FDG Entertainment has confirmed that its Wonder Boy/Monster World spiritual successor, Monster Boy, will be launching on the PlayStation 4 this year. First unveiled in January last year, the game’s release marks the 30th anniversary of the Wonder Boy series. Over on the PlayStation blog, FDG producer Thomas Kern promised that Monster Boy will continue the “colorful, side-scrolling adventure tradition with a character who can transform into different animal forms to solve puzzles and proceed in a connected (open) game world.”
With the help of series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa and LAT corporation licensing, the developer has managed to get access to the entire library of Wonder Boy series characters, graphics assets, sounds, and music. According to Kern, FDG is targeting 1080p at 60 frames-per-second with hi-res 2D visuals. He further wrote:
We’re happily bringing back our favorite monsters, music tracks, and features of the classic games. We’re working hard to deliver a game that you will be able to fully enjoy as a fan of the series but also if you never heard of it.
Monster Boy‘s music is being produced by Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Actraiser, Shinobi, and Ys) alongside Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi, Takeshi Yanagawa, and singer Haruka Shimotsuki. The team will be re-arranging the most popular tracks from the series, which will get their “finishing touches by a real instrument recording session.”
An exact release date for Monster Boy has yet to be announced, however, FDG has said that it plans to finish production in Q2 this year.