It has been 14 years since the original release of the oddball Data East-developed disc throwing game Windjammers. In that time, Windjammers has defied categorization and expectations — it managed to remain relevant in FGC side tournaments, run a massive international tournament league, and was at one point considered for main stage Evo time.
It makes you wonder how well a true sequel could do, doesn’t it?
DotEmu, makers of the PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch Windjammers ports, are wondering that, too:
Get ready! The legendary disc throwing game, Windjammers, is getting a sequel! Windjammers 2 will combine everything fans love about the classic title with entirely hand-drawn 2D animations to create the ultimate windjamming experience. Windjammers 2 will fly onto Nintendo Switch and PC in 2019.
This is a surprising new chapter in the Windjammers saga, one as appropriately unpredictable as anything else involving Windjammers. Though DotEmu has proved themselves capable of updating a classic, the french developer is almost exclusively known for emulation — Windjammers 2 is a bold attempt at entering the development market.
Despite the gloriously retro animation in its cinematic trailer, there’s currently no information or visuals of the gameplay itself — though there’s the hint that its cast might be all-new, as neither of the characters in the trailer are from the original Windjammers. Either that, or their character designs have been pushed so far over the top with glitter and neon colors that they have become unrecognizable… Which, for Windjammers? That’s totally fine.
DotEmu’s claim of “entirely hand-drawn 2D animations” is a herculean promise in this day and age; SRK will be ready to report further on it once we see it in action.