Well that didn’t take long. After teasing about it yesterday at Comiket 87, 5pb.’s parent company Mages has officially announced its remake of Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO, a seminal entry in the Japanese adventure game genre from the 1990s designed by the late Hiroyuki Kanno and developed by ELF Corporation.
Though the remake of the PC-9801 game currently lacks any announced platforms at this time, Mages did state their intention to release the game during 2015. Additionally, the website for the game has gone live and though it’s bare for the time being, it does feature short messages from Makoto Asada and Ryo Nagi, both of whom were previously confirmed to be involved in the project in terms of direction and character design, respectively. Catch their remarks below.
Makoto Asada’s Message
It’s been so long since I first stumbled upon the original game, but even now, my memories of YU-NO as an adventure game remain vivid in my mind to this very day. Realizing this took us acquiring the rights from the original publisher and though the game is in new hands, mine included, I intend to give it everything I have so that it can return anew in better shape than ever before.
YU-NO is a game I love deeply, one that my good friend Ryu Umemoto was involved in back in the day. [Umemoto was a game composer who passed away in 2011.] It’s a deeply important game for a lot of reasons, so I hope you’ll join us as we renew it for a new generation in 2015.
Ryo Nagi’s Message
Though the prospects of remaking a game as famous as YU-NO is nerve-wracking, I want to be able to help it do justice to the original source material while introducing those unfamiliar with the game as to what makes it so special. It was with those thoughts in mind that I decided to jump on board with this project.
Thanks, Games Talk.