In 1999, CyberConnect2's Tail Concerto launched in North America, giving gamers a 3D platformer in a world populated by mech-riding anthropomorphic cats and dogs caught in racial strife. More than a dozen years later, the developer is returning to the premise to create a spiritual successor to its PlayStation original, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter for the DS. XSEED Games today announced that it has reached an agreement with Japanese publisher Namco Bandai to bring Solatorobo to North American stores this fall.
Similar to its predecessor, Solatorobo is set on a chain of islands floating in the sky and inhabited by anthropomorphic cats and dogs that use mech suits in their day-to-day lives. Unlike Tail Concerto, Solatorobo is being billed as an action role-playing game. Players will assume the role of the adventurous Red Savarin and his mech Dahak as they embark on a journey that begins with a stolen file aboard an airship. In addition to mech-assisted combat, players will partake of minigames for a variety of activities like fishing and flying.
CyberConnect2 makes more than games about mech-riding anthropomorphic critters. The developer is also working on the over-the-top action game Asura's Wrath for Capcom and has spent the last decade producing numerous entries in the Naruto and .hack series.
Solatorobo debuted in Japan last October and is set for release in Europe this July. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.