Former Atlus USA President Is Now XSEED’s President

By Spencer . October 4, 2012 . 3:16pm

imageShinichi Suzuki was the President and CEO of Atlus USA from 2004 to 2012. During that time Atlus USA grew the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series plus picked up a bunch of titles like Baroque, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and Demon’s Souls.

 

Mr. Suzuki is now the President, CEO, and CFO of XSEED Games. “I have always respected XSEED Games, so this was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said Suzuki. “This is an exciting time for the industry and our company, and I look forward to navigating a course of success through the exciting changes in store as we advance XSEED’s publishing efforts by bringing even more highly anticipated titles to market across multiple platforms.”

 

“Suzuki-san brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience that will no doubt benefit XSEED Games and our fans,” said Executive Vice President Ken Berry. “I am looking forward to working with him to further build upon the legacy that we built eight years ago when we formed the company as we position ourselves for an even more exciting future.”

 

XSEED’s next major title is Ragnarok Odyssey for PlayStation Vita. Orgarhythm is also slated for release this fall. We hear a spooky sequel may get localized too…


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  • http://openid.anonymity.com/5HuDuQyz Woot

    Good for XSEED…I guess?

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    Uhm cool… How’s about an update On Unchained Blades for 3DS? And yay for Ragnarok Odyssey I can’t waits.

    • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

      Tom had stated on the XSEED forums that the 3DS Unchained Blades seems to be caught up in the final, mastering stages- with all the legal wrangling and red tape.

      But I don’t have any information other than that.

      Here’s the quote:

      Mastering is pretty much the process of getting all the legal stuff
      squared away, getting approval from all the necessary parties, passing
      quality control checks on the platform-holder’s side and making all the
      necessary preparations for production (if applicable) and publication.
      It’s the red tape part of the process, and as none123 noted, it usually
      does fail at least once due to all the variables involved, and we
      generally plan for that. But sometimes there are unexpected
      complications that require further programming from the developers,
      additional QA work on our side or additional legal sign-offs to resolve.
      They’re rare, but when they happen, they can really muck up a schedule
      – and most of the time when a game is delayed, it’s because something
      went very wrong during mastering.

      It’s no reason to panic or anything, though, as it’s really nothing too
      serious or shocking. It’s basically the equivalent of having the power
      go out and forcing everyone to go home for a few days while the electric
      company works on restoring it. It’s not something anyone ever expects
      or plans for, and it’s annoying as hell when it happens… but
      sometimes, it just happens.

      Again, though, sorry for the delay. Hopefully we won’t be much longer!

      –you can find the source here:
      http://xseedgames.com/forums/showthread.php?2581-Done-with-localization-why-the-delay&p=99927&viewfull=1#post99927

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Yah… I am just really tired of waiting. It sucks. It will come when it comes though… -sigh-

  • Nadia

    I love Atlus and XSEED, so this seems to be good news! :D

  • kylehyde

    I wish him the best of the lucks and congratulations.

  • nirvana123

    Congrats for him and seed. And spooky sequel?

  • negineBIT

    CorpsePartyCorpsePartyCorpseParteyyh! XDDD

    • http://altsune.com/ Ovada Bey

      o/

  • Leon_Tekashi

    A new age for XSeed has begun.
    *Insert Sora’s KH2 theme here*
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZfMFyrJ2kA&feature=plcp

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    oh man HERE COMES GREAT GAMES 

  • Shiki

    Be smart and bring what gamers craving for ” Senran Kagura BURST and others ;) ”

    GANBATTE KUDASAI SUZUKI-SAN :D

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      Gamers are craving for Senran Kagura BURST? uh no? if I want mild ecchi I’ll just go with…I don’t know illusion games?

