A New Okami Game Could Become a Reality
When it comes to Capcom, the company has an extensive library of projects and series that they've worked on over the years. Many of their esteemed franchises house several games, though one series strikes in at a meager two: Okami. Okami still remains one of Capcom's most strikingly unique titles; a Japanese painting come-to-life in which you play as goddess Amaterasu, a white wolf that journeys through ancient Japan to stop a terrible evil. Despite less-than-average sales, Okami went on to become a critical hit, and is noted as one of the last major games to release on the PlayStation 2 before the end of its lifecycle. It was popular enough to receive a sequel from a different director and studio in the form of Okamiden, which released on the Nintendo DS several years later. There's been nothing on the series since then... until now.
In a recent video posted to IGN's official Japanese YouTube channel, the site conducted an interview with Ikumi Nakamura. You likely remember her if you tuned into E3 in 2019; she was the Japanese woman who introduced Shinji Mikami's GhostWire Tokyo, and went on to become somewhat of a meme due to her sunny disposition and off-the-wall humor. As it turns out, she's been a part of many major projects over the years in her time with Capcom, one of which was Okami. It looks like she's taken renewed interest in the series, as she revealed to IGN Japan that she plans to pitch a new Okami game to Capcom once Japan's quarantine is over. According to her, a new Okami game is "the project she wants to make a reality the most", and she believes the chances of it happening are very high. She also went on to reveal that she intends for Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya to direct the game. This is a natural pick, as Kamiya was the lead director for the original Okami.
Nakamura later stated that she believes a lot of Okami's world could still be explored, urging fans of the game to get behind a petition to further improve the chances for the pitch. It's kind of crazy to think how much the hands behind Okami have changed over the years. The original game was developed by Clover Studio, a company that consisted of many Capcom veterans. Clover eventually disbanded, with many of the employees going on to start up Platinum Games, where Kamiya himself now works. Nakamura herself doesn't work for Capcom anymore, nor does she work for the team that's developing GhostWire Tokyo. Even so, she expressed the desire to be a part of the new Okami project in any way, shape, or form, no matter what the role is. With Okami's popularity, it may indeed become a reality. The game was showered with praise for its beautiful visuals and unique art style, and remains one of the most visually stunning games out there to this day.
Wherever this goes, we'll all keep our hopes high that Okami can finally get another continuation. Any excuse to explore more of that universe is a good excuse. If you've never played Okami, it's been ported to a wide variety of platforms nowadays. If you want to go old school, the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions are your go-to. However, the game has since had an HD coat of paint, and is available to play on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Okamiden, meanwhile, is still confined exclusively to the Nintendo DS. Since the idea of a potential sequel still hasn't been pitched, now would be the perfect time to go give the games some love, whether you've played them before or not. Best of luck to Nakamura; this series has a loud fanbase, so let's make sure Capcom hears our pleas.