Tir Na Nog: The Final PS2 RPG Announced For Japan

By Spencer . April 7, 2009 . 7:27am

image Sony Computer Entertainment America continues to fuel the PlayStation 2 with new games, even if they are PSP ports. Things are different in Japan where SCEJ hasn’t released a PS2 game since 2007. Even third party publishers like Nippon Ichi and Gust moved on to the PS3, making this year’s PS2 line up heavy on visual novels.


One game from SystemSoft Alpha, creators of the Daisenryaku series, stands out. Tir Na Nog, slated for April 29, could be the last PS2 RPG. Looks like this PC port doesn’t have a high budget either. The shifty character sprites are reminiscent of Populous. At least the setting is offbeat. Tir Na Nog infuses Irish mythology and fantasy elements to craft the story. A PSP version is scheduled to come out the same day as the PS2 release.


There is still a healthy selection of PS2 JRPGs such as Devil Summoner 2, Mana Khemia 2, and later Sakura Taisen for us to enjoy this year, but the well is almost dry. Tir Na Nog might be at the bottom.


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  • Wow, I would kill for a worldwide release of this. The screens look JUST the way I like it. I’m incredibly happy Sony and third parites are still supporting the PS2, hopefully not only in Japan.

    Siliconera needs to start collecting signatures from readers, contact publishers and show them. I bet that would bring us some killer titles down the line.

  • I do think this would be a good time to release some of those obscure, old PS2 games…I’d love to see some PS2 dating sims/visual novels make their way over. I don’t know if any publishers would be interested in pursuing that line of action though…it’s hard to say whether or not anyone could find a way to make this cost-effective.

  • maxchain

    I can’t help wonder if the PS2 will enter a Dreamcast-like state after this, with half a decade of No, This is the Last Games sneaking out here and there.

    (Meanwhile, I bet it’ll still be getting sports games and Guitar What-Have-Yous over here for about that long.)

  • pressstart

    Oooo, can’t wait for Sakura Taisen. Got a few imported already on PS2, DC, and DS, though I don’t understand any Japanese. Has it actually, 100%, confirmed for localization by NIS or whoever is doing it? I’m going to be really bummed if they don’t leave the Japanese voices intact, as the characters really make it for me.

  • Welkin

    Damn, the LAST! I still want a localized version of Sacred Blaze.

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