NanaOn-Sha head Masaya Matsuura (Parappa the Rapper
) has revealed to Gamasutra a high likelihood that he will make a new version of the critically lauded rhythm game Vib Ribbon
, released for PlayStation in 1999 in Japan. In the game, players could use their own music CDs to procedurally create the game's levels.
Said Matsuura, "Many of my friends from the states have been asking me 'When are you going to make Vib Ribbon
again?'" adding that the title would be "for new hardware, or downloadable. I really think I have to do that. It’s been many years since then, so I have to."
Asked whether the original game would come out as a downloadable PSOne game through the PlayStation Network, or if he owned the IP, Matsuura replied, "No, and no. [The IP is] unfortunately owned by Sony. But currently Sony is a little open with treatment of IPs, so if I get a lot of money, I can buy it from Sony."
Matsuura indicated that he was open as to which platform the game would hit. Most recently, NanaOn-Sha completed a downloadable iPod game and musical visualizer
, downloadable from the iTunes store. A full interview with Matsuura will run on Gamasutra at a later date.