Record of Agarest War Is Coming To PC

By Ishaan . April 3, 2013 . 3:30pm

U.K. publisher Ghostlight are bringing Record of Agarest War to the PC. The turn-based strategy RPG has been entered into the Steam Greenlight program under its European title, Agarest: Generations of War, along with a trailer which you can view below.

 

 

Ghostlight have unoficially confirmed the news themselves as well. Over on Twitter, a fan pointed the Steam Greenlight page out to Ghostlight’s Ross Brierley, to which Brierley responded: “Indeed. There should be more info coming soon on our site.”

 

Brierley also went on to confirm that the PC release will be available worldwide and that it will retain the game’s Japanese voices. The PC version is based off of the Xbox 360 version of the game.


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  • $36598391

    Will it get all of the DLC?

  • fenix7

    That was unexpected…

  • Sentsuizan_93

    I heard of Ghostlight thinking about JRPGs on PC but I never saw this coming at all. And so soon…

    • CirnoLakes

      This is an amazing development.

      Imagine a day where jRPGs on the PC is a common thing.

  • DesmaX

    You know what? I’m really glad that Steam Greenlight exist. I mean, if this was released directly on Steam, I would have brough it on the spot (Like I did with ClaDun X2), so this gives me more time to actually think this purchase…

    Until it actually is available for sale, in which I’ll totally buy it without thinking the minute I see it, because I just can’t control myself when it comes to JRPG’s on steam

    • $36598391

      Is Steam Greenlight different from the regular Steam service?

      • DesmaX

        No, no. When Steam is not exactly sure if they accept putting a game to be sold on steam, they just put it on their Greenlight service, that let the users vote if they want that game on the Steam Store.

        • http://www.hamstapowah.com/ Zaron

          That’s only very partially true.

          Valve doesn’t put the games up there, the developers do, though Valve’s decision making does have something to do with it, in that a lot of the bigger name games that end up on there are doing so for financial reasons or on rare occasional the reason you actually stated. The problem then becomes that only the top five to ten titles in any given span of a few months get Greenlit. That’s what’s killing it.

          An example here is that WayForward but Shantae up for a Steam version on Greenlight, as did Rockin’ Android with Bunny Must Die, and both were in the top 5-10% on Greenlight for several months running, but neither is thus far approved because of how the numbers get skewed on a month-to-month basis.

          Basically, if you can’t get a world of interest in your game concentrated within a couple weeks, Greenlight is a waste of time and money, with several games (including ones by previously approved publishers, see again Rockin’ Android) just getting lost in Limbo despite having a very outspoken and wanting audience.

          • DesmaX

            Well, fair enough.

            But what would Ghostlight do if that happened? Maybe release it on gog.com?

          • http://www.hamstapowah.com/ Zaron

            I’m not familiar enough with the company to tell you.

            In WayForward’s case, it seems like it was there to find out if people would even support Shantae on PC, which makes the continued failure super painful.

            Rockin’ Android, however, is a small publisher who has the game up to purchase on their own website already and probably found the Greenlight route more affordable. Bunny Must Die can be bought by people who want it as is, as well as Suguri, which they also put up on Greenlight with their new project Cloudphobia. The Gundemonium Collection is on Steam and they’re responsible for that, so they’ve had the resources in the past, but obviously something changed. It’s kind of a curious mess.

          • DesmaX

            Hm… But Ghostlight is big enough to publish games for consoles in physical format. They could find a way to publish it somewhere.

            I just want to give my money to them already

          • FetusZero

            Greenlight had potential, albeit it’s a badly used potential in my opinion. The only good thing I can see about it is making people aware of some games. The majority of them, even those who deserve to be released on Steam right off the bat, will probably just end up buried in a sea of never-to-be-greenlit projects.

            Whenever I see a game that interests me on Greenlight, I give it my vote and then I just buy it wherever else the game is sold at, because chances are it’ll never be greenlit. Either directly from the official website (my preference) or from Desura.

          • CirnoLakes

            That’s exactly the problem. It is taking months for good games to finally go through.

            Greenlight is a good idea that was poorly implemented. Even Valve admit this.

            It took months and months for La-Mulana to finally get Greenlit. And many many more games lie in the dust. Valve needs to fix Greenlight. Because right now it is a slow and obnoxious process than is annoying and scaring away both customers and developers.

          • CirnoLakes

            Greenlight has been such a disappointment.

            Loads of great games yet to be Greenlit.

      • DesmaX

        No, no. When Steam is not exactly sure if they accept putting a game to be sold on steam, they just put it on their Greenlight service, that let the users vote if they want that game on the Steam Store.

    • $36598391

      Is Steam Greenlight different from the regular Steam service?

    • CirnoLakes

      I am both happy and unhappy with Greenlight.

      I am happy with Steam because it is a great service and great exposure for Japanese games. Recettear sold over 100,000 copies thanks to Steam.

      And Greenlight is a fantastic concept. But the good games on Steam simply aren’t getting enough exposure and support. To the point many at Valve are already considering Greenlight a failure. The users are far too fickle and the process takes far, far too long.

