Xseed Still “Looking Into” Senran Kagura Burst

By Ishaan . May 6, 2013 . 10:40pm

Earlier today, Xseed announced that they have been rebranded as Marvelous USA and will be overseeing all U.S. operations of their parent company, Marvelous AQL. Additionally, Marvelous have also acquired Atlus Online, the online games division of Index Digital Media Inc. (AKA Atlus USA), and will be expanding their online and mobile games business.

 

Siliconera got in touch with Xseed’s Director of Publishing, Ken Berry, to ask how the rebranding would affect Xseed’s ability to publish games from Marvelous. Not all Marvelous AQL games are published by Xseed in North America. For example, Muramasa Rebirth is being published by Aksys Games. Will Xseed now have access to a wider range of Marvelous games?

 

“We’ve always had the first look at our parent company’s titles, but we would also always have to decide if publishing it ourselves or letting Japan license it out to another publisher in North America was better for the entire group as a whole,” Berry explained via e-mail.

 

“Now that our company names are integrated we are definitely interested in pushing the ‘Marvelous’ brand as much as possible (even as XSEED brand within the Marvelous company name), but in the end it will still depend on what’s best for the entire international Marvelous group, not just us in America.”

 

So… where does that leave Senran Kagura Burst, which is a game that both Xseed and Marvelous have expressed interest in localizing?

 

“It is something that we continue to look into because we know the demand is there as lots of fans have asked us about it,” Berry shared, “but it’s just such a scary proposition due to the subject matter and difference in attitudes between Japanese culture and the more conservative culture here in the U.S.”

 

“With digital distribution it becomes more plausible to try it, but as a physical product the potential for disaster would be too great.”

 


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  • raulrain

    That´s a shame, for a game like this, “Physical” would be appropriate

  • DanteJones

    “…but as a physical product the potential for disaster would be too great.” I don’t know, I mean Aksys got away with the Really Naughty Edition for Agarest War, so… XD

    • Vesperion

      Yeah but when you get that unexpecting person that just so happens to buy it (and it happens) they find out what Senran is really about…

      -Info spreads via word of mouth
      -All copies are burned and destroyed
      -Otaku are captured, beaten, and forced to watch Keeping up with
      the Kardashians

      Why America?

      • Highasthesky

        Forced to watch keeping up with the kardashians ARE THEY TRYING TO RAISE SUICIDE RATES?!?!?!?

        • Chiupon

          believe it or not, watching kim kardashian sob and make weird faces is better than you’d think…

          • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Who the hell are you? Craig Ferguson?

      • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

        The only event that had a recognizable impact in the public’s point of view was probably when an activists group got a hold of an adult PC game, which was eventually lead to larger news outlets. The reaction from a few Japanese companies was to IP block those outside from Japan from viewing their sites that showcased adult content.
        Keep in mind, these were adult games catered to a very specific niche audience that happen to like nude drawings of cartoon characters.

        Other than that, I haven’t seen a significant push from any side that really pins down the issue. I believe that’s why the issue is really in a rut when it comes to video games. Sure, we have stories and reasons, but what does it really amount to in the end?

        • ShadowDivz

          You forgot the part where said game was only suppose to be for people IN JAPAN/japanese people/target audience.

          It’s one thing for non-japanese to play it. But they didn’t need to go crazy like they did.

        • landlock

          Then those very same companies that blocked foreign IP’s (Minori and Navel) released there games through MangaGamer in English for all to download.

    • landlock

      Well did the Oneechanbara games on the XB360/Wii get released in the US. They were pretty under the radar but have similar content. Maybe even worse since the main characters sister Saki looks about 13.

      • ShadowDivz

        *coughs*
        Ix-nay real age-ay

  • Chris Yuen

    Yup..too conservative…that’s why if Nintendo of America gets the game, they are going to add curtians and cloaks for all of the stages…

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

      I’m as mad as everyone else about them censoring Fire Emblem but Nintendo does not touch 3rd party games at all. As long as they’re rated by the ESRB 3rd parties can publish whatever they want.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        they censored FE?

        • Chris Yuen

          Kind of. The original was just a picture of Tharja in a Bikini. The censored version made it more explicit as though someone with a cloak walked in on Tharja taking off her bikini bottom…at least that’s how it seems to me.

          • D H

            Exactly this. I looked at the image, and now in the NA version, there is no indication that she is wearing anything at all on the bottom, and the cloak simply looks like the same kind of “creative censorship” in tons of other Japanese shows/manga/games. I don’t necessarily approve of the decision, but it really does make it look more naughty in general.

