Imageepoch CEO To Fan "Black Rock Shooter Will Be Completed Soon."

By Spencer . July 23, 2012 . 2:05am

imageBetween Another Princess, Sol Trigger, and Time and Eternity Imageepoch is one busy developer. Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen Black Rock Shooter yet.


Here’s some good news CEO Ryoei Mikage responded to a fan asking about the still unreleased English version with, "We are developing BRS [Black Rock Shooter] now. BRS will be completed soon."


Black Rock Shooter: The Game came out in August 2011. NIS America announced they will release the game in North America and Europe, but haven’t said much about the English version after the initial announcement.

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  • Romored

    Oh! You noticed my tweet to Mikage-san… XD

  • ShugoTakahashi

    Wonderful news. I was just thinking about this lately.

    I still treasure my Japanese limited edition, but I really want to play the game in English.

  • A news is better then none! Thank goodness it wasn’t canceled!!

  • Whoa…
    Good News…
    Now go ann to translate Sol Trigger pleaseee!!!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    A great news there for everyone who has been keep waiting for this game there.^_^

    Now we can only hope that this game will sell well to show Imageepoch that Sol Trigger is worth localizing here.^_^

    • If NISA sells limited edition in Europe(which I doubt), I’ll buy it day one… That also includes the figma as well….

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well that will be be a good deal there.^_^ However, i don’t really think that this game is going to be able to sell well here.(Not being negative here.T_T) Considering, this game platform is PSP and not to mention here, BRS is probably only known mostly by Vocaloid fans there which does not guarantee them owning PSP too here.

        We can only hope that this will at least sold maybe 50k? Considering, this game is not bad all as all the boss is very unique and the story lines which can be considered quite unique there.^_^

        • I tell you this… I know NOTHING about BRS so I’ll give my “newcomer” review once I get it….

          Bummer… Let’s hope Europe might be a saving grace, especially France and Germany, to achieve at least 50K…. Japan Expo was held in France for a reason after all… Plus who doesn’t want to own a sexy white figma???

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Lol, hope you will be able to enjoy the game there.^_^ And of course hope that this game will be able to sell quite well there.^_^

            I assure you that the white figma is surely a must have there(As a DFC lover here lol.^_^)

          • “I assure you that the white figma is surely a must have there(As a DFC lover here lol.^_^)”

            You’re truly are in theworldofnoboundries…

          • Lol. BRS have DFC+BFG, gothic lolita+skeleton army, BGS and her pants and her stalking eye, yandere lolis with a wheel leg…. They hv all kinds of stuff and since this is @theworldofnoboundries:disqus we r talking abt….

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            ….I never thought the name here can be link to my unlimited fetish here lol.^_^

          • Basically, BRS is 1st a song. Then it spawned a manga (BRS Innocent Soul), OVA, A game and the latest addition is the anime. Did you watch it?

            PS All “universe” is unrelated to each other, only sharing some charac here and there.

          • Never watched it… All I know BRS was inspired by a song…..

          • There was two manga but otherwise you are correct.

          • RablaAndrews

            NOPE. Song wasn’t first. Huke drew the characters and then Supercell made a song out of it much much later.

  • Feels good to hear something about BRS… Especially when it’s near completion…

  • I completely forgot they planned to release it in english. I assume it won’t be out this year, or it would be buried under the brown and grey destroyed concrete UAV is online +20XP shooterfest that is this fall.

    Also cough up a Sol Trigger announcement while your at it Imageepoch. I need more games that aren’t about Captain America in his quest to save the world as we know it from Russians and/or Aliens.

  • SWEET. At least they’re not saying, “We may not release it” or “Gomen guys… it’s cancelled”. 

    “We are developing BRS [Black Rock Shooter] now. BRS will be completed soon ” Now that sounds better to my ears. :D Rock on Imageepoch! 

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh, so it actually DOES still exist. Now I’m just curious if they’re actually going to release it on PSP here as a retail title or just a digital download…

    • Mister_Nep

      I thought they said a while back it was gonna be digital only. Could be wrong about that.

      • TheCynicalReaper

         NISA apparently tossed around the idea with the help of Siliconera and said that though it will likely be a digital release, even with the limited edition you would only get a voucher to download the game since you paid for it. However the LE would contain the WRS figma and all those other goodies from the Premium Box, so it’s kind of a balanced trade.
        NISA rocks, as does this site.

        Oh, and the reason it’s digital release only is because of the Vita cannibalizing PSP game sales outside of Japan. Only publisher I know of that is putting out retail PSP games is AtlusUSA, and one of the games is of their developed series so yeah. Vita makes the handheld retail title a distant, beloved memory…

        • Elvick

          Aksys is releasing Ragnarok Tactics psychically too.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      They are going to release them retail there as they are also going to release special figma edition.^_^

  • xavier axol

    i was worried that brs would meet the same fate as grand knight, but as long as is coming along then pleased take your time.

