Would You Buy A Boxed Copy Of Class Of Heroes 2 For $34.99?

By Spencer . February 6, 2013 . 10:06pm

CoH2_rgb_smlOK, so the Kickstarter didn’t work out, but Gaijinworks is gauging interest in a physical copy of Class of Heroes 2. The boxed version will include the game on UMD, a color manual, and a digital download code so you can play Class of Heroes 2 on Vita for $34.99. The box art on the right is just temporary art.

 

If Gaijinworks can pre-sell 2,500 copies they will let fans vote on three different covers. Class of Heroes 2 will be available on PlayStation Network for $24.99. You can pledge support for a physical copy by filling out this form.

 

Class of Heroes 2 has a new English opening song done by a girl group. The game has a new ending sequence too.

 


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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    That’s pretty cool that it comes with a free digital copy.
    Maybe other companies should start doing that :D

    • chou thao

      actually it’s like a discounted version because it will be 24.99 on psn so that’s probably PSP and ps vita in one

  • shelfcompact

    Good luck Vic!

  • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

    Nope.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

    Finally! I was wondering if Siliconera was going to ignore all the messages they were getting about this game forever.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      We’ve discussed the game extensively. Some of those linked articles go back before the failed KS.

      • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

        We know ^_^ Some of us have just been impatient for this story to appear.

  • Draparde

    i’d do it if i had a PSP capable of playing UMDs XD.

    i’ll just grab the digital version when it’s up.

    • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

      This comes with a voucher for a digital copy as well as the UMD :)

      • Draparde

        Yeah, but other than supporting them a bit, the UMD would be completely useless to me :( i’m not sure i personally would get a physical, but i will be getting the digital one for sure :o

        • daylightdies

          Buy it for the pretty box art :)

          • Draparde

            I *Do* like pretty box art~

        • Ladius

          The digital release will be priced 24.99$ and will be released regardless of the success of this initiative. Consider that if you support this signup you’re basically paying 10$ more for having both the digital code and a physical copy that could become a nice collectible in some time.

        • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

          You’re basically paying an extra $10 dollars for a second copy you can either eBay for a profit or give to a friend. It’s a pretty sweet deal, all things considered.

          • Draparde

            Yeah, i see the benefits from doing it for something like that. it’s just not something i find myself doing very often. I guess i could give me buying the physical copy or not more thought.

            it would be much easier for me if it were a physical copy in a store, knowing the games situation though i know that isint gonna happen X_x

  • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

    Edit: 1,900 copies spoken for, 600 to go!

  • Alex Sargeant

    Nope. I’d love to support the project. But Class of Heroes 1 was pretty disappointing when it turned up and I’m pretty sure from the looks of it that 2 is not a major improvement.

    • Ladius

      It seems it is an improvement over the first game, and Gaijinworks further streamlined its interface thanks to their internal programming team. I think this would be a great pick for any Wizardry-style dungeon crawler fan.

      • IsaacGravity

        …Kinda (in terms of improvement). Compared to the first game, things were streamlined for wider appeal as such leveling become easier (more exp, less, punishing monsters, locked maps). However, the pointless, Race relationship AND alignment relationship system that mucks up the Gambit system growth still exists. Characters can still bleed stats upon level up if your not careful as well.

        However, when you look at the vid above, this game has a more consistent open narrative so you see the NPCs gracing their personalities more rather than having to do quest to see how crazy awesome they all are. Sans Ms. Neowmin and Ms Yuno of course~ They’re JUST crazy awesome.

        Adding to the streamlining was a move that puts me off from this game so much: Restricting Classes based on Race. Doing this means that characters can now have custom images as shown in said vid however, we also lost the freedom of making anyone anything as long as you were willing to compensate the fact they couldn’t be as good at it as the preferred race.
        Also, someone in the development team hated the Gnomes/Erdgeists since despite being a magically dependent class get access to NONE of them in this one and are given the true end game class “Alchemist” as their race-only class.
        This game also started the trend of making doing alchemy on campus a bit cheaper.

        td;lr- Improvements are massive when jumping from the first to third (and strongest title) games. But not so much when first to second. If anything, the second limited what made the first so fun at the price of boosting appeal. For me anyways. I’d still support it since Vic and his boys are crazy enough to bring it over.

