Xseed Has Faith In Vita, Ragnarok Odyssey Off To "A Strong Start"

By Spencer . June 22, 2012 . 5:00pm


At E3 2011, Ken Berry, Director of Publishing at Xseed, said it would be "absolutely great" to be there alongside the launch of PlayStation Vita. While Xseed wasn’t there at launch day, they weren’t too far behind with Sumioni, which was released as a PlayStation Network download on March 20.


"We still have faith in the platform. It’s still early in the lifecycle. I know Sony has a lot of good stuff up their sleeve for Vita, so we’re not really concerned," Berry said to Siliconera. By the end of 2012, Xseed will have released at least three PlayStation Vita titles and Ragnarok Odyssey sounds like it’s going to be one of their strongest games this year.


"Ragnarok Odyssey, we announced that recently, it is off to a strong start in terms of pre-orders," Berry commented after I asked him which of Xseed’s games, aside from The Last Story, does he see as a top seller. "I think Ragnarok Odyssey will do really well, like I was saying we do watch our own forums and we had tons and tons of requests for that title."


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In Japan, Game Arts added a bunch of extra content including a free upgrade for online play after the game launched. I wondered if Xseed planned on adding extras like the bonus missions and online play feature right on the cart.


"We are trying for that, especially when you get down to anything released as free DLC as Japan. Hopefully, we can put that on to the game cart in the US," Berry replied. "There are also size limitations we have to worry about. There is some content that may need to come afterwards. We’re working it out with the dev. team and they definitely want to put as much content on as possible for the U.S. release."


Ragnarok Odyssey is slated for a summer release in stores and on PSN in North America.


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  • Excited for this, since it is my next Vita retail purchase, aside from the impending import of Dokuro.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I imported this game with Gravity Daze.  I love how fast and fluid combat is when compared to Monster Hunter’s combat.  Also, the ability to do an air-dash to get out of an encirclement is a godsend.  That was one issue that I really hated about Monster Hunter.

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        Is it really a co-op multiplayer focused game or is there single player offline story play?

        • Solomon_Kano

          You can play it solo. There’s not really a story though, I don’t think. Then again, the demo kinda was in Japanese, so I don’t really know.

        • xavier axol

          just hope and pray that it has both. but either way you can’t go wrong with ragnarok odyssey. by the way, i know next to nothing about the game but it won’t stop me from getting it this summer.

        • PoweredByHentai

          There’s a single-player offline “story” mode if you want but it isn’t any different from what Monster Hunter does.

          The real difference between Ragnarok Odyssey and Monster Hunter comes down to the combat mechanics.  Game Arts (the developers of Grandia) have really proven themselves as masters of combat.

          Want to smack that orc into the air and juggle it with air combos?  Go for it.

          Want to snipe a poring and then unleash a barrage of arrows on it from the air as an archer?  Go for it.

          Got chased into a corner by all those pesky rats?  Air dash over them and show them who’s boss.

          God I love this game.

  • Carocaro4

    Just a random question is teh Vita region locked?

    • PoweredByHentai

      No.  The Vita is region-FREE, as opposed to the 3DS’s bullshit region-lock.

      • Carocaro4

        Well it’s cool that the Vita is but I’ upset about the 3DS. The DS was a good system play import games on

        • PoweredByHentai

          Yep.  It is why I haven’t bothered to buy the 3DS yet.

          • Morricane

             Yeah…just why of why do they make SMT4 for the wrong system this time :)

      • xavier axol

        don’t be mean, the 3ds and just like the vita has it’s ups and downs. lock region just happen to be one of them, just like how vita can’t have multiple accounts. but i like them both, ok may the vita more……alot more! after playing gravity rush, wow it looks gorgeous! i like the world, the soundtrack, but most of all kat. she is beautiful. i wish people would buy the vita just to play this game.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Let’s put it this way:

          With the Vita, I can at least change regions through a reset (even though you don’t need to unless you want DLC that is region-specific).  With the 3DS, I’m not going to have access to a region’s games, at all.

          With my Vita, I can expect to travel to Asia, pick up games over there while I deal with family politics, and be able to play my games.  With a 3DS, I cannot expect the same, especially when Nintendo also hates the idea of supporting universal power supply as a standard.