    • JazzyMan123

      Guess the problem here was that the developer (Imageepoch) was busy with other projects and haven’t gotten to around finishing BRS and finally found time to do it. Unlike a *certain* Vanillaware…

      • xavier axol

        well they at least try, but it really makes you wonder how big is vanillaware compared to imageepoch? (or any other small publisher for that matter). and who knows may be after vanillaware is done with dragon’s crown, they’ll help xssed to bring it overseas (or atlus can just take over, which ever comes first). at times like these, it’s best to go to their forums and ask them about it none stop (also it doesn’t hurt to have hope). you can always rely on nisa, xseed, atlus, and (i can’t believe i’m saying this but also) namco, there’s a reason people praise these small but great companies.

        • JazzyMan123

          To be honest, I really doubt Namco is interested in localizing PSP games anymore…

          • xavier axol

            i only include namcon there, cause it just move up a few spots over to my list of favorite publishers (square enix is now on the naughty list). i had doubts that namco would ever bring ni no kuni and tales of xilia overseas (seen how they’re busy with takken, onepiece, dragonball hd, narutostorm3 to even mention those two), but if we’re talk psp games only then it’s beyond hope (but really even nisa have trouble trying to localize brs). that goes to show how dead the psp is outside of japan and why i hope the ps vita would somehow become more popular.

    • cj_iwakura

      The PSP doesn’t have a whole lot of time…

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Eff Yes. A million times Eff Yes~.

  • EtherealEarth

    Yes, YES, YESSSSSSS!!!!

    It’s not gone +[]+

  • DanijoEX

    I was wondering what was going on with it.

  • JazzyMan123

    Great that it’s not forgotten. But I’m still skeptical until a release date is announced.

  • Laith Rem

    Oh I was just thinking that it had been a year since it came out. Still, should be fun to play again while understanding completely what happens this time.

  • Anime10121

    Good to hear!  The anime was weird but still pretty great (like the OVA MUCH more though)!  I’m genuinely interested in the game and cant wait to see more :P

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      There are no connection between the anime and game here so you should prepare to get “rock” away there.^_^

      • Anime10121

         Oh, so its pretty much a stand alone game then differs from the OVA too I suppose?  I havent kept up much with this game since its release in Japan so long ago, but from what I remember it did “look” fun/interesting.  When they start actually releasing something substantial to confirm that the localization process is still going, I’ll be sure to give it another look :)

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Yup.^_^ It is not really related to the anime there except the fact that you are using BRS there.
          If you are interested with this game there, support them.^_^

          • ya like the OVA and the 8 episode one of brs there different. same characters jus a lil update with the art design but the story is diff. with the game i would say the art is jus like the art from the OVA of brs which i liked. i jus know that i was really excited with the show. i know imageepoch is doing there best they deff should bring out sol trigger too

    • I disagree lol. The anime has RAINBOWS CANNON OF FRIENDSHIP.

  • SirRichard

    Say what you will about Imageepoch, they always seem to be juggling multiple games, but at least they’re dedicated to what they do. Glad to hear it’s still coming, I’ve been back on a PSP kick as of late.

    • JazzyMan123

      Yeah, least it seems they’re finally setting some time aside for BRS…unlike a certain Vanilla studio…

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Lol, you can not totally blame Vanillaware here lol as i believe almost all person knows that PSP is more or less dead outside of Japan here.

        • JazzyMan123

          Yeah, I know the PSP is basically dead outside of Japan, just that Vanillaware in particular broke it’s promises.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Yeah.T_T It is a bad thing for gamer here which makes me concern here what makes Vanillaware suddenly change their mind there? Maybe they find some game released and it did badly?

          • SirRichard

            Actually, according to XSEED, Vanillaware were just too busy to code the English script into the game (like most publishers their size, XSEED don’t have a dev team to do it themselves), what with Dragon’s Crown being pushed back to 2013 and apparently undergoing some serious retooling. Vanillaware aren’t very big, either, so they couldn’t spare anyone.

            XSEED aren’t doing too hot themselves, they couldn’t afford to wait on Vanillaware to hurry up, so the deal fell through.

  • (*w*) OMG just how you type those emoticon!??? 

    At least there finally something abt it. Now a trailer plz???

  • Can’t wait love BRS

  • Kai2591

    Hopefully they’ll include Japanese audio.

  • YES
    I thought this was cancelled because there wasn’t any talk since the Premium Edition news.

    • Locklear93

       You weren’t alone.  My best friend attended NISA’s panel at Anime North, in Toronto, and I got him to ask about BRS for me.  Apparently, just asking got the room kind of abuzz, but at that time all he could say was that it was still in progress, and they had nothing to announce.

  • RaikageV

    “We are developing BRS [Black Rock Shooter] now.”
    Developing? Not translating?
    And please don’t tell me they call translating a game, developing it.

