What’s Going On With NIS America, Imageepoch, And Black Rock Shooter?

By Spencer . June 27, 2011 . 7:03pm

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It’s official, NIS America reached an agreement with Imageepoch to release their games overseas. "Imageepoch is already a distinguished videogame developer in Japan. Not only that, but it is my firm belief that their future titles will fascinate JRPG fans in the US and Europe in the near future," said Haru Akenaga, President of NIS America, about the partnership. That was back in November and so far no Imageepoch titles have been announced for North America.

 

Speaking with Mr. Akeanga, I asked if he could update us on their plans with the Black Rock Shooter: The Game developer. "They are only making PSP titles [right now] and it is tough to sell PSP titles in the U.S. market. Their titles are really good so we want to push titles and sell more of them, but in that case we have to wait until they develop games for other formats," clarified Akeanga.

 

"Is there no hope for Black Rock Shooter," I asked remembering the strong following the PSP game has on Siliconera. "A lot of people, my readers included, want it."

 

"I know, I love it! I want to do it," Akenga replied.


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

    So he knows that there are fans that want it?! Please let a release be imminent. I wonder what the new formats they will work on, consoles and PS vita? Oh well, Im buckled on for news.

  • Christian Wright

    Hope.

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

    Aww, it’s sad, but it’s the bitter truth…. but there is still psn Mr. Akenga-sama! You can sell for PSV there too (It will be harder for me to get…. but it’s better than nothing T_T)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    Hype get?  HYPE GET.

  • HarryHodd

    Wondering the same thing about Chavalier Saga Tactics. Actually anything on that would be good.

    I wonder if he is referring to Imageepochs HD game(s) though.

  • SolidusSnake

    It’s a tragedy to see the PSP cut down in its prime like this. So many interesting games coming out that never even had a chance at localization.

    Oh well, thanks for fighting the good fight, Spencer. *salutes*

    • z_merquise

      Yeah, it’s kind of depressing if you think about it but there’s still chance. PSP is not obsolete as some people think. I’m still expecting for English localization of Grand Knights History and Valkyria Chronicles 3.

      Oh, and Queen’s Gate too. Though I already planned getting the import for this game, I won’t mind double-dipping if there’s an English version.

      • http://twitter.com/Paradox_me Paradox me

        I read an article a while back allegedly quoting a Sega booth representative at E3 basically confirming that neither Valkyria Chronicles III or Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity would be localized. :(

        Breaks my hearts too, as Valkyria Chronicles is my favorite IP introduced this generation.

        • DanteJones

          Oh no, really? I hope Sega finds some way to hook us up with Valkyria Chronicles 3, I absolutely LOVED the first game (and the second one wasn’t too bad ;P)! Maybe put it onto the PSVita somehow? 

        • z_merquise

          Damn(ed)! Was it because the 2nd Valkyria game didn’t met their sale expectations? It’s very sad because the 3rd game looks like the best one in the series. I hope they give those games a chance.

          Let’s hope Grand Knights History would still make it. That game looks very promising and the fact that it’s developed by Vanillaware made it a must-buy for me.

          • Wackoramaco87

            If I remember correctly (I’ll try to find the article and post the link!) it’s because of poor sales and people pirating the game which led Sega to decide not to publish VC3. Which is really upsetting, since it is apparently goes back-ish to its VC1 roots. =/

          • http://twitter.com/bta_man BTA

            I’m also disappointed by it. IIRC, it’s not only due to the sales of the 2nd one but also due to something about the PSP being hard to sell games for now?

        • puchinri

          Whoa, wait, what? No PSP2:I either? Did they say why? I would have thought that it’d be an obvious one for localization… (Is it because of PSO2?)

      • SolidusSnake

        I don’t think the PSP is obsolete either, not at all… rather, the problem seems to be that American gamers are allergic to handhelds. People talk about piracy but how many people do we know that even own a PSP? I know exactly one person aside from myself who owns one, and I bought it for him as a gift. >_<

        Hopefully the Vita will take off and we can get the gravy train of quality RPG localizations rolling here in the US of A.

