The Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series was designed for the Switch in the first place
Last year’s Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series – an updated compilation of two classic platform games for the PlayStation and PS2 – was actually developed first for the Switch, according to producer Ryo Ishida.
In an interview with the latest issue of the magazine Lost in a cult (by using Nintendo All), Ishida briefly talks about the development of the game and how they actually finished the Switch version of it before it was even announced via Nintendo Direct in February 2022.
Ishida says the team behind the remastered collection was given the opportunity to showcase their game at Nintendo Direct, and they obviously grabbed it with both hands. Here is an excerpt from an interview with Isis for Lost In Cult:
” […] The platform we started development on was Switch. Around the time we finished the Switch version, we were given the opportunity to put it on Nintendo Direct and therefore [reveal the existence of the collection] global audience. We thought that [this was] a great medium to spread the word and raise awareness among game fans, because that’s where games are actively announced. [anticipated]. So we were very grateful for this opportunity.”
Rumors of a Klonoa remaster had been around long before Phantasy Reverie was announced, plus this possible reveal happened during a pretty cool live stream so it just made it even sweeter. Ishida has previously gone on record that the remaster could very well lead to more Klonoa remasters – or maybe even more Klonoa games in the future. We haven’t heard much about Dream Traveler since last year, but there’s still plenty of time.
Bandai Namco did a damn good job with the updated duo – at least we enjoyed revisiting this classic: