Western Lords is a cancelled Old-West RPG in development around 2004 by Blossomsoft for GBA, Nintendo DS and PC. In its initial version it looked like a classic 16-bit 2D RPG, but it seems it was later rebooted in 3D for Nintendo DS before being finally canned.
As we can read in some old messages in their (now closed) forum, the game was related to another unreleased game titled “Sagrada Guardians”:
“We’re currently working on a new game project titled Western Lords. Note, however: even though Sagrada Guardians was once titled Western Lords in the past (and then changed due to the theme issue), these games are not the same.
While Sagrada Guardians focus on ‘the cities made of gold’ theme, Western Lords will focus more on outlaws and cowboys in a merciless environment similar to Mexico. However, some story elements of Sagrada Guardians will be introduced via Western Lords.
Even if Sagrada Guardians and Western Lords shouldn’t be considered as the same series, they will be running in parallel to one another. Western Lords will have an entire new cast of characters, and should take place approximately one century before Sagrada Guardians on the same world. Take note that the environment will be darker unlike the fantastic ambiance of Sagrada Guardians. This will remind everyone how harsh the western era looked like (well, at least in literature!).
We hope to complete the game during this coming winter, exactly as we did with Oracle Adventure with the creative side. The game will possibly be sold for around $25 on PC. We’re also planning multi-languages, English and French as initial languages.
Also key members of Sagrada Guardians will be working on Western Lords. For instance, Xavier Dang will be the main composer and William Knight will be in charge of the dialogues. Min ‘keiii’ Kwon will possibly stay on as the artwork designer, though this is unconfirmed as of yet. “
The game was cancelled when the team was disbanded, as confirmed by the team leader on their old website:
“It was the very first project I created back around 2004. The Game Boy Advance and later the Nintendo DS were the main targeted platforms. Sadly, the team disbanded because of my inexperience and since then I’ve been honing my skills to become a one-man team. Fact is, the release of Eternal Eden in 2008 was some sort of Plan B to get Western Lords back on track. But then things escalated to Plan C, etc. I still intend to revive this project with a different style after 2016, if things go well.”
Blossomsoft also worked on other interesting cancelled games such as Mimic Book and GUNNARr (both for Nintendo DS). In 2016 an early prototype version of Western Lord GBA was found and preserved: you can download it from here.
In 2008 Blossomsoft released a different RPG titled “Eternal Eden” on PC as their first commercial project. As of 2020 it seems Western Lords was resurrected and it’s now planned to be released on Nintendo Switch in the future.
It has a heavy wild arms influence.
Hey everyone. Development ‘may’ be resumed again during 2021 if a satisfying number of gamers request it. Join Blossomsoft’s Discord to stay in the loop: https://discord.gg/q55eQNKB2f
Western Lords was initially intended to be released on Game Boy Advance.
Tell us what we need to do to make this happen.
It would need some sort of new fellowship and demand. After nearly 20 years the game was forgotten and not many people remember it. I’ve lost most old followers, but gained new followers for another game I’ve released back in 2008 called Eternal Eden, rated 9/10 by RPGFan. So if many people join my discord server and let me feel they want Western Lords, then it increases the chances to make it happen. In the meantime, I’m in the process of releasing another sequel of Eternal Eden. Thanks!
I’m regularly adding addition ‘unseen’ contents on my Discord server (see url via my other comment). Feel free to add them to your website. Today I’ve added two chiptune tracks that were never shared to the public in the past.