Grand Knights History Canceled For North America

By Spencer . May 1, 2012 . 9:00pm

gkhAt Tokyo Game Show, Xseed Games announced they would bring Grand Knights History, Vanillaware’s network RPG to North America. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.


Xseed Games sent us an e-mail saying they are unable to publish Grand Knights History. Development resources to localize the game are not available, so Xseed had to cancel the title. We hear Vanillware is putting all of their energy into completing Dragon’s Crown, which Atlus’ acquired the rights to from Ignition.


Xseed’s 2012 lineup includes Unchained Blades, Way of the Samurai 4, Ys Origin, and The Last Story.

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        • Ronald Bixler

           Look, the East is burning red.

          … and the West is green with envy.


          • GWTrinku

            LAUNCH ME, DOMON.

          •  @GWTrinku:disqus …and I just totally lost my sh** after reading that comment.



  • screw this week and the terrible gaming news it has brought

    • Ronald Bixler

      Amen to that sister.

  • Isn’t it still coming out in Europe? Just play that one lol

    • Rising Star’s EU version was going to be based on Xseed’s localization, so in all likelihood, their version will be cancelled as well.

      • Go2hell66

         why are people liking this comment :(

        • Hraesvelgr

          Because it’s informative?

          • Go2hell66

            in all my rage for some reason that wasn’t the first thing that came to mind :D

            seemed like people were just rubbing salt in the wounds rofl

  • MrRobbyM


    The PSP is one hell of a depressed gaming device. Poor little thing :/

    • IsaacGravity

      In the West anyway.

      • MrRobbyM

        Well yeah. Of course.

  • Sadness befalls my already wounded soul when I hear about such news. I sincerely hope that “The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky Second Chapter and Third” Will not share the same fate as this one.

    Seeing such a good game cancelled because of “Development resources to localize the game are not available” is quite a hurtful thing to read. It means that XSEED is very busy and not really financially up to par to take the challenge.
    While the first thing is kinda good the latter one makes me all the more worried about the fate of a really good, caring publisher.

    •  The post was a bit unclear, it’s Vanillaware that lacks “Development resources to localize”, not XSEED.  They need Vanillaware to insert the translated text into the game, but Vanillaware is too busy with Dragon’s Crown, so they were forced to cancel the title.
      Don’t worry guys, XSEED is fine.

  • Zeidge


    Better up my Japanese quicker.

  • Code

    Kind of a shame, I had more interest in checking out this, then I did Dragon’s Crown o3o; Hope Xseed is AOK, as I haven’t really seen or heard much from them lately. But yeah this is a shame, the game looks really good, and I can’t help but feel like Strategy/RPG is the genre I’d really like to see from Vanillaware o~o;

    • Ronald Bixler

       Just to alleviate some of the anger I have bottled up from all the bad gaming news in the last 24 or so hours, I will post a positive comment.

      Your avatar is really cute, as is JustThisOne’s.

      There. May Skyrim’s DLC news Wednesday help to turn my mood away from headache-inducing grief.

  • First La-Mulana WiiWare is canceled, and now Grand Knights History? Super sad.

    • MrRobbyM

      And then The Catacombs was pretty much DoA..

      • Ronald Bixler

         Makai Kingdom never localising, the Front Mission series retiring, the Suikoden series leaving its original plot behind for dimensional travel tripe, Nicalis pulling the plug on La Mulana for WiiWare because he got tired of waiting for Nintendo, the Class of Heroes kickstarter failing and the developers deciding to throw away its classic Wizardry roots for a sub-par looking action RPG sequel, and now this. Nnnn… It makes me want to take the entire industry and chuck it all in the Atari E.T. grave in area 51.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I remember trying to solve that hint they gave us before announcing… I was excited to hear it was coming. Well we have Dragon’s Crown at least :) 

  • As long as the Trails in the Sky sequels are localized, I’m happy.

  • WEFKWERG_)(^# )$(%

  • Hope XSEED is alright….

  • The Last Story was totally worth it over this. Oh well, can’t win them all.

    • Not at all, Last Story is already in English and you could easily play an import with a little tinkering of your Wii.  This game however is only in Japanese.

      • Tell me: What’s it like to be so naive? I forget.

        • HavocAccelerator

          What in the world are you talking about? Gren is correct. Additionally, The Last Story getting published in America has no connection to GKH, so I’m not sure why you even brought it up.

          • Barrylocke89

            I’m guessing he brought it up because Xseed is the American publisher for both games. But it’s still a moot point because from what I understand, the localization for Grand Knights History has been complete and submitted for awhile now. It was up to Vanillaware to get the rest of the work complete for the English copies of the game

        • How am I naive?

      • Not everyone wants to mod their system.

        • It’s fairly simple and increases the usefulness of the Wii.  If you’re afraid of bricking your Wii it’s not going to happen if you’re just doing the letterbomb exploit.

        • You don’t have to mod your system, as far as I remember there was this disc swapper that would allow you to play EU games on US Wii consoles (and vice versa) – I’ve never tried that tho and wouldn’t know if it they really works.

          • Oh, so something like the Action Replay for the GameCube that lets us play Japanese games? XD At least that’s easier than modding your system.

          • Well, modding your Wii isn’t exactly hard either – at least soft-modding it without any tinkering in the Wii’s inner sanctum. Even I was able to put the required files on a SD card and install everything correctly on my Wii, and I’m usually pretty dumb with these kinda things. 8)

          • @miruki:disqus I see but everything I fix/put together usually breaks. Hence why I haven’t tried modding anything.


  • Suicunesol


    Guess it wasn’t meant to be. I haven’t played a PSP game in a while, but I’d have picked this up if it came over. It would be great if it was remastered as a Vita release. After all, there should be no “last gen” issues because the graphics of 2D games such as this can stand the test of time very well, unlike polygonal graphics.

  • Hours

    The word going around is that the problem was on Vanillaware’s end, so I don’t think we need to be fretting for XSEED. (Though that’s still sad for Vanillaware, they seem to be having some issues lately.)

    I was looking forward to this game, so I’m sad to see it get cancelled, but hopefully that means that XSEED has more time to dedicate to Trails in the Sky SC.

    • Which will likely be on Steam only, given XSeed’s current track record.

      • JazzyMan123

        With the decline of Psp games in the west like GKH, steam is probably the only and best option.

        • Except it forces me to use a system I don’t want to use.

          It is *not* the best. It is a monopoly. Big difference.

          • JazzyMan123

            Maybe you should get into the video game industry and see the state of the market yourself and then you’ll understand the state of it in the west.

          •  What the hell are you talking about?

          • Hraesvelgr

            If it means actually getting the games and the chance of them making money off of them, then yeah, it is the best option, even if it might not be for you.

          • He’s talking about how you have a very narrow-minded view on these things and very utopian expectations of publishers. 

            Try making your own video games and publishing them the traditional way AND making a profit from it so you can feed yourself and your family, pay for rent etc.. and then you can come back and tell us all how unnecessary and bad digital releases are. :)

        • This is sad, because the PSP version is considered the ‘complete version’ with the difficulty modes, voice acting for the villains, more items, and more playable characters than the PC version. :(

          • JazzyMan123

            Yeah I know, though right now I mainly want to see the main story.

  • JazzyMan123

    Can’t say I blame them. With Vanillaware all busy with Dragon’s Crown, guess it was only a matter of time.

    If there’s any consolation, guess there’s still the Trails Series to look forward too.

  • Well this is a huge disappointment.  I’ve been anticipating this title since Vanillaware announced it, and was hoping that localization might be back on track since they found a new publisher for Dragon’s Crown.
    Still, this is yet another reason we need a company like Gaijinworks that can localize games themselves and fix bugs, rather than just sending the English script to Japan to be inserted.

  • pgover

    Profound sadness. I was really looking forward to this and now the English release is cancelled, major bummer.

  • ahh damn you can’t win them all. well at least we still get Unchained Blades, Way of the Samurai 4, Ys Origin, and The Last Story. which is a plus.

  • Rishtopher

    This kinda stings especially hard since I was just telling my friend how excited I was for this and I got him really excited about it to. I’m taking some Japanese classes this summer. If I learn enough, maybe I can try and import?

    • Barrylocke89

      In this case, I’m not sure how helpful that will be. The online component was REALLY important in this title (besides online play you can really only train your units), and apparently the servers block IPs that aren’t in Japan. There MAY be ways around this, but I’d suggest you do your research before you go importing a game that you can barely play.

      • Rishtopher

        Hmm, honestly I wasn’t aware that the online component was going to be so important for the game. Is this not an RPG though? I’m confused why online would (seemingly) be more important than the single player mode. 

        Granted, I didn’t know much about the game before I got my hopes up. I kind of just read “Vanillaware” and assumed it would be a game I wanted to play when I watched the Japanese trailer. Can you give me the rundown on what kind of game this is then?

