Xseed: Lunar 2 Likely Not Coming To PSN, No Plans For Metal Max 3

By Ishaan . October 17, 2010 . 11:30am

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Hoping that Xseed will publish Lunar 2: Eternal Blue on the PlayStation Network, since they published Game Arts’s remake of Lunar: Silver Star Harmony on the PSP? Try not to get your hopes up, since Lunar 2 isn’t likely to make it to PSN in its original form.

 

Working Designs, a now-defunct localization publisher founded by Victor Ireland (who now runs Gaijinworks), originally published Lunar 2 on the PlayStation. Since Working Designs as a company no longer exists, the licensing rights to the game are going to be hard to sort out.

 

Xseed commented thusly on the matter on their Facebook page when one of their fans asked about Lunar 2:

 

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is on PSN, but only playable on a PSP (though of course we wish there was a way people without a PSP could play it on their PS3). Lunar 2 that was published on PSone likely will never be posted on PSN in its original form, but we’ve passed along the great fan feedback to Game Arts about wanting a remake so we just have to wait and see what their final decision is.”

 

Xseed also have no plans to publish Metal Max 3 on the Nintendo DS at the moment either, in case you were wondering. They confirmed this on their Facebook as well.


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  • http://www.yazuka.net Yazuka

    A shame, I would have loved to have both PS1 versions of the Lunar games on PSN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264335302 facebook-1264335302

    Lame. Hope Gaijinworks can work something out with XSeeD for this.

  • androvsky

    Oddly enough, Victor Ireland is currently working on bringing old Working Designs releases to PSN. But in the case of Lunar and Lunar 2, yeah, the rights are apparently a much bigger mess than normal. Don’t expect them anytime soon, unless maybe Alundra and the Arc re-releases are really huge hits.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Is it because while the game was published by Working Designs (messy), it was made by Game Arts (messier), which is now part of Square Enix (messiest)?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

        Game Arts is still an independent company. They just haven’t been publishing their own games most of the time for the past decade.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Arts

        • jj984jj

          Actually they were bought by GungHo in 2004/2005. But yeah, they definitely aren’t part of Square-Enix.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Really now. Huh. Somehow I thought they had merged into Square. But they haven’t had a major/ HD release since Project Sylpheed back in ’06! What are they working on? Ahhh I gots ta know! Are they broke?

      • androvsky

        I don’t know exactly why. All I know is Victor Ireland said the rights were a lot messier than usual, and this is compared to other Working Designs games. Apparently most of the rights were sold back to Game Arts, so maybe they’re the main sticking point? Maybe they’re refusing to allow Lunar 1 to be republished so as to promote their PSP remake, and nobody wants to republish Lunar 2 without the first?

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    The endless cycle of desires of ports and remakes is still alive and well I see. It never ceases to amaze me how much people are attached to ye games of olden times. PS1 era?! rly? lol. I just dont get it, Lunar series seems fun and all but just focus on the future.

    • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

      Worst Siliconera commenter EVER.

      I still love my NES FFS.

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

        Now now, he’s just from a different generation / demographic than most people that comment here. :)

        • Pichi

          Just wait till he’s been in the gaming scene as long as us, then he’ll be in the same boat like we are now. Reminiscing of wanting remakes and ports of good PS3 games on their PS7, lol!

    • Guest

      because the old videogames are way better then the new videogames that are made today (in my opinion).

      overpriced/high-definition/pretentious/shallow/garbage

      • malek86

        You say “high-definition” like it’s a bad thing.

        I sure wouldn’t mind Grandia HD or something like that.

        • Ereek

          A HD Grandia would be amazing. Literally brilliant. Some of the worldspaces would be absolutely gorgeous. I can’t even begin to imagine The End of the World.I hate you for putting this idea into my head even though I know it will never happen.

          • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

            HD= no towns… Kidding btw..

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Since III was under SE and it didn’t do so well, I’m not sure SE would greenlight anymore Grandia from GameArts.

          Too bad while III had my favorite battle system ever, I felt it also had the most uninteresting story and dull characters in the series. Never played Grandia Xtreme, but I heard terrible things about it.

          • malek86

            I played G3, it was ok, but very short. I’ve never played Xtreme (wasn’t released in Europe), but I believe I would like it. I mean, a dungeon crawler with Grandia’s battle system, what’s not to like? Especially when that battle system is one of the best around.

            I wish they could do a Wii port or something, at least I would be able to import it.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/Kamiwoo Kamiwoo

            Xtreme is basically 100% built around the concept of fighting things with Grandia’s battle system. It does that concept pretty well. The dungeons are okay but you have to go through them a few times each, which gets repetitive. And don’t even begin to expect a satisfying story or character development.

            But the other Grandia games do all that but include cool characters and a story and all that, so Xtreme is a decent diversion, but can’t be compared to the real thing.

            At least they all have cool music.

          • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

            Xtreme is awesome. I loved every second of it. Screw the haters!!!!!