      (don’t really play hentai games btw)

      • Shiki

        Well what i see is that many people want the game , and also what i want is this game , so why not ? it’s not all about oppai .. well it might be , but there’s fighting and battles , also comedy i think .. oh , and butts too ;)

        But i’m not saying that it’s all what i want , it’s actually not in my most wanted , but .. since there’s a lot of fans , there might be a chance , and hopefully there will be

        What are you hoping for ? i’m sure the games you want is what i want too , so , let’s just hope , and see :D

        • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

          Well…I already got all the game I want at the moment so I’m cool. The most recent game I bought is SD Gundam G Generation Overworld and I’m extremely happy that I’m able to easily play it without knowing the language. Though I miss out in the original story dialogue which doesn’t matter much because I already know the entire plot. 

          You’re just one person out of a couple of hundred who wants this game. I hardly doubt that’s warrants a localization.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

            I think it’s well more than a few hundred who would love to see Senran Kagura localized…

          • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

            I should have said people at XSEED forum rather than nothing. Sorry about that.

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            I’m not for or against the game coming in English, but I must ask: Is that “more than a few hundred” enough to turn up a profit from the English release? Because, no offense to people who want it, but a vocal minority tend to make themselves seem larger than they actually are.

      • Silver Citizen

        You must not go to the XSEED forums all that much. The place is overflowing with support for Senran Kagura!

        • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

          No I don’t. In the end publisher want to make as much money as they can and Senran isn’t the kind of game they needs in my opinion anyway. What could I say? I’m a neet who doesn’t know any better. I’m sure a couple of hundred people demanding for the game but that’s not enough for it to localized. If they think they are going to make money from it, they would have done so already. Hell it already cost a lot from localizing then manufacture physical copy of the games.

          • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

            Everything you just said could be applied to every other niche game ever. If you don’t want Senran Kagura fine, but don’t try to lecture other people as to why they shouldn’t push for a localization for a game they want.

            You think the Trails, Ys , and Corpse Party games are gonna make them a ton of money? They’re not and didn’t. Some games get localized many years after they’re released in Japan so the fact that it isn’t already localized means nothing. SK:B came out a month or two ago. Localizations aren’t that instantaneous.

            You keep saying only a couple of hundred people. What the hell makes you say that? Not everyone interested in this title has posted on forums to make their voices heard. That’s like saying only a couple hundred people want the Tales of games localized because the articles have 100 replies. Stop just assuming crap because you don’t want the game.

            I’d rather these companies localize more games like Senran Kagura that are light-hearted and fun instead of generic JRPG #101 but I don’t bitch about people begging for those localizations. I just ignore the games and the articles and push for what I’d like to see localized.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

            “You think the Trails, Ys , and Corpse Party games are gonna make them a ton of money? They’re not and didn’t…”
            I’m just saying that I don’t think that Senran is one of those game that people in western country would play looking from what kind of game it is and content. Also I never thought games like trails, ys and corpse party were going to make as you say “tons of money” but they are games that even non-Japanese RPG gamer would play. I know quiet a lot of people.

            “You keep saying only a couple of hundred people…”
            I only said that once of twice. Don’t make it sound like I continuously repeat stuff like someone I know (no, not you). I’m only counting those from xseed forum since it was mentioned. I’m sure there are WAY more people who want this game but still the amount of people doesn’t warrant a reason to localize it. Maybe if it was an exceptionally HUGE AMOUNT and if they would definitely buy it, I don’t know. Also I’m sure they think about what kind of audience would play these games. 

            “You keep saying only a couple of hundred people…”
            How nice of you to label my opinion as crap. All I can say is I would play the game if I was given a chance but it’s not one of those games I would buy for specific reason.

            “I’d rather these companies…”
            Light-hearted and fun. Ok sure whatever.

  • Machineguntommy

    So someone from one of my favorite game publishers is going on to lead another one of my favorite game publishers. Great news. I hope Atlus doesn’t suffer in the transition but I have high hopes for Xseed.

  • Jirin

    That’s pretty awesome news. Japan game localization company being headed by a man with notoriously good taste in Japanese games.

  • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

    Time for him to grow the Senran Kagura brand in NA. =D

  • $36598391

    why did he leave Atlus USA?

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Why WOULD he leave Atlus USA?

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Index?