  • ManaKnight

    I remember NIS America saying this before.  Honestly, I just wish many devs just decided to port stuff to the Vita, or bring to PSN right when the Vita comes out.  I think many would be willing to buy the games then because it gives them something for their Vita.

    It’s sad because I really want this game.  I sort of hate how many will either pirate PSP games because they are too cheap to buy games, hope for a console version in every case so they don’t have to buy a PSP, or continue to feel it has “no good games” ignoring everything.

  • TenRX

    Imagepooch tries to make different JRPG and different concepts; but it’s a sad fact  most of the JRPG fanbase only play worldwide branded games like FF Series, and Tales series. To fit in this kind of market sure is tough.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I agree, but I don’t think I’d put Tales into the same group as FF. Even Tales has had it rough, though I suppose it has done better than some other titles.

    • Aoshi00

      I don’t know how Imageepoch is making a different kind of JRPG though.. Tale of the Last Promise was not very good at all and a waste of $80 for me, it was very boring to me.. (as a turn based command RPG I was hoping it would be at least as good as Archaic Sealed Heat and that was on the DS, but the story in Last Promise really sucked, I couldn’t believe it until I tried it…)  for BRS, I’m not getting my hopes high..  I’m still interested in my sorts of RPGs, W or J RPGs, just good RPGs.. at first I was very excited and interested about these new projects, but now not so confident…

      • malek86

        Keep the expectations down and you’ll have an easier life.

        People always get excited whenever there is a new project – any new project. But the truth is that there are bad games, too. One should take that into account. Not all games are gonna be super awesome – in fact, most won’t.

        • Aoshi00

          Well, it depends, when I go to a theater to see a movie, I certainly hope that it would be good or at least worth the price of admission (for import games it’s not a cheap $10-12).. some movies thrilled me and went beyond my expectation, but some I didn’t expect much like Thor or Green Lantern and found them just fun and entertaining.. and of course, not all movies are great movies.

          There were games I really looked forward to like LA Noire, Alice Madness Returns, Enslaved, Last Story, etc and I ended up liking them a lot, I have an inkling they would suit my taste and I was satsified.  I have been mostly burned by a bunch of PSP imports I guess.  But like I said, when you spent $80 on a Jpn game on average you really want it to be good.  I guess the safer thing is if one is not sure, wait for reviews instead of blind pre-ordering. 

          Also it has to do w/ how much you buy a game at, if I bought Last Promise from a bargain bin say for $15-20, then Iwouldn’t feel as burned, but since it’s cost me $80, it was a major disappointment, it’s all relative. For a good game, buying it on day 1 and getting to play months earlier is more than worth it. Pandora’s Tower it’s still sealed on my desk, but I have a feeling it would worth $70 because of all the positive reviews on Amazon Jpn. If I’m spending $20 on a game, I would be a heck of a lot more forgiving. That’s why I like cheapassgamer’s review and at the end the reviewer would say if the game is worth full price or not, and most of the time I find the assessment to be quite fair.

          I can’t help but get excited and have high expectation on certain things, otherwise I wouldn’t even be playing games… The thing is for some games I half expect them to be not that great, but sometimes I didn’t think they would turn out to be awful and a total waste of money. That’s why I am always excited about Mistwalker games, they have never let me down and among the few that keep me interested in RPGs, so gotta look at the track record.. and 5pb for visual novels (Bullet Soul was alright but not as fun as Cave’s or G.Rev to me.. Phantom Breaker the demo was boring.. and I also need to reserve my judgment for Cave’s Instant Brain)

          • malek86

            It’s actually the opposite for me. I’m way more forgiving when I spent $80 on a game, because darn, I spent a lot of money on it! I better try and enjoy it regardless! It’s why I actually completed Fatal Frame 4, even though it sucked.

