Cygames announced in a press release that they have acquired the old and beloved IP Metal Max.
The company will receive intellectual property from Kadokawa and Kadokawa Games, who have owned it for the past few years.
While firm plans for the series are yet to be finalized, Cygames has pledged to make every effort to create a new future for the Metal Max franchise and has announced that it will be working on a console game.
Series creator Hiroshi Miyaoka will also move to Cygames and work on the reboot of the series as its director. Although it will take some time, he would like the franchise to be reborn into something that will touch the hearts of RPG fans everywhere.
Cygames producer Kenichiro Takaki (who you may know as the creator of the Senran Kagura franchise) also commented, mentioning that he loved Metal Max when he was a student.
He is honored to be working on the franchise and the company is about to embark on a project to make Metal Max the best console game possible, so he encourages fans to stay tuned.
If you’re not familiar with Cygames, it’s a popular game developer headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo. She is known for the Granblue Fantasy franchise (under which she works on Granblue Fantasy Relink and the recently released Granblue FantasyVersus) and many others. Another highly anticipated (and rather mysterious) game in development is Project Awakening, along with Takaka’s own Project GAMM.
Last year, the Metal Max franchise turned 30 years old. Kadokawa Games picked it up after it went dormant for a while, releasing Metal Max Xeno in 2018. The game was then remade into Metal Max Xeno Reborn, which launched in Japan in 2020 and in the west last month for PS4, Switch, and PC.
A sequel called Metal Max Wild West has been in development for a long time, but was recently canceled after the collapse of Kadokawa Games and the birth of Dragami Games.