          • http://twitter.com/#!/Kamiwoo Kamiwoo

            Grandia III’s story… what the hell even happened towards the end, there? It felt like they had to rush and come up with an ending because they ran out of funding or something… half the characters were never heard from again and it all made no sense whatsoever. Good first half, but the game itself felt half-finished.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Yea it turned into a real grind. I had so much difficulty finishing it.

      • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

        This a thousand times, this.

      • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

        High Definition makes the world of a difference in games, for example Disgaea 4, its like heaven on Earth to me cause of those super awesome sprites to complement the lovable gameplay.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        We get it, you like the Wii.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Kamiwoo Kamiwoo

      Lunar’s actually from an era even older than PS1 (Sega CD), if you can even begin to wrap your head around that concept! (!!!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rod-Manga-aison/100001637926621 Rod Manga アイソン

    I can see how Xseed really loves the fans. :D

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Yes that is nice to see in this day and age I love how companies branch out to reach fans using social networking tools as of late, its pretty awesome and convenient, I just can never get any of my comments through to them as I dont really have much of substance to say, lol.

      • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

        One of their lead translators, Tom, is also a pretty cool guy I met him on some Ys forums and he’s very friendly and I didn’t realize he actually worked for Xseed. He made a blog entry on Playstation Blog about Ys: Oath in Felghana a few days back.

  • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

    Gamearts, seriously, Lunar 3. I’ve been waiting 15+ years

    • WonderSteve

      Would you like another Lunar: Dragon Song/Genesis :P

      I almost thought the franchise become a history of the blue star after playing the DS Lunar.

  • Exkaiser

    N-n-no Metal Max 3? No English release?

    B-but… but…

    • Code

      rarr, we won’t stand for this right Exkaiser!? We shall COMBINE and take localization into our own hands! You shall be the body and wield a broad sword and I will sit on your shoulders and be the head, and carry a pistol in my teeth, we shall be the best robot ever! That’ll definitely show Xseed for having no plans to localize Metal Max 3!

    • Joanna

      I know. It looks like a good game T^T

      Aksys! You’re our one last hope!

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Wasn’t MonkeyPaw games trying to put out some more Working Design games onto the PSN?

  • WonderSteve

    To me the original on PSN or not is not a big deal. I still have the original PSOne version.

    Copyright is such a big mess these days. It is so stupid that a publisher can dissolve but still own the rights to author’s work. This happens not only in video games, but also with books. Some stuff will just never show up again unless you obtain it via the “dark side.”

    I am hoping they would do a PSP remake of Eternal Blue instead, but the best would be a Lunar 3 on PS3/360/Wii.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      Indeed. Yes, please!

    • http://innerchildgamer.com Doc@ICG

      So technically… the possibility of the true original (Sega CD) on Virtual Console someday isn’t dead, right? Right? lol…

      Ah well, at least I have my copy on Saturn to keep me company. Still hoping for a PSP remake as well.

      • WonderSteve

        I thought Working Designs has the rights to the SEGA CD version of both Lunar as well? It’s probably in the similar copyright mess as the PlayStation version.

        Your Saturn is still working? Wow.

        • http://innerchildgamer.com Doc@ICG

          Yeah, I agree that must the case, sadly.

          Both my Saturns (1 US, 1 JPN) are in fine shape. I’ve never heard issues about Saturn reliability before. My Sega CD, on the other hand, is finally dying on me… which sucks because I have several games I wanna play on it :(

          In its defense, it was a rental unit before I gave it a home. Who knows what horrors it was put through! >_<

        • cj_iwakura

          My Sega CD and my copies of Lunar still work, shoot. The originals are the best versions.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            The original version of Lunar 1 is the best version of that game. Part two, they did that weird experience thing when it came to saving, that was just stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    I wonder if I’m the only person who actually prefers the old Sega CD version of the original Lunar to the PS1 remake.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Now that I think about it, I played a Lunar game before…Lunar Legend on the GBA. Though I have no idea where in the lunar series it even falls. I remember the game being excessively easy and had an awesome storyline, lol, a favorite RPG on that system.

    • WonderSteve

      Lunar Legend is a remake of Lunar Silver Star. There are like..5 versions of Lunar Silver Star…(SEGA CD, Saturn, PSOne, GBA and PSP)

      It is the second story in the Lunar timeline. The first one in the timeline is Lunar Dragon Song/Genesis, then it comes the Silver Star. Eternal Blue is the latest in the Lunar timeline at the moment.

      Try the PSP version or PSOne version if you like the GBA version. GBA’s version still has the same excellent story, but the experience is just not as epic.

      Eternal Blue is even better in my opinion.

  • http://backloggery.com/wanderingmind WanderingMind

    I’ll be happy enough if a PSP version of Lunar 2 comes out. Just saying.

  • cmurph666

    This news make me a sad panda.

  • RAVENKam

    I have a lot of fond memories playing the PS1 release back in the day so I really hope Game Arts get around to a remake at some point, on any platform (although a psp release would nicely complement my copy of SS Harmony) :)

  • epy

    Thats it Xseed! Keep sending that feedback to Game Arts! I want my Lunar 2 remake.

  • thebanditking

    Please make it happen XSEED! Lunar 2 remake for the PSP.

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