            On the other hand, if I only spent a few bucks, even if the game is good, I will be all like “uhm, you know, it’s good but not awesomely good, so I don’t feel like progressing”, and it will stay there. Case in point, whenever i pay $15-20 for a game, I almost never finish it.

            Of course, when I have to think back about the game objectively, I’ll list the good and the bad regardless of how much I paid for it. No forgiving in that case.

          • Aoshi00

            For me, FF13 really betrayed my expectation because I thought it was going to be really good when I imported it at $100.  If I had bought it at $15-30 after the price drop and kept my expectation low, I wouldn’t have felt as disappointed.  Compared to games like Nier or Alice which I picked up for cheaper on day 1 for $45 (got Arkham Asylum from Toysrus for $30 on day 1), I felt like they are bargains and would pay even more for it..  Anyway, it’s still hard to overlook its faults when you spend $70-$80 on a crappy game, like Last Promise and Kenshin (which I expected to be not that great but not this bad).  I just felt I want to sell it back and at least get back a fraction of my money.  I thought of going back to Last Promise to get my money’s worth, but there are just so many other good games waiting for me to finish it’s hard to force myself to bother w/ a mediocre game, just so boring going around the castle repeating mission and saving civilians.. like now I still haven’t touched Pandora’s Tower yet (and I have yet to finish Xenoblade forever), and sometimes I go back to the shmups… those games come first. and I still need to finish Devil’s Flute in order to play Layton 3DS.. backlog doesn’t even begin to describe it.. for me now beating a game is a major accomplishment :) Should’ve gotten the Rockstar Pass for the LA Noire DLCs when I had the chance..

            But yea, if a game is cheap and turns out to be crappy, I wouldn’t regret my purchase as much, I would just think of a couple of meals.. but last Promise felt like money down the drain, if I had read the reviews first I probably wouldn’t have pre-ordered it at full price.

            BTW, for those who could play Jpn games on their Wii and want Last Story, it’s on sale for $40 on playasia and they have 2 copies left, this is a very good price.
            http://www.play-asia.com/The_Last_Story/paOS-13-71-z3-49-en-70-41pa.html

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

            Damn the last story is so cheap T-T!!! I WISH TALES OF VESPERIA FOR PS3 COULD GET THAT LOW SOMETIMES TOO D:!

          • Aoshi00

            Maybe a price drop could mean US localization, it happened on P-A like that a few times.  But yea, Vesperia PS3 never dropped in price means no localization in the near future..  $40 is a bargain for Last Story.

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

            That’s so not fair

  • http://twitter.com/RyougaZell RyougaZell

    Argh… so many great PSP titles not being brought because of cheap pirates =(

    • http://twitter.com/ifarah12 Gren

      Argh what are ye gonna do matey?

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

        call Luffy or Jack Sparrow!

        /endbadjokeifitcouldevenbecalledajokelol-.-

        • malek86

          It’s almost ironic that there are no One Piece games for the PSP.

          On the other hand… I still have trouble believing it’s entirely the pirates’ fault, because it should have been the same for the DS too (which I think is actually even more pirated). Maybe PSP owners just don’t care all that much about games – after all, the newer models can’t be hacked, but the games still don’t sell.

          • http://twitter.com/ifarah12 Gren

            Simple more kids buy DS than PSP and kids get their parents to buy stuff for them (most kids don’t know about piracy i didn’t when i was younger)

            Also the newer models can be hacked now

          • WonderSteve

            From my observations, parents are more likely to buy kids R4 so they don’t have to buy their kids anymore DS games. PSP’s CFW is just way too complicated for some parents to deal with.

          • http://twitter.com/ifarah12 Gren

            @WonderSteve:disqus hmm in my experience many parents don’t know about R4s and such

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

            I also think is “close” to what Ibrahim said, mostly because more kids get the DS than the PSP, and, i think it’s safe to say, more “grown up” people get more the PSP, this “grown up” people of course know more about life…. and internet, than kids, if you know what i mean.