          • DyLaN

            It looks even more suggestive with the text box XD

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

          They censored some of the DLC. They put a curtain or cloak or someshit to cover Tharjas butt in a Bikini.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Ah well not like I have a issue with how Tharja looks :P

      • gamefreak86

        Yeah that was upsetting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

        Why are you mad over that? They barely did anything with their censorship and you hardly notice it anyways it just looks more dirty anyways.

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

          Because it’s blatant and useless censorship? It’s just a butt, there was absolutely no need cover it up.

          • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Im starting to think they wanted to make it more risque because it makes no sense as censorship which has been largely inconsistent

          • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

            Yeah but at least its not full on character editing they could have made them shorts

            Lol and they could have made her bra a top but they left that alone

  • lunier

    As long as the dragons crown issue doesn’t happen again…

    • Luna Kazemaru

      it would because kotaku lol

    • TiamatNM

      I’m sure Dragon’s Crown will sell more copies because of that

  • Alex Sargeant

    I’d buy it. I liked the Vita game and I think the 3DS games have been very different so far. Having to skip all the dialogue was a shame too.

    That’s a mess of a lot of stuff to translate though.

  • Merrick

    Just brand it “M” and ship it out. Those people who love jumping onto video game controversies are so confused nowadays, that only people like Anita Sarkeesian and the environmental designer for Borderlands II would care.

    • ShadowDivz

      You forgot soccer moms with nothing to do while the kids are at school.

      • Tenshiken

        And law makers and politicians that have never touched a video game in their life.

  • TiamatNM

    be brave Xseed!

    • Duc PC-QB

      Dont be shy XSEED. Localizing boobies is the mighty job

  • Shariest

    So…You are telling me, that, you know, that, digital is the only way, but still, think,about,physical? *Twitch,twitch*

    • Wappuli

      Nope, they just said that if the game comes, it will most likely be digital instead of physical.

      • Shariest

        Ah, thanks for clearing that up… I might’ve been in a retarded mood when i wrote this comment :)

  • Syltique

    They should probably reconsider publishing Killer is Dead then since they’re so scared.

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

      Don’t tell them that. D:

  • cephilis

    If America doesn’t get this game, it’s Reggie Fills fault. I just blame everything on him. Damn you Reggie, you and your tricks!

  • Repede91

    Put it on the eShop. I`d prefer a physical copy: but i`ll take what I can get.

  • PPWANNGA

    Ok, so lets say that Distuctoid or Kotaku hears about the localozation about SKB, they bash the idea of SKB coming out, WHO FUKIN’ CARES!!??!!

    As much as I roam here on Siliconera and love it, even this site makes no difference as to my purchases of games. If you green light SKB then stick to your guns for the decision.

    With respect to Isshan and the others posting articles here, your opinions have little to no value to me in my purchases. I love lurking here cause there is very little of the mess of articles that plague other sites like Kotaku.

    With that being said, if your green light SKB, then stick to your guns and bring it out knowing you brought a damn good game over! Either that or I’m just gonna spend and extra $400 to get it imported.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      I don’t really think people care I personally find it funny they make a big deal over games like this while ignoring worst in other games.

    • http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Omegas2 Omegas^2

      I don’t think you have the right idea of Destructoid. We love Senran Kagura over there, not as much as Siliconera does, but a localisation of Burst would be praised, not bashed

      • PPWANNGA

        I also should have made my point of Distructoid a bit more clear in that regard, in my opinion they don’t have the same journalistic standards that Siliconera seems to have. However, I will say that my opinion is based off them from 3+ years ago, maybe they changed but I don’t know they’re standards right now.

    • ShadowDivz

      Chain reaction. Some 12 year old hears about SK from kotaku, buys it. His mom, WHO HAS NOTHING TO DO IN HER FREE TIME besides bitch and moan about shit easily dismissed, rallies other soccer moms/femnazis and they just go on an all out attack to the publishing companies.

      I never know why people can’t just knock it off as a “this game isn’t for me so i shouldn’t buy it” Like i do with call of duty.

      • Symbol de Au

        A mom has every right to not want their kid playing this game.

        • PPWANNGA

          I agree completely however, my opinion is if a mother buys her kid SKB with/without knowing that it’s rated M (theoretically speaking) then the mother has no right or reason to complain as the warning signs were right in front of her face before she bought the game, the same goes for movies, tv shows, & music. Parents are warned of content long before purchasing an item.

          • Symbol de Au

            Not if the kid buys the digital download, and she can’t really be chided for not using the parental controls, most parents don’t mess with their children’s games.

            Also before you say anything. Pre-paid cards.

