The King of the Cosmos and his young son could be making a return as Namco Bandai could be prepping a new installment in the Katamari Damacy series. Since first hitting the PS2 back in 2004, the Katamari Damacy series has won the hearts of gamers thanks to its unique style and gameplay that allowed people to literally go crazy as they roll up everything in sight – people, cats and cars included. The last few Katamari games haven’t exactly captured the same spirit as the first two games, but who doesn’t want to see the King of the Cosmo return and once again give us some ridiculous quotes?
The always reliable Siliconera has found some trademarks Namco Bandai has filed which could be for future Katamari games. The Katamari series has always had the prospect for some profoundly crazy titles due to the nature of the games, but the recently filed Katamari Amore and Katamari Amore Rolling Whopper almost seem a bit tame. There’s absolutely no indication as of now pointing to what Katamari Amore or Katamari Amore Rolling Whopper are or when we can expect to see them in action.
Since the 2009 release of Katamari Forever it seemed like the Katamari franchise would be dormant for a while as it seemed like we saw all the franchise could offer – well at least that was until the PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect popped up. While my speculation may be completely baseless, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Katamari Damacy pops up once more as a motion based title, especially considering that a Katamari Damacy demo was created for the Kinect. Katamari Damacy may not have the same amount of hype going for it now as it did back in the day, but I can also see the franchise being a good title to have on the 3DS or NGP, both of which have unique motion capabilities that would make playing Katamari different when compared to the consoles.
With Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi gone from Namco Bandai (he rolled out and is doing projects with his new company Uvula), I’m not sure if Katamari Damacy will expand in the ways we want it to. The core formula of the Katamari games has remained unchanged for the past few games but it would be nice if things were fine-tuned or overhauled a bit, which I’m honestly not sure is what Namco Bandai wants to do at this point.
So in the next few months we’ll probably going to get a new Katamari game which may or may not be awesome or worth our time. I’ve been a fan of the slightly eccentric Katamari series since it first came out but I’m just wondering if the series should be left dormant for a while, even if it means we won’t have any absurd quotes from the King of the Cosmos to laugh at.