Wayforward Technologies is apparently working on a new game called River City Girls. It’s not made clear what sort of game it is but according to GameSpark Japan, the upcoming title has already been rated by the Australian Classification Board even though the game hasn’t been officially announced in any capacity.
On April 11th, 2019 the Classification website lists River City Girls with a PG rating. It notes that the game has very mild sexual themes, and mild violence, language, and themes. It was also rated for multiple platform releases.
So it sounds like it might be on the line of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but maybe with a bit of extra sugar and spice on the fan-service since Nintendo’s side-scrolling fighter had no label for the sexual themes when it was rated for its Australian release back in September of 2018.
According to Gematsu the game doesn’t appear to be licensed by Arc System Works, who has the publishing license for the localization of the Kunio-kun games under the River City label. So they suspect that it’s likely something different from what Arc System has put out, and that the game could be something completely separate like what Conatus Creative did with River City Ransom: Underground, which had nothing to do with the main Kunio-kun series that Natsume and Arc System have been putting out in the last couple of years.
For now we’ll have to wait to find out what WayForward is working on and whether it’ll be a side-scrolling beat-’em-up or some other kind of game, maybe like a River City version of Shantae? I wouldn’t mind that.
We have no idea what the game is going to be about, but based on the title I would hazard a guess that it might be an all-girl beat-’em-up game designed in a similar vein to the River City Ransom games but with a bunch of waifu bait with art done in the traditional aesthetic that Wayforward is known for. Of course, that’s just me speculating. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to find out what River City Girls is all about.
(Thanks for the news tip FlutterDash)