        • Barrylocke89

          Quoting Wikipedia, they have more on the battle system itself.
          “Making use of the PlayStation Portable’s PlayStation Network online function, players may battle each other in groups representing one of the game’s three kingdoms. As each group wins battles against opposing factions, they expand their territory within the online environment, granting them access to rewards and a standing on community-based leaderboards. Winning groups may vote on which territory to attack next, and individual players may opt to have their characters controlled by artificial intelligence rather than themselves manually.”

    Well, thanks XSEED for trying. No doubt about it, this must have been a “last call” kind of decision. If they had any other option to localize, I guess they would do it.

    Perhaps the game might still be localized for Europe, then I can play it. My japanese isn’t enough to fully understand RPGs. 

    • JazzyMan123

      Rising Star’s version of GKH was going to be based off of XSeed’s localization, so this means it probably isn’t coming for Europe either.

      • I remember having read somewhere in the XSEED forums that the translation was actually done already – if that’s really the case, Rising Star could still get the license for that from XSEED and release the game if they have programmers who can input the text and edited graphics or otherwise wait for Vanillaware to be done with Dragon’s Crown. But I wonder why they’d drop the game completely if they already had completed the translation, I mean.. that would be quite some work they did for nothing then.. 
        Considering people had already hacked and fan translated (parts of) the game, wouldn’t it make more sense to contract a programmer for this one game so they could make the edits themselves..?

        In any case, this is disappointing. 

        • Barrylocke89

          From what I understand, the XSeed was only providing the localization for this game. Coding that localization into the game was going to be Vanillaware’s job.  And they seem to be too busy with Dragon’s Crown at the moment. Unfortunately, that’s why there’s been such a long wait before we finally got this news.

          • cj_iwakura

            This is a tragic example of why I wish more localization teams had in-house programmers like in the Working Designs days, but I guess that’s not financially viable anymore.

          • I dunno, if you look around the hacking scene, there is a lot of people who do such things for fun in their free time and I’m pretty sure lots of them would be doing this for a reasonable price for publishers who have no in-house programmers as well.

          • cj_iwakura

            @miruki Right there with you(I do translation hacking myself), but the odds of an official developer letting fans hack their game is on the low side of ‘not bloody likely’.

          • My whole comment was based on that assumption. Hence why I suggested that for this particular game, since they already did translate everything, XSEED should contract some eager programmer to do the work that Vanillaware should have been doing. And that’s also why I said that Rising Star could still use their translation, if they’d buy the license for that from XSEED – in case Rising Star has programmers or would contract one to make the edits. 

  • Exkaiser

    Well, that’s incredibly disappointing.

    Guess I’ll take the money I was saving for it and spend it on, I dunno, Ys Origin.

  • “Development resources” – Most likely they couldn’t get a deal to do the game digital only and canceled it out of spite. What a bunch of wankers.

    • That is not at all the case. We had every intention of releasing the game both physically and digitally, as originally announced. And would still do so if we could.

      •  I don’t believe that for a second.

        • Zeik56

          Because it makes so much more sense that they are actively trying to spite their customers. Please.

        • JazzyMan123

          Well, Tom don’t bother arguing with this guy as he’s just like that ‘you know who’. Starts with an ”N’ and ends with ‘bo’.

          • Yes… “just like” indeed. ;)

        • Luna Kazemaru

           Then don’t no one is forcing you to if you are going to cry about xseed going the DD route for abit please go tell it to people who care.

          • It seems to me that most people in this comments section care about whether this game comes over or not.

          • JazzyMan123

            So if you’re here just to insult XSeed, why are you even here at all then?

          • Well… DUH?

      • Ronald Bixler

         It’s not the fault of the corporations in question or those that work for them. It’s just an unfortunate occurrence that I am sure all parties involved would have preferred to avoid. It still doesn’t change the fact that it feels like someone just told me that Ichirou Mizuki died in a traffic accident though…

      • PoweredByHentai

        Would you happen to know what technical difficulties with Dragon’s Crown that VanillaWare is facing at the moment?  I’m leaning towards the multiplayer aspect being the technical hurdle but I just remembered that they’ve never had a PS3 project up until Dragon’s Crown.

    • They had to cancel it because XSeed doesn’t have their own programmer to insert the English text into the game. They rely on the Japanese devs to do it, but Vanillaware says they don’t have time to do it, so XSeed’s hands are tied.

    • XSEED, like Aksys and NISA, don’t have programmers on staff to add English support to games, thus they are entirely dependent on the original developer to do this for them.  However Vanillaware is too busy working on Dragon’s Crown to do this, so XSEED was left with no choice but to cancel the game.

    • JazzyMan123

      Now that doesn’t seem entirely fair since Vanillaware’s kinda at fault here too and they did announce a retail release back when though that doesn’t matter anymore.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Oh look this guy again.

    • XSEED is one of the few companies that care. they would never do such a
      thing out of spite. it’s sad but i do respect them for coming out
      straight and saying it’s cancelled. i’m new to siliconera but it seemed
      the site was free of such rude comments you see on other sites.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I’ve always been accepting of your anti-digital only stance, even if I don’t agree with it, but this is going way too far, especially since it isn’t even the truth.

      • JazzyMan123

         I agree, without a doubt I feel this is probably the most insulting post this guy ever posted towards XSeed.

    • Assuming the worst of people you barely know is not a mature way of thinking at all, ever more so when you don’t provide any form of proof or reason.

  • Son of a BITCH.

  • Even if I was a tad more interested in Dragon’s Crown, I’m sad to see this happen….again. 2012: Year of canceled games (or releases in this case). Seriously, I’ve seen reports of a lot of canceled games, even projects pushed aside by Sony.

    Here’s one reported right now.

    I guess XSeed has little to no hope with resources. Atlus might as well relicense ALL of Vanillaware’s works and push for a DDL release of Muramasa.

    • Oh, that Mythic “Game”? That was filled with stolen stuff in their video, and it likely was a scam. It was this ridiculously ambitious project, and the creator had “connections with someone in Pixar” and was going to use “motion capturing”. He was asking for only 80k for something that sounded like a multi-million dollar project. Probably didn’t even exist.

  • What are you talking about? I´m playing it right now!
    *Holds some lego knights accompanied with the game´s background music*

    Yep, best game ever! /indenial

  • Total_Overdose

    So, does this pretty much mean that there is no possibility for another company to pick it up? Like how Atlus took “Dragon’s Crown” from Ignition?

    • It’d have to be a company who could insert the English text on their own without needing Vanillaware to do it for them. That rules out pretty much anyone except Atlus.

      • Total_Overdose

         Well looks like Atlus is out of the running, as a mod recently commented: “Given that the official reasons cited are that Vanillaware is too busy
        working on the game we just announced for publication, why would you
        think it would be in our interest to pick this game up?”

  • 猫 黒

    As much as I hate to say it, GKH wasn’t really that good of a game.  Coupled with the PSP’s gradual decline (the PSP is pretty much dead in the west), it’s no wonder it was canceled.  I think this last batch of PSP localizations may be the last.

    EDIT: by “not that good”, I meant using my extremely strict, sophisticated snob standards, e.g. comparing to stuff like Xenoblade, OoT, Braid, Bastion.

    •  And it’s quite funny considering that PSP sales are still somewhat savory in Japan. I still dunno why PSP games still NEED to be made (I’m looking at you, Tales: Twin Brave), but they’ll last a little bit longer even after the Vita’s release.

      •  Expect great games to keep coming out on PSP for a long time to come.  The PSP is still popular in Japan with a huge user base, and the Vita hasn’t sold well so far.  Putting games on Vita just means higher development costs and less sales.

        •  Yeah, “great games.” I haven’t seen a lot of recent PSP titles that caught my eye per se or encourage me to import them (not that I import games anyway). Not even Tales: Twin Brave seemed that interesting to me; just a cash-in trying its damnedest to look like DW. Whatever. If these games are capable of selling more in Japan, gg’s to them.

          There IS the Digimon game that interests me, but what are the odds of that game being localized and released as planned? Hell, what are the odds of Black Rock Shooter?

          • icecoffemix

            I see a lot of great games on PSP. It’s your problem if you don’t think so.

          •  You’re didn’t get the context of what I said. I said there hasn’t been a lot of “recent” PSP games noteworthy. This ain’t no generalization. If there has been some good games for the past couple of months or so, then by all means, I don’t mind knowing.

          • icecoffemix

            @Garyuu:disqus Trails of Nayuta, that new Class of Heroes, Aquire’s Conception, Sol Trigger, Shining Blade, Suikoden PSP, and many more I can’t be bothered to look up and remembering them just making me angry, arghhh.

          • There are good recent releases, you know. To pick out a few from my recent memory: Shining Blade is a pretty nice game in visuals and gameplay, especially for Valkyria Chronicles fans; 7th Dragon 2020 is pretty much an Etrian Odyssey that is much easier and more convenient to take in; there’s even that “baby-making” game Conception, which is actually a nicely-designed dungeon crawler beneath the double-take-worthy surface premise.