            I’ve seen lots of girls and boys with DS (if i was a parent, i wouldnt buy a PSP that looks so cool but delicate to my little son or daughter, a DS looks more sturdy), but…. now that i think about it, more little girls too (i’ve only seen one girl in my life with a PSP actually O-o, not like it could be used as reference).

            Of course, i dont belive all the problem comes from pirates, but i think a good amount of sales go out from that (and i imagine publishers get pissed out to see their game everywhere on the net for free)

    • WonderSteve

      DS also has lots of pirates, and there are just as many pirates on both side of the pacific. They wouldn’t be making any games in Japan if that is the only thing they look at.

    • http://twitter.com/VietKnight Alexander Le

      So very true, can’t believe that they don’t even buy the actual game at the very least knowing that they like it.
      But so can’t wait for Black Rock Shooter and kudos to NISA again for being great.

  • http://twitter.com/seph_luis_br Luis Camargo

    I would like to see them trying. PSP suffered a pre-mature death on the west which is a shame.
    I would like to see Black Rock Shooter the Game, Valkyria Chronicles 3, Yakuza Black Panther, Gundam Memories Tatakai no Kioku and many others localized to give new life to the psp in it’s life “end”

    • kroufonz

      i’d love too, but gundam is the most impossible title we will get from that list, since it is namco bandai psp anime games title and didn’t have naruto name in it:p

  • DanteJones

    I’d like to see Black Rock Shooter make it outside Japan as well, but I don’t know at this point. As other people have pointed out PSP piracy is insane. I think the last time I was at Gamestop and checked out the pre-order list for PSP, there were 2-3 games on it, and those were games like Madden or NBA. 

    I’m hoping that the PSVita will be impossibly hard to hack so as to give it a fighting chance when it comes out, haha.

  • DarkWaterClone

    So no Tale of the Last Promise, 7th Dragon 2020, Black Rock Shooter or Fate/Extra. I wish NISA would be able to put them just on PSN or make them come out on Vita. Like how NISA brought Sakura Wars to the Wii even though it was never on the Wii.

    I would gladly pick up these games & I could see lots of people picking up these games if NISA was able to add trophies to them.

    • http://twitter.com/seph_luis_br Luis Camargo

      I like trophies but seeing great games being ignored because of lack of trophies is kind of insulting and revolting ._.
      Just like DanteJones said, piracy is a huge problem. Well, thank Sony the PSP is region free, so I can import the games I want, the only problem (for now) is the language.

    • Aoshi00

      Last Promise was very disappointing for me, I felt like I wasted money importing.. 3-4 hrs I just couldn’t go on, many Jpn gamers who beat the game kinda forced themselves to.. depending on how BRS turns out (a concept that’s only based on cool art really), we might not be missing much from Imagepoch.. I’m definitely going to wait for reviews this time..

      • puchinri

        I was wondering, I haven’t been following their BRS game, is it based on the actual art? Or the anime?
        And kinda sad that Last Promise was a disappointment, but I think I remember you or someone else mentioning that before. I hope their other games come out better (because I really enjoy ARF and would like to enjoy more RPGs from them).

        • Aoshi00

          Hm.. the anime OVA’s art was based on huke’s, but here it seems to be rendered in 3D and even less like huke’s except the opening.  Yeah, Last Promise was very poorly rec’d and for a a good reason, it actually did sell many copies, but most people felt doped by it :(.. BRS I dunno, I like huke’s art from Steins’Gate, but the whole concept seems a little iffy, some cool illustration, figures, a kinda surreal anime OVA.. I’m still not really sure what the story is really about.. I guess it could be anything, they just make it up as it goes.. will see how this turns out.. I was going to pre-order it for the bonus charm, but I’ll pass now..

          I forgot they made Arc Rise Fantasia.. I only played several hrs of it.. I got to some boss and it was very hard, just died several times and gave up :(… but it seems like graphics is no imageepoch’s strong suit.. Last Promise looks quite shabby..