      I’m tired of waiting for good games to get Greenlit while bad games are already Greenlit.

      This doesn’t, however, make me think you should support Steam or Greenlight projects any less. If anything, it means we need more Japanese game fans being active on Greenlight. To me, how long certain Greenlight entries are taking, is all the more reason for me to evangelize Steam.

      Greenlight is imperfect, but Steam as a service is great and great Japanese games need to bust down the door and be there.

      • DesmaX

        To be honest, I was more joking about it than actually saying good things about greenlight, lol.

        To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to it’s situation, but now that I see it… There was only 39 games total approved on the system… wow, it really isn’t good.

        Hope Ghostlight releases this in another shop too (Like gog, or desura)

        EDIT: Wait, I was just seeing the ones that were “approved”… There is some more… But still, definitely not enough

      • Warboss Aohd

        yeah, Greenlight needs refinement.

  • DesmaX

    You know what? I’m really glad that Steam Greenlight exist. I mean, if this was released directly on Steam, I would have brough it on the spot (Like I did with ClaDun X2), so this gives me more time to actually think this purchase…

    Until it actually is available for sale, in which I’ll totally buy it without thinking the minute I see it, because I just can’t control myself when it comes to JRPG’s on steam

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    You’d think they’d be busy with other things right now.

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    You’d think they’d be busy with other things right now.

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    I want a girl version of the game…. Mmmmm MMM.

    :P

    • Just Tim

      Please don’t tell me you’re seriously wanting a boys’ love game, complete with artwork from CLAMP. o_O

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        I thought she wanted a Girl Main character with guys as the harem…

        • Kevadu

          Seriously, how can someone get BL out of “girl version” of a game that’s about *reproducing*.

          I don’t think even BL has figured out that one yet.

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

            Sweet Pool, just sayin’ ~

          • Barrylocke89

            I’m sure they’ll find a way >_>

    • Flandre Scarlet

      I’m almost certain the newest Agarest game has an option for a daughter in the last generation. No real details on that though since its JP only.

      • Follower_of_Pram

        Yep, there is Ciela…oops put her twice.

      • Zeonsilt

        Or maybe they are twins.

      • coax

        Actually it’s 2nd gen, playing it right now.

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    I want a girl version of the game…. Mmmmm MMM.

    :P

  • Masa

    Hopefully they bring the second one too as on consoles the game has so much lag.

  • MrTyrant

    I wasn’t expecting this, really. I played the game on consoles, but other titles i did not are welcome if they’ll think about it.

  • 果林

    aww yeah!

  • JMaster3000

    Guys! Now we need to support Ghostlight so they can bring us as fast as possible SMTIV in Europe!

  • JMaster3000

    Guys! Now we need to support Ghostlight so they can bring us as fast as possible SMTIV in Europe!

  • LynxAmali

    Well, I’ve always liked Ghostlight as they brought games to Europe that they wouldn’t otherwise get (even though I live in Canada)

    If it means giving Ghostlight my money, then I will.

  • Cerzel

    Wasn’t the European release censored? Or was that only for 2 (or 0)?

    • david_malubay

      The only thing i remember them censoring was Agarest 2 and the only thing i remember them censoring there is the Hot Spring events and Massage Minigames that included Fiona cuz of her Loli Form in Gen 1 and 2 but in Gen 3 she goes in teen form so the censoring goes off at Generation 3 AKA the last Generation In Agarest 2

  • Cerzel

    Wasn’t the European release censored? Or was that only for 2 (or 0)?

  • CirnoLakes

    I was just about to post this. I see it’s been done for me.

    Too bad it has to go through Greenlight. Greenlight is a failure, %90 of the good games haven’t gone through. Even Valve admit that Greenlight has been a failure.

    Everyone here, be sure to tell everyone you can and get the word about about this Greenlight project and other good ones. Because we, the ones who enjoy and buy these types of games, aren’t getting our voice heard well enough right now.

    We need to try harder to get Japanese games like this noticed and upvoted on Greenlight. It took months for La-Mulana to go through. And it will take months for other great Japanese games to go through as well if they don’t get supported.

    • Kevadu

      It doesn’t *have* to go through Greenlight…they could, you know, not use Steam.

      • http://burnpsy.wordpress.com/ burnpsy

        And subsequently sell poorly? Yeah, no.

      • Ghostlight_Ross

        While there are plenty of other good online distributors on PC, Steam is where a lot of PC gamers are these days so getting on there is important to us.

        • C.C.

          Only available as digital only? :(
          One more thing, is this the reason why the box of the game for PS3 never says “Only On PlayStation”? The US version of Agarest 2 has it but the PAL version doesn’t. Does that mean you guys will also release Agarest Zero and Agarest 2?

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

      Do you reckon having a group page for Siliconera on Steam will help as a start? I tried to find one recently but it doesn’t seem to exist. If we can get people to gather there we might just be able to work something out.

      Actually, that probably won’t help much.

  • SirRichard

    I wish that they could’ve pushed to just release it normally and not through Greenlight, because that’s going to be a hell of a push. I’ll back it, and all, but it’ll still be a fight.