  • Eric Harris

    Shame they had to pick a game I have absolutely no interest in. Now if it were a physical copy of something like Unchained Bladed, I would totally support physical.

    • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

      If you liked Unchained Blades, I don’t see why you wouldn’t like Class of Heroes 2. Besides, if Gaijinworks rolls the dice on this niche games and it succeeds, you might see XSeed taking more chances with physical releases of their titles.

    • Ladius

      If you like Unchained Blades you’re probably going to appreciate Class of Heroes 2 just as much, they share the same kind of gameplay and aesthetic and this western release has been further improved by Gaijinworks.

      Also, as Lirishae said this could very well move other publishers to give a chance to PSP physical releases for niche games (aside from the totally awesome Aksys crew, that is).

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I would buy two because honestly I really believe the physical medium is very important. I want to hold out as long as I can I guess, and get any possible new PSP games that might come out this year physically. I’ve already got Hakuoki locked in again, and I really hope I can have this too.

  • $24431191

    I’m not actually that interested in this game but I really don’t want to see it fail too hard. I did subscribe to their list but I’d rather have a game like Grand Knights History or something.

  • Peeka Chu

    I can’t fathom why they even went with this game for a first outing and not something more enticing. First JRPG I’ll be passing on in a while.

    • Rolen47

      Because someone over at Gaijinworks is a giant fan of this game.

    • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

      You speak as if they could have waltzed into Sega’s or Konami’s offices in Japan and gotten the Valkyria Chronicles 3 or Suikoden license just by asking for it. That’s not how things work. They have to start somewhere and build capital and a reputation before they can get the awesome titles everyone wants them to work on.

    • Ladius

      The issue is that Gaijinworks can’t hope to obtain some key PSP licenses because their publishers won’t hand them to other companies, or have already some ongoing western partnership.

      I would also argue that lots of games that could still be licensed would probably be outside of an extremely small company’s budget due to unreasonable licensing fees (for example, Ireland tried to license Oreshika but the costs were far too much for a niche western PSP release), or other issues.

      For example, let’s see the games listed in the thread you linked in your deleted post:

      -Corpse Party Sachiko and the Falcom games are XSEED material due to their partnerships with Falcom and 5pbGrisGris

      -Unchained Blade Exxiv is likely in the same situation as Corpse Party and the Falcom games, unless XSEED decides to pass on it

      -the PSP ImageEpoch games are either in NISA’s territory due to their (so far unfruitful) partnership, or in Aksys’ in case of Fate Extra CCC

      -VC3, the Shining titles, the PSP Yakuza games and PSO2 are Sega published games, and it’s extremely unlikely they will be handled to anyone else

      -Last Ranker is a Capcom game, same situation as the Sega games

      -Suikoden, Frontier Gate, Twelve and Stratus are Konami games, same situation as the Sega and Capcom games

      -The Tales games and V&B are Namco Bandai games, same as above

      -Zill O’ll is a Koei game, and considering they never let anyone touch their games and even removed publishing duties for the Atelier series from NISA I can’t see it being localized by other publishers

      -Danganronpa is a successful visual novel with a huge script, if anything I could see Aksys picking it up

      Among those left out, some have been picked up recently (Elminage, Carnage Heart), while others have been already considered by Ireland (Oreshika wasn’t feasible, he’s apparently still interested in Tengai Makyou). The ones left out are mainly Spike and Acquire games that could reasonably be localized if things go well (and one of them is a Class of Heroes game, too!).

      • M’iau M’iaut

        He’s been interested in East of Eden since the Saturn, and I agree with you on those wishlists. Eden is just so dated now that I just don’t see it feasible either. I’d hoped to see them sniff a bit more around the available VNs — a couple of the MP untranslated PSN games have story elements — but considering he basically ‘created’ absolute dreck like Miami Law, VNs probably won’t happen, either

  • ragingmerifes

    The thumbnail striked me as a giant nipple.

  • Ladius

    Great to see this news posted here :) I have already signed up for my copies, I really hope they can manage to reach the 2500 quota.