          • puchinri

            Ah, I heard the OVA was (and it sounded like it). That’s odd though.
            Oh, wow. That is really disappointing and pretty bad to hear. Well, I don’t feel like I’m missing out at least. And BRS does seem to be handled randomly to me (as far as OVA and game goes). It looks cool as art, but I don’t know what there is to do with it so I didn’t follow it much (it actually sounds like it has a lot of potential, but how they would handle where they go is the real question to me).

            Oh, wow, that’s intimidating, lol. But yeah, ARF looks okay, but not fantastic. But Last Promise… I was surprised by how it looked… (That did turn me away early on actually, which was sad because I did like some of the designs.)

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      This comment only refers to Imageepoch’s self-published titles i.e. Black Rock SHooter and Tale of the Last Promise. Fate/Extra is from Marvelous and 7th Dragon 2020 is a Sega title (and Sega owned IP).

      • Lord Highawesomeparty

        Am I mistaken or doesn’t SEGA develop and own Sakura Wars? It always confused me that NIS America published it here instead of SEGA themselves.

        • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

          Yes, Sega owns the Sakura Wars IP, NIS America licensed it from Sega and subsequently localized it.

          NIS America would have to do something similar, if they were to pick up 7th Dragon 2020. Our previous interview with NIS America clarified this. Check it out if you missed it.

  • http://twitter.com/Pedazodezoquete Gabriel

    Personally I really like NISA and I try to support them, they really put a lot of effort to release niche games in America, I loved Sakura Wars, and I was so sad to see it didn’t do so well in America, but I try to support them whenever I can I just wish they stopped with the DLC there’s just so much DLC to all of their games, but luckily nothing too serious

  • kroufonz

    we can only hope BRS get vita or psp hd remaster then.

    but this indicate imagepoch possibly have one or two HD jrpg incoming(especially for PS3 in future)

  • AzureNova

    Give me games please! (Drops on knees) >_<

  • Locklear93

    I’d certainly pre-order BRS if NISA did it, but I don’t like the odds. :/  I was actually in an e-mail conversation with Nao Zook, NIS’ PR manager a while back, and she mentioned that a lot of people seem to want Criminal Girls, but that a UMD release wouldn’t support the business, even if SCEA cleared it.  Of course, to be fair, that one’s a pretty limited market, even compared to BRS… I still can’t believe my best friend imported it for me. <_<

  • Rarutos

    This makes me so sad. It seems like a lot of PSP games are getting skipped just because there’s apparently no market for it in America. :(

    The cruel fate of the (not-Japanese knowing) JRPG lover…!

  • http://www.facebook.com/santd Daniel Sant

    Sounds like they are more focused on the HD titles like probably Chevalier Saga Tactics.  Perhaps there is still hope for a PSN release for the PSP games eventually, once the Vita launches.  If even Square Enix doesn’t even want to bring Type-0 to psp here, I doubt anything else will make it, especially not in a boxed form.

  • http://twitter.com/bta_man BTA

    So… this is another reason to import, I guess. Besides the figma and all…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Xiong/673182110 Larry Xiong

    i love NIS Amiercan games i  hope they make more for ps3

  • Lord Highawesomeparty

    I’m not a fan of Vocaloids (or anything related to them aside from RYO and Supercell) but i would buy this to support localization amd NiS.

    Also, didn’t Imageepoch make Criminal Girls?? I’d love that game to be localised just to see what feminist groups would say about it.

    • SolidusSnake

      “I’d love that game to be localised just to see what feminist groups would say about it. ”

      Blah blah blah, sexualized underage girls, blah blah blah.

      Nice avatar by the way. Patchy is great.

      • theworldofnoboundries

        In the end, Imageepoch still blame piracy for the reason why PSP games don’t sell well. “Other type of format”? He should just said anti piracy system so that people must buy the game if they wanted to play it……… Damn pirate..

        • Darkrise

          Even if he did say it, I don’t think it would stop anyone from pirating… I’ve seen quite a few people already blatantly saying “meh, I’ll pirate this =)”. If they can get a free game, then it doesn’t really stop them.