    The good news is that it’s Aksys’ 360 release of the game, and not the original Ghostlight PS3 translation which just fell apart towards the end, so that’s encouraging. And given that it’s the game that kind of put them on the map in recent times, it’s fitting they picked it.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Any information as to whether or not it will be available on other DD services on PC?

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

      I assume it will be, given that a Greenlight page in no way guarantees a Steam release, and they have to put it out somehow.

    • Ghostlight_Ross

      At the moment there’s nothing set in stone but we are aware of the other dd services.

  • Maria Garcia

    they release the game on pc and not on xbox 360…pure genious ghostlight

    • Just Tim

      Sadly, the 360 is, has been, and always will be seen as an FPS system.

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

        That must be why so many non-FPS games are developed with the 360 as the lead platform.

        • Just Tim

          …only because of Microsoft funding/exclusivity deals, isn’t it? That’s my impression why.

          • malek86

            … not really. I doubt MS funds every game out there. It’s just because there are so many 360s out there, publishers are not gonna miss their chance. Even if for example, action games sell better on PS3, you still sell a lot on 360 too.

            I wouldn’t use one super-niche game as an example that the 360 only gets shooters.

    • Hraesvelgr

      If I remember correctly, the 360 isn’t hugely popular in Europe, outside of the UK, and the PC gaming community is a bit larger in countries like Germany than it is in other places.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Wow, this can be a huge step for JRPGs…but I wish they could have picked a better game…Though, I wonder if this will increase performance of he game. Its a goddamn lagfest.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      It’s also an overcomplicated nightmare.

  • AuraGuyChris

    *Recalls Overclocked* The moment they add their publisher’s name on the game, glitches are sure to follow.
    Okay, okay, I’m kidding about that. Hopefully the accident with the glitches made them re-think their programming decisions.

    • SirRichard

      They’ve said that they didn’t do any of the coding themselves, that they’re going over it with Atlus to find out how to solve it.

      Even when we get their games, things go wrong.

  • Just Tim

    Steam please, and no, I am not a fan of Greenlight; it’s just a hype machine.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Out of every JRPG out there they pick this one to be ported? :|

    Also, the Hardcore Gaming 101 kusoge article on this game should turn people off extremely quickly.

  • Raltrios

    I still haven’t finished that game. Barely started it, actually. Wonder if there’ll be any added content? …Wonder if it’s possible they’ll up the ecchi level. Not sure where I’d stand on that, honestly.

  • Seraph

    If this is successful, I wonder if Ghostlight will be prepared to consider the other Agarest games for a PC port?

  • Serpenter Rex

    Got all of the games so far, and if this goes well, I’d damn well be willing to get them all over again. JRPGs (and Japanese games in general) need to get more PC exposure.

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    Buying it @_@!

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘sighs’ i will upvote it so dat otha JRPGs may follow it’z example.

  • Badmojo7

    Imagine some bigger JRPG’s like Atlus’s persona being put on PC. o_0

  • ZekeFreek

    I appreciate porting niche JRPG/SRPGs onto PC. But… was anyone asking for this one?

  • Stranger On The Road

    /me read the headline and immediately thought that an Adult version is under development

    Then I read the article to find out that it is console port for Steam!

  • Neppygear

    Is this what they were doing instead of not screwing up their release of Overclocked? Priorities, priorities, Ghostlight, I honestly think no one actually *wanted* this…

    • Ghostlight_Ross

      I think I’m the only person who would be involved in both the Greenlight campaign and Devil Survivor Overclocked. This has no effect on the fix we are working on.

  • SupaPhly

    of all the games to bring to pc :|

    I’ll still support them anyway

  • Harley Gorillason

    How about releasing the xbox 360 version in PAL first?

  • Zeonsilt

    This is really great news.
    I will sure buy it at pre-order(if it will be available),i already own Agarest Senki Zero(EU Limited Edition PS3),and searching for Agarest 2 LE~.

  • http://www.ukanime.com abigsmurf

    Just a warning: Ghostlight used their own translation for the UK release of Agarest and it is quite literally the worst translation I’ve seen in a decade.

    Typos in menus, genders randomly getting flipped in dialogue incredibly stale reading dialogue devoid of emotion or personality. I’d go so far as to say it made the game unplayable.

    • Cerzel

      Well, Ghostlight’s version was the PS3 release. They’re saying this is based on the 360 version, but we don’t know if that means it’s based on the enhanced features or if they’ve actually gone to Aksys for their localisation and are choosing to publish it. Guess we’ll have to wait for their press release.

  • Tatsuya1221

    Well i’ll be buying it, finally more jrpg’s coming to pc.

  • blkalleykat

    Hopefully this marks the beginning of something to be more common

  • Rei Nitramier

    I say we bug them about some more games that needs luv, support this to entice ‘em & then bug them some more for more games that need translating love~ (Like Students of the Round!)

    And I’m all for this cuz’ I spend pretty much most of my free time in front of my laptop rather than our consoles anyway (my console gaming backlog increases yet hardly decreases).

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