Xseed Was Eying Solatorobo: Red The Hunter

By Spencer . July 4, 2011 . 1:01pm

44 While Xseed only announced they picked up Solatorobo: Red the Hunter about a week ago, they have been following CyberConnect2’s Nintendo DS game for quite sometime.


"We have been keeping an eye on this title for awhile. Thankfully, due to our good relationship with Namco Bandai, having done Fragile Dreams and Sky Crawlers with them before, we have an open channel of communication," said Ken Berry, Director of Publishing at Xseed when we were chatting about bringing Solatorobo to North America.


"We were weighing before whether to do this title or not and once we found out Nintendo of Europe was already localizing this into English it made our decision much easier. This is a title the developer, CyberConnect2, are super passionate about and they really wanted to see it released in the U.S. and they worked with us to make it happen," Berry elaborated.


18CyberConnect2 has been working on Solatorobo: Red the Hunter for ten years. The game follows Red Savarin, a Caniu or dog person bounty hunter that can transform into a human. He usually rides in his mech DAHAK which can grab and hurl enemies. Chocolat Gelato, Red’s adoptive sister fixes his mech up and kicks Red out of the airship to make money.


Solatorobo is an ambitious title, but retailers are stocking less Nintendo DS games. I asked Berry if this was a concern.


"We’re definitely worried and that’s one of the things we discussed with Namco. We had to make sure that their expectations are inline with the realities of the market now. I think both of us, meaning Xseed and Namco, are going into this project hopeful because its such a great title, but we’re also realistic about the type of sales we may see due to overall environment of the DS market right now," Berry answered.


Xseed is glossing over the localization done by Nintendo of Europe and making minor changes before releasing the game in North America. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is slated for release this fall.

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  • This is an intriguing title. A nice new RPG for my DS this fall will be fun. 

  • As a kid I made the mistake of ignoring games that came late in a system’s life cycle because the newer systems were stronger. But a good game is a good game, regardless of the systems it’s on. Glad I learned that.

    That said, I think Xseed’s & Namco’s pessimistic approach is justified. It’s not only a game that started like 10 years ago, it also plays like that. Not an insult at all, coming from an avid retro gamer, but if that kind of design isn’t popular anymore.

    • I rather enjoy the gameplay to be honest and I’m always very sceptical of older game’s gamplay.. Older games usually play out too slow, involve lots of grinding or get frustatingly hard at some point from my experience. But Solatorabo feels old but.. more convenient. I don’t know if anyone gets what I mean, since it sounds somewhat weird. XD

  • Mister_Nep

    The more I learn about this game the more I’m interested in it. Might end up picking this game up.

  • … ten years?!

  • Wackoramaco87

    I’m rather excited to try this, especially since I’ve never had a chance to play “Tail Concerto”. Hopefully it’ll do better than they think!

  • I definitely prefer the Xseed cover, as I haven’t bought it yet, I might just ask my aunt to get me the US Version when it’s out… :>

  • Covnam

    The DS market is already shrinking? It’s not like the 3DS has taken off the way the original DS did so far. While I understand that development has probably slowed, I can’t imagine that sales for DS games have really dropped that much. Though I guess maybe that will change by the holidays, hopefully this will come out early enough to still sell well.

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