Irem Apologizes For Canceling Steambot Chronicles 2

By Spencer . March 30, 2011 . 11:06pm

imageConfirming the Famitsu news from last night, Irem formally announced Steambot Chronicles 2 has been canceled. In a letter to fans, the company thanked fans for patronage of their past titles.

 

To all of the users looking forward to the PlayStation 3 game, Irem apologizes for canceling Steambot Chronicles 2 and for any trouble this caused. The publisher says it is their heartfelt wish that fans would continue to support their future titles.

 

Doki Doki Suikoden for PSP and Pachipara Slot: Pachislot Super The Sea Tale in Okinawa for PlayStation 3 are slated for release in May.


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  • joesz

    2011 sucks hard.

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      These past couple days, I don’t know what it is… We still have good stuff along the way – some very soon!

      Even when losing Steambot Chronicles 2 makes you saaaaaad and blue…
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3F3QzxMqoI

      • joesz

        EPIC!

    • Guest

      Xenoblade confirmed for EU release

  • http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2704923 Buntar0

    In an ideal (gaming) world, a big publisher or the console manufacturer would look at the circumstances, jump in and publish this game after providing the extra funds required to complete it. This isn’t an ideal world though.

    • godmars

      In an ideal gaming world the PS3 and 360 either would have been put out a year or two later with more stable game engines, or MS and Sony would have tossed small devs like iRem a bone and let them offer SD games on their HD consoles. Perhaps as $30~$40 downloads.

      • malek86

        Don’t they already? There are many smaller games on 360/PS3 (especially as download) that look like SD games except with the resolution jacked up.

        And don’t tell me Neptunia looks like a PS3 game… and it was even sold at full price.

        • godmars

          Hence the non-perfect, $10 for freaking horse armor DLC, real world we are all forced to live in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robfumega KID_CHAINSAW

    At the rate these guys are going, there won’t be any future titles to support.

  • HarryHodd

    I’d like to know the reasoning behind this. I wish they would have released this spring 2011 instead of Disaster Report 4.

    • godmars

      My guess is the added costs and resources for making it HD.

      • HarryHodd

        I kinda doubt that is the reason. I mean they other HD games and Disaster Report was essentially finished and ready to be released.

        • godmars

          But have those other projects been in development since 2006? Do they do half of what the first game did? Nevermind what was expected of the second.

          • HarryHodd

            Who knows. DR4 could have been in development for a while. We can’t even project sales at this point since Irem hasn’t released a substantial title on the PS3.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Here’s a trailer of what they had back in 2006:
    http://youtu.be/PLngDsbm4Ps

    Kind of curious how far along they actually came through with the game till now. Maybe not too far? It looks more of the same, but if they ironed out the wrinkles here of what the first game had, I can only imagine. Ah, well. If you haven’t played the PSP game there’s still that to look forward to playing.
    Glad they addressed it finally. Hope things turn up for Irem, too.
    For now, I think I’ll play the mini harmonica that came with the pre-order of the first game in their honor.

  • http://twitter.com/stanleycoleman david wong

    #itdoesntgetbetter

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Don’t apologize to us, apologize to Steambot Chronicles 2 for canceling its existence! Games have feelings too!

    :’)

    • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

      That’s exactly what I think when I haven’t played a game in a long time. Resonance of Fate must hate me now. And I see Little Big Planet give me the puppy eyes, once in awhile.

      • puchinri

        I have the hardest time leaving RoF and coming back. I always forget how battles work and then have to freshen my memory. Then things get kick ass again~.
        But indeed, I can’t help but feel bad for my games when I don’t play them in forever.

  • Xeahnort

    Too bad, i´ll miss those touching songs performed by Nadia Gifford for this game such as “In your Voice”, ” I cry” or “Impossible”

  • kupomogli

    Looks like Irem has nothing of interest any longer.

