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TGS 08: Kotani-san Answers Your Patapon 2 Questions

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Oct 13, 2008 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Last week, we gave you the chance to ask Patapon 2 game designer Hiroyuki Kotani your questions about the follow up to this year’s unique PSP hit. A few days ago in SCEI’s Tokyo offices, I passed those questions on to Kotani-san (through an interpreter). He was happy to answer your questions on camera:

The next day, he introduced Patapon 2 Don Chaka (Japanese title) to the media at Tokyo Game Show. I transcribed the event, which should answer even more questions you may have about the game.

Kotani: We received a lot of requests after the first one, which shaped Patapon 2

• More customization
• Want to create original Patapons
• Want to play Patapon Longer
• Want to enjoy Patapon with friends.

The game takes place on an unknown island after the first game. There, the Patapon are blocked by the Karmen, a mysterious masked clan, blocking the Patapon’s path to the true Earthend. That’s where you come in.

Early on, you’ll encounter a lost Patapon, who is the Hero Patapon. The Hero Patapon features in both single player campaign and multiplayer.

In ad-hoc MP, the missions involve Magical Eggs

Kotani-san brings 3 players up to help, including Andrew Yoon of PS3 Fanboy and Dale North of Destructoid. One controls the new wizard class of Patapon (Mahopon), another takes control of the bird rider (Toripon), another new Patapon class.

The goal of the mission played is to carry an egg to the goal, where the egg can hatch and reveal a mask, which can then be used in the single player campaign. The 4 players cooperatively battle a giant bird boss equipped with a lethal, um, gas attack. When they get into Fever mode, meteors rain from the sky in attack.

Once the players get into the rhythm, they are able to take down the avian monster using Attack, Withdraw, and March commands. The players are then launched a rhythm game (similar to the “make it rain” miracle in the original Patapon), only longer and more complex. At the end, the egg hatches, and they receive a mask, which is equippable in the single player mode.

Kotani-san runs through some comparisons with the original game (basically, significantly more levels, items, Rarepon varieties, classes, and more in the sequel). He also reveals a Game Sharing mode, where 4 players can play missions with a single Patapon 2 UMD.

All of the new features were added due to player feedback, and Patapon 2 is more accessible than the original. He finishes up by saying that he designed Patapon 2 with “the idea of players smiling in enjoyment” as they play.

We’ll continue to bring you Patapon 2 news as we get closer to release, which will be 2009 in North America.

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50 Comments

1

+ modestgod on October 13th, 2008 at 3:24 pm said:

cool


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+ Masterofallz on October 13th, 2008 at 3:31 pm said:

You get your sleep Jeff? :P
Looks awesome.


3

+ Daver on October 13th, 2008 at 3:35 pm said:

Great!

i really enjoyed the 1st one! Patapon 2 looks to be even better!


4

+ jcasanova on October 13th, 2008 at 3:37 pm said:

still no news on porting Patapon to the ps3?


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+ WHAT on October 13th, 2008 at 3:37 pm said:

So awesome that you found one of the Wizard of OZ munchkins to translate the interview.


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+ XxBigP123xX on October 13th, 2008 at 3:38 pm said:

2009 in North America.

:(


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+ Morphine16 on October 13th, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

I also enjoyed first one, will gladly buy part 2


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+ everett1992 on October 13th, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

@5
totally, i thought they were all dead, but apparently they found one.


9

+ GGCAN on October 13th, 2008 at 3:45 pm said:

Thanks for the post Jeff.


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+ ftwrthtx on October 13th, 2008 at 3:48 pm said:

Thanks for the info.


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+ lodinick on October 13th, 2008 at 3:50 pm said:

SWeeeeeeeeeeeeeet the first game Rocked

ADD ME: Th1zzMan


12

+ lodinick on October 13th, 2008 at 3:51 pm said:

Rockerchicbev I LUV YA


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+ lb003g0676 on October 13th, 2008 at 3:59 pm said:

Is Fumito Ueda doing an interview ?!

:(

Don’t expect me to stop moaning anytime soon :P


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+ schwaa on October 13th, 2008 at 3:59 pm said:

Howabout a PSN version for those of us too broke to buy a PSP?


15

+ wolverine81 on October 13th, 2008 at 3:59 pm said:

Good work Jeff! Excellent information!


16

+ bader on October 13th, 2008 at 4:00 pm said:

I like the first part .
Ill buy the second part .
thanks jeff .


17

+ saintfighteraqua on October 13th, 2008 at 4:12 pm said:

Yay!! I hope they will also make us a patapon PS3 game!!


18

+ zombiepigs on October 13th, 2008 at 4:15 pm said:

If you make a PS3 version I’d definitely buying it!


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+ darkiewonder on October 13th, 2008 at 4:24 pm said:

PLEASE tell me this game will be one of the supported game for the Ps3/psp connectivity so I can play local ad-hoc using my ps3!


20

+ erico316 on October 13th, 2008 at 4:43 pm said:

jeff any news on the release date of patapon 2 for the usa?


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+ brianr on October 13th, 2008 at 4:44 pm said:

ya first one was great i am glad they made the 2nd one and locoroco 2 two great games for psp,they should have made them for ps3 too ,wonder why they didnt.


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+ DankandSticky on October 13th, 2008 at 5:04 pm said:

Awesome, Thank you very much Jeff this is Sick!!