        • Lord Highawesomeparty

          Th thing that confuses me is that piracy is easier to do on the DS yet it isn’t as big of a problem.

          • theworldofnoboundries

            The other reason is this game popularity relies a lot base on fan base which causes the game developer to see the risk of failing on the west.(Not all people know Miku and their references with BRS and in the end even Miku till now is still Japan only.)

            For DS case maybe the cost of developing one game is much cheaper compared to the pirate damage.

    • Guest

      “I’d love that game to be localised just to see what feminist groups would say about it.”

      What? Are you implying that anything that leaves a feminazi’s deluded mind verbally isn’t totally predictable and borderline retarded?

      • Yui

        oh come on
        this is blatant trolling
        what are you even doing buddy, at least try to be subtle

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

          *trollz alh* mwahahahaha~

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      I’m tempted to refer back to our community post *that just went up this weekend*

      • Lord Highawesomeparty

        I don’t understand what I said that was wrong.

      • Lord Highawesomeparty

        Yeah I just checked it over again and foun nothing wrong with my comment. Would you please care to elaborate on what you find wrong so I won’t have a problem like this in the future?

        My vocaloid comment isn’t going to hurt anyone and my feminis comment was aimed at how feminists are giving games bad reviews based on character design (see a few Neptunia reviews)

        • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

          It reads like subtle trolling since there’s blanket stereotyping going on here. 

          • Lord Highawesomeparty

            Ah, sorry. Neither of those were my intent. I didn’t think my joke would be taken that way.

          • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

            Thanks for understanding and clarifying :)

            That’s kind of the thing when writing on the internet, what you think in your mind may not come out the same why when typed. There’s no /sarcasm command.

          • Lord Highawesomeparty

            I can’t promise something like this won’t happen again (this IS the Internet after all) but I’ll try my best to make sure it won’t happen.

          • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

            Fair enough. All I ask, and I don’t think this is too much, is for people to think before they type rather than have knee jerk reactions to everything.

            Conversation in the real world works that way and if we’re going to continue to take comments seriously.. i.e. serious enough to ask presidents of companies requests (we did it with Tales too *way before* all of the campaigning) we’d like the comments to be respectable. I mean, after all we’re respecting them instead of ignoring them like other sites.

  • http://twitter.com/XellossMetari XellossMetari

    No Black Rock Shooter? The games striking art style alone would sell, especially if release coincided with PSP2. ( I refuse to call it Vita, the focus group that cooked up that name should be rounded up and forced to watch every episode of teletubbies while sober…. twice. )

    • ninjaonizuka

      and they should be forced to listen to Rebbeca black friday for a whole 2 weeks on repeat loudest volume thats worst then hell

    • Darkrise

      Call it the PSV. =) And force them to watch The Room for 24hours straight.

  • JustaGenericUser

    Ugh. That recent admin post said not to snark anymore, but I find it very hard not to. I mean, how– no, don’t JGU! Don’t say something mean!

    Anyway, I do feel disappointed.

    • Yui

      I recommend JaGU. It’s got a more punchy feel to it. “Ja-goo” rather than “J-G-U”. :P

      It is disappointing that we don’t have any confirmed Imageepoch titles so far, considering their earlier promises to “revitalise the JRPG market” and whatnot. Still, as long as we have hope, the possibility is there. I’m a big fan of the OVA, so I’m in the same boat when I say that BRS: The Game is high on my list of “vidya that should be localised”. :D

  • http://twitter.com/Kasugano75 John Titov

    Just what do they have to lose by not localizing this? You have to remember what made BRS so famous; Hatsune Miku and with her recent push into the west I figured this game would be guaranteed for an overseas release.

    Fans will be all over this, I doubt they have to worry about sales numbers.

