Famitsu Xbox 360 Editor: New Developer Making A Lot Of Xbox 360 Games

By Spencer . January 27, 2010 . 1:19am

imageMunetatsu Matsui, the editor in chief of Famitsu Xbox 360, tweeted something a curious. Matsui said at a party he met with a “maker” that has not released an Xbox 360 game yet. This unnamed party will start making Xbox 360 titles this year and has a lot to publish.


Could Matsui be talking about Nippon Ichi? They signed on to be an Xbox 360 developer way back in 2007 and still haven’t released a game for Microsoft’s console. Atlus comes to mind as another possibility. After all, Shin Megami Tensei: Nine was an exclusive for the original Xbox. Level 5 is a pie-in-the-sky guess, but after True Fantasy Live Online failed the two companies parted on unfavorable terms.


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  • hckpro

    I think if they want to save the system in Japan, then they have to turn to eroge. It helped the PCFX hold on (for what little time it did)… it helped the Saturn…
    Microsoft is not going to grab the hearts of mainstream Japan with their system. They HAVE to go niche market or all is lost. And this is coming from a guy who lives in Japan and sees how stores handle the 360.

    • gar3

      Although I don’t think they have to or “all is lost,” I’ve often wondered why Microsoft doesn’t consider this, especially during the original Xbox’s lifespan in Japan. With the 360 they have already tried to position themselves as the “adult” console proudly commenting on the number of CERO Z titles on their system. Wouldn’t take too much more effort on their part to open up approvals for “other” types of game genres. And if they are worried about “won’t somebody please think of the children” in other parts of the world just make sure the publishers know that the disc has to be region-locked before going on sale in Japan. Done.

  • Gestahl

    Please not be Nippon Ichi.

    • Dark_Sage

      oh fanboy~

      • Gestahl

        Yes, pretty much. I’ll never ever support NIS if they go pro-MS route.

      • Xeahnort

        I think almost the same way as Gestahl. I mean, I´m not trying to be a fanboy (I own both consoles) but, I don’t think NIS really have much of an audience on 360 in Japan. MS should spend more resources on hardware improvement, new internal studios and new IPs.Besides, WKC (a decent JRPG from Level-5) outsold Star Ocean: TLH in 2 days. An established series is beaten by a brand new IP. Hilarious.

        • Hraesvelgr

          Normally, I’d go on about how SO4 is friggin’ terrible, since I’m obligated to do so at every mention of the game, but I can’t really say WKC is a much better game… Better, definitely, because of how I feel about SO4, but… not much better.

          I’d rather see more Mistwalker games than NIS, anyway. Can’t really stand their games or Gust’s (totally unrelated in Japan, but I felt like I should mention them because of NISA). More Lost Odyssey quality games would be preferable to more Disgaea quality games.

    • LastFootnote

      I also really hope it’s not NIS. If they start releasing their major titles on the XBOX 360, it means I’ll finally have to buy one. I haven’t so far due to their awful failure rate.

      EDIT: I mean the XBOX’s awful failure rate, not Nippon Ichi’s. N1 has had a great success rate as far as I’m concerned.

      • Hraesvelgr

        You at least bought a PS2 though, right? I rest my case.

  • Konami already has some games on the 360, but not the most interesting ones. Where is a new Contra for 360? Where is the next Suikoden? A new Gradius?

    Likewise with Square Enix, why is My Life as a Darklord not on XBLA? It should be pretty easy to port. Or Hudson, which has made Fuzion Frenzy 2 for Xbox, but mostly supports the Wii.

    For the smaller publishers, there is such a dearth on their content on the 360 that any one publishers wouldn’t be enough to rectify the situation, there would have to be a huge influx of development support.

    • AQuatermain

      “Likewise with Square Enix, why is My Life as a Darklord not on XBLA?” The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series began as a favor from Square Enix to Hiroshi Yamauchi in the GameCube. Since then there have only created versions for Nintendo systems and it will, according to what he said Akitoshi Kawazu.

    • sambuque

      The same could be said for the ps3 and psn.

      Edit: Japanese devellopers seems to favor the 360 over the ps3 when it comes to “HD” gaming. A better line up is just not enough against brand sometimes.

      • Hraesvelgr

        Yeah. That is pretty sad, too. People should worry about games, not stupid brand loyalty. I still maintain that console fanboyism is ridiculous unless you’re some sort of shareholder or something. Otherwise, it has no real relevance to the average Joe.

  • Xeahnort

    its MS desperate attempt to be cool in Japan.

    Face it, xbox 360 is dead in japan and i can´t really understand why these people still caring for that market.