          • PPWANNGA

            Somewhat true, it’s hard for most people to blame the parent for not knowing how to use parental controls on any device, that still does not remove the responsibility of the parent to research anything they’re child(ren) are interested in. In MOST cases the child did not work to earn money to buy the 3ds, the parents did. As such, as parents, they should go through they’re children’s game library, both digital and physical, to see if it is something they approve of. If they find something digital they don’t like and can’t figure out how to delete it, there is always nintendo tech support.

            For pre-paid cards, in my state you have to be 18+ to get a prepaid card, getting one means that you open a bank account (read the document you sign) and to open a bank account in my state you must be 18+. The only other way to get one would be with your parent as a secondary on the account, which means they would have access to all transactions to monitor they’re child’s spending plus get they’re own card if they wish.

          • Symbol de Au

            Pre-paid E-shop cards…

          • PPWANNGA

            Again, refer to my previous statement, especially the last line of the first paragraph. Oh yea, plus there is always formatting your kid’s 3ds.

          • Symbol de Au

            Yeah when you said that I figured you meant bank cards, there’s nothing similar to that in my state unless they’ve changed it since wii. Just to make sure we’re on the same page here I mean http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=nintendo+eshop+card. What state do you live in anyway?
            Anyway I don’t think many would agree that the parent should constantly take up the kids 3DS to check what they’ve downloaded but that’s just opinion. Meh.

          • PPWANNGA

            Yeah, I was talking about pre-paid bank cards and I do know about e-cards. When it comes to the 3ds, parents usually buy they’re kids one. Unless the child saved up, worked, or earned it in any other way, the parents should go through they’re 3ds, phones, etc. to see what they’re kids are up to. We don’t have to like it as kids but that’s what parenting is.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

          she should parent him better

        • ShadowDivz

          Yes she does. But she doesn’t need to attack a godamn company and start debates saying we should censor games and all the other nonsense they spout.
          Case in point: She doesn’t want her kid to play these games that’s fine, nothing wrong with that. Just don’t buy it for him, but that doesn’t mean NOBODY should play them. Which is usually how they go about things.

  • AkuLord3

    Idk really i’m fine with Digital or Physical (though Physical would be very nice). I know how Xseed feels especially with all the crazy crap on video games in america but its sorta not a excuse…there are many few games that have the “similar” matters that Senran Kagura have (like most Compile Heart games) yet they have been overlooked because really its not “mainstream” enough to be looked at or noticed.
    If Digital, it will go under the radar besides some places *COUGH* talking about it but Physical it has some chance to be brought up

    • NeoAthanasius

      But it is a valid excuse. If they feel its going to perform poorly, that is reason enough to not bring it over.

      • AkuLord3

        …ummm it has nothing to do with it doing badly, they’re not thinking of bringing it over because of it not selling well (knowing there are people who will buy it) but for the Material that some people will see and overreact on.
        Are you paying attention sir?

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

    A shame that if it does happen it wont be physical but I’ll take an eShop release in a heart beat. I’ll stop there as I don’t want to on a rant about Kotaku and anyone else who has a problem with these games.

  • XypherCode

    God of War has more explicit content than this! In XSEED we trust! XD

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

      God of War is nowhere near the level of Kagura. I feel like people need to stop generalizing and try to understand why some things are considered problematic, while others aren’t.

      In God of War, the sex scenes are very much tongue-in-cheek and you never actually see much of anything. In Kagura Burst, the fanservice is somewhere in between tongue-in-cheek and serious. Meanwhile, in Shinovi Versus, the fanservice is outright creepy and perverse. It isn’t the same as God of War at all.

      Now, you could say that there were more explicit scenes in Mass Effect, and while this is true, Mass Effect also has characters that look and sound convincingly like adults. Kagura, obviously, doesn’t. People could get into a lot of trouble over these games outside Japan.

      I know some of the more passionate fans on the net love to point fingers at the “common folk” for being “prudish” or not sharing their love for fanservice and moe T&A, but the fact of the matter is that very few people actually care for that sort of thing. Try to look at it from their point of view. You’re seeing it through the lens of “crazy Japan” and years of being desensitized to moe and sexualization. They’re simply seeing it as sexualizing cute little girls, and that actually can be rather disturbing to someone.

      It isn’t a question of something being worse or not. It’s a question of how tastefully controversial content like this is handled, and Japanese fanservice developers, unfortunately, aren’t known for their subtlety.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        pretty sure he isn’t talking about the sex but sure.

      • Kevadu

        I never though I would find myself defending the fanservice in Senran Kagura…

        It’s definitely omnipresent. Completely over-the-top. But that’s kind of the whole point, which is why I find your God of War comparison bizarre. Senran Kagura seems *far* more tongue-in-cheek to me than God of War. The whole game is basically making a mockery of this stuff by taking it to a ridiculous extreme.

