Falcom Preparing International PSP Push

By Laura . November 27, 2009 . 7:45am

image For the coming fiscal year, Falcom is planning to focus on titles for Windows 7 and especially on creating games for the PSP. The company behind Ys and The Legend of Heroes series is going to release a series of games called under a “Falcom Super Price” brand, which will be a series of budget re-releases, including the Sora no Kiseki series and Gurumin.  Also, Falcom is hoping to push for their more popular titles in the US and aiming for a worldwide audience, partially by cooperating with North American publishers.

 

The predicted profit for the middle of next year is 210 million yen, resulting in a 176% decrease in operating profits and 110% decrease in net income, whereas that for the whole of the next period is 1,120 million yen, with a 100% increase in operating profits and 60% increase in net income.  The estimation for the middle of the period is very conservative, so the estimates of operating profits and net income are percent decreases while those for the whole year are increases.

 

The year hasn’t been a particularly good one for Nihon Falcom, nor has it been terrible either, according to their financial report for the fiscal year (whose period starts and ends in September).  The company experienced a slight gain in profit from last year, an increase of 0.3%.

 

What does this increase consist of?  Apparently, mostly of product sales, which have increased from the previous year by 81.1% of total proceeds to 86.0%.  This consists of an increase in 56 million yen.  However, Falcom also experienced a decline in their licensing proceeds, which had dropped from 18.9% of the total profits to 14.0%, a decrease in profit of 53 million yen.   This showed a total decrease of 25.8% in profits from licenses since last year.

 

The plan for this period was to sell Windows 7 ports of established games, such as Zwei 2 Plus, Ys 1 & 2 Chronicles, and Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki.  Falcom also expanded upon their Legend of Heroes franchise and other series, as well as pushed for more content on the PSP platform in the form of Zwei!!, Brandish: Dark Revenant, Ys 1 & 2 Chronicles, and Ys 7 (the last being a brand new game instead of a port).

 

As a whole, Falcom foresee no significant changes to their financial position even though operating profits (also called “earnings before interest and taxes”) have decreased for 63.7% due to an increase in advertising costs.  Possibly due to this, net income also fell by 74.8%.  Despite this, however, they feel that it is highly likely that their current state of financial affairs will continue based on their capital-to-asset ratio.

 

Thanks to Denpa no Sekai for the link to the financial report.


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  • malek86

    You think they are going to get Brandish in the US? I really wanted to check that one out.

    • pedrron

      Me too, I’ve seen some videos of it and it looks like a real fun game.

  • vall03

    as long as the Ys games are localized and Im all set!

  • http://twitter.com/Flamzeron Ryan Burton

    I hope we get Sora no Kiseki in the US. I’ve been wanting to play that, and the demo was fun.

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    Wow thanks for giving us the REAL picture. So many sites have jumped the gun claiming that a publishing deal was in the works, etc. Personally I would love to see Falcom establishing a US branch much like NISA have. Otherwise the absolute dream team would be Falcom X Atlus, but unless Atlus double their staff or something, they won’t have the capacity to handle their own titles and everything Falcom wants to push all at once.I’ve said it before but Falcom games are quality products that absolutely deserve more exposure on this side of the pacific. And with the recent Brandish 2 fan translation, it’s a great time to bring the PSP remake to North America. I’d go nuts if a Brandish 2 remake was announced, too!

    On a related topic, Varion @ the ALoY forums translated the Falcom interview in the latest Dengeki:

