This game is the first new title to appear in the Glory of Heracles*1 RPG series in 14 years. I wrote the scenarios for this series while I was with the game company Data East.*2 More than a decade passed before the new proposal came up, so by that time, Heracles had become a distant memory to me. But then, 3 years ago, I received a phone call from my former work supervisor during my Data East days. He said they were coming out with another Heracles and asked if I wanted to do the scenario. It came as a bolt from the blue. To tell you the truth, these scenarios were things I had written in my youth, and I felt rather ashamed looking at them now. On the other hand, I was very intrigued by the question of how they would make the new one, so my feelings wavered between thinking, "I don't really want to do this..." and "Perhaps I should do it..." and "If I don't do it, then..." Nevertheless, I almost instantly agreed to do it. (Laughs) I guess it was because I felt, "If I don't do it, then I wonder who will?" At first, I was to be the supervising editor, because the draft plan and the internal "world" of this particular game were already pretty much in place. So, it started with me putting in my two cents here and there, but I ended up being entrusted to write the scenario as well.
*1. Glory of Heracles: An RPG series distributed by Data East. The series ran from the first title, Tôjin makyô-den Heracles no eikô (Legend of the Fighting Demon's Lair - Glory of Heracles), released in 1987, to the fourth title, Glory of Heracles IV - Gift from the Gods, which came out in 1994.
*2. Data East: A game software production company. Has produced a large number of games for both arcade and consumer use.