Blue Reflection was poised to be a one-off title by Gust as part of its Beautiful Girls Festival which included Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey and Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon. However, in an interesting turn of events, it turns out Gust’s magical girl-themed RPG could expand into a series if fans are vocal enough about their support.
In an interview in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, producer Junzo Hosoi, when questioned about the future of Blue Reflection, revealed that more work is being done on the IP, but whether or not it bears any fruit is dependent on fan support.
Here is what he had to say:
“We are hearing quite a lot of voices that want us to release a sequel. While I don’t know if it will bear fruit, [supervisor and character designer Mel] Kishida and company are making various movements in order to continue developing Blue Reflection.”
“The voices of the fans are extremely important, so please give us your support in the future.”
Blue Reflection was about as niche as it gets, with the game being a JRPG with a distinct schoolgirl/magical girl theme. Through that virtue alone, it managed to catch the attention of the appropriate crowds which would most assuredly play it on release.
Unfortunately, while the game’s concept was novel, its execution was lacking and many reviewers called it out for its easy battles, flow and poor translation. Interestingly, everyone could agree on what its faults were, but there was much disagreement on how heavily they should be weighed and how important its strengths were, causing a noticeable disparity in scores. For example, we ultimately gave Blue Reflection 4/5 stars, noting that fans of the genre would love the game despite its noticeable flaws. It might have been too lenient in retrospect, but the core structure was clearly in place and just needed more elbow grease to work out the kinks.
In either case, the fact that Blue Reflection could become a larger series is certainly exciting. It had a lot going for it and if the game itself was on par with its visuals and art, then we could be looking at a future masterpiece.
Blue Reflection is available worldwide on the PlayStation 4 and PC, as well as the PlayStation Vita in Japan.