            It’s only a matter of your interest, but then it wouldn’t a matter of “good games being rare” anymore.

          • cj_iwakura

            In response to your post below, the last couple months has still brought a few noteworthy PSP titles, namely Conception(seriously, I think it looks fun) and Persona 2: EP on the way, and the US is going to go out with a bang with Growlanser IV, Unchained Blades, Class of Heroes II, Gungnir and such.

    • LaserVision

       I heard on Roleplayer’s Realm that the game is really intended to be multiplayer and that single player is really nothing to write home about. I don’t know a single person who I could play game like this with so
      猫 黒 ‘s right in that we’re probably not missing much.

  • Oi, i think one o’ da gretchinz iz crying in a corna. We could ask, Atlus or one o’ da otha publisherz. ‘rereadz it’ oh, zodding Dragonz Crown. I iz depressed now, gonna go smash some o’ doez Chaos Marinez.

    • z_merquise

      Youz da boss! Gather round da’ boyz and raise your WAAAGH banners! You and da’ boyz should march to Atlus or Aksys and convince them to localize Grand Knights History.

  • d19xx

    Sad to see this happen. But at least Xseed came out clean and announced the cancellation, unlike other companies who either keeps our hopes up for nothing or just say nothing at all…

    • neo_firenze

      You mean the same way Xseed is dragging Trails in the Sky SC and 3rd out and keeping people’s hopes up despite it looking pretty bleak for those games?

      Between the handling of those two, GKH, and Retro Game Challenge 2, I really don’t have much trust in Xseed any more.  When they do release games they’re usually good, but they are pretty shaky when it comes to following through.

      • Yes it is not like they are translating a game that’s bigger than anything else they have ever had to translate, require Falcom’s help to do the coding, and are only an eight or so person team all up. 

        And it’s not like the main script alone is thicker than some peoples forearms. They aren’t ‘dragging’, these things actually take time, and they are a very small studio, and they have to get past the ‘wasn’t released on PSN on account of being two UMDs’ thing, and that requires recoding the game somewhat.

      • The future is not bleak at all for Trails 2. We’re marching forward with it just as we have been since the completion of Trails 1, and likely will continue to do for quite a while. I’m not sure why you say the outlook is bleak, but rest assured, we have no intention of dropping Trails 2 unless there is absolutely, positively no other choice. And so far, there’s little to suggest that it’ll ever come to that.

        As for Retro Game Challenge 2, we never actually announced that one. And considering how the first game performed, we really couldn’t. It’s a case of, “we wish we could’ve worked on it, but sadly, it just wasn’t possible.”

        • Ronald Bixler

           You know, it is rather refreshing to see development employees posting in defense of their properties on a message board. Kudos, sir.

      • I will just put this here:

        This is a photo of the three script books for Sora no Kiseki.

        Please understand that this is a monster game. These books don’t include items, NPC dialogue or anything. Just main scenario and Bracer quests.

        • icecoffemix

          Wow, and I noticed that NPC often change their dialogue whenever something happen. Godspeed to Xseed’s team.

  • I don’t believe this! I pre-order this game on Amazon, because it looked so awesome and a great addition to my PSP lineup. I’m truly dishearten by this! T_T

    Why, oh why? I can understand that Dragon’s Crown is eating up much of their effort… do you think after completely Dragon’s Crown they might be able to find a way to try once again to publish this in the NA?

    My Japanese isn’t all that great.

    •  I waz wonderin’ da same ting, at dat point though, dey would have ta make it download only. Maybe if dey made enough off Dragonz Crown, dey might be able ta. But dis is all hypothetical. Now, if ya will excuse me, it ain’t smart ta be typin’ while me and da boyz iz fighting da Chaos Humiez.

      • Ronald Bixler

        … Could someone get me my tommygun and some garlic please?

    • tridus

       It seems to me like by time they finally finish Dragons Crown and go back to this it would be too late, given how many people would still be buying PSP games.

  • Well…..Thanks for trying and I hope that you have not totally given up on the title and can bring it in some form some time.

  • Luna Kazemaru

     Kinda saw this coming seeing as how we had no news for months about it.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Severely disappointed, but I kinda saw this coming considering how shaky the date was to begin with and the problems that have erupted since then. Oh well. Good try, XSEED.

  • I thought something like this would happen, but I didn’t want to believe it. ;_;

  • Disappointing! I was looking forward to buying this over PSN. This was on my short list of stuff to get before the economy collapsed. I guess I’ll have to play something else in my bunker.

  • Croix

    And here I was, going around, making convincing cases to various people as to why they should buy this game when it comes out. Well, it’s a shame, but I suppose we’ll move on. In NA, we finally got Xenoblade, and will soon enough be getting The Last Story. I lament our losses, but will continue to celebrate our successes.

  • KotaroInugami

    Add this to the list of games I will never see localized. Same list as Valkyria Chronicles 3, Monster Hunter Freedom 3, Little Battlers (Not for a good while at least), and 7th dragon 2020. Hell I’m kinda nervous if we won’t be getting Black Rock Shooter: The Game at this point…

    • Ronald Bixler

       Care to chip in with me to buy a memorial for the unlocalized and put it in Silicon Valley?

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUU…………….. worst news ever…..SIGH

  • Damn! I was looking forward to a Vanillaware turn based game. ;__;

    Dragon’s Crown is cool and all, but GKH offered so much customization… Sad news, indeed. I really hope there’s still a chance at all for this to happen, even as a digital release.

  • Hmm, I guess since there is some work and interest on the game, they could just wait for Dragon’s Crown to be released and then continue with this one. If it’s too late they could distribute it digitally.

    Will think of it as a delay instead of a straight up cancellation for the moment, since there may be hope for this. All depends on both XSeeD and Vanillaware’s stance in the next year.

  • What a bunch of bullshit!! 

  • SlashZaku

    Well damn.  BRB, gonna go punch a small child over this news…-_-

    Was looking forward to this too but I guess the signs were there: no news for months.  Really hate this whole ‘thing’ surrounding localizations :(

  • Okuni-chan

    … *sniffles* Was looking forward to it. Here’s hoping that someone somewhere will pick up this gem. I shall re-add to my import list.

    • Thing is, the online portion of the Jp game only allows Japanese ips to log in and play. You’d pretty much be stuck with training soldiers for a war they’ll never participate in.

      • Okuni-chan

        Well… poo… *sigh* That’s stinky. Thanks for the info before I did import it and couldn’t fully play it.

  • Genjo

    hmm once timing is right and both ends are free i am sure they will pick up where they left off it’s NOT total lost they just had there hands filled so they had drop something that’s not moving i pretty sure they do know lots of fans will be disappoint about this news after dragon crown release you guys should go on there forums or site and bug them about it until they crack XD

  • Go2hell66

    so i guess that mean were screwed here in europe as well, what happened to rising star games doing the pal release?

    • Rising Star’s EU version was going to be based on Xseed’s localization, so in all likelihood, their version will be cancelled as well. © Ishaan
      This is sad news.

      • Go2hell66

         *Starts breaking things*

        • Yamaneko22

           *Joins the destruction* T_T

  • akanezuliani

    Next we get a “Final Fantasy Type-0 Canceled For North America”, screw this, I waited a whole year for news and that’s what we get.
    No wonder 2012 is the end of the world.
    Drama aside, a little part of me died inside.

    • Masengan

       I agree with everything you just said.

    • Herok

       The thing about Type-0 is it hasn’t ever been officially announced, its just been rumors so they can’t cancel something they haven’t announced.

      • I wouldn’t call that a rumor : the US/EU release was confirmed in the Type-0 Ultimania book :o

  • Godmars

    Was at least hoping for a PSN-only download. something you could play on the vita as well. 

    • Go2hell66

      that won’t happen, they can’t even localise the game at this point

  • I hope they can localize it later,after Dragon’s Crown is completed.

  • Wasn’t particularly interested in it myself, but I feel bad for Xseed. All I can think about it though is that this really makes Vanillaware look pretty awful. For a company from a culture all about not losing face, this is pretty shameful. Really shouldn’t be going around selling a license to a game if you don’t plan on following through on your end.

    • Maybe Vanillaware will remedy this in the future – after Dragon’s Crown is done. I don’t think they really *wanted* for this to happen. But I suppose at this point it isn’t worth it for them to invest more into localization when they should focus on Dragon’s Crown.

      • I think its a matter of taking responsibility. If you’re not prepared to come through on your end, you shouldn’t go selling the license for a localization project.

        • Vert

          I think its a matter of taking responsibility. If you’re not prepared to come through on your end, you shouldn’t go selling the license for a localization project.

          What an interesting thought…


      • I truly do hope they will. But I still can’t wrap my head around this being such a hindrance for them with their development of DC. :/

  • scratchbach

    I’m actually pretty disappointed in this. I’ve been periodically checking for info on when this was gonna release, but I guess that’s not going to happen any more.
    Well, at the very least, they’ve given us a solid confirmation of the cancellation rather than keep us hanging. Maybe once they’ve made some more progress in their other games, they can look into Trails SC a bit more?

