Losing Muramasa: The Demon Blade Opened Resources For Other Games

By Spencer . June 9, 2009 . 12:50pm


With all the positive buzz, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is going to be a surefire hit for whoever publishes the game. Unfortunately for Xseed, they aren’t handling Muramasa anymore. At E3 I asked how Xseed felt about losing the title.


“As much as it hurts to lose Muramasa that does open us up to give more resources to other titles. That gave us a little more energy to focus on securing Fragile and other titles as well,” said Ken Berry, Director of Publishing at Xseed. In addition to picking up Fragile Xseed also worked out a deal with Gungho to publish Lunar: Silver Star Harmony and Ragnarok Online DS. According to a financial statement from AQ Interactive, Xseed’s parent company, Xseed will publish more titles this year than ever before.


“In the end when it comes down to the consumer they are still going to play Muramasa. It’s still going to come to North America. We’ve gone out and gotten a title like Fragile, which I doubt any other publisher other than Namco Bandai USA themselves could have licensed for the US.”


Since Xseed previously held the rights to publish Muramasa I asked if any of their work will be used when Ignition releases the game in North America. “We just started translating so, there wasn’t that much to hand over anyway,” Berry clarified. All of the translation and localizing work for Muramasa: The Demon Blade will be handled by Ignition.

  • lostinblue

    In retrospect, he’s right, muramasa would always get here… but not fragile.

    • Yup, props to Ken and XSEED for managing to negotiate the deal for Fragile. They really came through.

      • daizyujin

        Hopefully you guys like it more than I did. Fragile just didn’t click with me. Regardless, we get both games so hey everybody wins.

      • Aoshi00

        To be perfectly honest, as much as I like Fragile’s uniqueness, it is all style w/ no substance and bad control, and ultimately not worth playing. I played for 7hrs straight one weekend, but don’t feel like putting the disc in to finish the rest, gameplay just isn’t fun..

        Arc Rise Fantasia hits the nail though, old school RPG thru and thru, w/ pretty good graphics, anyone who misses turn-based would love it. I expect to be using my classic controller for this in the upcoming weeks (want to get my hands on the new black one..)

        • MadMirko

          That’s a pretty good way to make me jealous. You can make up for it by posting more Arc Rise Fantasia impressions as you play through the game. ;)

  • Simon

    although i am an okay fan of XSEED’s games.. i feel they are always $10 above what you expect of them.. just comparing them to ATLUS prices… but instead they are publishing their games at Square-Enix prices

  • Atlagev

    Did you get a chance to ask them about the Ignition Entertainment guy’s statement about being “punished”, etc., or did this interview happen before that one? I was pretty shocked when I read that…

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

    • Yes I did. This was Xseed’s response.

      • Atlagev

        I see… Not surprising that they really didn’t comment on it directly, and chose to focus on what they did have coming out.

  • CleruTesh

    The latest NP says Vanillaware is already at work on a new game, and hints that Ignition is already involved somehow. Spencer, I expect details (including screenshots) within the week.

    • I’ll get him in his ninja suit and human cannonball him onto Vanillaware’s rooftop.

      • daizyujin

        I would pay to see this.

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