Xseed Are Working On A Mobile Phone Game; The End Is Nigh

By Ishaan . January 9, 2013 . 10:45pm

Xseed Games, are working on a mobile title for smartphones, as revealed by a job description on the publisher’s website. The job opening is for a “Mobile Online Game Operations Manager” and the description reads:

 

XSEED Games is looking for a Mobile Online Game Operations Manager to join our team. The Mobile Online Game Operations Manager would be responsible for maintaining the smooth operation of a presently in-development mobile title, which would include managing a development team, planning for updates, executing events and campaigns and ensuring budget requirements are met. He/She would also handle marketing activities (such as KPI analysis), improvements to the existing service and the active implementation of planned events or campaigns. Experience in operating mobile games is required.

 

Under the “Key responsibilities” area, Xseed mention that the game will be for a smartphone, and that community management will be one of the responsibilities involved in the job. A high level of Japanese language proficiency is part of the preferred job requirements, so presumably, the game is of Japanese origin.

 

Well, that’s it, everyone. Trails in the Sky Second Chapter social game confirmed. Time to pack it up.

Please don’t hurt me.

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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Well if they make money off of this then, more money = more games right?
    As long as Xseed doesn’t just devote everything to mobile games I don’t see the problem

  • http://twitter.com/12423451243 Lilith

    Senran Kagura New Wave confirmed.

  • Nanashrew

    actually that has me kind of curious. what kinds of mobile games does japan have? xseeds brings over some pretty good niche stuff so i’m curious.

    • William Hsia

      the mobile game market is actually huge in japan, but most of the time its the same gameplay different characters/series bit, gameplay style is like a facebook/card game hybrid, click to do misson, get card, fuse and do new mission.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      CyberConnect 2 games ? :)

  • ヴァルラシュ

    dammit no this isn’t rune factory 4!

  • http://twitter.com/ChestnutBowl Chestnut Bowl

    You’re asking for it, bro.

    I do wonder what it could be, though. I hope it’s at least something intriguing.

  • psycho_bandaid

    BRB I’m gonna go strangle somebody at random.

    In all seriousness this doesn’t really bother me. If the game isn’t one I like I just won’t buy it.

  • Elvick

    I hope it’s not some freemium b/s. I’d rather just pay the $0.99 – $2.99 that most games are then get a crappy game that I can barely do anything in without spending $100 dollars on coins.

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

    Senra Kagura: New Wave or the Neptunia game please.

  • Curan_Altea

    How dare they do this. They have betrayed all their fans as a company. I shouldn’t even support XSeed anymore.
    (pretend that all was in sarcasm font)

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

      Since I don’t know any better: [Link] :3

      • AzureRyuujin

        Well of course it has nothing to do with XCOM! XD
        (Obligatory ‘missing the point’ joke.)

  • Trotmeister

    Run for your lives!!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Ishaan………i really wanted to strangle you here.T_T

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

      Come on, you guys are really touchy about the mobile games sometimes.

      Unless you’re referring to Ishaan’s joke about Trails in the Sky – Second Chapter – in which case: by all means, go nuts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

      I thought you are my comrade D:

  • Shaun Huseman

    ugh, I dont really care for this, but at the same time, unless they release for PSN or Xbox Live they wont have many platforms to publish for now. Though I’d rather see them go through Steam than go the phone route.

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

    XSEED makes their money on smaller titles so that they can release big titles. so, not really a bad thing hey. and i MYSELF am really fond of mobile games, chaos rings , FF dimensions are amazing games to name a few. i dont see XSEED doing what SE does and release social games of major titles though

  • Pythia Brixham

    Must think positively… Must think that this will help XSEED Games make money so they can localize more games….

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Cinderella Girls, please please please…

  • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

    Well, if this move can increase their profit to localize more games (Tits SC). Why not…

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Oh look no one has an issue when Xseed does it go figure *Kappa* *frauds confirmed*

  • gamefreak86

    /facepalm.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Uh, suddenly my mind remembers that lawsuit some indie studio launched against MarvelousAQL, and XSEED. They were a social games developer (Facebook/Mobile) and claimed that MAQL/XSEED “stole” their staff leaving the studio unable to complete projects.

    • malek86

      Yeah, I remember that too. It certainly does look like Xseed is aiming for mobile markets now… and they even have a game already in development, so they definitely have some development staff on board.

      Interesting. I wonder how that lawsuit is going, anyway?

    • Göran Isacson

      I remember that too- haven’t heard anything about it in a LONG time now, though. Wonder how it went, or if it’s still ongoing. Maybe something Siliconera could look into?

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    People here are still expecting Trails 2nd to be localized? ROFL!!!!!!
    Maybe they should stick to phone games and leave the job of localization to more reliable companies like Atlus,Nintendo,Aksys.

    • http://twitter.com/Nephlabobo Neal Power

      It’s because of Tom’s lipservice in the forums.
      He continually says half truths in the hopes of misleading people.
      At least Aksys and Atlus are honest.

  • neetyneety

    Eh, this could be a good thing, really. If it picks up, then that means more profit for them, which is always good.

  • http://twitter.com/Nephlabobo Neal Power

    XSeed already sold out by abandoning what made them popular (console games) and going PC and digital, so this is no surprise.
    Disappointing, but no surprise.

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      I like XSEED for their handheld support like Ys and Solatorobo

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

        Not to mention a few titles they brought to Steam.