  • I feel like I once made a comment stating “XSeed is my favorite.” Now they’re breaking my heart. =/

  • JazzyMan123

    Not really, XSeed had already finished translating the game last year and were waiting on Vanillaware for coding.

    And please, enlighten me on how exactly it’s ‘their fault’.

  • Ladius

    This is really sad, Vanillaware shouldn’t have licensed the game if they weren’t ready to cooperate on its localization :

    Well, I guess we can still look forward to Dragon’s Crown, and I wil hold a faint glimmer of hope regarding a possible GKH localization (PSN-only, at this point) in the future considering the texts were apparently already translated.

    • malek86

      I’m not too hopeful. If a game is cancelled, it’s cancelled. There are many games that actually make it to their final phases, sometimes almost to Gold status, and yet get canned at the last minute (think Half-Life for the Dreamcast, which was effectively already complete when it got cancelled).

      • Ladius

        Yeah, that was me being awfully optimistic, I can see how difficult it would be to start the localization machine after such a debacle, not to mention the guys at XSeed would probably be wary of Vanillaware at this point.

    • Yeah, they shouldn’t have. And considering they have all the programming tools and the knowledge needed to make the necessary changes, since well, they programmed it, I don’t think it would be such a time consuming and huge issue that it would really hinder their progress on DC either… but I won’t give up hope for a PSN release at some later point as well. 

  • brian yep

    I was mildly interested in this, but that actually still hit me like a ton of bricks.
    Well, damn.

  • Ronald Bixler

    Is your avatar drinking piss or spitting venom? Your comments lead me to believe it is the latter, and drive me to wish that it was the former.

    • 4shiki

      Thanks so much, now I can’t unsee it. >_<

  • Masengan

    Nooooooooooooo!!! I was looking forward to this game =[. 

    Damn it, I’m gonna have to resort to “other” ways to play it….

    • Ronald Bixler

      “other” ways to play it….

  • Teaming up with UTV for Dragons Crown and now this, what the hell is going on with Vanillaware? I don’t have a problem with XSEEDs digital approach but aside from The Last Story that lineup, IN MY OPINON, is looking really lame.

    Don’t reply to me about how much you’re looking forward to the other games and how I’m wrong.

    • Ys Origin is looking lame? BLASPHEMER!! ;)

    • Your preferences are yours to keep, but don’t start slandering things you don’t like or are interested in. Slapping on a “my opinion” tag is irrelevant; when you reveal your opinion publicly, you’re laying it down for others to be analyzed.

  • malek86

    I can understand this though. From what I heard, the game is mostly based on its online component, with the single-player being just mediocre. And PSP multiplayer in the west is even deader than the console itself.

    Still sucks that it happened, but let’s just say that, from this point onward, I’m not exactly going to be surprised by PSP localization projects being canceled.

  • Oh boy thats sad, having already played Odin Sphere i was getting more aware of this game, If something like this happened to growlanser WoT i would be very sad.

    Why Xseed or Vanillaware (To who correspond) make a kickstarter, it seems this game is worth one.

  • aoihana

    I wasn’t particularly interested in Grand Knights History, honestly, but I understand that many of you were, so I’m very sorry that it’s been cancelled. 

    You were left in the dark for so long, so this must be very saddening, I’m sure. 


  • ALL OF MY HATE!!!!!!!

  • Oh god dammit.

    Well.. at least we still have Dragon’s Crown.

  • Honestly, XSEED shouldn’t have been biting off more than they can chew. They already had many projects going on and then they pulled in The Last Story out at the last minute. They are an incredibly small publisher already. It was bound to happen that one of their projects would either be cancelled or delayed and GKH was the one to take to the chopping block. I just hope Atlus or someone else picks this up.

    • Ladius

      This has nothing to do with XSeed, though, it’s Vanillaware who is currently having issues and couldn’t devote a single person to the GKH localization process. XSeed allegedly had already completed the game’s translation months ago.

      • But that doesn’t make sense, how did they manage to get a translation done without any input from Vanillaware and why would they finish it if there was the possibility of it being a dud? It doesn’t make sense. Why would you need someone from that company to be part of the localization process if it already has been done for them? All they need to do is publish the thing. It sounds like a complete washout of resources and an entire waste of time for everyone involved. You honestly can’t say, “oh well VW is too busy. Game cancelled.” Basically, the only thing I can gather is that someone screwed up bad. Lack of communication, resources, or plain stupidity. Maybe both are to be blamed. I dunno.

        • I can’t really give specifics, as you might imagine… but suffice it to say, we did not “bite off more than we can chew.” Simply put, we can chew a whole hell of a lot, and the worst case scenario with us is that we might have to shift schedules slightly and delay something… a couple weeks, maybe a month or two tops, in order to get everything done.

          Sometimes, though, things just don’t work out… no matter how much you want them to. And this was definitely one of those times.

  • solbalmung

    Gah, bad way to start my day with this QQ . I can’t and wouldn’t blame Xseed,  bieng the small pulisher they are and providing so many nice RPG’s. Now let’s hope that this fate doesn’t befall Trail In The Sky 2nd Chapter and so forth…

    •  They pretty much have given up on Trails. At least Grand Knights has a fan translation out there somewhere. I wonder if it’s still going…

      • Ladius

        They are still translating Trails 2, the issue with that game is that a PSP release is unlikely due to its incompatibility with PSN and 2-UMD nature. Nothing stops them from putting it on Steam, though, and that scenario has already been mentioned many times on their board.

        • Except that means we *have* to buy Trails 1 again to get the carry over data – which is lame. And kind of fradulent on their part.

          • You’re making a lot of assumptions here. I mean, who’s to say we won’t be able to make the PSP carry-over data compatible with the PC version of Trails 2, if we do indeed go Steam-only as Ladius is suggesting (which, I might add, we haven’t actually said we’re doing)? I don’t know if that’s possible, but it’s certainly something we can look into if the cards do indeed fall this way.

          •  If it is just like to find any Save Data from the previous game – that would be my least worry here.

          • As fraudulent as an user base who busts their nuts on a daily basis about a game they later don’t buy. For all the begging people did for TitS FC that only 25k people bought the game is a spit on Xseed’s face~.

          • JazzyMan123

            Excuse me for this, but how did you know how much Tits sold anyways? XSeed doesn’t and never had given out sales figures for their games?

        • PoweredByHentai

          Um, @Ladius:disqus , Type-0 is on the Japanese PSN for 6480 Yen and has been on the Japanese PSN since its release date.

          • Final Fantasy Type-0 and Trails in the Sky 2 are very different games, however. Falcom has already stated that they’re unable to release Trails 2 on PSN due to issues involving the way the game is structured around its dual UMDs. Unlike Type-0, where players switch UMDs only once after a certain story event, Trails 2 places half the world on one UMD and the other half on the second, requiring switching several times throughout. It was never structured for PSN, and PSN was never structured for 2-UMD gaming (Type-0 is only able to get around it by releasing each UMD as a separate download and forcing players to save, quit, boot up the second disc image, then load their save-data to continue).

            In short, at the present time, there is no way to release Trails 2 on PSN.

            However, Trails 2 is also NOWHERE NEAR the end of its localization… so who knows what developments may occur between now and then?

          • PoweredByHentai

            I am aware of that and I doubt that it would require that much more effort to add in a package switch function into the code base.  Judging from what you’ve mentioned about Second Chapter, I would honestly argue that you can program the PSN package to “switch UMDs”.  There is a similar feature/function that the PSOne Classics use for multi-disc games like FF7.  I don’t see a reason why the PSP package wouldn’t be able to do the same unless the API doesn’t exist.

            Question though, does Second Chapter force the user to save and then quit the game in order to load the other UMD or does it just force the user to switch the UMD while the game is running?  If the latter, then I honestly don’t see a reason why a package switch system can’t be implemented in order to swap from one UMD package to another.

            In fact, all you would need is one PSN file with two nested archives within it.

          • PoweredByHentai: The ability to switch discs, as seen in PS1 Classics, is something Sony would need to add to the system functionality of the PSP/Vita. It’s not something an individual developer could program without a surprisingly large amount of work.

          • malek86

            As Xseed has already specified before, Type-0 was made specifically with the PSN in mind. That is, they programmed the game so that it could be put on PSN.

            When Trails 2 came out, many years ago, Sony still didn’t even offer the chance to download PSP games through PSN. I think the first downloadable games started coming out at the end of 2007, and Trails 2 was in development well before that.

            In order to be put on PSN, the game would have to be reprogrammed a bit, and it looks like Falcom can’t be bothered to do that, while Xseed lacks the human resources to do so anyway.

          • PoweredByHentai

            I am aware of that though going by what @yahoo-2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4:disqus  has mentioned, it sounded like Trails 2 could keep running while you swap the UMD, which makes it entirely possible to implement a UMD-swap function into the PSN package.

