Xenoblade Developer Monolith Soft Working On Wii U Title

By Spencer . June 24, 2011 . 1:10am

imageNintendo’s first party studio Monolith Soft is in the middle of developing a Wii U game. The company is currently hiring for programmers, planners, and artists.

 

Monolith Soft didn’t specify the project, but the recruitment page has a few hints. They’re looking for an effect designers who can create map and battle effects. Monolith Soft also needs a motion designer for event and battle scenes. Sounds kind of like a RPG, huh? Another job is for an experienced 2D designer who can draw mecha.

 

Xenoblade Chronicles, Disaster: Day of Crisis, Soma Bringer, and Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier are some of Monolith Soft’s recent titles.


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  • puchinri

    Omg yes. ;u;
    I am very excited~. I look forward to more news on whatever they’re doing.
    And if Nintendo is indeed using a disc that will allow up to 25gb, then I’m really hoping for a large, lovely game with an immersive experience. Or basically, what they tend to deliver, just on a larger scale.
    (By the way, did anyone ask about Xenoblade at E3?)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2WNP7FYA3VYJQKEYYV5GXH3K5Y yahoo-2WNP7FYA3VYJQKEYYV5GXH3K5Y

      I’m sorry to tell you this, but Xenoblade will not be distributed in the US. 

      The following information comes from the lead brand manager of Nintendo France: Nintendo of Europe had a presence at E3, but they weren’t allowed to show Xenoblade Chronicles. This was because NoA didn’t want to showcase games that they aren’t planning to sell.

      http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/26928
      http://www.qj.net/wii/news/north-american-localization-for-xenoblade-all-but-lost.html

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

        At least now it’s official. (For now or forever?)

        • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

          I wouldn’t take that as official since it isn’t from Nintendo of America.

          Nintendo of Europe always has a presence at E3 and if a game is announced for PAL territories, but isn’t handled by NOA it’s not shown since E3 is supposed to be a North American event, not an international one.

          Vice versa, showing a game at E3 doesn’t mean it’s going to come out here either. Jet Impulse, Line Attack Heroes, and Disaster (sort-of since it was shown during press conferences) say hi.

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

            :D That’s good to hear.

          • HistorysGreatestMonster

            Fatal Frame, too.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Of course we asked NOA (a couple of people actually), but didn’t get a definitive enough to post.

      • puchinri

        Ahh. Alrighty, thanks Spencer! (So the other guy that replied to me is wrong then technically…?)
        Also, I guess it’s worth asking, does it seem like they’d be willing to consider and thus confirm localization at some point with more interest in the title, or does their reasoning seem unrelated?

        • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

          I don’t want to speak on behalf of someone else, so I can’t say.

          However, I will say this as a general statement – it’s harder to get a game into retail these days. This is a sentiment I’ve heard from a number of publishers (large & small) and perhaps this is one of the reasons why “insert_title” didn’t make it over.

          • http://twitter.com/Cudgeon Raji

            If the wii would be code free, that wouldn’t be a problem. Since Xenoblade comes out in europe in english.

          • puchinri

            Ahh, I see. 

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

    Woah woah woah woah. Wait. I need to hold on to my horses, so I can digest this awesome piece of awesome. I can only cross my fingers and hope that localization will be up for discussion this time.

  • blah blah

    Mecha?
    Ohh shhiiiii-
    I should avoid assuming something like that now.

  • joesz

    Xe…No…Sa…Ga…Pu…Ri…Zu…

  • http://twitter.com/madaraki Prof Madaraki

    Any new game for the Xeno series will be awesome on the new system.  Here’s hoping they will announce more details at TGS.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      You may be disappointed, if its a first party Nintendo game, since Nintendo does not make announcements at TGS.

  • leadintea

    Xenoblade was the last series that Monolith made, so I’m thinking it’s going to be Baten Kaitos 3 (especially with that artwork). However, mechas ARE more of a Xeno series type of thing. Hmmm… Either way, I bet their game is gonna be awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Smith/100001371066080 Robert Smith

    It’s going to be Baten Kaitos 3.

    • lostinblue

      with mecha?

      • Maragi

        Well BK2 did have mechas, the whole story revolved aroud magic vs technology… Okay maybe the weren’t hardcore mechas but still, maybe they decided to bring more of that stuff in a third opus (especially since the recent artworks looks exactly like what could be Sadaal Sud years after the events of the first game)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Smith/100001371066080 Robert Smith

        You not played BK2, I take it?

