Today I added two more people to the list of individuals imploring me via e-mail to develop Dark Cloud 3. I'm sorry, folks ,but I'm not going to do it.
Since the fall, I've received nine e-mails from people imploring me to make a sequel to Sony's Dark Cloud role-playing game series.
Here's a typical e-mail: "Can you please make a Dark Cloud 3? I have very good memories of that game and its sequel. Many other fans and I would love it if you'd make one. I would preferably ask you to make it for Xbox 360 as well, since I only have a 360 and not a PS3. Thank you."
Another e-mail was even more emphatic. I will quote it in full. Subject line: "Dark Cloud 3." Body text: "Make it."
Some people included the word "please" in their e-mails. Others did not. But I must admit, no words will sway me. I refuse to make Dark Cloud 3.
Perhaps these nine people think I have untapped game development potential. Alternate theory, they have misinterpreted a post I wrote in October: Level 5: More People Need To Ask For A Dark Cloud Sequel. Let's be clear. Level 5 makes Dark Cloud games. I just interview people who work at Level 5, from time to time.