Funny story about the Shantae series. The first game came out right at the tail-end of the Game Boy Color lifecycle. Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution was in development, but because the previous game’s sales were bad, it was hard to get it published. As to not compromise the creative product, the assets were locked away, never to see the light of day…
Twenty years later, WayForward is getting their chance to revive the lost episode of the Shantae series. Risky’s Revenge was the second game, which came eight years after the original. At that point in the story, a bunch of side characters were introduced, but in an off-screen kind of way. Risky Revolution was where they were supposed to officially get acquainted with Shantae.
The twist in Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution is that there is a machine that can rotate the upper part of the world. This is so that Risky Boots can rob different areas more easily. Shantae uses it to explore new areas and thwart Risky’s plans. The machine can revolve the background and other parts of the game as a puzzle mechanic.
Just announced by @LimitedRunGames is the revival of Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution! This lost Shantae sequel is back in development after nearly 20 years and will be released on an actual GBA-compatible cartridge! https://t.co/Mbk8wUmVLv pic.twitter.com/NArzKBqV2W
— WayForward (@WayForward) July 12, 2023
Creative Director Matt Bozon says that Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution will launch in early 2024. It will be published by Limited Run Games, so expect some cool special editions. It will be released on a physical Game Boy Advance cartridge, but hopefully other more modern platforms will get in on the fun.
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