          • malek86

            @PoweredByHentai:disqus maybe, but to implement that, you’d need to touch the code again. And Falcom doesn’t really sound too enthusiast of that idea. I guess they don’t expect the game to sell too much on PSN, since it’s been out for ages already, so they don’t want to spend money on it.

  • Maybe BRS the game is next…?

  • XerosBeat

    Bummer, it looked like fun. But I’ll be looking forward to their other games.

  • Yamaneko22

    So, I guess Europe is out of question even more TT_TT Nooooooooooo!!!!!

    At least I hope Alter will release a figure from this game… Of the princess or the megane witch…

  • Go2hell66

    this is just my oppinion and not to be a prick or anything, but the more i think about this, the more it seems that the blame lies with XSEED, can they really say it was completely out of their hands, to me it seems there was just a huge lack of communication between Vanillaware and XSEED, i can understand that they don’t have the resources to do an in house translation but surely if they were planning to have Vanillaware do it, arrangements should have been made well in advance, but to get to the point that the game is cancelled because vanillaware is too busy?!(which sounds like the most bs excuse ever btw) it just sounds like a complete lack of planning to me, obviously someone at XSEED f’d up, hopefully there some kind of measures are put in place to ensure this doesnt happen again.

    sorry if this came off as a bit harsh

    • malek86

      If they had a contract, and suddenly Vanillaware can’t hold their part of the deal anymore, I assume it’s their fault and they have compensated Xseed for any damage brought over by this decision.

      Even if there was complete comunication and planning between the parts, changes to contracts happen often, especially if both parts agree.

      • Go2hell66

        i’d really love to see what kind of contract or agreement they had with vanillaware, the way it sounds to me its like vanillaware just blew them off. 

        • malek86

          Could also be that VW just said “look, this is not gonna work out and the game will bomb. Wanna pull out while you still can?”, and Xseed said “yeah, maybe you’re right”. And it was over like that.

          Either way, I assume they had a contract and they both agreed to recede. If they didn’t, and VW was able to just blow them off without a second warning, that would give me some doubt on the kind of contractual power (or lack thereof) american companies hold over the japanese licensors.

    •  I agree. It’s awfully easy to blame a second party located in another country.

      • Just as easy as it is to tell someone from XSEED “you don’t believe them” when they try to tell you the truth about a situation?

    •  no your opinion is utterly exquisite good sir go2hell66..

    • A quick and easy way to explain your issue is because localizers more often than not do not have any sort of programmers on their team. XSEED, to my knowledge, has one- and she specializes with Steam releases.

      Some Japanese developers do not like the localization company to touch their code at all, so I believe it’s a common practice for a localizer to translate a game, send it back to the Japanese developer for text insertion, then receive the new version of the game for testing/publishing.

    • Interesting thought actually. I’ve been reading some of the comments and most people seem to explain it as the Vanillaware’s fault. (Technically. I can kind of sympathize, because they want to prioritize DC.)

      But yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of miscommunication. I’m sure it frequently happens during localization, because it’s probably a mess going back and forth with translations and code.

      Vanillaware’s not exactly a big company either, so I would say being “too busy” is a valid excuse. It’s probably more profitable from a business standpoint to put out a Vita game at this point, than to invest in a dying handheld overseas. I don’t think it really warrants cancellation, since they did promise – but… meh.

  • Go2hell66


  • Omikuji

    Ah, what a shame. I was less interested in the gameplay and the issues with the single player aspects and more interested in seeing the art and world of the game itself. Perhaps I will import it just to have that touch of art in my collection since I have been making it my mission to have all Vanillaware games because I love the artwork to death. It makes sense that it wouldn’t come over thanks to the set up, and the whole focusing on a different game that is on a less dead system, such is sadly life.

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    • ShinGundam

      Off topic :i wonder where is your avatar from?

  • I hate my life. Now back to play the japan version

  • Inez Kestens

    Damm, I was really looking forward tot his one.
    PSP being very very region-free :p

    It’s a shame the the line-up loses it’s most interesting game. Okay, The Last Story isn’t bad but I lost intrest after 4 days and went straight to FFIX.
    If a 10year old game is more fun than a new very hyped one, you know you’re doing something wrong. Xenoblade is in every way a better game and I don’t know if Pandora’ is announced for NA but I unfortunally I still have to see one extactic review.

    and that is my rage

  • Phlo

    Everything is cancelled!

  • AlteisenX

    This is actually kind of worrying for me. Yes, I’m a little ticked off at the lack of communication with the fans who were eagerly awaiting news for the game. (I was one of them) Then finding out two months later that the project was cancelled, just because of a lack of communication between parties? This impacts my view on XSeed sadly, who yes, I do understand can’t do very much in this situation, but there are other games out there that now have me worried which have been revealed. (Black Rock Shooter, I haven’t heard anything about since the figurine post, and Trails 2, which I understand is a huge project to undertake). I love XSeed, and I support almost every project they do, they always include incentives which aren’t even needed to get my to buy the games they translate and publish. However, if projects were to start dropping like this… Maybe revealing you have so many planned isn’t the proper way of doing things?

    I remember reading posts on how Trails 1 used a lot of the company’s efforts to translate, due to the humongous script and lack of employees to work on it. That’s fine and dandy, but if you add more projects onto that list, which now includes Trails 2, Ys Origins, etc etc… I’m just losing hope in XSeed in actually bringing all the titles promised out in a timely manner. It’s just not humanly possible, is it?

    RIP Grand Knights History, for I shall have to use fan-translation and never understand the story. At least the artwork is nice.

    • icecoffemix

      The script of this game is actually complete.

    • BRS was not supposed to be translated by XSeed to begin with, it was on NISA. And as for TitS SC it won’t happen, I thought people realized that by now. Why’d they spend a whole year advocated to only one project that will sell to 25k people at most~?

      XSeed does what they can, but this is beyond their control. Lack of communication with the user base as you dub it is based on what they are allowed to tell, it’s not their fault. They just follow rules so cut them some slack already~.

      • AlteisenX

         I never said XSeed was publishing BRS. I said it generally as we haven’t heard info about it either, similar to this case. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

        We’re allowed to be upset about a game we truly wanted to enjoy, so no, I will not cut any slack. Sorry if you can’t handle a little disappointment.

        They are allowed to inform the public about updates, any company can do that. They left it two months of “We’re sorry, we can’t get in contact with Vanilliaware” which is vague and just created more questions.

        They’ve already said Second Chapter is coming our way, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. FalcomXXSEED is a great team, so I don’t expect anything to happen to SC. I was only mentioning it because it is 2x the size of the first, and with their current projects announced + their comment on how small the company is, is indeed worrying.

        • Seeing as how you are the one coming out grim I’ll have to say the one who seems unable to handle disappointment is you. And as for SC, no, it’s not coming. There are no resources to translate that game and FC sold poorly (25k ~ 28k copies is a laughable amount if you remember just how many people begged for it). With luck maybe it’ll see a Steam release someday, but that’d be with sheer amounts of luck~.

          • AlteisenX

             “All I can really do is assure you guys that progress is… slow, but existent. There’s still a mountain of work left to do, though, and we’re still on pretty shaky ground with this title,” Tom Lipschultz, Localization Specialist, explained. “The first game hasn’t exactly turned out to be a top-seller for us so far (despite overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans), which means we really can’t justify prioritizing the second
            (especially given its insane length). But we’re not giving up! We still
            plan to move forward, slowly but surely, until the project either gets
            done or becomes completely and totally unfeasible – whichever comes
            first. If series fans want to hurry us along, they’ll need to convince
            more people to buy the first game so we can have more funding to hire
            more people to work on the second, and have bigger numbers to convince
            our investors that Trails 2 is worthy of being prioritized.”

            ^Doesn’t say anywhere that SC was cancelled. Stop replying to me to incite more troll comments without any backbone to them please.

          • That comment was from Oct 14 2k11. It’s been almost 6 months since then. The PSP is considered dead overseas, it’s never been a popular system to begin with and SC demands massive amount of resources. Realistically speaking, there are no good reasons to localize the game and the numbers of copies sold of FC back up that thought. If SC is ever localized I’d be quite impressed, but all evidence points otherwise. But if you want to cover your ears and avoid listening to reason, go ahead, be my guest~.

          • icecoffemix
          • Also, as a note, XSEED doesn’t publish numbers. As a result, you shouldn’t trust any numbers you hear like that. (As they are not a publicly traded company, they have no obligation to display their finances or numbers publicly as well.)

          • Actually that number is based on the false numbers published by VGchartz where they said that TitS sold 50k copies and somebody from Xseed made a comment in here (can’t remember where though) saying that they only wish they’d have sold anywhere near that. Since they didn’t disclose numbers I’m pretty damn sure that the amount of games sold is anywhere between half of that and 30k at most~.