          • Carocaro4

            thanks guys for the information. I’m now very well informed on this subject. Looks like I may be a vita owner in the near future.once a price drop happens or something.

          • PoweredByHentai

            There was a 50 dollar gift card thing going on last week or something on all the major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart.  Your best bet is to check on sales from time to time or start lurking on CheapAssGamer.

    • Jugiatsu

      No sir it is not.  If you are one of our European/Australian gamer brethren just import it from us and enjoy.  Of course any “paid” online content/DLC you will need to setup a  NA account for.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Like PbH said, it’s not, but if you have multiple PSN accounts know that you can only have one present on the system at a time.

      So, if you plan on switching between accounts, just know ahead of time that it’s kinda annoying to do so.

  • DanijoEX

    I have faith that Ragnarok Odyssey will just fine. It’s definitely worth the wait.

  • Some pre-order sales figures would’ve been cool.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Xseed, you’re my hero. I swear.

  • Want… you… so baaad game!!! I can’t wait till my wallet’s moths is replaced by more money and can get me my Vita. I am excite (✿❛◡❛)ノ:..。♦♫♦*

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Did anyone see the image from the main page and thing of Anng? Thought there was some sort of Avatar: The last airbender game.

  • Kevadu

    Hey Xseed, there’s a certain Vita Ys game we would all love to see you localize, hint hint…

    • jujubee88

      “Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta”

      (I know, it is hard to remember the whole title)

  • Herok♞

    Well this looks to be the 3rd Vita game I buy for myself, I think by the end of the year I won’t be that bad off game wise, maybe it will hit its stride in fall like the 3DS did.

  • I just hope it comes out earlier than the placeholder date GameFAQs, Amazon, and GameStop have.

  • Learii

    i wonder who that big blue guy?

  • Buying two copies of the English release as well =D

  • Truong Le

    Don’t worry Xseed, although I’m poor.I will buy your games no matter what.

  • Vampiric

    they need to get used to 3ds too, alot of great rpgs are on the way

  • I cant wait for this game, its going to be a good way to burn time till a Monster Hunter shows up…

  • xavier axol

    now that i got gravity rush, ragnarok is my most anticipated vita game. it’s been followed by playstation-all-stars-battle royale, assassin’s creed 3 liberation (awesome female lead character), persona4 golden, sly cooper, sound shapes, and what ever nisa is working on. ohhh! y’s too, can’t forget about y’s or sora no kiseki.

  • harmonyworld

    Just take my money already!!

  • Palmer Nyako

    Ill pick this up once the vita has a price drop towards $180 -_-

    • Raharu95


    • doubleO7

      You’d better prepare yourself for a long wait then. I could see it getting a price drop within the next year or two, but I doubt it will drop that low for a long time.

    • xXDGFXx

      Your loss. Congratulations when it hits your next 3~5 birthdays.

  • Josh Strange

    Looks promising but i would like to try a demo first.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I thought this came out in the fall. XD

    I love the vita. It and the 3DS are the greatest platforms ive ever owned, so Im happy XSeed has faith, hopefully they can bring senra kagura and what ever other titles that may be over shadowed in the future. They’re like the modern day Working Design. I’m loving them

  • Chippel

    Were people being pessimistic about Vita already? We don’t need another annoying situation with companies not wanting to bring games out on an unpopular system and people not wanting to buy a system with too few games.

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    It’s a great system, but they’re making the same mistakes they did with the PSP. They need a price drop and they need to push titles and get exclusives. They can’t rely on ports and cheap spin-offs. They were lucky that the PSP caught on because of Monster Hunter.

    Also, they better make PS2 games to work on that thing, I don’t care how they do it, just make it happen.

    • tubers

      Hmm.. kinda fishy that the VITA in the US had at least x3 30-50 dollar GC promo (there was one just last week).. and it’s just not even a year yet.

      Pretty obvious that a price drop is almost needed. Vendors wouldn’t be doing so otherwise.

    • puchinri

      It’s really cool how well your avatar and comment went together.
      I don’t think I’ll be getting a Vita all, though if I do, it’d be way down the line. However, getting PS2 support on it would probably be a done deal (and if they had a lot of good PS2 titles available).

  • scratchbach

    Played the Japanese RO demo, enjoyed it, and will be picking up a physical copy on release. It seemed like a very colorful game, which is a good thing for me.