  • blah blah

    Still would have preferred Criminal Girls instead, I get a feeling BRS may just be a rehash.
    That and I’d prefer an original story, something imageepoch made, and put a lot of care into.
    At least we have hope for FPS

    • Darkrise

      Not so sure about FPS, 1st dungeon crawlers aren’t that popular anymore in the west, especially with today’s generation of gamers being spoiled with 3D Shooters and action oriented games. I imported my own copy just to see how it was and it wasn’t too bad, pretty disappointing really but it was another game that could’ve been so much more if they spent more time in developement. Criminal Girls would be nice too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julius.era Julius Era

    if they not do it how about we do

    “Xenoblade Path” like they did make it to Rank 1 then they will be released it or not

  • Ravage27

    I hope he would at least consider putting them up on PSN, Vita launch excitement could have the potential to bring attention to these niche titles and justify their translation efforts.

    • Darkrise

      Another BRS game for the PSV if it does well for the psp. =) Would be nice to see much more HD visuals and enhanced gameplay.

  • Mister_Nep

    So I guess it can be interpreted that the deal is for future unannounced titles only? Kinda confused by the wording of some of the article.

  • karasuKumo

    From what I’ve seen there would be no reason not to buy it. It keeps the theme of BRS but gives it a new look without ruining it. We still need to see more gameplay and at least know something more about the story but it doesn’t looks bad in the slightest.

    I guess it’s a choice between pleasing an unknown amount of fans and risking bad business or not releasing it and risk missing out on good business, I can see their problem.

  • SirRichard

    Aw bless, he mentioned Europe like NIS cares about the region.

    If they cared, I wouldn’t have to pay £20+ for ZHP over the PSN. I got a lot of Square Enix’s special edition PSP games for around that, why should I pay the same price for a digital download?

    • http://twitter.com/Cudgeon Raji

      Because ZHP is that good.
      Better than any of this Square Enix Crap I might guess.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

        Tactics Ogre: LUCT says hello.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O6IKTWFCSJLYCYPWEIVJYUVJZY NocturnalKami

    *crosses fingers*

    • TenRX

      Don’t get your hopes high lol

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Kuronoa Kuronoa

    Hope for the best, I like supporting the PSP but most publishers don’t seem too willing anymore.  Hopefully Vita has better luck years from now.

    If we have to wait for other consoles I guess I’ll put up with it, but wow what a way to announce partnership… =/

  • Darkrise

    Sounds like it’s a 55% chance in not seeing it localized to me. But I’m still hoping, even though I pre-ordered the jp version already, I still want to see it in english. Still wish they could’ve made this for PS3 though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Pacora/595428700 Walter Pacora

      How is that i see many people
      ordering the jp version … so many people knows japanese
      enough to finish a game?

      • Darkrise

        If there’s voiced scenes then I can pretty much understand half of what they say… Still taking beginniners in japanese though so can’t say that I won’t be playing without a lot of difficulty. There might be about half of them only wanting to buy the game because of the figma.

  • Yui

    But that’s a privilege, not a punishment! Tommy Wiseau is one of the finest actors of his generation. :D

  • Guest

    Brown Rock Pooper: The GAME

    ok I’m tired….

  • http://twitter.com/ShiningxWander Wander

    I was really looking forward to being able to play Black Rock Shooter: The Game in English too T_T
    Why can’t NISA localize a PSP game? Doesn’t Xseed have an unannounced PSP game in the works? Add one more game to the list of awesome PSP games that never make it here.

  • Eric Chan

    Xseed’s game was a horror title, and they never said Imageepoch, so no. Best guess would be Corpse Party(either version) by 5pb(Steins;Gate). Over the course of these annoucements, I’ve seen my fair share of misconceptions and false rumors. Many sites reported that just because they had a deal, it meant that they would DEFINITELY bring BRS here. I don’t know where people got that idea. Now that the rumor has been quelled, why are so many people going QQ over it?

  • Zal_Yagun

    Japanator seems to be convinced that NISA is bringing BRS over

    http://www.japanator.com/mtv-is-all-up-on-this-hakane-mitsu-vocaloid-thing-19734.phtml

  • Eric Chan

    Not only is he wrong, but did you check the date on that? This exact article gives us proof that they don’t have plans. PSP is not healthy in the US.

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