Will There be a Golden Sun 4?
Will there be a Golden Sun 4?
This is a good question that I’ve seen numerous times, and one that I myself would greatly like answered. Being a huge fan of the Golden Sun series, I was thrilled when the third installment arrived on the Nintendo DS back in December of 2010. It had been seven years since the last Golden Sun game--Golden Sun: The Lost Age--was released, and by that point no one was really expecting another game. I certainly wasn’t.
Dark Dawn didn’t fail to bring back the joys that earlier installments offered, including an elaborate world map, battles and, of course, the beloved Djinn we all came to know and love. A whole new cast of characters surfaced with the latest installment, mostly built up of the children of the Warriors of Vale themselves. While I was disappointed by not seeing all the familiar faces I’d been hoping for, I was pleasantly surprised by the ones I did see.
Receiving a critic score of 80% and selling over 46,000 copies within the first four days of its release in Japan, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was a huge success for its producer, Camelot, and one that we’ve wondered will be repeated. Dark Dawn undoubtedly brought back nostalgic memories of our childhoods upon playing the first two installments of the game, yet took the story of Weyard to an entirely new chapter. The ending was left on a cliffhanger, making it appear as though more to the story is possibly underway. So...will there be a fourth installment to the Golden Sun series? Will the story pick up where it left off and show fans what else is in store for our Adepts?
Despite many rumors spread by eager fans, no release of a fourth installment has been affirmed by an official source. However, we were shown a bit of what Hiroyuki Takahashi, one of the main game developers, has in mind for the series in an interview he gave us upon the opening of their latest 3DS title, Mario Tennis Open, in July of this year.
Mr. Takahashi had been asked whether they’re planning to release another Golden Sun installment, considering the last one left fans on quite the cliffhanger. His response to this was:
“I’m very pleased that you enjoyed Dark Dawn. RPGs take a very long time to make and need a lot of effort. As you will appreciate if you have played the game, the number of ideas that went into the story was rather substantial. When writing a story like that for a Golden Sun game, I really feel like I am pouring my soul into it and when I am finished, I always feel really drained. Everyone else working on the project also really devoted themselves to it, treating it like their life’s work. So it really is a huge encouragement to us to get a positive reaction from the people who play the game.
A big reason for us making RPGs comes from the requests from all the people who have enjoyed our RPGs in the past. Perhaps if there are enough Nintendo users asking for another game in the Golden Sun series, then this will naturally lead to the development of such a game.
Speaking personally from the perspective of the story, I think that honestly it may not be so likely because Golden Sun really requires a full effort to be put in. But of course, if there are enough people saying that we really must create another game, then we may just have to listen to them. Still, you would need to give me a bit of time to work on ideas for the story before we could release a fourth game in the series.”
We fans can hope that, if we express enough interest in a fourth installment to the Golden Sun series, another game would be developed, but there are no promises from Camelot that such a game will ever come into existence. As I stated above, I’m a huge Golden Sun fan and would do about anything to see another game. (Erm, well, within reason, of course.)
Official source: Nintendo Gamer: Q&A -- Mario Tennis Open