    • Needs to fully developed first in order to be translated. NISA could potentially work on the localization parallel to development, but that’s probably hoping for a little too much when they’re working with an external company like Imageepoch.

      Edit: Whoops, disregard this comment.

      • Locklear93

         It’s already developed, isn’t it?  Same title as ?  Naturally there’s going to need to be code support and perhaps some asset work (text in images, etc.) to go along with localization, but I usually just see that referred to as part of localization.

        • I’d say you’re right about what they’re doing and he just happened to call it “developing” on his end rather than “localizing.” But the meat of what they’re doing is as you described it.

        • Merveilles Lespace

          edit: sorry didn’t notice what the other reply said until now

        • Oh, my bad! I completely forgot that the game’s already out in Japan. Doh!

          • Guest

            tsk tsk….

  • FitzpatrickPhillips


    I’ve totally forgotten about this game’s localization. My Japanese has improved significantly since it’s announcement so I’ve just been playing it in JP. Love love looove the music, but its Manabu Namiki so of course it’s awesome.

  • Awesome! I’ve been waiting to hear another announcement about BRS. As long as its still coming over I say take your time. For now I will just enjoy the sight of my Japanese White Box sitting on my dresser =^_^=

  • I hope the digital version works on the Vita…

  • Darkrise

    I’m a little confused about the ‘developing’ part, does that mean they’ve decided to add more ‘finishing touches’ to the game to improve it even more before they release it in english?

    • zazza345

       They have to reprogram the game to adjust timings etc. to a different language.

  • xavier axol

    i would really like to see a trailer or pictures with english text.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Oh so it wasn’t dropped?

  • ZEROthefirst

    Almost forgot about this game since I haven’t heard anything for a while. I put down the Japanese version shortly after hearing about this months ago. Anyways I hope we’ll see the White Premium Box released here.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Yes!About time!

  • Okay, I may get banned for this or something but:
    That’s it. That’s all I have to say. This has to be my favorite PSP game, so this is great news for me.

  • Go2hell66

    Oh thank god my faith in the universe is restored! I had pretty much given up on this ever coming out!

  • Brandon001

    It would be amazing if NIS brought over Sol Trigger, oh man

  • xXDGFXx

    I was under the impression that this was already out in Japan o_o

    • LynxAmali

       English release. That’s what it’s talking about.

      • xXDGFXx

        Ah, damn, still dazed…

  • Alex

    I would drop a donkey for Sol Trigger. My PSP is ready for BRS.

  • Guest

    Oh thank gooseness

  • Abel.exe

    BRS is cool and all, but I think I gonna beg in that’s CEO twitter for a america version of Sol Trigger and Last Promise!

  • NetscapePizza

    Just started the anime and already looking forward to this

  • Schwer_Muta

    I forgot this game even existed.

  • miju

    Luminous Arc 3 is a lost hope.

    • Zoozbuh

       Inorite… And no proper fan-translation in the works either. What is this injustice?! :/

      • miju

        Ah but there is a fan translation going. It’s pretty slow though, considering how obscure the series is.

        • Zoozbuh

          ….Yeah, but I haven’t really seen any notification of progress anywhere. In fact, is the project still even alive? Our comments were ’10 months ago’ so you’d think at least some progress would have been made D:

  • Zoozbuh

    I hope this game is playable/understandable without watching the anime, since I might actually consider getting it in that case.. I’d love to support Imageepoch, especially if it’s released in the UK~

    • Kawashima

      The story is completely unrelated to the anime. 

  • Maia Kasoya

    And now to save up money for the limited edition.

  • Uggggh I want this game to get released so I can just play it already. Ever since I heard it was getting an American release date I have freaking out waiting for it.

  • artemisthemp

    To my information are the reason NISA haven’t released BRS yet are because, they trying to making a Digital Retail CE.

    Basically you get a voucher to download BRS on PSN, while still getting the White Figure.

  • I really want this game so bad. as soon as i saw the anime and i watched the ova and the other one i jus want it soooo bad. as soon as i caught word of the game i knew i needed it so bad. I would really love the premium box. cause ive been goin on amazon and staring at it and watching people unboxing it on youtube i would love it if they brought it over but i’ll only buy a physical edition no DD from psn. Otherwise im willing to pay more for the one on amazon or play-asia. Also they defff should bring sol trigger over. im shocked by the graphics and colors and its jus gorgeous i’ll deff buy that too if they bring it over as a umd

    • thepayne78

      Totally agree would love a a physical copy as opposed to dd just something about opening a physical copy of a game and then playing it makes it feel more enjoyable. 

  • this game is one of the only reasons i would ever buy a PSP. that and Soulcalibur, Phantasy Star and Project Diva

  • aldathlecarde

    ..Ok guys, give up already, stupid Vita is out and all of this games will SURELY stop being developed in english

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