    Dengeki Playstation Falcom Interview

    PSP Ys vs Sora no Kiseki
    - They’ve been wanting to make a game that supports cooperative and competitive play on the PSP for a while.
    - The Sora no Kiseki characters have plenty of attacks and moves so they ended up wondering if they’d be good in an action game.
    - It’s the first time Falcom have tried making a game like this, so they wanted to have a go at it.
    - Development began after they finished Ys 7.
    - After releasing both series on the PSP they’ve heard from a lot of new fans and want to give them a treat, so to speak.
    - They haven’t decided on the number of characters that will be included – there are currently 40 characters on the list of potential candidates, and they’d like to please as many fans as possible.
    - The feel is quite close to Ys 7, with destructable obstacles and warp points, making the game simple and quick to operate.
    - The maps will be more evolved than those in Ys 7 – the ones in the screenshots are just examples.
    - They’re thinking about support for more than just 1 vs 1 battles – 1 vs 3, 2 vs 2 etc.
    - They’d like to continue the Vs series in the future.
    - Every character will have a scenario in story mode, and they’ll still playing with various ideas of what could work for the scenarios – it’s also possible you’ll be able to group together against a huge boss, or even operate the bosses yourself.
    - Weapons, armour, skills, support characters etc are planned, so there’ll be plenty of ways to have fun in the game.
    - They’re naturally putting a lot of effort into the music, and there will arranges of existing tracks.
    - The game will be designed so those not so great with action games can still enjoy it without problems, but balanced so that those familiar with the genre won’t have it easy either. Difficult levels I assume.
    - Development is very much an ongoing thing, so even the chairman himself has no idea where it’s going to end up, but they’re enjoying working on it right now.

    Plans for the future:
    - Also in 2010 after Felghana PSP and Ys vs Sora no Kiseki, they’ll release the game everyone’s been waiting for. (2ch’s already joking they don’t mean LoH7, they mean 7 PC)
    - They’ll also keep expanding to other types of goods, including drama CDs and the like.
    - They’d like to challenge hardware other than the PSP.

  • Kris

    Never played a Falcom game, but these look pretty interesting.

    • kupomogli

      They’re one of those few companies who have yet to release a game that’s sucked. Unless you count Ys 3(also for US) which really didn’t suck, it just was a change of formula and it was overall less than what I was expecting.For titles released in the US, there’s only a few Ys titles. The only thing I feel I need to do is recommend Ys Ark of Napishtim for PS2 over the PSP one which I’ve heard has load times from hell. Then there’s Gurumin. I love the Ys games but I actually think Gurumin is better. Gurumin is one of my favorite action adventure games and I’d say is in the top three PSP games I’ve played(it’s also came out on PC like nearly every other Falcom game.)

      Legend of Heroes was released in the US with a butchered localization from Namco. I honestly think they copied all the text to Google translate. Even though the games are generic RPGs, they’ve got good storylines. Namco also stupidly released the first one in that specific trilogy as Legend of Heroes 2.

      Also. You may have played a Falcom title and not have ever known it. You ever play Legacy of the Wizard?

      • JeremyR

        It was Bandai that released them, not Namco. And it wasn’t really stupid, either. Although a trilogy, they aren’t in order (and indeed, are set in 3 different regions of one world). So it didn’t really matter.

        More importantly, Moonlight Witch (the first game released in Japan) had technical issues, lots of loading. This was fixed in the second game, Tear of Vermilion and were able to fix this in the US release of Moonlight Witch.

        I also think it makes sense because Vermilion is the best game of the series, at least I thought so. By starting with it, probably got people to buy the other two games, whereas if it started with Witch (which isn’t bad, but sort of bland) probably wouldn’t have built up as big (which is not saying much) a following.

        I also don’t think the translation was that bad. On par with most SNES and a lot of PS1 RPGs. So not good by any means, but bearable.

        • kupomogli

          Alright. I said Namco because since then Namco and Bandai have merged and I forgot which of the two actually released the series.I dunno about the localization being on par with most SNES and PS1 RPG games. Alot of the stuff on RPGs back then I’ve seen are minor. There isn’t a single story sequence in the first released Legend of Heroes to not have one or more spelling and sentence errors.I mean. I always see people talking a crap about games like Wild ARMs 2 saying it has terrible localization. I don’t really know where they’re getting that from unless just taking the word of what other people say. Final Fantasy Tactics has some noticeable poor localization but only at a few parts. Tactics Ogre has some but only on the endings for some reason. I can’t think of any SNES games that had noticeable bad translation actually. The games are good, translations are pretty bad though.

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