Bandai Namco Trademarks Potential Sequels to Summer Lesson

Virtual reality (VR) is sure to cause plenty of controversy as it reaches consumer markets over the course of the next year. In fact, the tech has already been doing that. Summer Lesson, a demo for the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4, raised complaints at its reveal last year. Players put on the kit and spent time with a college girl as she studied. Some of the actions they could perform raised concerns with some VR fans. Despite this, it appears that 4 sequels to Summer Lesson could be in the works.


Niche Gamer has picked up on an article from Japanese site Games Talk that reveals that Bandai Namco, the publisher of the original demo, has filed trademarks for Spring Lesson, Autumn Lesson and Winter Lesson. While no official details have been provided, it certainly seems as if the company and developer TEKKEN Project have plans for more. Whether these will be simple iterations on the demo already shown remains to be seen though Summer Lesson itself has already had a new version showcased at E3 2015 in June.

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) introduced Summer Lesson at Tokyo Game Show (TGS) in September 2014 as a new demo for Project Morpheus. The title, which is from the mind of Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada, made its debut at a press conference but was quickly pulled from the event’s show floor shortly after. The updated E3 demo featured a new girl and a new setting. Given its TGS debut last year and promises of more Project Morpheus titles to be revealed at this year’s event, could these potential sequels be shown off then?

It’s not clear if Bandai Namco has any plans to carry the demo through to a consumer release for Project Morpheus, which itself is set to arrive in the first half of 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.