oceanhorncropWe've been patiently (or impatiently, depending on who you ask) waiting for Oceanhorn, a beautiful adventure RPG from Cornfox Bros. and FDG Entertainment, since its original announcement way back in November of 2011. As you probably know if you've been following this game at all, Oceanhorn is a very Legend of Zelda-inspired title featuring a colorful world to explore, real-time combat, dungeon crawling, puzzle solving and a vast ocean to set sail on. Over the past couple of years, developers have been keeping eager gamers in the loop with fairly steady updates showing Oceanhorn's progress, most recently at GDC this year when we got the first 5 minutes of the game and were quite impressed.

Today, FDG and Cornfox have another interesting development in the Oceanhorn saga as they have now announced that legendary composers Nobuo Uematsu and Kenji Ito will be composing the soundtrack for the game. If those two names don't immediately ring a bell for you, I'm fairly certain you'll recognize some of the games that they've had a hand in doing the music for over the years: Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Blue Dragon, Seiken Densetsu, Romancing SaGa… the list goes on. Needless to say, for the epic scope that Oceanhorn seems to be shooting for, a soundtrack from a team with this kind of pedigree can really take things to the next level.

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As if we weren't excited enough for Oceanhorn before, with the announcement of Nobuo Uematsu and Kenji Ito being added to the development team our excitement  is reaching critical levels. Oceanhorn is still slated for release sometime in late 2013, so be sure it's added to your TouchArcade [Free] app Watch List and stop by the thread in our forums for more discussion on this highly-anticipated title.

  • Klonis

    My most anticipated game for ios this year!!!

  • Boobi

    Grrr this looks so promising. Please don't fail me!

  • ImJPaul

    What fantastic news.

  • Inaba-kun

    Uematsu is a legend, so it's susprising he'd sign on for a mobile game which is a pretty blatant clone of Wind Waker.
    Maybe he's fallen on hard times.

    • themostunclean

      If you've been following this game at all you'd know the developers have been completely forthright about it being inspired by various Zelda games. It sounds like you're judging more based on the single screenshot in this article, which admittedly looks a lot like Wind Waker.

      If you take the time to look at the wealth of material the developer has released, you'll see it has its own unique art style combined with "Zelda-esque" tropes. But many games have drawn inspiration from Zelda and calling it a "blatant clone" is a bit harsh.

      Maybe look into the game a little more before lobbing criticism at it and a talented composer.

  • DoctorFedora

    Uematsu didn't do Chrono Trigger, guys.

    • Taylor Calderone

      Uematsu did contribute a few tracks, but yeah, crediting Chrono Trigger to anyone but Mitsuda is very inaccurate.

    • eventide

      He did compose a few tracks. The dinosaur fortress theme is one of them.

      • DoctorFedora

        Okay, yes, you're technically right,* but to say that he did Chrono Trigger's soundtrack is akin to saying that David Bowie did the album Hot Space because he collaborated on the track "Under Pressure." Yasunori Mitsuda did the vast, vast majority of the soundtrack there.

        *the best kind of right!

      • eventide

        True. Mitsuda is easily my favorite game composer. Wish he would have been involved.

  • Eidaven

    This looks sooooo good. This is going to be a fully premium game right?

    • themostunclean

      That's what the devs have been saying. Always subject to change though, especially since the production has been significantly expanded since it was announced.

  • zergslayer69

    It's funny how this news posting has positive comments while on other non primary mobile sites, the comments call this game a rip off, among other negative things.

    • themostunclean

      That's because most of those people commenting haven't been following this game since it was announced and haven't seen it in action. They're just being reactionary.

      Plus Zeldaphiles are quick to claim rip-off for anything using similar systems. They had a field day criticizing Darksiders.

      • Karzay

        I highly doubt everyone here is new to iOS, new to TA and haven't heard of this game before. People here are not up in arms about this because TA just has a better class of readership. We see it for what it is, a game inspired by Zelda. That's all.

      • themostunclean

        He was talking about other people on non iOS sites crying ripoff. Not this one. That's who I was replying about. I know the people here are well versed in iOS gaming news (most of them).

      • Karzay

        My mistake.

      • hourglass

        Are you kidding? I'm a Zelda fan, and I NEEEEEEEED Oceanhorn!

      • themostunclean

        I'm excited too. My comment was about the people on other sites complaining and it not being justified or informed.

        Please re-read my and the original comment.

    • Taclys

      I'm a huge zelda fan myself, and I can't express how excited I am for this game. Is zelda on iOS? Nope. I want an alternative. Swordigo was great, but I'd love to see a full 3D world instead of a platformer.

  • garret44

    Hopefully this is a premium game with a long story, plenty of puzzles and action. Please don't disappoint

    Wouldn't mind paying at least $10 if its top notch

  • diaskeaus

    A Zelda rip-off? And how is that a bad thing, if it is as good or almost as good as Zelda?