    • AzureRyuujin

      Oh, and that ‘selling out’ is our best shot at SC now.

      I confess, not too thrilled about the idea of a social game (If even one), but whatever pays the bills for SC. =p

      • Hating Ass Nigga

        Give up on SC and the rest of the series it’s not going to happen.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          You came here before with a lot of blind xseed and digital hate. Please leave the mockery and blind comments elsewhere if you are simply going to repeat yourself after you were warned before.

          • AzureRyuujin

            I do admit that maybe I am a bit too hopeful… but despairing won’t get us anywhere.

          • http://twitter.com/Nephlabobo Neal Power

            But being realistic will.

    • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

      They tried something new and it worked out for them. Now they’re trying something else new to try and make money to fund more big releases.

      Man, don’t you just hate it when companies evolve and expand their horizons? /s

      • M’iau M’iaut

        No, he just hates when a company or a consumer makes a decision that isn’t one he agrees with.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        The irony of that last part is people do hate it when they do that look at any other company that has does this.

      • http://twitter.com/Nephlabobo Neal Power

        I hate when companies abandon their core audience that made them money in the hopes of making a quick buck.

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

          Being a customer doesn’t mean one is entitled to a lifelong priority for the company. They didn’t just take the money from the “core audience”; they traded their products for it. And now they’re trying to make a new type of product to sell to a different audience. How’s that for being realistic?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

      Oh hey, it’s you again.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Did you just cut and paste this from your last rant about digital? We had even noted that how in Japan, a lot of Xseed’s projects were done as PC releases. Not again.

    • tridus

      If by “selling out” you mean “do something that actually makes them money”, then yes. Consoles are the most expensive place in existence to release a game, and these niche games don’t make a lot of money to start with.

      That equation is not hard to figure out.

  • SirRichard

    Oh noooooooooo, everything is ruin, they will never touch a real game ever again!

    Jokes aside, good for them, expanding into a new market gives them a new source of income to fall back on if or when any given game fails to meet expectations. I’m curious as to what the game is, actually, if high Japanese skill is required then it’s something they’ve imported.

  • kroufonz

    welp that’s it then :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    Why r u guys act as if XSEED not localising console/portable games? They just want to try out a new market to gather $$$ to localise game ==; Wht wrong with mobile games….

  • Göran Isacson

    It’s okay Ishaan. Living in a world where Trails in the Sky is ony a social game will hurt anyone who loves games far more than anything we could ever do to you physically.

  • neo_firenze

    Let me preface this by stating that I enjoy lots of iOS games from the likes of Square Enix, Kemco (good 16-bit style RPGs), and others. I’m not a mobile hater by any means, and I’ll be interested to see this game.

    Devil’s advocate though, in XSEED’s case it probably does affect their ability to make games for traditional consoles/portables to a greater degree than it would a company with more resources. We hear all the time about how XSEED’s staff numbers in the single digits. That means that even a fairly small mobile project is taking time away from whatever else they might be working on because they just don’t have multiple teams and lots of staff to assign to different projects.

    • wyrdwad

      …which is why we’re hiring! Don’t worry, our current staff is very much devoted to console, PC and handheld titles.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Welcome to the site! I’m sure quite a few folks recognize the name from your forums.

        • wyrdwad

          Actually, I’ve been around a lot — I just always used to post as Thomas, or Thomas Lipschultz. But I got auto logged out of those accounts, so I wound up signing back in on this one. ;)

      • neo_firenze

        I get that hiring an additional person dedicated to mobile is certainly a way to minimize disruption to the rest of the company, and I don’t think this means that XSEED as a whole is no longer devoted to traditional console/handheld/PC stuff.

        But still, in a company that small it HAS to affect things to some extent. One new position isn’t likely to cover every aspect of a mobile game, even if that person is a super jack-of-all-trades. Surely other members of a small company like XSEED might occasionally be pulled in to give some feedback or work on some aspect of the game, or even more big picture business related concerns that take some focus and time (management review and decisions on games, meetings with licensors, business planning for getting onto marketplaces like the Apple Store and Google Play, finance-related concerns, etc.)

        While that stuff certainly doesn’t mean you have to abandon development on a console title, it takes SOME resources. And that has a bigger effect on a really small localization company than it would on a huge publisher like, say, a Square Enix or Capcom when they decide to publish a new mobile title to supplement their console/portable business.

        Regardless, I’m not really disagreeing with the decision (and like I said, I actually LIKE iOS gaming). Just being realistic that it must have some impact on the company.

        • wyrdwad

          Well… I can’t go into detail as to how this works, of course, but I think it’s safe to say this much: Absolutely no XSEED resources are being diverted from console/handheld/PC titles to mobile games. None whatsoever. And none of us will be, either. Everybody here will continue to do the jobs they’ve always been doing. So any concerns about our focus shifting or our resources being split? Absolutely unfounded. This job listing will not affect any current XSEED projects on non-mobile devices, nor any future prospects for such devices.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Trying to think about what this might be. I’d be interested to see what they put out for mobile. There’s a glut of RPGs out there with interesting content (though many of them seem rushed and criminally unedited in the writing department) for phones, so who knows? Maybe that’s where XSEED is going with this (only in an MMO style)…

  • Go2hell66

    hey if releasing legend of heroes on smartphones gets that series localised, then i have no problem with that.

  • Ben Kapferer

    Hopefully, this will translate to an actual game I can play on my Nexus 7!

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