Remember a couple of years ago when the game studio Key announced they were going to be releasing a brand new game from creator Jun Maeda (his first in thirteen years at the time) called Heaven Burns Red? And do you remember how it took only two months for them to decide to delay the release of the game by an entire year? Good times.
Well, more than a year has passed since that initial delay and the official Twitter account has risen from its slumber with a short promotional video which doesn’t really reveal much of anything about the game itself besides the primary character designs. Still… let’s just enjoy what we can, while we can.
Heaven Burns Red (which, by the way, is an awesome title for a game) is coming from the previously mentioned Key and smartphone developer Wright Flyer Studios (who have a basic English language website open for the game already). The main scenario and music for the game are being provided by Jun Maeda who has a long history of powerfully dramatic stories including Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters, Charlotte, and The Day I Became A God. Artist Yuugen is creating the main visual and character designs which will adapt the art of Na-Ga, Fumuyun, and Maroyaka. The game will be released on both iOS and Android.
Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the game thus far. But, luckily for Maeda’s fans, there will be a special live stream at 8 pm JST on September 11th which will reveal more details about the game.
So, this is the part of the article where I create a rain cloud over the heads of people around the world by saying that I love Jun Maeda’s scenarios and stories. I think he’s a brilliant creator who deserves love, happiness, and success… however if there is one drawback to his works that sticks out like a sore thumb it would be that while he’s a very talented creator, he is rarely able to stick the landing and write endings that satisfy viewers.
While his early works (Air and Angel Beats especially) managed to escape this curse, his last couple of outings (including Charlotte and The Day I Became A God) have left something to be desired in the endings to the point where many people have been left with a sour taste in their mouths.
Will this new project buck that trend and give fans a new reason to take notice of his talents? We shall have to wait and see.