  • Göran Isacson

    Question though- is this gauging interest for just one market, or can everyone from Europe and America sign up?

    • Ladius

      Don’t worry, it’s an international signup. People outside the US will have to add 10$ in shipment, though.

  • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

    I think that this game looks pretty cool. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one, but then I also only got to play ~30 minutes of it. The translation appears to be strong in this one and there looks to be a lot of customization. Why are people so down on it, out of curiosity? I didn’t play enough of the first one to see any major problems.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      The first one falls into that mess of JRPGs that are just ‘there’, something the PSP really had no shortage of. Further its a dungeon crawler full of menus, and is not as easy to get into as say Disgaea or even Etrian Odyssey.

      There are better games already working in the same limited audience space, and this one has nothing that separates it enough.

      • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

        Fair enough! Like I said, I didn’t get to spend much time with it. I’ll probably pick this one up anyway just because there aren’t enough games of this style coming to the west aside from the (wonderful) Etrian Odyssey series.

    • Hraesvelgr

      It’s a first-person dungeon crawler, so most people hate it based on that alone. Admittedly, the first one wasn’t really that great of a game regardless of other issues.

  • Mister_Nep

    I’ll admit I’m not overly interested in the game, but I don’t want Monkey Paw to think they’re doomed to fail if they were to try localize more PSP titles. I won’t commit to the physical version, but I’ll definitely purchase the download version. Just wish their first pick was something more appealing.

  • Sylveria

    Well they got my pledge. I’m always up for supporting localization and physical copy releases of this type of game.

  • Tooru

    As I’ve posted elsewhere, Class of Heroes II isn’t the most important part of this campaign if it succeeds. Should they be able to do a physical run of this, the window for more (limited) physical PSP games will be open. Not just from the Class of Heroes series either; Vic has his eye on stuff like Far East of Eden IV as well.

    You can also be sure that other localization companies will be watching this closely. So if you’d like Eternal Punishment to be have any chance of a UMD release at all, you should want this to succeed.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      …Eternal Punishment? Seriously? You think Atlus are going to hand Persona over to Gaijinworks? Come on, guys. These are the kind of unrealistic expectations that lead to disappointment and rage later.

      Edit: Or did you mean that watching Class of Heroes 2 somehow scramble to 2,500 people pledging to buy it (not even pre-order, simply pledging) will change other companies’ PSP plans? Because they really won’t.

      If Atlus have plans for a UMD release of Eternal Punishment, they will go ahead with it regardless. If they don’t, this won’t change their minds.

      • Tooru

        Yes, what I meant was that if something as small as Class of Heroes succeeds and gets a physical release, other companies would consider doing the same to their titles. Maybe it seems unlikely or unrealistic to you, but what other chance is there? Physical PSP releases are a blessing these days, and if we want any chance of them continuing, I think it’s important that we see this succeed.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Not to sound like I’m being a party pooper, but this isn’t even a blip on the radar. So far we’ve gotten a failed Kickstarter and a scramble to even get 2,500 people to pledge support for a retail copy of this game. I guarantee you, no one is going to use this as a gauge for anything. Most publishers—even the likes of Xseed and Aksys—are ready to move on from PSP.

          • Tooru

            How much of a scramble is it, really? The campaign ends on Thursday, and they have 1900 out of 2500. Frankly, if something as small as Class of Heroes is able to secure a limited physical release, why couldn’t say, Fate/Extra CCC from Aksys? Or (don’t shoot me for this one) Black Rock Shooter from NISA? I’d also like to believe that the likes of Xseed, who generally seem to be more in touch with their fans, would keep an eye on something like this. No idea what they’d do with it, but I would like to think that they are at least watching and considering some things. So while perhaps the chances of such things are unlikely, I wouldn’t say they’re impossible provided this succeeds.

            Apart from this, if this succeeds, naturally Gaijinworks themselves will likely repeat it in the future, and I can guarantee you that he’s looking at some titles outside of the Class of Heroes series. People who want more localized PSP games have nothing to lose from this, really. Try and look more on the bright side of things. :P

  • sd28

    please tell me this is a massive improvement over the first which was incredibly tedious

  • Spirit Macardi

    I would like to get a physical copy, but I’m afraid that it would be impossible to find just like with the first game.