    I hope it does well for Xseed, they really deserve it.

  • well i will get the game at launch! better make sure the other games can be bought on dics 2 xseed!

  • Damn, my White Vita bundle and October can’t come soon enough!

  • When you actually hold a Vita in your hands, screenshots no longer do the games any justice, to me. 

    I’m really looking forward to this game! With the way @PoweredByHentai:disqus has commented on this game’s combat mechanics, I’m even more excited.  

  • neetyneety

    Glad to see one of my favorite publishers openly expressing their faith in the system. Really, for me, there isn’t any “better” or “worse” system, it’s just a matter of how devs utilize the hardware and support it with games.

    • Carocaro4

      or how freaking expensive it is.

      • Raharu95

        Despite that it kind of a bit worth it? You cannot just hope for the system to price drop. Sony Already state that that may not happen even in the worse case scenario. I mean, why would they sink to do what their competitor had to do just yet?

        • Carocaro4

          Well if the Vita is going to follow in the PSP’s footsteps then I would gladly dish out the cash. It’s just that the Vita is almost as costly as a console  now. I’m just waiting to invest in this system. 

          • Raharu95

            Yeah. Considering there is not many games, it does seem kind of pricy, but the Vita really cost what a 6 year old console cost today. I would think it will be worth it in the long run. Oh well, everyone has their own opinion.

  • Spider-Man

    I will support you, broseed. You already have my pre-order. This will satisfy my Monster Hunter need, since Capcom obviously won’t release their games in the West.

  • Ok why people are still waiting a price drop for the vita the price is right for what you get

    Nintendo’s 3dsXL is tagged at 200$  yes 200$ all over again for the exact same product

    People are going to spend that money all over again with no problem and still arecomplaining about the vita how is that

    • aoihana

      Personally, the Vita doesn’t entice me to point of running out and buying it, because the current software lineup doesn’t call for that. There’s quite a few games that interest me, but at this point, my 3DS is really delivering on the front lines, more so now than ever. 

      I’m really looking forward to Project Diva f and DJMAX Technika, along with great titles like Gravity Daze, so those games will push me to buy one by the end of the year, hopefully, but not everyone feels the same way.

      My point is, not everyone is swayed by the Vita, it’s a great system, but in my eyes, and the eyes of quite a few here, apparently, it has yet to deliver on that title. 

      So, people are pointing out that at this time, a $250USD isn’t really worth the investment, it’s a bit cloudy with a chance of rain, know what I mean? Most people aren’t complaining, really.  

      • xavier axol

        although i agree in regards to sales of the vita because of software (the lack of that ONE killer triple AAA title), i have to point out that vita has a great catalog of software already. the problem is that people are not well inform and don’t know about these games, sony haven’t done any advertisement. i can bet that, you don’t know the whole list of games that are available or coming soon this summer/fall. and to be honest i can go as far as to say that the competitors doesn’t have it either. may i remind you that the vita has only five months in the u.s compared to the 3ds, and there’s more than just the price.

        1) lack of advertisement, you can’t just introduced a product and not let people know about it.

        2) the target audience is teens to youg adults, sony doesn’t have a mario, zelda, or pokemon (i know these games are for the hardcore, but it resonance with kids and casual gamers so well) still won’t stop some kids from getting a vita, but for these audience the 3ds is the better choice.

        3) there is no massage, it does cross-play with the ps3 (not well enough), it has a network that is far better than nintendo (still not use properly for the vita-can’t play one-classics), and it’s not limited to any genre *hint* shooters**(developers haven’t uncover the vita full potencial). what i’m saying, is that the vita is like the jack of all trades, but master of none. what is needs is more time.

        p.s. if you think that the vita lacks in the software department, then you are worng. you can name any 3ds game that is in stores or soon to come (from any genre) and i can come up with at least two great psvita titles that would interest anyone to get it. and i also like the 3ds but the vita has more potential.

        • Solomon_Kano

          The problem here is, one shouldn’t NEED to know every game coming to a platform within the next season to find something that interests them. Your claim that the Vita already has a great catalog is also just personal opinion.

