RUMOR: Skies of Arcadia HD Coming Soon?

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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Buzz has been building on the internet as word of renewal of the Skies of Arcadia trademark appeared on NeoGAF.  The renewal of the trademark is fueling speculation of an HD remake for the Sega property, which has a number of Operation Rainfall staff members excited.  This speculation is logical as Sega has HD remakes of Jet Set Radio (September 18th), NiGHTS into DREAMS… (Fall 2012), and Sonic Adventure 2 (Fall 2012) set for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

Skies of Arcadia is a role-playing game originally developed for the Dreamcast by Overworks in 2000.  The game focuses on Vyse and his friends as they attempt to stop the Valuan Empire from reviving ancient weapons that could destroy a fantasy world inspired by the works of Jules Verne.  The game also received an “enhanced” port to the Nintendo GameCube two years later, renamed Skies of Arcadia Legends.

If you’re looking for a copy of the game right now, you may need to fork over a bit of money.  Currently, the lowest price on Amazon is around $30 for a copy of the Dreamcast game.  If you’re lucky, you might be able to find one of the last few GameCube copies at your local GameStop (going for $19.99) or maybe find a version at a retro gaming store near you.  Either way, Skies of Arcadia (HD or not) is one game that we at Operation Rainfall will give our seal of approval for.


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  • I never played the original Skies of Arcadia. If it does make its way onto XBLA and PSN, I’d definitely like to check it out.

  • I would rather a sequel as I am bored of remakes, but I definitely recommend it to those that haven’t had a chance the first couple of times…

    • it did get a sequel just it was never released in america.

    • When was this? Google tells me nothing of Skies of Arcadia 2. There was the GameCube remake of the original, and a few characters appeared in Valkyria Chronicles, but that’s about it, to my knowledge.

    • Alpha_Axl

      No, there was absolutely no sequel, ever.

  • Streig

    I have BOTH versions of this game, and will STILL get the remake. I hope this isn’t for the Wii-u; don’t plan to waste money on that until the second or third superfluous technical add on.

  • This game is fking awesome.
    I hope this will become true

  • RobertoSSantos

    OMG, Sweet XD
    This game is amazing XD

  • I’d love an HD port of this game.  I had the original Dreamcast version, but since then the only Dreamcast game I own to this day is Shenmue.  I’d love a chance to play this game again.

  • Finished SoA last month! A remake would be priceless for sure! SEGA if you’re really up to it, make it happen!

  • As good-looking of a game this was on the Gamecube, I don’t think it’s aged well at all, at least as far as visuals go.  Hopefully Sega does more than just up the native resolution if an HD remake is on the way.

    • You would hope so, but judging by the screens of NiGHTS into Dreams HD, it seems they feel satisfied simply bumping up the resolution.

      There are a couple of things they could do with Skies of Arcadia, though.  I’m not sure what they did to the Gamecube version, but I remember in the original Dreamcast version, they would use different versions of character models with higher or lower detail, depending on the scene.  They could take all the higher detail models, maybe touch them up a bit too.
      I’d say, if the game is in 720p and runs in 60fps, that would be good enough for me.  

  • Also, it’s worth noting that a trademark renewal doesn’t really mean anything. It may just be Sega covering their legal bases as far as their IP is concerned.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      That’s why we list these things as rumors.

  • would buy quickly

  • I’d buy that on Xbox Live Arcade in an instant. I still break out my old Dreamcast copy of Skies of Arcadia every couple of years as the game is one of the best RPGs produced. While I’d love to see a sequel, I’ll take what I can get.