AQUAPLUS has announced a range of new games this week, but perhaps most importantly they've announced a sequel to Utawarerumono, provisionally entitled Utawarerumono 2. It will be set in the same universe as the original but nothing has been said about the characters yet. The one promotional image that has been released (right) appears to show a new character. I would personally like to see some of the existing characters worked into the plot and it will be interesting to see what the story writers come up with.
I am a huge fan of the original game and anime so i'm extremely excited to hear that they are continuing the franchise. Disappointingly, the game has only been announced for the PlayStation3 (so far) hence a fan translation is unlikely. It looks like i'll have to hold out for an anime adaptation, or significantly increase the rate at which I learn Japanese!
Not much information is available regarding Utawarerumono 2 at the moment but i'm certainly going to be following any updates with great interest. What information there is about the release can be found here.