    I’m loving the character creation though where it asks if you’re done playing god! I’m all for adding humor to a localization x3

  • Locklear93

    “Would You Buy A Boxed Copy Of Class Of Heroes 2 For $34.99?”

    I bought the first one, which convinced me pretty strongly that, no, I would not buy a boxed copy of Class of Heroes 2, for any price.

    • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

      Class of Heroes 1 =/ Class of Heroes 2. Sure, if you hate dungeon crawlers, CoH2 is probably not going to change your mind. But if you enjoy titles like Etrian Odyssey or Unchained Blades, CoH2 is worth a look.

      • Locklear93

        I do enjoy Unchained Blades, and have been playing dungeon crawlers as long as they’ve existed (I’m old :P). I don’t consider Class of Heroes 1 to be even a vaguely good dungeon crawler, though, so CoH 2 would have to put forward a demo or something to convince me to spend money on it. Once burned, twice shy.

        On top of that, I remember the Working Designs days, and wouldn’t trust Victor Ireland to translate a stop sign. He’s said the translation will be “in the Working Designs vein,” which is NOT an attractive statement to me.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          All Vic would do when translating that stop sign is throw in a Bill Clinton joke or some innuendo.

          In honest defense of Vic’s actions, his translations got WD quite a bit of notice for the time and also should be taken remembering an anime era of looser English adaptations as well. Also, the political, social and even sexual jokes were often substitutions of similar themed Japanese jokes — just ones better suited to American audiences.

          They really seem to be targeting an extreme niche of a niche of a niche audience with this title. I’d argue that slice is too small to make any judgement of future releases by Monkey Paw (or anyone else). But given this particular title and that Vic is the face of effort, a WD-themed production is really about all it might have going for it to reach even the current goals.

  • Kevin Lor

    I would buy this but I don’t even know what happen to my 1000 and 2000 psp :(

  • Rol

    I would purchase a boxed copy OR a digital download if they would stop “enhancing” the game by changing the voices, openings, or endings. Feel free to do that stuff ONLY if it is not at the expense of the original language and materials. As of right now, I will be passing on the game until I hear the original material is in. There are simply too many 40+ hour games in my pile of shame, PLUS all the games coming out (like Fire Emblem Awakening), that I do not feel the need to compromise.

    • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

      Not to be rude, but you don’t know very much about Japanese or translating, do you? Did you think the translations of NISA et al were the equivalent of subtitled anime? Because they’re not. They’re localizations tailored to appease “purists” like you, who I doubt speak enough Japanese to know the difference.

      • Rol

        You can doubt, but I am not going to tell you if you are right or not. I generally don’t do that to people who are, as you mentioned, are rude and would rather make assumptions about users making assumptions.

        My only hope is that you work for Gaijinworks. That would be 2 translating companies that were rude to me in forums, e-mails, or news sites for my beliefs. At least when I (and others) completely disagreed with Nyu Media for their translation of Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, they took it in stride, noted our opposition, and respectfully told us that they were not going to change their decision. I still disagree with their decision, but I completely respect them and continue to purchase their products on a per item basis.

        • http://twitter.com/Lirishae Lirishae

          I do not work for Gaijinworks or represent them in any way. Not sure why you would jump to that conclusion unless you’re eager to be offended. I guessed, not assumed; assumptions would have been “You don’t know much about Japanese or translating” and “you don’t speak enough Japanese to know the difference.”

          Still, I’m sorry that I offended you. How many years have you been studying Japanese?

  • AlteisenX

    Before I even consider a boxed copy, I’d rather first know the release date… Though I understand the need to know way ahead of time, but still…

    • Ladius

      Keep in mind this isn’t a preorder, this is just a signup to gauge interest in CoH2′s physical release. If they reach the 2500 quota Ireland and his crew will start sending out the actual preorder modules, possibly with more information regarding the cover arts and the release date.

  • Ladius

    The Class of Heroes 2 signup just reached 1700 copies, I think there’s a chance to reach 2500 at this rate if all goes well :)

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