Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love Slips Into Next Year

By Spencer . October 12, 2009 . 2:13pm

It’s been awhile since we heard anything about Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love so we checked in about the game’s winter 2009/2010 release window. Unfortunately, Gemini Sunrise won’t be riding a mech in NYC this year.

 

NIS America plans to release Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love on the Wii and PlayStation 2 in early 2010. The game will ship in a premium package with two discs (one for Japanese voice acting, the other with English) and include a secret special item.

 

Spacing out Sakura Wars would have been a good idea, but a slew of other games including Bayonetta, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, and even niche titles like Fragile are scheduled around the same time. Sakura Wars seems like it’s going to have a tough launch, especially with retailers scaling back on PlayStation 2 store space. Good luck Gemini and co.

 



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  • TurkeyPotPie

    Well bummer. Along with Demon’s Souls (arriving in my mailbox this week), Sakura Wars was about the only other game I was planning to buy this fall. I gave up on the series after the fourth game, but I am interested in playing the English translation.

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

    There goes my Christmas gift. I guess its a good thing it’s delayed for quality reasons but like you said it’s a tough schedule with everything else being delayed, holiday release was perfect too…

    • Xien12

      That’s what we all thought for Ar Tonelico 2. Since it was delayed multiple times, everybody was thinking that maybe they pushed it back for quality reasons. And what did we get? A piece of trash. I still have my doubts, but I’m hoping for the best.

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

        I have faith in the PS2 version (and NISA said they are trying their best because of this series legacy and doesn’t GUST have a history of bugs before localization?) but the Wii version is the new one here. I wonder how that version is doing… perhaps that’s why its getting a 2010 release.

        • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

          It mostly comes down to the amount of files/voices. Since it’s such a huge game, debugging is taking a really, really long time.

          That’s just for one version. Double it for Wii, but double it again for the Japanese disc, which has slightly different terminology to match the voiced dialogue.

          Basically… it’s a much bigger project than probably initially thought. I have faith it’ll turn out really well, though.

        • Xien12

          The original JPN version of AT2 didn’t have a game-breaking bug. And if a release has a bug like that, an offer to trade it in for a fixed version is made soon after.

  • Xien12

    Spoilerific trailer is spoilerific. Good jorb, NISA. That’s all I gotta say.

    • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

      Really, like what? I’d seen this earlier and all I could get out of it was “thank jeebus for the JPN disc”

  • Slashlen

    I think I’ve seen 2010 dates from some retailers, so I’m not really suprised.

    Still really looking forward to this one.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Yeesh, first half of next year is loaded as far as Japanese games are concerned. Xseed are unloading all their big games within the first few months. Then you have TvC and Sakura Wars, followed shortly by Monster Hunter 3.

    The sad part is they all look like good games, but some are bound to end up being passed over. I can’t see either of Capcom’s games being missed. Fragile is my bet.

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      Sad but true. Fragile will also more than likely be the most critically and fan acclaimed, if history has anything to teach us.

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

        Yea, I’m convinced five years from now, the Wii will be the “Dreamcast” of this gen. All the cult hits are on the platform. MadWorld, NMH, Fragile, Muramasa…

        • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

          That’s why I’m here, baby. Everyone and their grandma will be playing TvsC and all that jazz so I can hold off on those. I’ll be looking out for the quieter releases like I always do.
          I just hope I can get a webcam or something by then to help get the word out for some of these little gems.

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

            You and me both. Very interested in Sky Crawlers particularly. It looks great. I do want Monster Hunter 3 to do well though. Capcom have been trying very hard to push that series in the West. Be nice to see their efforts pay off in a big way.

  • maxchain

    “So Long My Love,” indeed! This is the first I’ve even heard of the game in ages; someone at NIS America’s PR department dropped the ball, big time.

  • fuzaku2

    F*ck!! I knew it!!!!
    I blame the English dub. If they even record the songs in English, it’s no surprise that it takes them more than half a year!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Hiryuu

    GameStop dropped the supposed release date a month ago as 1/4/2010.

    Course it’s also GS. That tends to fluctuate quite a bit.

  • http://mmv-wii.proboards.com/index.cgi Hero of Legend

    Wonder if the Wii port is due to both the massice install base AND as Spenser pointed out, stores are “scaling back on PlayStation 2 store space”?

    Wonder if we can expect more ports? Especially since this means that other, older NISA PS2 games like Disgaea 1 and 2 will also be affected?

    I personally would love to see more Wii ports of older PS2 RPGs, hell I’d love a flood of them! XD

  • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

    I’ll be picking this up, especially, to support the PS2 system on it’s last very shaky leg in the West. So many games hitting the shelves between right this instant all the way into the beginning of next year.

    I usually make my PS2/Wii game purchases on the PS2. Obscure 2, Heavenly Guardian [Yukinko Daisenpuu], Baroque, Silent Hill remake (soon!); I’ve come to realize I’m not really missing out on the games by getting the PS2 versions.

    @Ishaan: Tell me I’m in the wrong! Should I be buying these games (the Wii/PS2 ports) on the Wii? =P While I agree about the Wii has some good games that get overlooked I can’t see it being quite the same as the Dreamcast. Maybe close though! Time will surely tell.

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