Ben started sweating generously!
EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi has already confirmed multiple times that he’s not interested in working on any more games in the Mother series, but he wouldn’t mind playing Mother 4 if it was made by somebody else.
Enter the EarthBound fans. The fine folks over at Starmen.net have been hard at work trying to make Mother 4 a reality. The project has been in development for five years now, and the effort and dedication really shows. Today, the team finally released a gameplay trailer, and it’s looking absolutely fantastic. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think it was an official sequel.
The trailer shows us a bunch of completely random things you can expect to do in the game, like ride around town on a motorcycle, talk to stray dogs, beat up melting robots, and more. I actually laughed out loud at several points during the video (that hermit can!), so that’s definitely a good sign. It looks like they adopted the rhythm-based combat of Mother 3, which I’m very much a fan of, and added some new combat tactics as well. I cannot wait to play this!
We can expect to see Mother 4 this summer on PC, Mac, and Linux. It will even be available for free, so there’s no reason not to check it out!