    If Uematsu signed on, that's probably a good sign, and since he enjoys orchestrating most of his songs these days, he's probably pretty excited about the game.

  • 21tigermike

    The, uh, action button... yeah, that looks like a Triforce. ;)
    The real story here is 'what does it do to Nintendo when all/many of the great Nintendo games/genres are already represented on iOS, and the big N doesn't get a nickel of the revenues?'.
    That's what we're seeing here

    • mrharicot

      The whole games has a very zelda / wind waker flavor (a bit too much for me to be honest), but this action button is just a triangle...

  • ZarieoZ

    It will be released after the release of iPad 5, really hope they won't surprise us & say that it won't support iPad 4. Cause it's really one of my most anticipated game this year, that is if it finally make it this year :-)

    • themostunclean

      Go over previous coverage of this game. They started development on an iPad 2 and iPod touch 4G.

      Seeing as every game released works on iPad 2 and up (Deus Ex is a fluke and will be supported soon), I really don't think you'll have to worry.

      • ZarieoZ

        Guess you're right, I worry alot. I'm on iPad 1, upgrading to iPad 4 this month & since its only 2 months or so before iPad 5 release I was afraid that the iPad 4 wouldn't play some of the games I really want while it's still 2 months old. Since my iPad got dumped alot & I couldn't play lots of the new games, I don't wanna feel this feeling again, ever ;-) hopefully it'll be long before it revisit me. My concern is whatthey had then was just a small portion & maybe the game grew alot & they'll have to make sacrifices & not support some devices.

      • greatnoob

        An iPad 2 is enough to tackle everything the iPad 4 can handle as it actually faster than an iPad 3, whilst the iPad 4 comes to the same real world performance as an iPad 2 (because of its absurd resolution).

        So:

        iPad 2 > iPad 3

        iPad 2 ~= iPad 4 (in terms of real world game performance)

        - Game developer

      • ZarieoZ

        I see, thanks for your comment, it's really informative although I find it somewhat depressing that after I spend my money on an iPad 4 I'll be getting the power of the alot cheaper iPad 2.

      • greatnoob

        But you also get a retina display and a more beefier GPU + CPU at a res > most PCs (which have dedicated graphics cards).

        See the point? Mobile GPUs != Desktop GPUs and considering Desktop screen resolutions are all within the 1080p range, you can see why Apple has made a bad, bad choice in terms of resolution to power.

        If it werent for the iPad 4's insanely high resolution, the gaming performance would rival an Intel HD 2000 (just a guess)

  • iOSPeace

    When is this coming out?

    • themostunclean

      Read the article again.

      In case you don't feel like it- "Oceanhorn is still slated for release sometime in late 2013"

  • hourglass

    That looks like a flat-out copy of Windwaker.

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

    • Karzay

      I don't like your comment.

  • Unperson

    That's funny, because I already have Oceanhorn on my iPad. No, really! When I saw this article, I returned to the desktop to verify it was still on my device and there it is. Let me explain...

    A couple of months ago, there was an announcement that Oceanhorn had launched. I went to the app store, saw it was only priced at .99 cents, scratched my head, shrugged, then purchased the app and downloaded it. When I launched it, all I saw was a vanilla backdrop, a single character, and nothing to actually do; save one pointless and unrewarding task.

    A short while later, another announcement went out that the launch was a mistake and that buyers would be refunded if they completed steps x, y, and z. When I attempted to follow those steps, the app store would inform me that no such app existed and the process could not be completed. So, it's "not a real app" and I received "not a real refund". Douglas Adams logic FTW!

    So.. ..I now have Oceanhorn. It's not very much fun to play, what with the stark background and mono-focal objective, but since I paid a dollar for it and was not allowed to get a proper refund, there it sits.. ..idle.. ..on my iPad.. ..forever.

    True story, Bro!

    • Taclys

      I remember that escapade! I would have bought it too, except I was gone that day and didn't get to the App Store in time.

  • eventide

    This could be my most anticipated iOS game ever. Uematsu being involved made my day.

  • QuarterSwede

    I was already planning to buy it but now it's an instant buy! So psyched!

  • raviadso

    Get out of my dreams and onto my iPod!

  • holden2015

    Let's hope they Don't ruin it with in app purchases...cause it has great potential

  • Mojorising

    Gogogo allready

  • Guest

    Not for iPhone? Really??

    • themostunclean

      What makes you say that? The screenshot is obviously iPhone 5 aspect ratio. Also the gameplay footage released by the devs shows them playing it on an iPod touch 4G.

      • theorangeipod

        Yes!! I had my doubts that they wouldn't support ipod 4 for a second

  • TJF588

    And my interest in this "Oceanhorn" business instantly materialized.

  • JCat_NY

    Take my money, yesterday!

  • CacciaCM

    Looks Awesome!!

  • AngryConfusedRabbit

    God I wish this would come to Android.