          I mean, I have a Vita myself, and I love it. I play it every day. I can’t honestly look at its current catalog and tell somebody else that it’s great though. There’s lots of variety and that’s great, but there’s also lots of multiplatform titles and a number of ports. When you get down to the games that actually are exclusive to the Vita (and those are the games you sell hardware on), the Vita’s library is hit or miss. Golden Abyss is good, but it’s not up to Naughty Dog’s standard; Burning Skies is a pretty lackluster FPS, especially coming off of prior Resistance games (and I don’t care for that series to begin with); Wipeout 2048 is a downgrade from HD and hardly does anything different enough to justify being a whole new game; Gravity Rush is EXCELLENT; Ragnarok Odyssey is excellent; Dynasty Warriors Next is one of the best games that series has had in a while; etc.

          Ultimately, the quality of its library isn’t something you or I can sell someone else on, as it boils down to personal opinion. The majority seems to see little value in the Vita’s current offerings, not because Sony isn’t marketing them well enough (though they aren’t), but because it doesn’t have anything to draw a large amount of people.

          you can name any 3ds game that is in stores or soon to come (from any genre) and i can come up with at least two great psvita titles that would interest anyone to get it.

          Again, you can’t keep trying to sell people off of your personal opinion or expectations. Considering Aoihana here in particular has been around Siliconera, I’d imagine she’s probably a bit more informed about the Vita than the average consumer. Perhaps not as well as you or I, but more than the average. Trying to sell the Vita to her based on your expectation that any game on the 3DS can be matched with an equally interesting game on the Vita just doesn’t work.  There are games on my Vita that have a counterpart on 3DS that I have no interest in at all (the aforementioned DW Next to the 3DS’ DW VS) and likewise.

          If one doesn’t see value in the Vita that’s it. That’s the end of it. You’re simply throwing your personal opinion of it at people to try and sell them, and that shouldn’t be necessary if its library is as strong as you say. Even your last statement is purely subjective and you just tried to use it to support your opinion. Look man, when the games that people want come, then the people will come to the Vita. It’s the same thing that happened with the 3DS, no sense in trying to sell it so hard.

          • xavier axol

            you’re right about me stating my opinion as if it was a fact and also about trying to compare the two. the 3ds has it’s things going for, as well as the vita. but I’m very positive that a game that has no exposure may not end up selling too well. case and point? look at our game industry today, is full of pre-quel, sequel, and reboots. new ip’s don’t stand a chance, if you ask an average gamer to choose between playing Mario or gravity rush. tell me who do you think they will pick? it almost happened to demon’s souls, the average will play something that they’re familiar. games need exposure, right now the vita has game that are not triple A but are great non the less. also what do people expect? vita has only 5 months, even the 3ds had at least one bad year when it came out. it took Mario, zelda, and a price cut. all I’m saying is, the vita is well worth the investment. these things take time.

          • Solomon_Kano

            You’re right, a game without exposure won’t sell well. And I can’t deny that that’s a part of the Vita’s problem, but there’s a lot more before we even get to that. Even with exposure there just aren’t enough people buying Vitas for that exposure to do any good. Now, of course, that exposure is necessary in drawing more people to the Vita in the first place, so it kinda goes full circle.

            And yea, I know, new IPs lose out to the established ones. That said, that Gravity Rush to Mario one… that’s kinda tough, since you probably don’t have the system to play Gravity Rush if you bought the umpteenth Mario instead (nothing against Mario). Still, the Vita’s time I can’t even grant it that 5 months. It had 5 months a year after the 3DS’ poor launch. You’d think Sony would’ve paid attention during that time, but no. I’d agree that the Vita’s worth the investment, but that’s for me personally. If another doesn’t think it is, that’s not something we can change, worth is a subjective thing.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Even as a Vita owner, I’m not seeing your point. It’s not the price that’s stopping people from getting the Vita. That’s only part. The main deal is the software.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

     still going to wait for the vita 2000  I might pick up this and P4G  then 

  • Definitely interested in this, no lie. Ragnarok Online is one of those series that I have a history with– though I still prefer the classic style of the original MMORPG.

    It’s nice to see XSeed giving the Vita it’s support, though. It’s a very sleek system that needs more love.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    The article itself notes that Ragnarok will get a physical release and it is up on all the retail sites. Nor have they made any claim steam will be anything more than another distribution channel.

    If you are going to make such challenging claims, please have at least something to back them up.

    • Solomon_Kano

      B-b-but ignorance is bliss!

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Ignorance is also what the loligoddess has pledged to fight in all its many forms.

