable game and people would buy it.
He's not wrong. Okami is still in the top 5 ever for me.
I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I didn't like Okami all that much, and that seven years ago when I played it, I kinda came out with a laundry list of complaints.
The sequel on DS looked adorable, but I didn't get to play it.
The original game really doesn't need a sequel. Okamiden was nice but it didn't feel necessary. There is a such thing as one and done and it is ok. At best I say re release Okami-HD...maybe get capcom to rework okamiden in an HD version and do a dual pack.
Gosh, I cannot believe I managed to snag factory-new copies of both Ōkami and Ōkamiden off Amazon very recently! I haven't played either game yet, but hopefully I will be able to get to it soon enough seeing how so many people are so positive about the series.
Just put Okami at the NX and I'll be in peace
If only there was a pc port with 4k....
Honestly I completely agree with him as the first one was so good that I don't see how they can improve on it. Still, all I want is more Okami goodness, it doesn't necessarily HAVE to be better! More of the same isn't always a bad thing!
Would love to see a Okami 2 but doubt it will happen anytime soon but maybe Capcom will release both Okami and Ōkamiden for the vc in the future
Well, at least he's honest. They don't really make games that ambitious anymore...
Love it love it love it.
I'd love a sequel too, and it doesn't have to be better than Okami. They keep making Zelda games after Ocarina of Time.
@Ryu_Niiyama That's a good point. And I'd buy an HD remake dual-pack in a heartbeat.
The game had the boas fight over and over and over. I'm pretty sure that could be improved.
@EllenJMiller Definitely not, I would want this on the PS4, since the original release console was PS2.
Hopefully we see a true Okami sequel someday, though I also loved Okamiden (I have yet to finish it though)! Keep the hope up!
As the time passes, it'll get harder and harder to make a sequel to a succesful game. People have crazy expectations that are hard to fulfill.
Just look at Kingdom Hearts III; the last numbered title came 11 years ago. It will be a huge challenge for Square to fulfill the expectations of the fans. They have been waiting for 11 years, and they hope that the game is at least on par with Kingdom Hearts II.
I think it's a similar situation with Okami, and even with F-Zero and some other series'.
I just bought this game last night for $6 during the psn flash sale. I'd rather have the original since I still have a ps2 hooked up to a 24" Sony CRT and from what I've seen it looks nicer in that situation. You can't beat $6 though. At least this way my son is more likely to play it being on the ps3 on the main TV . Even if I find the ps2 original somewhere cheap I'm not sure I'll ever get to it with what's basically a 25 year backlog and a 20 minute attention span.
I tried playing Okami as heard it was exellent but the art-style and the premise of controlling a wolf just didn't connect with me at all.
Got both games - havent really touched them yet. Another game would be great though...
The HD version they released on PS3 was so amazing...it mad it really shine as one of the best games ever made. Hope it finds it ways to a Nintendo eshop in the future
I have faith. I would love to return to Nippon, but he COULD be bold and change the art style and culture to explore, say, Norse mythology as so many cultures have epic wolf tales. I understand his reticence though. He went all the way with his core concept the first time.
@Pod I came away with a similar opinion about Okami. There were too many bad design decisions made with it, at least for the ps2 version. While I wanted to like it, it continued to bore and annoy me after quite a few hours. Time is too valuable to me to put 10 or 15 hours in before a game becomes fun to me.
Okami was super fun to play wish there was more to the story though.
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