    • gar3

      Yeah, how dare a console manufacturer who by all accounts is doing extremely well worldwide with their second attempt at the market try to make money (or in this case breakeven) in the third largest videogame territory in terms of sales that also just happens to be home to some of the most respected and prolific scribes the industry has ever seen. Yeah, Microsoft should just pack-up and leave Japan. Nothing for ’em there, that’s for sure.

      At this point, Microsoft simply has to treat Japanese game development as part of its overall advertising budget. Most games made by Japanese studios for the console specifically aren’t going to set the world on fire, sales-wise; however, if it weren’t for Mistwalker I would probably never have bought the console back in 2007. Again, I’m sure cooler heads over at Microsoft knew the sales of Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey would probably only barely cover the overall expense of their development but if you are trying to remain relevant and grow your business especially in a harder market like that of Japan, well… .

      • Aoshi00

        I too got my 360 solely for Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey (shame no Cry On), now it is the system I have the most games for, like over 50, out of all 3 systems. I had 5 games on the original Xbox. So if they could convert me, they must be doing something right.

        I thought 360 has just about all kinds of games for everybody, definitely appreciate the push from both MS Jpn and US.

    • Hraesvelgr

      World domination. That’s why.

  • Soma

    I think that either Atlus or Nippon-Ichi developing for the 360 in Japan would certainly help sales. After all, both companies release games that are more mainstream in the Japanese market. Games from NISA are mostly considered niche titles in North America.

  • I’d die from happiness if it was Nippon Ichi. They have offices in Europe and US now too so it makes sense.

    • john411

      You guys forgot Gust.Ar Tonelico 3 port or new Atelier for the 360 next year?

      • I’d quite frankly have an orgasm.

        ..if it reaches PAL-land that is.

  • badmoogle

    Well if past Japanese 360-exclusive games are any indication,they are going to suck anyway.:p

    • malek86

      Depends on who we are talking about. Last I checked, Mushihimesama Futari was awesome.

      But if we are talking about RPGs, then yes, I agree with that statement. However, nothing in there says they are a RPG developer.

      • badmoogle

        Yes i was talking about RPGs since the publishers/developers that were mentioned in the OP are best known for their RPGs.And yes i’ve heard from many people that Mushihimesama is awesome (although personally it’s not my kind of game.)

        • malek86

          Well, but those are just wild guessings. For all we know, it might be some company that has never made a RPG in their life :p

    • Hraesvelgr

      Strictly speaking of RPGs, I think Lost Odyssey is still the best JRPG this gen. The others… eh. I like Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery, personally, but since a fair amount of people dislike them, I’ll put them along the lines of White Knight Chronicles or Star Ocean 4.

  • I thought Atlus did release a 360 game? Three of them, in fact. I guess not originally their titles and not in Japan, though…

    But, NIS? Really? Hmm.

    • LastFootnote

      Aw, c’mon, Nick! Don’t be so cryptic! You’re getting me all on edge. :)Anyhow, NIS has a long history of supporting the Sony platforms. Most of the games developed by NIS in their own studio in years past were for the PS2. Nearly all of the games developed by them recently are for the PSP. All of their games currently announced but not released are for the PSP (I’m not counting games developed by Hit Maker, FOG, or Studio Prism).I could understand them wanting to try a different route if Disgaea 3 failed to sell as well as they hoped. Still, if this rumor is about NIS, they produce few enough games that “a lot” of XBOX 360 games would probably equate to any and all unannounced console games they have in development now. Why would a small company whose primary stated goal is to develop games for a Japanese audience take such a huge risk on a system that isn’t very popular in Japan? What would they stand to gain from such a risk?

      • You’re right.

        I don’t really want to get in trouble by being like “uh, no.” and then being wrong, or having to apologize.

        But everything you say is trueeeeeeee.

    • I guess Atlus doesn’t “count” since Atlus Japan hasn’t released anything. I thought it would be funny if the tease was really about a Western developer, but other than really small publishers and the Sunsoft revival, I couldn’t think of anyone.

      I’m still waiting to see what NIS does, if anything, with their developer’s license…

  • Extra_Life

    With probably a <1% chance of occurring, I'd like to see Sting's third episode in their Department of Heaven games (rumored to be an MMO) to be available on Xbox Live. However, they don't have a lot to publish. So the dream ends there.

    • malek86

      Yeah, and Sting doesn’t sound like the kind of company that might help push sales. I bet their next game will be on portables again anyway. They seem to have a taken a liking to the PSP especially.

      • john411

        They seem to like both handhelds equally. It’s just most of the PSP ports had already come out on the GBA.

        Sting is published by Atlus JP anyway, so if it’s Sting, it’s Atlus.

  • Aoshi00

    Munetatsu wasn’t spilling the beans on Inside Xbox and said to look out for the announcement in his Xbox mag.. also they’re taking inputs from everyone on how to make 2010 even better.

  • Maybe one day…there will be a Disgaea on the current/next xbox ._.

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