I loved Patapon so much… I own one of those Rolito Patapon Bearbricks unopened and everything!! ;)


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+ Dann7978 on October 13th, 2008 at 5:12 pm said:

Ill wait for patapon on ps3. Even though i have a psp.


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+ C-h-a-o-s on October 13th, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

Thank god they made an easy mode, I honestly sucked at fever mode which hindered me a lot while playing the first game. I love it when devs improve sequels via user feedback. I can’t wait for Patapon 2!


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+ IceCold on October 13th, 2008 at 5:54 pm said:

This is a must buy. I will purchase with the WHITE PSP-3000 when ever it comes out. Can we say Bundle!!!!!


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+ C-h-a-o-s on October 13th, 2008 at 5:56 pm said:

Oh and Jeff man you are one underappreciated guy, thanks a bunch for getting our questions out to Kotani San (right you add that after their first name?) and all the things you do for us bloggers. I’ve been a PlayStation Fan since it’s launch and never really had any real interaction until this blog came along, very grateful for it.


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+ kspraydad on October 13th, 2008 at 6:00 pm said:

Mudpick…wrong thread…you posted your views already…are you REALLY ‘sorry’?

Yeah for Patapon.


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+ cywulf21 on October 13th, 2008 at 6:18 pm said:

When is it out? And hopefully they keep it at the same price point as Patapon. Also they need to bring a PSN version, cant have enough Patapon.


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+ Mudpick on October 13th, 2008 at 6:21 pm said:

Its just i wanted Jeff to see it, after all he is social media manager, if its so annoying where can i show it to the Sony Staff?

After all i know you’ll like to see some of those things in your PS3


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+ kspraydad on October 13th, 2008 at 6:26 pm said:

@30 Mudpick

Right hand side of the blog: CONTACT US
http://blog.us.playstation.com/contact-us

BTW:

The PSN is scheduled to be unavailable tomorrow, Oct. 14, during the following time:

* 11AM – 4PM Pacific
* 2PM – 7PM Eastern


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+ EViD on October 13th, 2008 at 6:26 pm said:

Can’t wait.


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+ PSXNation26 on October 13th, 2008 at 7:02 pm said:

This is one of the most anticipated games of 08. PATAPON 4 Life


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+ Jeigh on October 13th, 2008 at 7:15 pm said:

If a list of firmware updates is posted under every single article, I’m going to be calling for more use of the BanSword.

I LOVE the game-sharing feature! Should make it all the easier to find someone to play with! :D


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+ Ajora on October 13th, 2008 at 8:10 pm said:

@ 24 Mudpick
Whats your problem man? It says Patapon 2 on the thread topic! Not what would you like PSN to become! We al want PSN to be great but come on!

Other than that grerat news! First PataPon = Best PSP game by far! :D
Looking forward to the sequel!


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+ Jeigh on October 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm said:

@ Ajora (34)

So true. Patapon’s the first game on the PSP I’ve really consistently come back to. There’s something special about it, though it gets annoying how everytime someone needs to talk to you, you end up screwing up your beat. It’s a trade-off, but for such a great game I think it’s a good one.


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+ zak138 on October 13th, 2008 at 10:41 pm said:

I am certain to get this when it comes out!


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+ zak138 on October 13th, 2008 at 10:53 pm said:

ykg


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+ swieep on October 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm said:

(not very)Funny, on the official playstation(3) blog you can not see the movies on the ps3!


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+ EvoAnubis on October 14th, 2008 at 1:40 am said:

Is there Trophy support?

Loved the first game, can’t wait until the 2nd.


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+ wavesln on October 14th, 2008 at 3:00 am said:

Loved the first one. Can’t wait for the sequel.


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+ C-h-a-o-s on October 14th, 2008 at 5:21 am said:

@39

The PSP doesn’t have trophy support and the first title didn’t have “in-game trophies”.


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+ lobotomies4free on October 14th, 2008 at 6:18 am said:

We need a console Patapon and a real LocoRoco. PSP games come to the ps2 all the time (apparently easily).

Thanks for PS2 Lumines btw


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+ StalkingSilence on October 14th, 2008 at 7:10 am said:

Awesome!

I have never really understood how to use game-sharing, but I bought my brother a PSP and now that more games are doing some unique things with it, I think it might warrant a PS.Blog post. Kinda like you did with the HDD replacement tips.

It’d be great to see some general PSP tips on the blog to celebrate the launch of the PSP-3000!


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+ Trat on October 14th, 2008 at 7:16 am said:

Cannot understand a word the translator says. Next time add subs…


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+ kspraydad on October 14th, 2008 at 7:35 am said:

@38…visit in two days!


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+ KBlade on October 14th, 2008 at 10:49 am said:

I’m pleased we won;t be getting this till next year actually. Too much coming out now and it gives me something great to play next year when it comes out when releases dry up again.


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+ icarus69 on October 14th, 2008 at 11:45 am said:

Yes, Patapon 2 looks like it will be even better then the first one.
The only must-buy for me when it comes to upcoming PSP games, although:
– When will it be released?

Also, Jeff, tell Kotani-san (if you can) to at least consider the PS3 versions of both games.

Keep up the good work!


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+ MrCamo on October 14th, 2008 at 2:00 pm said:

Port to PS3 please. I am tired of my PSP for now… Music machine until something new comes out.


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+ gardea on October 14th, 2008 at 7:03 pm said:

Really enjoyed the original Patapon. Will Patapon 2 be $20 as well?


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+ snowboardzombie on October 15th, 2008 at 11:26 am said:

any chance this will come to PS3?


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