It was sad to hear that longtime Wonder Boy/Monster World developer Westone filed for bankruptcy last October, signaling a near end to the classic game developer.
However, all hope is not lost for fans of the series as Game Atelier has announced its working on a spiritual successor aptly named Monster Boy and the Wizard of Booze. What’s more, series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa is working with them in some capacity.
Game Atelier launched a Kickstarter campaign in April 2014 for a sequel to Flying Hamster, named Flying Hamster II: Knight of the Golden Seed. That game, we noted, was as much a spiritual successor to the Wonder Boy/Monster World franchise you could get. While things looked good for the success of their campaign, they closed their Kickstarter early as FDG Entertainment came forward to publish the game.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about Flying Hamster II, but it appears that the game might have morphed into Monster Boy.
If you look at the above image from the Flying Hamster II Kickstarter campaign, you’ll notice the far right character is in silhouette.
You’ll notice several of the characters appear to be similar, including the possible protagonist in Monster Boy.
Either way, we’ll try to chase down more information, but you can visit the game’s official website here, although there isn’t much info to be listed as of yet.