  • Kitsune Miku

    I dont want apologies, I want reason’s and I want it made anyway. I dont give a crap about the dating game they’re making. Bring us something we actually want and will actually sell.

    • noxian

      therein potentially lies Irem’s problem.

      “Bring us something we actually want and will actually sell.”
      the reality is Bumpy Trot didn’t exactly set the sales charts a-blaze itself.
      neither in Japan nor overseas.

      it was a “cult hit” in every sense.
      few people actually wanted it, and few people actually bought it.
      it has a vocal following, but that following is few.

      • Locklear93

        I wanted to like the original Steambot Chronicles. I truly did. I owned it, I played it, and I absolutely hated it. I’m not saying “I’m glad Steambot Chronicles 2 got canceled,” because I’m not, but I’m personally an example of someone you’d expect to be in the target market who would absolutely refuse to play Steambot Chronicles 2.

      • Kitsune Miku

        Ok thats a fair point, but honestly, the titles they have left have much to be desired in themselves. Stemabot Chronicles may have been a sleeper hit, but at least people will have heard of it. I doubt any of their games they are working on now will leave Japan and thus figures wont keep them afloat.

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    Heh how about giving the IP to Level 5 so they can finish it and make it better :D Then we’ll forgive you :)

  • Phlo

    No, Irem, I’m not going to continue to support your future titles. Because that was the last thing you were making that I had any intent of playing…

  • http://twitter.com/ChestnutBowl Chestnut Bowl

    “Doki Doki Suikoden for PSP and Pachipara Slot: Pachislot Super The Sea Tale in Okinawa for PlayStation 3″

    Neither of those games sound like they’d be worth supporting.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    *sigh*

  • ffboi7

    WHAT! WHY IREM! I understand the reason to cancel Disaster Report 4 but Steambot Chornicles 2! I’ve been waiting for that game since I bought my PS3 Y_Y

  • FX102A

    The problem I had with Steambot Chronicles was I seriously couldn’t control those Mechs. I was all over the place. I only ever tried it once but heck, I found flying WWII fighter in IL2 1946 (PC) with all physics set to realistic easier.

    I haven’t had such a hard time controlling since Gundam: Journey to Jaburo. I guess that means mechs are always going to be one of the hardest mode of transports to control. They probably lie just above the unicycle and just under the tea-tray.

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      Yeah, haha i rememeber i had trouble at the beginning, but then i realized you actually need to use both analog sticks at the same time -_-…

      That was a big “Ohhhhhhh!”

  • PrinceHeir

    that sucks irem :

    please revive them in the near future. i want my Disaster Report 4

  • CleruTesh

    The first game had literally EVERYTHING. Steampunk setting. Customizable mechs. Cel-shaded graphics. You could kill time by decorating your room, looting a randomized dungeon, playing a harmonica on a street corner, investing in the stock market…
    And how many games let you have girls clean your ears?
    How many games let you invent the electric guitar?
    Like someone said the other day it was depressing that Call of Duty BO was the best selling game of all time.
    It’s just not fair that so many generic games flourish, while this true masterpiece is left to die.

    • puchinri

      That made me want to play Steambot Chronicles even more.

      And I also must agree. It’s depressing when great games, no matter how niche, are just left to wither but the generic stuff gets all the attention.

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      “Do you want some hot cocoa?”

  • Redmond Silverfield

    I can safely say that this is the worst gaming-related news I have ever received.
    Interesting titles have been cancelled on me before, but never a sequel to a game I adored, one I waited four and a half years for.

    And it boggles the mind why this was cancelled instead of any other project(s). I may try to get ahold of said future titles, because I do like Irem, but they’ll never create anything that I’ll enjoy in the same way (or possibly as much) as ‘Steambot Chronicles.’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCOZDWD4GTLVINOYNBHD7W5MPI Ruslan Alekseyev

    Irem..You have failed us all in this act of cancelation. This was the MOST anticapated title you ever had :( 

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