Ubisoft Is Localizing Games From Other European Companies For Japan

By Spencer . December 1, 2012 . 3:00pm

201as0Ubisoft won’t be able to take the "Atlus of Japan" title. That goes to Spike Chunsoft who made licensing Western games for Japan a cornerstone of their business. Darksiders II, The Witcher 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and before Square Enix merged with Eidos the Tomb Raider titles were all localized by Spike.


Now, Ubisoft is dabbling in localizing European games for Japan and we’re not talking about their own titles. Ubisoft handled The Cursed Crusade and released the Japanese version in February. The Splinter Cell developer just announced they licensed Risen 2: Dark Water and will localize the title for Japan. Risen 2: Dark Water is an interesting pick up since Spike Chunsoft has a relationship with Deep Silver. Dead Island and Dead Island: Zombie of the Year Edition are Spike Chunsoft titles.


Savvy Siliconera readers know Square Enix is also in the English to Japanese localization business and have a long term relationship with Activision. Square Enix also brought Lit (under the name School of Darkness) from WayForward, Bejeweled Blitz, and Lost Winds to Japan.

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  • This always made me wonder what the Japanese clamor for a localization these days. What is the equivalent to Valkyria Chronicles III or Senran Kagura?

    • TrevHead

      I’ve no idea but I bet alot of Ubisoft games are popular in Japan since many of their games do have a Japanese vibe to them or they’re in traditional Japanese genres. IE Rayman, Outland, BG&E, Might& Magic Clash of Heroes

      I know Korea has more of a PC gaming culture than Japan but Blizzard’s Diablo and Starcraft are most likely popular there too. Fifa, Wipeout and racers maybe?

      • The Assassin’s Creed franchise is also quite known in Japan, so it’s not just the vibe Ubi’s games have.

    • Neckbear

      I suppose something like XCOM?

    • Elvick

      That would be really interesting to know.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Based on what I’ve seen its not a big deal because more japanese people know some english than there are native english speakers who know japanese. Plus when you look at it, a lot of games we want to play from japan involves a buttload of text. Something like Rayman or Call of Duty or XCOM aren’t really as “involving” language wise.

    • Exkaiser

      King’s Bounty?

  • So then that means Ubisoft really pick up the Darksiders IP if Spike is localizing for them, right?

  • OmegaShenron

    ew stop

  • Richard N

    It’d be hilarious if there was a japanese website like Siliconera, except it was dedicated to the “unseen” American games they get. Then there’d be like a Japanese Isshan and Japanese Drakos…..

    • I could spend a day searching for a site like that. LOL

    • that would be hilarious!

    • And maybe they be begging to have some american company localize the U.S games into JP

    • pho_Enix

      And they’d have people in the comments saying “Will it have the original English voice-overs with subs? I hate Japanese dubs!”.

  • Xmas Lopez

    Risen 2? Seriously? It was only slightly above mediocre at best. Wouldn’t they want something a little more polished or, you know, good?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmm, i am quite interested here with this moves. Does Japanese market profitable enough for company to bring their games to Japan which their market is filled with lots of big IP.

  • $30632660

    What games don’t Japan get? I’m curious because honestly I don’t see them caring about getting localizations for anything.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Advance War: Days of Ruins. They never get that one.^_^

      • Barrylocke89

        I always found that to be pretty funny/odd, seeing as Japan made it. I wonder if their side’s not caring much for Advance Wars will lower the chances of any future games in the series.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Well, Japan is always strange lol. So this is not something suprising.^_^

    • Barrylocke89

      I imagine that Japan probably has their own niche community of gamers pleading to see more western games come over to eastern shores, just as we do here on Siliconera :P

  • Amagidyne

    Ahh~now if only there were such a thing for over here? That is, a company who would localize more Japanese games for Europe…

    • Barrylocke89

      From what I hear and see, Ghostlight’s been doing some solid work. But I suppose they’re just handling licensing and distributing, and not much localizing.

      • Amagidyne

        True true, those guys will forever be my heroes for bringing so many of ATLUS’ titles over, as well as Fate/Extra.

    • Yup. We do have Ghostlight and Rising Star Games, and they do what they can. We still miss out on some games eventually, but they’re the best we have and we should really support ’em to keep them alive and kickin it :D

  • Now I am curious…. What is the japanese equivalent for games like 7D2020 / Un-localise Tales of series….. Feel our pain, Japan!! / :P

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      “What is the japanese equivalent for games like 7D2020 / Un-localise Tales of series”

      ……….sadly almost none.T_T So…….. we feel our own pain.T_T

    • “Feel our pain, Japan!!!” Haha, that quote really cracks me up, thank you :)

    • Hollowkoopa

      Probably Dead Space 2 since it was never released there but got decent imports from Japan.

  • landlock

    I wish UBI Soft europe picked up Japanese games for release like they use to. I miss those days.

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