A while back, I reviewed the original Umihara Kawase for one of our Rewind Review Weeks. Since then I've become a big fan of the series, and I've been hoping to see Studio Saizensen tackle another. For a short period of time the company went through some heavy financial trouble, with their publisher going under, but thankfully the company ended up finding new ownership and seem to be doing better than ever. So, despite the last game in the Umihara series literally being called "Goodbye Umihara Kawase" (Sayonara Umihara Kawase), it seems that a new title in the series could maybe happen in the future.
Cue TGS and alongside the expected news from bigger developers/publishers, it seems we've gotten a wry confirmation that Umihara Kawase will be getting yet another game in the franchise, and it appears to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. @success_g3 on Twitter posted the following, found outside of the SUCCESS Corp booth:
Of course, the game that's being teased hasn't been named, but that silhouette is unmistakable, and the text is translated as "We're making a new title in the series!" and "Development is planned for Nintendo Switch." No more information is given, as technically it's not announced yet, but hopefully it's only a matter of time until we'll be seeing the next title in the Umihara Kawase series officially unveiled.