            Even Xseed has made comments alluding to the game not really selling spectacularly which can be seen in many posts, included the one from Oct 2k11~.

          • JazzyMan123

             How do you know how many copies Tits sold? XSeed doesn’t give out sales figures. If you got this from VGchartz or something, don’t trust it.

          • The possibility of its cancellation exists, but it’s honestly pretty unlikely. As far as I and everyone else at XSEED are concerned, it’s still coming. Don’t be so pessimistic! We don’t have the resources to translate the game QUICKLY, but we certainly do have the resources to translate it. Grand Knights History was an exception — a rare cancellation on our part, due to a series of circumstances I’m not at liberty to discuss. Trails 2 is still an entirely viable release, however, and there’s absolutely no reason to assume it will be cancelled.

          • I prefer to think I am realistic rather than pessimistic. As for my posts here and FB, I assure you it has zero to do with negativity towards Xseed and everything to do with negativity towards the majority of the consumer base. If Xseed comes out tomorrow and gives cancellation of SC I would be let down, but I wouldn’t fault Xseed for the decision. The reality is that FC sold like a niche game at best. Asking a company, no matter their resources, to bring over a game nobody else cared to localize, a game that requires copious amounts of work and then seeing poor sales makes me embarrassed~.

            Do I hope SC makes it in English (no matter the platform)? Of course I do, I just think there are several variables playing against the project, the lack of popularity of the PSP overseas before and after its unofficial demise being one of those variables, and I’m selfless enough to think that Xseed needs to score money rather than satisfy the thousand requests from people who demand on a daily basis that SC is translated when the game may end up selling poorly again~.

          • Juan: Well, to be honest, I appreciate your sympathy and your concern quite a lot. But just know that we at XSEED still haven’t given up on the game. There are plenty of problems that could cause us to do so in the future, certainly… but we’re doing our best to see the project through to completion.

            So in short: Hopefully, you will be pleasantly surprised on some distant future date. ;)

      • Keep in mind, TitS SC is a *3 million character* script. This is not something that happens overnight. XSEED has been saying that it’s going, but they’re in the process of translation still. It took them almost a year and a half to translate+edit a game *half* that size.

        The situation is that there is no news to report other than ‘we’re translating it.’ They can’t just sit on it and work on it and only it. That would hurt/kill them as a company.

        I posted this above in the thread, I’ll post it again:

        SC is a monstrous game. Easily one of the *largest* scripts for any RPG developed. (FC has more text than the average Final Fantasy already.)

        • I think you are misunderstanding me, I don’t mention the lack of updates as something negative, just an indication that it could very likely not happen. And no matter how much I like the series, given the reasons I mentioned I wouldn’t blame Xseed for abandoning the project. Like I said, people didn’t speak with their wallets and this is a business~.

          • The problem is, you’re not seeing where Tom has been saying that they’re working on SC still. You say above that Tom’s last quote on the game was in October 2011. However, he made a statement in these very comments on the status of SC, as well.

            In the matter of Grand Knights History- other comments in this thread show that the script has been done since last year. They’ve been waiting for Vanillaware for text insertion. (XSEED, like many other localizers, do not have their own programming staff, and it’s also not considered ‘kosher,’ in a sense, to ask if you can re-program a game developed by another company. Most localizers give text insertion to the original developer.)

            Vanillaware spent their time dragging their feet on this, and now XSEED is paying the price for it. :(

          • In the matter of SC you are focusing on the comment part but the logical reasoning still applies. I’d love to see SC see the light of the day, be it for the PSP or in Steam. I just don’t see it feasible given all variables involved~.

            In the matter of GKH you are only repeating what I’ve been saying in other comments~.

          • Yes, but Tom lies. Repeatedly and constantly.

          • cj_iwakura

            @twitter-205610043:disqus And, uh, what makes you say that? Tom’s a lot of things, but I’ve never seen him lie. (I’ve known him long before he was an XS employee, too.) 

          • I’m only using the GKH stuff to back up my statements, to be honest. This situation does not apply to Sora no Kiseki SC and they shouldn’t be compared at all.

            I don’t know if it is or is not feasible yet, but neither XSEED nor Falcom have come out to say it isn’t. I think even Falcom has tweeted recently that they’ve been looking into the situation of SC not being on PSN. They seem to show some concern that it is their ONLY PSP game that isn’t on PSN, in fact.

  • Don K. Chung

    This made me literally scream and bring my hands to my face in utter horror. I had been anxiously been waiting for this game for so long… not only is it beautiful, but the gameplay and story look awesome, too. Needless to say I’m mad as hell, at all parties involved for that matter, and I can’t believe this is happening. I really hope this is a bad dream and I’m going to wake up any minute now…

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist


    *Lexaus’s fragile mind slows erodes…*

  • ivanchu77


    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

  • urbanbuddha

    This saddens me :( 

  • to bad, i was waiting for this to get a localization. first they delay the release date, now this? i wonder if i would touch my PSP anymore….

    • David DeVetter

      Get Gungnir and Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time and you’ll be touching your PSP all summer.

  • This is the second time my hope was proven fruitless this week.

    Get your act together XSeed and get us SC.  PSP version.  I know Vanillaware is busy, but this was one of my most anticipated games of this year!

    By the way, I know I sound abrasive, but I really am feeling a bit betrayed.

    • Betrayed how? They did their part, finished the script. If you want to blame somebody might want to look in Vanilaware’s direction. As for SC, why’d they devote a year or more -solely- to a game for a mostly difunct system that at most only 25k people will buy? Wanna blame somebody for SC never seeing a PSP release? Blame the userbase who did not speak with their wallets anywhere near as loudly as they did on forums and messageboards~.

      • I posted my full reasoning elsewhere.  Simply put, my PC is essentially a worthless pile of scrap that can’t play anything above simple indie games.  I hope XSeed takes the full fanbase into consideration, not just those with non-junk PCs.

        And betrayed because I feel everything I have been interested in is completely vanishing this week. Or worse, being held outside of my reach.

        • Ladius

          You shouldn’t worry about that, the PC Ys and Trails games have requirements that were already low almost a decade ago, I think any PC out there can play them at this point.

  • Monsley


  • this rpg was at #1 spot in my wishlist.. ;((( Next to be cancelled: Type-0

  • Brandonmkii

    Well, this is disappointing. I’m sure XSeed tried their hardest to get this out here, one way or another. Thanks for the work, Thomas and company. 

  • Frankie”Two Times”

    I Expect the same announcement about Legend of Heroes:2nd Chapter soon.

    • God I hope not, that would be very cruel to the people that bought the first game T_T

    • JazzyMan123

       I honestly can’t see how GKH has anything to do with this.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Not to be rude, but… if that’s what you’re expecting, I don’t think you understand why Xseed cancelled this.

  • Zonic505

    Blarg, what a bad way to start the day. Maybe we’ll get lucky & someone else will pick up the rights to this.

  • Nick Clinite

    C’mon Atlus USA!

    •  More like Aksys

      • More like none of the above. They would still be faced with the exact same problem that hit Xseed, Vanillaware being too busy to do the coding necessary to input a finished localization.

  • Hinataharem

    I feel sorry for those who really wanted this game.Oh well. A big thanks goes out to XSeeD for trying in the first place, and don’t give up hope guys.

    Stay classy.

  • Yesshua

    Huh.  There are a couple of ways to look at this.  Let’s dig a little deeper than just being unhappy for a second here.

    1.  Xseed has gone on record saying that working on a Legend of Heroes game is a huge undertaking for them and requires many smaller games worth of work.  It’s possible that this is a good thing, that Xseed has decided to double down and get Legend of Heroes 2 done.

    2.  This might be a very bad sign indeed.  That this deal broke down indicates issues either within Vanillaware or within Xseed.  I hope neither of them are running into financial trouble, but particularly in Xseed’s case I would totally believe it.  They’ve been supporting the PSP in the US for a while now, and that’s not a hugely profitable thing to do.  I’m sure they do make a profit on most projects of course, but not by a huge margin I’d wager.  I hope that they’re keeping their heads above water okay.

    3.  Maybe this has something to do with Vanillaware?  With both this and Dragon’s Crown having localization changes/cancellations all of a sudden maybe they’re being difficult to work with in some way?  We’ve only got two data points so this could be coincidence, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

    4.  When do you think that the deal for The Last Story came through?  Nintendo is NOTORIOUS for being difficult to work with, so perhaps that deal came through only recently and Xseed suddenly had fewer resources/more projects this year than they had thought they would have.

    • My answer to 1:

      If the script for Grand Knights History has been done, then why is it wasting their resources? They’ve done their part and they were waiting on Vanillaware to do their part.

    • SirRichard

      If I remember right, the original reason for the delays of Grand Knights History abroad was because Vanillaware were needed to code the English script, fonts and so forth into the game (maybe it’s something about their coding?); it could be that XSEED have been done for a while now and were just spinning their wheels, and with Dragon’s Crown taking up so much of Vanillaware’s time, it wasn’t worth the resources to wait.

