Xseed Cut From Muramasa: The Demon Blade

By Spencer . April 20, 2009 . 2:24pm


Despite their partnership with Marvelous USA, Xseed is not involved with Muramasa: The Demon Blade anymore (thanks for the tip Denpa no Sekai!!). We contacted Xseed about the news and they confirmed it was accurate.


The change of hands happened with in the past few weeks, but will not affect the domestic release of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. A new publisher will be announced as early as tomorrow. Aside from working with Xseed, Marvelous’ games have been handled by Atlus, Ignition Entertainment, Natsume, and Ubisoft.

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  • One thing for sure is that judging by the Japanese release, there is PLENTY of space left on the disc for a dual-language option. So whoever picks it up can NOT use that as an excuse!

    • Really? That’s great! I think the voice actress who does Momohime did a great job since Momohime has two distinct voices. Thanks again for the tip!

    • Aoshi00

      Certainly hope that’s the case. I don’t know how much space the addt’l Jpn txt or audio track would take up, but even Sonic & the Secret Rings can do it, and I think this needs it more than Sonic. This is an all-star cast (Hayami Shou as Yukinosuke)

      Odin Sphere and Grim Grimoire both look amazing but their gameplay weren’t that suitable for me. I’m excited about this all out action game. Legend of Kage 2 was fun but wasn’t anything special graphically, so this kind of fills that void. The heavily Jpn flavor reminds me of Mystical Ninja (Goemon) on SNES, how long we’ve come since the days of Kid Yang and Dr. Ying.

    • Yeah I agree, who ever is doing this game in North America now, better add the Japanese voice option, or else bad things will happen!

  • Mikhail

    I’m hoping that Atlus will release this in NA.

  • C’mon Atlus!
    I’m sure it could be them, considering they worked with Vanillaware before.

  • Kaoro

    Would this news be cause for concern regarding XSeed’s future, or is it more likely that they’re too busy with their other projects? I read the article title and I thought Muramasa wasn’t coming at all! Whew! I hope Atlus picks it up.

    • This is a bummer for Xseed, but they aren’t off the charts. They are still working with Marvelous on Arc Rise Fantasia, Little King’s Story, and the US version of Flower, Sun, and Rain.

      One possibility (and this is *pure speculation*) is unlike most of Marvelous’ games Muramasa: The Demon Blade has gotten a lot of attention from the press and a lot of love from gamers. Another publisher may have “outbid” Xseed and promised greater distribution, larger ad campaign, etc. If this happened Marvelous may have though “hey, we can make Muramasa even bigger in the US, let’s do it!” and they opted to work with someone else.

  • Volcynika

    Come onnnnnn Atlus! They haven’t announced much of anything for the second half of 2009 aside from Persona PSP!

  • Hero of Legend

    This may tie to why Little King’s Story has XSEED’s logo.


    But there must be something bigger we don’t know about.

    My prediction:

    MMV USA is now going independant and Muramasa will be their debut title solo.

    That or Atlus is taking over. :)

    • Volcynika

      Dude, how long’s your ban at GAF?

      • I wonder if this is why there’s been no mention of who is publishing No More Heroes 2. XSEED is usually very forthcoming with info unless it’s something really major. Maybe that is being picked up by another publisher, too? (or maybe Muramasa is going to Ubisoft >_>)

        Spencer’s marketing angle makes sense. Personally, I’m hoping for Atlus, too. And I hope MHH2 gets picked up by them as well. They have the fanbase, they have the ability to market stuff well.

        Heck, if it’s Atlus, we may even get that scroll that Japan got along with Muramasa! :)

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I’m with everyone else to say that Atlus has got to do this. PLEASE?!

  • Hero of Legend

    It ends on June 14th, so two months.

  • Happy Gamer

    man i really can’t wait for this game. it gets rarer and rarer for me to wait for a game these days but this one is it for me!

    i loved princess crown and odin sphere. they weren’t perfect games but im really big into gorgeous 2d graphics. but muramasa seems to handle great gameplay and art….just reminded me how great Okami was ahhhh…

    anyways i hope Atlus picks it up? they usually do a great job with releases here.

  • Sad to see XSEED won’t be publishing Muramasa. But if the game is being picked up by a publisher who can put a little more marketing muscle behind it, more power to them.

  • Having Atlus publish it makes a lot of sense, I think. This game is pretty much a spiritual sequel to Odin Sphere, so under Atlus, this new game would be familiar territory – both for the localization team having worked on something similar, and for consumers who’ve heard of Odin Sphere to make that favorable connection quickly.

    I don’t know how well Odin Sphere sold, but it did get a fair amount of press. Not using that marketing recognition to Muramasa’s benefit would be a mistake.

    • pedrron

      Odin Sphere was a greatest hits. Don’t you have to sell over 500k to be a greatest hit?

      • I don’t think so. Okami also has a Greatest Hits print, but it was well known for selling only 200-300k.

  • EvilAkito

    I’m on the same boat as everyone else in hoping that the new publisher is Atlus. A game like this deserves a thick, full-color instruction manual, as well as a bonus CD/artbook/poster whatever. You wouldn’t get the extra bells and whistles if it were in the hands of Ubisoft.

  • Volcynika

    It’s Ignition. FUCK.

  • Argh… this can’t be good… I hope we get an explanation as to why Ignition Entertainment has more seniority over XSEED when it comes to publishing this game… Hasn’ the failed localization of Lux-Pain taught MMV anything!?


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