NIS America Won’t Release Clan of Champions On Xbox 360 After All

By Ishaan . June 20, 2012 . 11:00pm

You may recall that, last year, NIS America announced a game titled Clan of Champions for release in North America. Titled Gladiator Vs. in Japan, the game was a PlayStation 3 title in NIS’s home market, but the publisher expanded it to the other two platforms for the west—the Xbox 360 and PC (via Steam).


This evening, however, NIS America announced that Clan of Champions will not be released for the Xbox 360 after all. Instead, the game will be released via the PlayStation Network this summer, and a Steam release will follow later in the year.


Clan of Champions is an arena-based fighter where you select a human male, female elf or an orc, and customize their appearance and gear. From there, you can play in 3-person team co-op mode, or in 3-on-3 versus battles.


Clan of Champions’ cancellation means that NIS have no announced projects scheduled to be published on the Xbox 360. When we asked NIS America president, Haru Akenaga, whether the company had plans for Xbox 360 development last year, he told us: “We are planning to do so, but cannot release any details at this moment.”

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  • Taiyz

    If I remember correctly from when they first announced this game, they said in an interview that publishing a game for the 360 forces them into a three game contract with Microsoft. Since NISA doesn’t regularly publish games for the 360, I imagine that they decided to not publish it for the platform so they can avoid that contract and the cost of buying dev kits which they likely don’t have.

    • Godmars

      They’d have buy the kits regardless, but still, MS has some nerve trying to demand two more games. If such is true.

      Nevermind that the title looks wholly experimental for a company like NIS, though it also looks like it would appeal to the Xbox crowd.

    • malek86

      But in that case, they wouldn’t have even announced it.

      Maybe something happened and they changed their mind?

      • Xerain

        Such as them having a second, unannounced 360 game we’ll never know about planned, while looking around unsuccessfully trying to find a 3rd?

  • Good I’m glad. I don’t see why xbots are picking on NISA for. If you want quality RPGs, get a PS3. NISA doesn’t owe you crap.

    • Please don’t leave these garbage PS3 vs. Xbox comments around here. They announced a 360 game and told us more were coming, so naturally, they were interested in 360 development. It isn’t a question of “owing” anyone anything, and nobody has even remotely stated anything along those lines.

    • MrRobbyM

      Grow up, Eric.

    • Eh, both consoles are pretty even when it comes to JRPG’s actually.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        As someone who owns both consoles, that’s a very inaccurate statement. There are about six exclusive 360 JRPG’s, with absolutely zero on the way, and about 16 exclusive PS3 JRPG’s, with many more to come. If they were even, I wouldn’t have bought a PS3.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    This actually does make sense, as I remember there being a very vocal portion of NISA’s PS3 fanbase that were upset by the move and were probably responsible for the lower than usual Disgaea 4 sales a week or two after the announcement. That said, it stilll doesn’t look very good.

    • malek86

      I would hope that some people didn’t really put off buying Disgaea 4 just because of another game coming to another console as multiplatform. That would be all kinds of sad. That said, Disgaea 4 sales ended up being pretty good, so maybe it was just an extremely minor portion of the fans (who tend to be the most vocal for some reason), and thus my faith in humanity is restored.

      Rather, I say there are other reasons for this. Maybe porting the game ended up being more expensive than they had originally predicted (they have no experience on the 360, so it would make sense). Or maybe they were trying to find other games to publish for the 3-games rule, but couldn’t find any.

      • Hraesvelgr

        And now this comment means nothing. :<

  • Mago Iichi

    OMG YES! I was interested in the game when it was announced and saw all the gameplay, but I didn’t have a PS3.
    But I do have steam >:D

  • Kawashima

    I hope this title encoarages NISA to release more titles on Steam. I wouldn’t mind being able to play Disgaea 4 on my PS3 and Steam.

  • the graphics for this game SUCK, why did they not release it for the PS2 instead of PS3???? Japanese need to get their act together because most of them suck at making amazing graphics like the west!!!

    • That’s harsh! You can’t generalised all of Japan like that. Have you seen Square Enix’s new engine or Hideo Kojima’s one? They are both amazing. OK, this game may not look the best, in your opinion, but if the game is fun and plays well that should be the other aspects you should take in to consideration for purchasing a game.

      I wouldn’t understand why anyone want to pick up games like FFVII on the PS3 from the PS Store with graphics like that(?) When they could be playing games pushing at 780p on my big HD TV. Maybe because I, and hopefully others, find the game(s) to be fun and able to look past the graphical limitations of old titles.

      It’s alright to not like a game, but to come and talk about how the graphics “SUCK”. And to say the west are better than the Japanese, when both provide different art styles that cater to different people is just a sad thing to hear from a fellow gamer.


      You were saying something??? It’s fine to have an opinion but without a proper argument to back you up, no one is going to take you seriously and you can’t generalize the Japanese just because of one game….

      • brian yep

        He did claim “most” of them suck, but having people like that comprise “most” of western society makes me sad.

    • Spectacularity

      Your ignorant comment is lulz tier. 
      Also, what idiot would develop a PS2 game in the year of 2012?

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      If you have that opinion of Japanese games, I think you’re on the wrong site. I hear Kotaku is open at this time of night.

  • Not even gonna bother with this. Looks so generic and bargain bin-worthy.

  • Keitaro004

    One word: lol

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Appreciate the time it took to type out such a well considered, deep, meaningful and complex post.

      Would also appreciate it if you refrained in the future from posting such well considered, deep, meaningful and complex posts.

      • Keitaro004


  • brian yep
    “Xbox 360”
    I’m guessing they posted that too soon.

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