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

    Early pledge for RPG support from the first party is nice.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      In Japan, at least. With all signs pointing to no North American release for Xenoblade and Last Story, what’s to say it’ll be any different for the Wii U.

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

        Ill just hope Nintendo has done a great job with convincing third party publishing partners to bring RPGs to the Wii U early and fast. 

        • HarryHodd

          If they do I will buy a Wii U.

      • Kaoro

        Even if NoA does actually bring Xenoblade or Last Story over here, I think the mediocre sales they’ll earn will convince NoA to never do it again.

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

          Don’t be so sure! :) I think they understand the market better than a lot of publishers. Some things need to be built up over time. You should give this a read; it’ll shed a little more light on the situation: http://bit.ly/fvdYrI

          • Kaoro

            Well even if the execs over in Japan understand the market well, it doesn’t seem to translate over to NoA. Or maybe not localizing Xenoblade and The Last Story is a result of their understanding.

            It’s a shame, though, that with such a lack of quality games on the horizon, NoA isn’t publishing any of these RPGs.

        • Ladius

          That’s always a risk with niche localizations in the last part of a console’s life cycle, Baten Kaitos Origin’s extremely poor performance is probably one of the reasons NoA is so stubborn in avoiding to localize Wii jrpgs :

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

            Relatively large publishers (especially ones that know the market well) don’t tend to base an entire genre’s fate off of the performance of a single game, actually. 

            Sure, if you’re someone that’s really hurting for sales and this one game that you invest a lot of hope in goes and flops, you’d be wary. But when you’re someone like Nintendo or EA (or whoever else), you tend to be aware of the fact that sometimes, you need to invest time and money into something to make it stick. 

            Baten Kaitos is a drop in a very large ocean, especially considering that the Gamecube wasn’t Nintendo’s proudest moment. :)

  • Darkrise

    New Xenosaga?

  • HarryHodd

    Is Wii U region free?

    • badmoogle

      I doubt it.:/

      • HarryHodd

        Lame

  • http://twitter.com/AaqibRawat Aaqib Rawat

    Xeno gears 2 please !

    :}

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenay-Metcalfe/100000341878000 Kenay Metcalfe

    How about just giving your western fans more chances to enjoy your titles as well Monolith. smh

    • BK0000

       It’s Nintendo that decides whether to localize games or not, not Monolithsoft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1443425328 Manuel Antony Marcano

    The art looked exactly like Sadal-Suud from Baten Kaitos, so my money is on Baten Kaitos 3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1769064526 Vivian Mai

    And it’ll never see American shores…

  • maxchain

    I’ve dug up some intel that Nintendo’s recently trademarked the name “USA Can’t Have None.”  My money’s on it being the title of this!

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    It could be possible that they’re doing another Baten Kaitos and another OG Saga game, and while one project would be for Wii U, not all job listings are for that project. I mean, unless BK’s airships can now transform into 2D mechs, I don’t see why that particular listing can’t be for another project, like a third OG Saga.

    Unless they’re making another 2D Xenosaga. But let’s be semi-realistic here.

  • FStubbs

    I guess European fans have something to look forward to. Reggie sucks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUSPDCE22Z6ETYY3W5XRZ2SFZU Darrel

    Another game we won’t be seeing. Thanks for buying my favorite developer, Nintendo.

  • BK0000

    Four or five years ago, I would have been excited, but now, I really don’t care.

  • Yanchamaru

    If the game does not have Mario, Metroid or Zelda in the title, then it has no chance of a North American release. Thanks a lot NOA!

    • puchinri

      Or Kirby or Rhythm Heaven. ;p

  • YsyDoesIt

    I find myself simply not caring; even disdain for NoA can no longer be mustered.  I’m sure I’ll get to play whatever this game is in, at the very least, five years.  And lord knows what the region-locking will be like on the Wii-U.

    In the meanwhile, I suppose that means I get to play RPGs other publishers actually bother…localizing.

    EDIT: Ironically, I just saw this: http://www.destructoid.com/xenoblade-reconfirmed-for-na-last-story-confirmed-for-eu-204635.phtml

  • PrinceHeir

    Xenosaga mixed with Xenogears O_O

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002756150656 Soma Aeterna

    My love for the Xeno games leaves me hoping for this to be Episode VI of the official Xenogears timeline. Witnessing Takahashi’s conclusion to the series is some of my dearest desires as a gamer, but it’ll probably never happen.
    Who knows, maybe Taka-san could pull it off ala “Xenosaga” style avoiding any licensing issues. An original game with a unique storyline would also be welcome though :)

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