By Rob Pereyda March 10, 2014
SHIFTYLOOK'S NEXT STEP
Dear ShiftyLook Fans:
We originally got the ShiftyLook project going at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. back in Fall 2011. The idea was to take the unused, “sleeping” video game characters of our past and bring them back first with webcomics, and then – once they had gotten enough traction – expand into other media like web animation, games, and merchandise.
I'm happy to say that we've done this with Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and some other very cool characters, which are now beloved not just in gamer circles, but at conventions, art groups, and many, many places we'd never expect. That said, now that we have successfully revived so many franchises, the heavy lifting is completed – and so is our work. We battled the video games abyss and won, which means it's time for us to move on and let the hit-makers play with some new toys.
While we are melancholy about ShiftyLook as an overall project going away, Wonder Momo, our star franchise, has some exciting things happening for it. WayForward Technologies, lord of the platformer gaming universe, is making their most ambitious game yet in Wonder Momo. Kotaku loved it in an early preview and we know you will, too. There is a whole line of Wonder Momo t-shirts available over at WeLoveFine.com, and the long-awaited Wonder Momo hardcover comic book is on the way from UDON Entertainment.
For some housekeeping, here is what is happening to what at ShiftyLook (all dates JST):
BRAVOMAN: Binja Bash! on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore: In-app purchases available until March 16, 2014; download available through March 30, 2014
Namco High on ShiftyLook.com: Purchase available via Crunchyroll through March 28, 2014; servers shut down (no longer able to play) on June 30, 2014
ShiftyLook comics: Bravoman ends at #300; Wonder Momo ends at #200; Katamari ends at #150; Galaga ends at #100; Valkyrie ends at #100; Klonoa ends at #65; Tower of Babel ends at #26; Dig Dug Vol. 2 ends at #18
ShiftyLook website: No more updates after March 20, 2014; servers shut down on September 30, 2014; forums close on March 20, 2014
Wonder Momo video game: To be released on schedule on select digital download platforms
Wonder Momo anime: Stays on Crunchyroll and YouTube to view for free worldwide
Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and Galaga books: Releasing as scheduled by UDON Entertainment
Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and other apparel: Stays available on WeLoveFine.com
Katamari and Galaga plush toys and rugs: Stays available on Squishable.com
Thank you all so much for enjoying ShiftyLook. We'll all miss you.
Shigetaka Kurita Rob Pereyda Yutaro Ikegaya
Cory Casoni Ritsuko Aoyagi
Ash Paulsen Kaori Ito
Erik Ko Jim Zub Omar Dogan
Matt Moylan Dax Gordine Josh Perez
Alex Culang Raynato Castro
Ryan North Christopher Hastings Anthony Clark
Ashley Davis Hitoshi Ariga
Shannon Campbell Sam Logan
...AND ALL FORMER COMICS ON SHIFTYLOOK CREATORS
UDON ENTERTAINMENT Proscenium Design Inc.
WayForward Technologies Copernicus Studios
Toonhound Studios Buttersafe LLC
Graphinica Inc. Hiptic Games
What Pumpkin Studios Date Nighto LLC
Cryptozoic Entertainment Yomiuri-TV Enterprise
Twitch TV Crunchyroll
Comic-Con International Reed Exhibitions
Tommy Pedrini Sparkles* Area 11
Juan-Cruz Baldassare Murray Bain Paul Rigg
Scott Kurtz Kris Straub The Small-Buteras
Andrew Hussie Cindy Dominguez George Rohac Conrad Kreyling
Andrea Demonakos Tim Sheehy Colette Bennett
Superfan Jay Carmina Suva Touya Shiro
ALL NAMCO BANDAI GAMES STAFF
ALL PARTNERS, STAFF & CREATORS
...AND YOU, THE FANS!
WONDER MOMO PLATFORMER
ShiftyLook has joined forces with WayForward Technologies, the developers of DuckTales Remastered and Mighty Switch Force!, to bring you a brand new side-scrolling platformer. Available this spring, the new game will be released on PC and Mac. Head over to wondermomo.jp for all the latest info on the new anime series and game!