Mother 4 “impossible,” says series creator
posted on 04.30.13 at 04:50 PM EDT by (@orokana_yume)
Don't hold out for a sequel, fans.

Fans hoping for a fourth entry in the Mother series, known as Earthbound outside of Japan, are in for some bad news. Series creator Shigesato Itoi said on Twitter today that a new game in the franchise would be “impossible.”

And he ended it at that.

Thanks, Polygon

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  • xMCXx

    Welp.

    • Always No. 9

      …..I feel ya….its downright inhumane and cruel…..

  • Awnye

    But…nothing is impossibru

  • Always No. 9

    You know…..a spiritual successor is always an option….#9

  • $29082171

    He said this ages ago, constantly at that.

  • Shadow

    Well at least he’s honest, there’s a lot of developers out there that keep people hanging on a cliff.

  • nyquil

    this is what happens when people just use google translate. the exchange amounts to “teach itoi how to make mother 4”, kind of like in pokemon or whatever, and he replies with “impossible”. it’s a joke reply to a joke remark.

  • Bec66

    Why is it impossible?

  • $18114340

    Probably for the better. There are only so many different places they can take the story at this point without feeling contrived or retrodden. Besides, I’d rather not lock Itoi into being “the Mother guy” like Kojima is pretty much “the Metal Gear guy”.

    • Brandon001

      but Kojima is not typecasted as “the MG guy”, rather, he’s labeled, the god.

      • MogCakes

        “the MG god”

  • PrinceHeir

    ehh :(

  • MosquitoLemon

    I’d recommend everyone go play Metal Max 2:Reloaded and Metal Max 3 on the DS, just in case they were actually waiting around for a Mother 4.

  • AdamBoy64

    Well, better then him trudging through a game he doesn’t have his heart in. That would be bad.

  • Always No. 9

    Earthbound needs to live on…..it’s a cult classic amongst certain people. The series is……just carefree…..its easy, in the sense that you don’t feel burdened by what your doing, because you ENJOY what you’re doing.

    Sometimes, I play games now where I don’t really enjoy what I am doing….Crazy right?!

    Many things within the gaming universe is slowly degenerating…..it becomes commercialized. There need to be games that evoke…..emotions….like Earthbound. Viva La Earthbound…….optimistic#9

    • $18114340

      I don’t think it’s necessarily so much that Earthbound needs to live on, than the spirit of games like Earthbound needs to live on. I think what people really want is that carefree enjoyment that you’re talking about. There’s no guarantee that if there was another Mother that it would be able to capture the same feelings as the previous games. Remember Other M?

      • Always No. 9

        “I don’t think it’s necessarily so much that Earthbound needs to live on,
        than the spirit of games like Earthbound needs to live on.”….Agreed, that would essentially be good enough I guess……..let’s just hope they are capable of doing so, and don’t butcher it in the process…….the spirit that is.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘cough’ http://mother4.andonuts.net/ ‘cough’

  • Elvick

    Impossible my foot. If it were, he’d say why and then we’d be done with it.

    • $18114340

      There are plenty of reasons why such a thing might be impossible but he may not be allowed to say. The impossibility could be the result of convoluted internal politics and upper management which he isn’t professionally allowed to disclose, or it could be that he just doesn’t want to do it.

      Even if he told us why it was impossible, we’d certainly wouldn’t be done with it — people would call him a liar or try to refute any reasons he presents. He probably isn’t saying anything further for the sake of his own sanity. If he wants to drop the subject I think people should drop it.