Wild Arms Creator leaves Media.Vision

The future of the Wild ARMS series of video games is now in question. This Steampunk style Wild West RPG may be on the path of retirement because the development team is moving on to new projects. To hard-core fans, this franchise will be missed.

With series creator Akifumi Kaneko leaving Media.Vision to set up a new development team, the focus is shifting. The last project his group worked on is RIZ-ZOAWD (tentatively due for Fall 09 / Winter 10) for the Nintendo DS and it is based on the Wizard of Oz. The announcement came a few days ago in Japan.

Following suit in the move is some of the staff that worked with Kaneko. They have formed a new team called Witchcraft.


While the Wild Arms franchise never became wildly popular in North America as it did in Japan, there is a dedicated fan-base. It does remain as one of the few videogames out there sporting the Weird West theme and it was released in the same year as the original Playstation console was.

Produced since the franchise’s introduction in 1996 are six video games, a mobile phone application, a manga, an anime and several soundtracks to its name.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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  1. Ah Hell that’s a shame, the first Wild Arms is one of my favorite RPGs. A game with a steampunk/fantasy/wild west motif seems unorthodox, but it’s one of those unorthodox things that work.

    Maybe I’ll play it again, I never did get around to clearing it 100%

  2. It was released the same time that Final Fantasy games where ultra popular in the USA I think it may have been over shadowed at the time? Im surprised they where able to make a series of 6 games, that is great accomplishment a on its own.

  3. Never thought that it was released together with the series of Final Fantasy. I played Wild Arms but never able to finish it because the disc i brought was destroyed. But it was a great game though.

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