        • Solomon_Kano

          But you mustn’t! I mean, how will you ever win once they know? It’s half the battle!

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Minerva has far better things to do than help me mod such brilliance as posted above.

            So do I for that matter.

  • JazzyMan123

    Allow me to ask you this: why are you even here at all? You sure love making outrageous claims and accusations without any evidence whatsoever just like on that GKH article way back and this leads me to believe many others that you’re just a miserable whiner with nothing better to do than doing what you’re doing.

    And one more thing: Is your avatar drinking piss or spitting venom?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      My guess is the pink one secretly likes them golden showers.

  • Really looking forward to both Ragnarok Odyssey and The Last Story this year from XSEED.  And I’m thus far very pleased with my Vita.  I’ve gotten hours of gaming from it so far this year and thanks to companies like XSEED and Atlus the back half of the year could be even better than the front half.

  • Red Veron

    So excited for this, anybody up for some online missions when this game is out? That is if they release the online with the game unlike how they patched it later in Japan. My PSN name is the same as my twitter username here.

    I’m also interested in how they’re gonna do expansions in this game. I hope XSeed makes it up to us Vita owners in how they overpriced Sumioni.

    • malek86

      Wait, Sumioni was overpriced by Xseed? I was under the impression that the american version cost, like, three times less than in Japan.

      • Raharu95

        It did. Japan costed 59.99 $ or so in Yen. The American Version only costed 19.99 $

      • Red Veron

        It was a digital release for $20 for a game that didn’t last very long. Yeah, Japan got so muhc it worse than people in the US (like they always do) but I felt among with many others that the game was overpriced by $5-$10. I liked the game but it was too much even at that price. I also hate whining about digital releases being too expensive but even Mutant Blobs Attack was a game with much more value for the buck.

        • JazzyMan123

          Eh, trust me, there are way more games that are way more overpriced than Sumioni, and not that good either.

          “I also hate whining about digital releases being too expensive”

          Funny, it sounds like you’re doing that now…

  • LynxAmali

    -Unfortunately, they’re all going to be digital releases.

    And that, my friend, is where you are wrong.

    It IS getting a physical release.

  • bring it to Europe please !

    • Red Veron

       If they don’t bring it, you could import it from the US. Vita gots no region lock, baby!

  • Ravage27

    Xseed games are always day one purchases for me. Can’t wait to get my hands on Ragnarok Odyssey ^_^

  • This is probable the one game that will make me want to buy a vita! I am just such a big ragnarok online fun plus it look fun and beautiful. A winning combination 

  • Vita cost a lot, I will buy one in 3 or 4 years!!!

  • Soran Kimihiro

    I don’t really get why people are so damning the vita for its cost,i’m not rich,but when i buy something,i buy it for its worth..if it  is too expensive then i save for it just simple like that..and considering what the vita has i think  it costs even less than it’s worth,but people like to compare,in vita’s case everyone is comparing it to 3ds,when they are two totally different kind of hardware,while vita is a monster of a hardware the 3ds is more simple but yet enjoyable,and lets not forget when it was first released,it had the same cost of the vita,and obviously it didn’t sell well..the rest is history

    • I don’t think the “they’re completely different kinds of hardware” belief is true at all. In fact, I’d say there’s much less of a gap between the 3DS and Vita than there was between the DS and PSP. 

      That’s part of the problem. They’re two devices that do exactly the same thing and are able to run the same kinds of games, with a few compromises here and there, depending on the design. Once you factor that in, the only real major advantage either device can have over the other one is how healthy it is in the market, and how diverse its userbase is.

  • Keitaro004

    Give me an EU release and I’ll pre-order it instantly

    • JazzyMan123

      Guess that’s up to Rising Star Games, Ghostlight, or any other interested European publisher, retail-wise.

  • Do everybody remember when the PSP first came out, people said the PSP would fail and now look the PSP sold a lot.  I don’t think Vita would fail, when I hear people saying Vita would fail, it’s just like the same situation what the PSP went through.  I think in the end, the Vita may end doing well.  Also please recall Vita wasn’t the only one having a rough start, the 3DS was like that when it first came out.

  • Schwer_Muta

    I hope they’re right; I’d really hate for supporting the Vita to be the death of XSeed.

  • Redsumo

    Day one purchase for me!

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