  • TrevHead

    As a euro I hope this means more steam ports

  • riceisnice

    So what happened to the former president of XSEED?

    Who’s the new president of Atlus USA?

    Does this give us anything new? It seemed like both companies were pretty well off anyways. What else can they do except keep on being awesome?

    • JazzyMan123

      The former President Jun Iwasaki is now the President of Gungho USA.

  • ninjabart122

    Half Minute Hero 2 is still up for discussion… right?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Pray for STEAM release to succesful there.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    Well Looks like Xseed may be in good hand.

  • Safros9

    Here’s to hoping that the Vita’s Corpse Party also gets localized at some point.

    • JazzyMan123

      There’s a Corpse Party for the Vita?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jefriputra Jeff

         and i thought corpse party sequel is on psp not vita, well you might be able play it on vita though

        • JazzyMan123

          Well yes, BoS and 2U are both PSP games.

      • Safros9

        Whoops, I had forgotten that it was for PC. I meant Dead Patient, and then was assuming that there’d be a Vita port… I guess I got a little ahead of myself.

  • Steven Bambic

    Since nobody has really said anything. CAN WE GET Trails in the Sky series going again?!

    • JazzyMan123

      The massive script is still in progress.

      http://i.imgur.com/jGOEl.jpg

      • MrTyrant

         So..that’s mean..next week will have everything, right? xD

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GFQYYWFUR2SBFLKIITVECS5NAI Erik

        Where did you get that?
        From the looks of it, SC is the biggest problem. Finish that and their schedule and resources should stabilised. SC alone is like doing both FC AND 3rd at the same time.

        • JazzyMan123

          I keep it my PC to show it to anyone who asks about SC.

        • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

          I took that photo to show the copies of my scenario books. Each of those were published by Falcom in the past few years.

    • neo_firenze

       We all know it’s a big script.  That doesn’t mean Steven’s point is any less important: WE DO WANT MORE TRAILS LOCALIZATIONS!

      The most worrisome part is the assertion I’ve seen that without SC being released, the follow-up games are in jeopardy since they are a continuation of the story.  That’s why getting SC out in some form (PSP download, Steam, some PS3 remaster, whatever) is VERY important.  I don’t just want SC, I want to build a bridge to stuff like the Vita version of Zero no Kiseki, or new games in the series.

      (And while we’re on Falcom, announcing Ys Celceta sure would be a nice start to Suzuki’s presidency)

      • JazzyMan123

        The issue is still the big script THAT will take a long time to translate NO MATTER WHAT. I still don’t get why you people aren’t getting this.

        And I don’t think we’re ever going to see anything past 3rd Chapter since Zero alone has over 4 MILLION texts. Wowzers.

      • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

        Remember, it took Jess 9 months to edit a 1.5 million character script. The translation started well before her editing, too.

        SC is 3 million characters. We’ve only hit about a year and a half- the approximate translation time (per an interview with Wired) for Trails FC.

  • kool_cid414

    Ah Baroque the only Atlus game I actively disliked (I will not acknowledge ontamarama for no other reason then my sanity) considering my love of the persona series and overall satisfaction with Atlus I’m quite sure Xseed’s in good hands.

    • amagidyne

      I haven’t played either one, but it goes to show that Atlus USA has a long tradition of publishing both excellent games and.. less excellent games.

      EDIT: You know, actually, I should have read the article before I posted.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594742092 Robert M Fenner

       It was actually developed by Sting

      • kool_cid414

         Thanks for the info I didn’t know that.

  • Jordan Ortiz

     I like xseed and all but why leave good old atlus hee-ho!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594742092 Robert M Fenner

      Atlus USA certainly has changed since Atlus JP was folded into Index. Lots of lacklustre western titles and not much in the way of unique or solid games.

      • neo_firenze

        They had a small stretch where they did release a few Western games like the Cursed Crusade or Divinity II that I’d personally agree were not so hot. I’ll admit I was concerned for a bit myself.