      In fact, going off theory #4 there, maybe one of the reasons XSEED went for Last Story (aside from it being a particularly gorgeous feather for their cap) was to cover for GKH? Doesn’t seem likely, but you never know.

      • I can’t imagine that the timing of GKH and LS are related. It usually takes a very long time to be able to seal any sort of deal on localization work, and XSEED has said that they don’t announce a game until they’re relatively close to release on it.

  • Serge73

    Well, that’s the last time I get excited about a Vanillaware or XSeed game… u_u

    • XSEED shouldn’t take the blame on this. They’ve said that they were done with the script and were waiting for Vanillaware to continue with the development aspect of it.

  • Was looking forward to it, though it wasn’t high up on my PSP list due to its multiplayer but it looked really fun…
    I”m glad Atlus picked up Dragon Crown but now I’m worried about Vanillaware focusing on that game it is like all or nothing now.

  • Juuu

     This is a shame. And honestly? I’ve lost a little faith in Vanillaware. However you slice it, being busy, over-extended, understaffed, whatever…..It’s a move that reeks of disrespect. They promised a consumer and a business partner something, but had to back out having realized they’ve bitten off more than they could chew. It’s sad that it will come down to people blaming XSeed who, arguably, were hurt more than us by this. This is just a sad day. Apologies go out to XSeed for seeing their finished translation and work go to waste.

    • I wonder if Vanillaware will pay the licensing fees back to XSEED at least.. oO

      • Juuu

         I certainly assume so, since that’s only fair. However, what they can’t get back is time, and that’s the sad part. :< They probably could've worked on something else if they hadn't been tied up with a game that the developer just wouldn't help 'em get out there.

  • Given the recent news with Vanillaware switching pubs for Dragon’s Crown this feels a lot like it might be their fault more than XSeed’s. They seem rather unstable now.

  • SirRichard

    Sounds to me like this is Vanillaware’s fault, because if I recall right, earlier reasons for the delay included “We need Vanillaware to put the script in the game” and given that Dragon’s Crown is being hit with massive delays I think they’ve taken on far more than they can actually deal with..

    It’s a shame, as Grand Knights History actually looked pretty good. What’s also a shame is that people are going to blame XSEED for nothing, too.

    An even bigger shame, of course, is that there goes Rising Star’s chance to bring it to us.

  • cj_iwakura

    I suppose they could just send the script and the UMDs off to a fan translation group. We’ll have it ready in a month or two!

    Seriously though, this is sad for XSeed, pathetic for Vanillaware. I understand they’re busy and all, but the way they ignored their responsibilities is saddening.

    • Locklear93

      Responsibilities?  I’d have liked the game too, but what “responsibilities” do they have?  They’re businesses, both of them.  Their “responsibilities” are to do what they believe will keep their companies solvent and paying employees, not ensure that every title they release is available to everyone.

      If XSEED couldn’t find the resources to get the translation done, they chose to drop this rather than other projects because they believed those projects would better support their business.  If Vanillaware was behind on work and couldn’t keep up with the project to meet XSEED’s publication needs, then it’s because they felt like their other projects were more likely to support their business.

      Until they have our money for a title, they don’t have any responsibility to us for that title.

      • JazzyMan123

        Actually, XSeed already had the translation done last year and sent it to Vanillaware for coding.

      • cj_iwakura

        Vanillaware licensed the game to XSeed. That means money was exchanged. That means Vanillaware was party to a financial deal. They reneged on their role by not inputting the localized text that XSeed put their time and effort into crafting.

        If that’s not irresponsible, I don’t know what is.

        • Locklear93

           Man, Disqus is having a hard time with this thread.

          I want to start by apologizing–I’m so used to entitled gamers that I assumed you meant some imaginary responsibility of publishers/developers to the customers.  Your post is much more rational when read as Vanillaware’s responsibility to XSeed.  I misinterpreted your statement.

          That said, if Vanillaware truly reneged on their contractual obligations, XSeed will have legal remedies available to them.  Even if the contracts weren’t written to penalize failure to meet milestones (standard when a game is being developed for a publisher; I don’t know if that’s SOP when localizing), there’s still breach of contract or similar.  That may be what happened, but that’s not the story above–there’s nothing about a suit there.  If/when I see a story about a suit, I’ll be more convinced that actual responsibilities weren’t met, as opposed to XSeed just not getting what they needed fast enough.

          What’s of interest to me, though, it’s what’s going on internally at Vanillaware.  Between the massive delay and publisher change on Dragon’s Crown, and now this, I’m somewhat concerned that it’s not refusal to meet obligations (if that’s indeed the case) so much as inability.  Vanillaware may not care if Grand Knights History ever comes out outside of Japan, the PSP market being what it is outside of Japan, but I can’t imagine they want their flagship Vita title delayed at least 3 quarters, and the publisher change, while it could certainly be good for Vanillaware, is more upheaval too.  It sounds like something rough is going on there.

          Luckily for me personally, as far as XSeed goes, I was more interested in Unchained Blades anyway…

          • Oh, I wouldn’t expect a law suit to follow or anything. I’d rather think that Vanillaware will pay them back the licensing fees. But still, the time & money spent on translating the script is lost to XSEED, which I find the saddest fact of this whole dilemma. XSEED is a fairly small publisher, they don’t make millions each month, so this might be quite a loss to them. :/

    • The issue isn’t localizing the script…

      • cj_iwakura

        I know that. I mean a translation hacking group could put the script into the game.

    • I’m pretty sure there’d be enough hackers around eager enough to work for a small fee (or even for free) for XSEED on a contract basis (just to make things all official).

      Maybe some of these hackers should just contact XSEED about this. ;> 

  • l777l

    That is unfortunate.

  • Darkrise

    Major disappointment…

  • Heidenroslein

    Aw man! DDD:

    This was one of the games I was looking forward to the most! :(

  • Oh my god, if this got canceled then I’m really scared for the fate of Trails in Sky’s Second Chapter. It’s crazy how much this year is sucking.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I keep seeing people mention SC. Look, while a cancellation is a realistic possibility, it’s no more or less likely now than it was a month ago. Why? Because the hold up on SC and the hold up on GKH were due to completely different circumstances, according to what we know of each.

      SC is taking forever because it’s just a really huge amount of dialog to translate. This WAS taking forever because Xseed needed Vanillaware themselves to do something and their priorities were/are on Dragon’s Crown.

      So, yea. No more or less likely, dude.

  • Wow such a beautiful game, Xseed must be running out of money, switching to all digital like they are.  I just don’t get how a company like NISA can release these huge boxed premium editions but Xseed can no longer afford it.  They made such nice Premiums.  Oh well atleast Dragon’s Crown should look simular.  And we can thank Xseed for Last Story.

    • JazzyMan123

       Problem here isn’t really money, it’s all business and NDAs.

      •  AH I see.  When I refer to the money aspect with Xseed.  It was more about how they’ve said they are pretty much switching to digital download only.  Which is why I bring up NISA and their premiums and wonder why Xseed no longer wants to do it.

    • Xseed was finished with everything. The problem lies with Vanillaware giving priority to Dragon’s Crown and not coming through on their end with the final programming.

  • doubleO7

    Since the script was likely finished already, couldn’t they have just delayed it again until Vanillaware was done with Dragon’s Crown instead of outright cancelling it?

    • JazzyMan123

      Honestly, I don’t see the difference in it being delayed or delayed again since it would boil down to the same result.

    •  it probably came down to the following “localization costs would most likely exceed sales revenue” sometimes a company CAN take a loss in sales to get their name out there and build fan loyalty. I bought ANYTHING working designs released cuz they were EFFING EPICLY AWESOME. but sometimes they can’t.

  • I am very very disappointed. I was looking forward to this game more than Dragons Crown. 

  • JustaGenericUser

    Look on the bright side, everyone; at least we’re getting another Call of Duty!

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Was that even called for?

      • LustEnvy

        Seriously. I’m a gamer in general. I love niche titles, and I love the GOOD CoD games (MW1 and BLOPS). If a game is good, it doesn’t matter what it is. CoD gets so much hate because it’s popular. However, most of the CoD audience wouldn’t play games like Grand Knights History, so blaming CoD is unwarranted.

        • CoD gets hate because it’s an endless series of rehashes that casuals continue to buy up each release.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             sorry that ‘casual’ gamers have a game that they enjoy and will support it. I don’t like CoD as much as the next person but I don’t blame it and FPS for EVERY problem oh wait I must not be hardcore enough like you.

          • Why are you apologizing for other gamers encouraging stagnation in the industry? And also bringing up a bunch of bullshit unrelated to my comment?

        • raymk

          Yes that was uncalled for though only COD4 and BOPS are the only one’s I liked and played.  They will release a game every year and activision has been a holes lately so i’m not even sure I wanna buy anymore from them.

