We’ve reported on Katamari Tribute a couple of times, the Takahashi-free next-gen version of the famous ball rolling simulator, but until now it hasn’t been officially announced for anywhere outside of Japan. However, Namco Bandai have confirmed that Katamari Forever, as it is now known, will at least see a full release in the States and support 2 players locally.
Katamari Forever will remain true to the basic Katamari mechanics, with the Prince back behind the ball trying to save the King of All Cosmos. However, the PS3 exclusive remix will have a massive boost to the number of stages (more than 30) and include what can only be described as the master collection of music, modes and effects.
“A terrible event has occurred causing the stars to disappear from the night sky and the King of All Cosmos to fall into a coma,” says the press release. “The Prince must use his finely tuned Katamari rolling skills once more to re-create the absent celestial bodies, save his royal father and restore order to the Cosmos. Thumb tacks, sushi, cats, people, skyscrapers, ocean liners and continents – nothing is safe.”
“New graphical styles give Katamari Forever a certain je ne sais quoi that all new Katamari games possess. The Wood style uses warm sepia tones to give stages a wooden feel while Comic creates thick black outlines on every object, filled in with deep, rich colours. There are various styles to choose from, so make sure to try them all out.” Forever will also run in full-HD 1080p, at hopefully a better framerate than the recent 360 version.