        But your overall assertion is so very wrong:

        Radiant Historia, Catherine, Gungnir, Growlanser, Devil Survivor 2, Code of Princess, P4: Arena, P4: The Golden, Persona 2 Eternal Punishment, even publishing SNK’s King of Fighters XIII. 

        Those are all post-Index releases, and none of them are “lacklustre western titles”.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594742092 Robert M Fenner

          Don’t get ahead of yourself, Atlus USA hasn’t given us Eternal Punishment PSP yet. While I agree those are all quality titles, compare the Atlus of 2006 to the Atlus of 2012.

          2006- Metal Saga, Steambot Chronicles, Contact, Deep Labyrinth, Rule of Rose, Devil Summoner Raidou, Yggdra Union, Super Robot Wars OG, Growlanser 5 (Several of these are lacklustre Japanese titles actually!)

          2012- Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, Devil Survivor 2, P4Arena, P4Golden, Growlanser 4, Gungnir, Code of Princess

          Now, it actually may not be fair to compare the PS2 era to now, as there were a lot more risks taken and unusual games being released back then. But it still seems like Atlus have quieted down a lot, while Xseed and Aksys have been picking up the slack.

          But don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved Atlus since the 90s.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Considering that Super Robot Wars OG there did badly which causes te sequel not coming and Metal Saga also having lackluster amount of sales, i am not suprised that now they are more cautious on releasing game here.

            And about Eternal Punishment for PSP, it is mostly known that PSP game is very prone to piracy which could effect the sales number there. (Even though they did release two PSP title there which we also don’t know whether they did well or not there.)

            And you should also consider the current world economy states which also can make many big company feels that they need to save some of the funds for precaution when worst come.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594742092 Robert M Fenner

            Atlus USA released two Super Robot Wars OG sequels if I’m not mistaken. There was OG1, OG2 and Endless Frontier.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Umm… SRW OG1=Endless Frontier there. So they actually only release on there.

            OG2 is called Mugen no Exceed and it never comes here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594742092 Robert M Fenner

             SRW OG were two GBA strategy games before those DS titles came out, released in the west by Atlus in 2006.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Ohh, you are actually mentioning the GBA game there. My miss sorry.T_T

  • dahuuuundge

    Does that mean Xseed will have more resource to translate games like YS CELCETA and the Kiseki games now?

    • JazzyMan123

      This is just a change in CEOs, not an expansion of the company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yuki-Ra/100000106224021 Yuki Ra

    Ys 4 and Senran Kagura ShinoVi will be a good start dear Sir Suzuki

  • Solomon_Kano

    The head of XSEED became the head of the brand new GungHo USA, Atlus USA’s head is now head of XSEED, what’s next? Does NISA’s president shift over to Atlus now? Niche publishers just spreading the love lol.

    I love XSEED already, but if he draws them into Atlus USA-level localization choices that could be pretty great. XSEED already pulled from a lovely range of titles, so I expect them to further that if he leads them anything like he led Atlus.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

    Hoping to see some more corpse party.

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    I don’t care what happens as long as I get great games from Japan.

  • Manny Being Manny

    I just hope this means that Xseed games will still have dual audio.

    • xXDGFXx

      …. that’s aksys and nisa…

  • Go2hell66

    Maybe we can avoid disaster’s like GKH now

    • JazzyMan123

      Oi, was Vanillaware’s fault, again.

      That whole fiasco had nothing to do with who was in charge of XSEED.

    • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

      XSEED did their part of the localization. Vanillaware had the script and just didn’t have time with their current projects to actually complete the text insertion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_42AD7BXAVNLT35L7YDCMAILIOA dajuanb
  • l777l

    Good luck.

  • cj_iwakura

    Wait, do you mean Corpse Party 2, or Book of Shadows? Either is great news, but Book of Shadows is the long shot.

  • Alphabet Soup

    “We hear a spooky sequel may get localized too…”
    Don’t toy with this woman’s emotions, Siliconera!  Could it be a Corpse Party localization of the shadowy variety?!  BE STILL MY FRAGILE NERD HEART! 

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