        •   it doesn’t get hated on because it’s popular, it gets hated on due to lack of innovation. slightly different weapons and a different backdrop but essentially you’re paying for the same game just SLIGHTLY different. now some will counter with what of fighting games? at least they alter character balance by altering moves, changing how long a move is, etc, etc.
            I actually like FPS games, but the fact most are just the same game recycled bums me out. I want more games like “borderlands” or “deus ex:HR” rather than “CoD:haven;t we’ve said all there is to say with the other games.. oh wait this one is set in WW2 but wait we already did that, man we really need a better title, eff the guy that came up with this”

          • Yeah, I guess CoD is just the poster child of “the same FPS you already have.” Just like how Gears of War will be the poster child of “cover based shooters.” They both get a lot of hate, but sometimes I think it’s kind of undeserved. Maybe they’re getting extra hate just because they’re the first thing that comes to mind, when other FPS’ do just the same thing.

            I don’t mind a good FPS, cover based shooter or sandbox game, but I really do hope that we’ll hit a new trend soon. These are getting kind of old.

    • Altritter

      Yes, let us fans of niche games blame Call of Duty for all our problems.

      •   on some level FPS’ are to slightly blame. most major publishers are like “why innovate when we can just make an FPS and make matrix money!” in this case tho, the problem is these companies are saying “we don’t think the sales of these niche games will allow us to recoup localization expenses.” also the fact there is only so much consumer money to go around AND the fact that CoD and MW and halo already eat up so much of it IS a factor in these decisions. to act like FPS’ are completely innocent is a tad naive.

  • I hope Black Rock Shooter isn’t canceled as well. It’s bad enough we don’t get Grand Knights History (though I do get my $30 saved) and I really look forward to Black Rock Shooter.

    Again, why isn’t the PSP popular in the US?

    • LustEnvy

      Piracy, no doubt. People would rather pirate games than buy them.

      • I don’t understand that… why pirate when you can get it? I mean, are pirated copies a little unstable at times due to the coding or something so it’s better to have the physical or digital copy of it to run correctly?

        Some people… and because of it, we suffer getting the games we want for our PSPs. And we have the god-awful Content Manager for the VITA… dear lord, I can’t even use it to backup my save data!

    • SirRichard

      The PSP, especially on our end in Europe, was subject to great droughts in between batches of releases or one key title here and there, especially over the last two years. Piracy was also very easy and very common on the PSP, but unlike the DS it didn’t have its hooks into a goldmine of casual players more than willing to pay for games.

      While it has a very strong library, especially for hardcore gamers, it didn’t have the sheer diversity and universal appeal of the DS’ mountain of games, and the unchecked piracy really hurt its reputation amongst third parties in the West.

      Plus, you know how the story goes; Nintendo made the handheld market, they owned it then, they own it now and will likely own it for years to come.

      • Still, there’s so many great games out there for the PSP I would love to get! Such a shame really… hopefully VITA does better so when have a better chance of localize games to come out.

    • raymk

      Black rock shooter is by nisa localization and it has nothing to do with exseed so we’ll be fine on that one.

      • Though it would be great to hear about its localization a bit, I like to know what they’re doing with it.

    • Ladius

      BRS seems to be in a really strange position right now, I fear NISA could have had some unexpected hurdles since they basically didn’t say anything about this game for almost six months :

  • My heart. It hurts. ;w;

  • This is unfortunate…But hey, look at the bright side, we’re getting The Last Story AND Unchained Blades! I’m still totally psyched for what other surprises XSEED has in store for us! (Senran Kagura Please) :D

  • ZomaNeko

    I’m not joking, when I read this headline I actually called out in real life: “Nooooooooooooooo!”

  • elnegro492003

    What do you guys think of this??? It states here that Vanillaware “will still see Grand Knights History published later this year in Europe by Rising Star Games.”

    I hope it’s true. Was waiting a looooong time for this game. Siliconera should ask Rising Star for confirmation :).

    • If that’s true, I’ll import it from there!

      I wonder if they’re going to change it up a bit due to the fact not a LOT of people play online with the PSP overseas.

    • SirRichard

      I’m hoping there’s something to this; Rising Star are doing pretty well for themselves (living up to their name, even!), maybe it’s still on as far they’re concerned. They opened a US studio and are putting Akai Katana Shin out across the pond for you lot, maybe they might do the same for this?

      • elnegro492003

        I’ll definitely be importing it if Rising Star does release it for Europe, as well as getting the domestic release if what you say actually happens. Will probably buy the jpn ver also just cause hehe. That’s how much I like Vanillaware, been a fan since Princess Crown :)

  • raymk

    As sad as this is i’m sure that everyone in this topic wasn’t even going to buy it given that the game mostly had to be played online.  I wanted it though but I guess this is money that can be saved.

  • The strange thing is that it’s still planned on being released in Europe this year. I wonder what happened…?

    • SirRichard

      Rising Star haven’t gotten around to announcing the cancellation/are more optimistic than XSEED?

      If we actually get it I’m going to be the smuggest prick ever, naturally, but I doubt we will. Unless Rising Star has programmers on their end to put it in themselves, they’re much better off than XSEED as far as niche publishers go.

  • usagi_san

    Well… it always a shame to hear a game that many are looking forward to gets cancelled (regardless of region, console or genre). I hope that the EU version is still going ahead so that (some of) you guys could try to import this game in.

    I look forward to seeing this on the EU PSN, hopefully.     

    • Oh yeah, I almost forgot! If this comes out in EU, Americans can still import it, or even “legitimately acquire” it if we have to!

      • Ladius

        RSG would have used the American translation for the European version, not to mention they would still have the same issues with Vanillaware even if they attempted an autonomous localization. I fear we can safely consider this game cancelled for Europe, too, even if I would love to be proven wrong.

    •  Yeah I’m pretty sure if they had the resources to translate and release it in EU it would have released in NA, so I seriously doubt it…

      • usagi_san

        Just wishful thinking on my part. :D

        • XiaomuArisu

           Then continue thinking!I forgot im european and that the eu version has a different publisher!you just made my day!

          • usagi_san

            To be really honest, I’ve just known about the game yesterday and also found out that it’s being published by Rising Star Games, so, I will continue think positive thoughts. 

            Also, you’re welcome! :D

          • JazzyMan123

            Sorry everyone, but RSG confirmed that GKH is cancelled for Europe too.

          • usagi_san

            @JazzyMan123:disqus Thanks for the heads up. Very sad to hear though.

  • well, that sucks. . .

    I was looking forward to downloading this game when I got a PSV

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’d like to express disappointment, but I can’t say this was wholly unexpected. Given how long Dragon’s Crown is taking Vanillaware, the game was on indefinite hold anyway.

    However, I AM disappointed by the thought that whatever work Xseed’s done will have gone to waste though. That seriously sucks.

  • The rest of “Xseed’s lineup” I have absolutely no interest in…good going on losing my financial sponsorship Xseed.  Anyone who snubs Vanillaware is instantly hated in my book, more beautiful artwork you will not find in any game.

    • JazzyMan123

      Sorry, but who was ‘snubbed’ here was pretty much XSeed since they already finished translating the script and awaiting for Vanillaware for finalization, who were completely tied up with Dragon’s Crown causing numerous delays all leading up to this.

    • Ladius

      You have got it backwards, though. XSeed licensed the game and translated the texts, it was Vanillaware who couldn’t devote personnel or resources to insert them back into the game’s code and complete the western release (XSeed, being only a localizer, has no programming staff of its own).

      • fayt255

         So does that mean it’s Vanillaware to blame?

        • JazzyMan123

          Yeah, pretty much, Vanillaware failed to uphold their end of the deal.

        • JazzyMan123

          Yeah, pretty much, Vanillaware failed to uphold their end of the deal.

  • AfroMessiah

    K.O.! “Profound Sadness!”……

  • This seriously sucks.  This was on my most wanted list for this year!  Hopefully, there won’t be a double sadness with Dragon’s Crown too.  Get your act together, who ever is responsible for this sadness, you have been written on the naughty list till you fix this blunder!

  • Crap, I wasnt even looking forward to Dragon Crown, and now the resources for this game are pooled into it?

  • Can’t Believe :(

  • This is depressing. I was really looking forward to this game. Maybe they can at least port it to Vita once they are finished with Dragon’s Crown??… Though I won’t hold my breath.

  • Setsu Oh

    i don’t mind. the money from the vita game might make it easier to release the psp one in the west.

  • No… No.. NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo…

  • Truong Le

    It’s a heart attack

  • Yuri Kawasaki

    *sob* I was so looking forward to this game…

  • This is a shame, really.  It doesn’t help that the PSP #inAmerica is mostly ports and sports games in retail.

    As for the genre in general, it doesn’t help that many niche genres are getting buried by COD. >_>;

    Next best thing for XSEED is either handing the project over to RSG, place this on PSN, or go as far as serving this on Steam, with Vanillaware’s blessings.

    • JazzyMan123

      Sorry, but RSG confirmed via twitter that GKH is cancelled for Europe too.


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