The Cry for Dark Cloud 3
I grew up with the Dark Cloud series. When I was 6 years old, my grandparents had a Playstation 2 at their house and the game I insisted on playing all of the time was Dark Cloud. I loved the world it was set in, the music, the characters, and the game play. I had never seen a game like it, and in my little 6 year old head, it was the best thing in the world. I would spend hours crawling the same dungeon, fishing the same pond, and fighting the same enemies -- largely because I didn't have a memory card.
So of course when Dark Cloud 2 was announced, I couldn't contain my excitement. I practically made my mom call Gamestop that day to find out what my games would trade in for. I spent the next years leveling my way through dungeons, upgrading my weapons, and building a fantastic array of towns. A nearly shameful amount of time was spent simply fishing and watching the fish swim around in my aquarium. Looking back, for a game of its time, Dark Cloud 2 contained a surprising amount of well constructed sub plots and mini games that just kept hooking me back in. I played the game relentlessly, putting in nearly a thousand hours over the years.
After a certain amount of time, the experience started to feel empty. I knew everything about the game and I'd seen it all before. It was time for a Dark Cloud 3. Dark Cloud 2 had been out for years and new technology could push it so much further. I wasn't the only one who felt this way -- rumors started popping up all over the place. We were teased with "news" that Dark Cloud 3 was going to be a PS3 launch title, that the developers were working on another game, that somebody leaked a concept design for the new protagonist.
Year after year there were more rumors of this and that but time passed and nothing changed. The community started to rally a grassroots effort to produce Dark Cloud 3 . The game and its cult following have created petitions, 2,000-strong Facebook pages, and even early development of a fan created sequel. Fan support for Dark Cloud 3 has grown strong in the eleven years since the last installment and shows no signs of pausing. Even today, if you go to the Level 5 Facebook page, all statuses and updates are flooded with comments requesting the game. Kotaku has written a humorous series of articles based on the number of people e-mailing one of their writers to ask him personally to make Dark Cloud 3 -- even though he had nothing to do with it.
We can never be sure if the dream of a Dark Cloud 3 will be realized, but we know that fan support is there and probably always will be. Regardless of the future for the series, it has inspired a legacy.