Earlier today, Natsume laid down an official U.S. release date for Lufia: the Legend Returns. The game is expected to arrive in stores in July of this year. European and Japanese releases are planned to follow, but no specific date was mentioned. (That's right, the next Lufia game will be hitting the states before its release overseas.)
Several Natsume staff members had some interesting things to say about the upcoming game. Natsume President and CEO Hiro Maekawa commented on the people involved in development, saying, "It was not an easy thing to reunite the same people involved in the development of Lufia II for the SNES. The compelling story line, music, graphics and game control are all an integral part to the world of Lufia. A reunion of the development team was essential to create this chapter in order to maintain the same gaming world of Lufia." Although not explicitly stated, this would seem to suggest that much, if not all, of the previous staff members helped work on the series' third installment.
In case any fans are skeptical about the title's move to the Game Boy Color, series director and scenario writer Masahide Miyata had this to add: "We believe that the fun factor of the game remains the same, even if the game console has been changed. We put all the know-how we accumulated through Lufia and Lufia II to create this latest chapter, Lufia: The Legend Returns. This is not just an another RPG, but instead is a piece of work that every member has put their soul into."
Come July, Miyata and the rest involved will see whether their hard work is enough to make up for the years of waiting.
Source: The GIA