At this weekend's annual takeover of the Baltimore Convention Center by anime fans, better known as Otakon, we were fortunate to have a viewing of "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles" with Mr. Steve Yun himself. For those of you who do not know who Steve Yun is (I sure didn't before Friday), he co-wrote RTSC, is the webmaster of Robotech.com, and was the producer of RT: Invasion, RT: Battlecry, and the most recent edition of RT: The Macross Saga. Fortunately for Mr. Yun, he did not have to face any cream-pie attacks from disgruntled fans (see Anime-Expo), but he did take the time to field some questions.
So here's the skinny on what's up and coming in the world of Macross and Robotech. As of right now, there is no set number of movies to be produced in the Shadow Chronicles series, as they want to round it out and not make just a trilogy or quadrilogy (even though that is what they are banking on). Harmony Gold hopes to get the licensing rights to Macross 0 and possibly Macross 7 for US distribution, but there is a legal fistfight going on regarding licensing rights in Japan at the moment regarding all yet-to-be-licensed-overseas Macross material. We got no-comment answers on questions such as new veritechs and returning classic characters in future Shadow Chronicles movies (although he did hint at a Gamma fighter in the works and the return of Max Sterling). Of course someone had to ask about the grudge between diehard Robotech fans and diehard Macross fans, no surprising remarks there, but he did go into the phenomenon of Robotech being fansubbed in Japan (?!?), and the possiblity of releasing Shadow Chronicles as Mospedia Plus (or something of the like) in Japan (how the tables have turned).
So being that everyone is worried about the impending cease & desist letter hanging over BtRL, and being influenced by my own past (unpleaseant )dealing with licensers of plays and the such, I thought it a prime chance to get the official stance of Harmony Gold on RTM2 or similar projects. Being that I didn't want to raise the ire of the HG people, I posed him the question whether or not any new RT games were being planned following the Shadow Chronicles release and how HG would react to a fan-made RT game.Steve Yun: "To the first part of your question, no, nothing is being planned right now. (With different companies) being taken over, we need to field a new production company to handle that. In response to the second part of your question, Harmony Gold's official position is that as long as there is no donations or money being made off it, then we are fine leaving it alone. There's a lot of great fan-made material out there."
Well there it is, from the horse's mouth so to say. I don't know if anyone else has checked on this but my personal rule is to never assume anything you can confirm.
RA & Steve Yun at Otakon 07Pretty pissed this didn't come out better. Don't know if the guy taking the pic was shaking or what.