Mystery Publisher Behind Muramasa: The Demon Blade Revealed

By Ishaan . April 21, 2009 . 2:01pm

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No, it’s not XSEED. While XSEED was scheduled to localize and publish the game in the U.S. until a few weeks ago, this is no longer the case. A press release confirmed that Muramasa: The Demon Blade will be published in the U.S. by Ignition Entertainment.

“Ignition Entertainment is immensely proud for the opportunity to bring Muramasa: The Demon Blade to the legions of North American gamers yearning for top-quality, original action games on Wii.” said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. “The talented developers at Vanillaware have crafted an absolutely stunning adventure through feudal Japan that balances subtle, sophisticated artistry with razor-sharp, addictive gameplay.”

“We continue to maintain our strong commitment to bring quality games to the marketplace,” said Ajay Chadha, President of Ignition Entertainment. “We feel deeply honored for the opportunity to bring Vanillaware’s magnificent masterpiece Muramasa: The Demon Blade to gamers stateside.”

“We developed Muramasa: The Demon Blade in the same way as we did Odin Sphere, so there are bound to be a lot of similarities. I want it to be a very fun game for everyone who picks it up,” said George Kamitani, game director and Vanillaware President.



Those worried for the quality of Murarama’s localization after Ignition’s last published game, Lux-Pain, can lay their concerns to rest, claims Ignition’s Shane Bettenhausen. In a subtle comment left on NeoGAF, Mr. Bettenhausen had this to say:

The Lux-Pain localization situation (that occurred before my time) will have absolutely no impact on Muramasa. I believe that you’ll be pleased with how this one is handled. Cheers…



By “situation,” we assume Mr. Bettenhausen is subtly referring to the fact that MMV translated Lux-Pain inhouse and left the English voice-over work and publishing duties to Ignition. We hope by “how this one is handled,” he also subtly refers to the presence of both English and Japanese language tracks on the disc. Furthermore, we would even be so bold as to assume that Muramasa: The Demon blade will come with the gorgeous pre-order bonus scroll that Japanese gamers were lucky enough to receive along with the game, seeing as how Ignition, too, seem fond of giving away not-so-subtle collectibles alongside their releases.


Muramasa: The Demon Blade is currently scheduled for a September 2009 release in the U.S.


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  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Cool. In the back of my mind I was thinking NISA would possibly pick this up.

  • BobTheCat

    The Lux Pain localisation looked like nobody who even spoke english even looked at it.

    Be afraid Muramasa fans, be very afraid.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      That’s because Lux-Pain – for reasons beyond the realm of sanity – was translated inhouse at MMV. It was then handed over to Ignition for voice-over work. Yes, that’s nuts. No, we don’t know why either. =/

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Kuronoa Kuronoa

    I sure hope it’s not another Lux Pain situation. I’ll take your word on it and look forward to the game.
    Thanks for picking it up Ignition. ^__^

  • CleruTesh

    With this being an action game, I’m not terribly worried about the quality of the localization.
    Just translate the menus, give me the scroll, and I’ll be fine.

  • None

    Little King’s Story, Punch-Out and Klonoa LOL back >_>

  • Wishy

    Why do you spell XSEED differently in this paragraph? lol

  • Hero of legend

    Consistant all caps are for the weak? :P

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Fixed. :P

  • http://gplus.to/rootbeerking RootBeerKing

    Not bad… I like Ignition Entertainment… Even if my only reason for liking them was because they almost put me on their press list… But anywho, I’m hopin’ they’ll keep the Japanese voices… It’s a wii game so they shouldn’t have too much trouble doin’ so me thinks.

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