Yokai Watch developer Level-5 has sent out a recruitment notice for a “large-scale project” in this week’s edition of Famitsu. As fans of the company, we are dying to know what it is!
Level-5’s letter uses the childish and creepy language of its lead cat character in Yokai Watch to rally the programmers, designers, and planners into coming aboard, but it doesn’t indicate that it will be working on Yokai Watch 3. The company was able to handle and launch both of the previous games while operating at a normal size. It doesn’t seem like it needs extra help for that franchise.
Chances are that the company is hiring for a voyage to the PlayStation 4 and the HD console scene. Over the last generation, Level-5 mostly focused on expanding popular handheld series like Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton, but it scored a lot of points by working with Studio Ghibli on the PlayStation 3’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
In this new console cycle, though, fans would no doubt like to see the return of its horribly underrated action-RPG Rogue Galaxy or even the long overdue Dark Cloud 3.
Allow me to throw one other theory out there because this is the one I believe in the most.
Level-5 also scored it big by not only developing Dragon Quest VIII and Dragon Quest IX, but for making them hugely successful hits with worldwide acclaim, something no other entry in the series had done at that point. Square Enix handled Dragon Quest X in-house because it had more experience than any other company in Japan at MMORPGs, but with Dragon Quest XI leaning back more towards a traditional single player experience, Square Enix and series creator Yuji Horii are not likely to forget the impact Level-5 has had on the series.
Could Level-5 be prepping for the development of Dragon Quest XI? I’d like to think so. Dark Cloud 3 would be pretty sweet too, though.