        The sex stuff in God of War is a pretty minor component of the games, of course, so it’s easier to ignore it. That said, what’s there is certainly more explicit than anything in Senran Kagura.

        Now I can easily understand how somebody not familiar with the culture could look at Senran Kagura and be creeped out. But I think that’s kind of taking it out of context. Like watching a parody without even knowing what it’s parodying.

        But that’s kind of irrelevant. Some people probably would freak out about the games…what can you do.

        • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

          I agree. The game is catering to specific niche.

          I’m usually outspoken when it comes to how the game industry should not follow the film industry in terms of business practices, but if there is one thing I like about the film culture is how they properly handle their releases based on content.
          Producing something that does not have mass appeal? Direct to the home market it is. No everyone follows that practice, but I guess my point is that not everyone film fan and industry expert feel the need to the jump into every release with the gravel of justice for all. Some things are fine being left alone.

          • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            You know you can just say its a really esoteric game and leave it at that.

        • raitouniverse

          hm, I don’t think Japan’s general view on the moe stuff is much different than it is over here. It’s niche for a reason.

          Though I wish Xseed the best since I want to play this game, it will definitely be a hurdle. Very different social climate and whatnot.

        • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Its like Catherine right? Honestly all it reminds me of is those special move scenes from Project X Zone

      • Xerain

        I think the more prominent issue is the Japanese Company, heck entire sections of the Japanese game industry as a whole, getting in trouble in Japan should a controversy occur in the US.
        If the game actually did cause controversy, assuming the game is appropriately rated and labeled, what would happen in the US is you’d have a bunch of people who don’t buy many video games vowing to never buy video games form this one company. In the mean time it’s an instant sell out due to being controversial. However in Japan there’d be new laws and sanctions on the games industry.

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

          Yeah, there are a lot of things to consider, including repercussions back in Japan. I think the folks that are passionate about these games are a little too quick to dismiss the the consequences and pass it off as people being prudes or whatever. That’s far from the case.

          I don’t think anyone is that concerned about sex in games any more. It’s an old topic. The industry is protected by the same rules that other forms of media are. The real issue is one of the actual content, and how it’s presented.

          • ShadowDivz

            Honestly Ishaan, im surprised japan still gives games to the outside world. Because honestly, if everytime(often) a game from my country got a bunch of angry foreigners upset and on my ass just because of some cleavage(underage or not as is the case of the sorceress),

            i’d probably just stop sending games out period. Whoever wants it can import it.(and people do)
            I probably sound like an ignorant idiot but, that’s just my two cents. Wasn’t there a period in time when japan actually did cease communications with the outside world?

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

            …Are you seriously bringing up the Sakoku policy – a policy that was largely politically-driven, and had ceased to exist well over 2 centuries ago – in relation to current foreign reception to a subset of Japanese entertainment products?

          • Symbol de Au

            I think he’s saying they did it before and they can do it again or something like that. Implying the whole of japan should stop sending games out because a few games are controversial makes no sense though.

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

            “I think he’s saying they did it before and they can do it again or something like that.”

            I really hope that’s not what he meant, because if that is what he meant, that’s a whole different can of worms I don’t want to open.

          • ShadowDivz

            I have activated my trap card sir, it’s your move.

            Seriously though,It was just a small comment. I know it’s immensly dumb, but i just felt like throwing it out there. (Im not saying cease communications entirely i just meant stop sharing games)

            If SK does come overseas and haters catch wind of it, it will just be another of those “japan blah blah perverts blah blah bad people blah” moments.

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

            Frankly, I’m not even sure what to say to this comment. :/

          • ShadowDivz

            I know, it’s in an extremely asinine thing to say, but it’s just my two cents.

      • XypherCode

        I’ve never actually played God of War to be honest lol. I only watched my brother hacking off limbs of naked women and whatnot. I just happened to compare it with the first “explicit” game that came to mind.

        But yeah I get how folks these days treat these two kinds games differently especially when Japan is involved and release sexy girlish moe type games. They prefer the sexually violent as opposed to games like Kagura. More so if they already know how japanese games or VNs work and play.

        Well another thing is that parents might also buy the game for their kids by mistake because of a cartoon/anime packaging. So yeah I somehow understand the difficult situations publishers are in when considering localizing the game.

        For one thing I really wish XSEED can do something about this. Played the first game on my friend’s JP 3DS and it was great! I’m hoping I can play Burst on mine translated. :)

        I’m not sure if putting a Mature rating will solve anything but making it digital seems to be the best move if they ever go through with it.

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

          Yeah, I think part of the reason people are sensitive is because it tends to be a recurring problem specifically with Japanese games. I feel like that’s why a lot of people are calling Kamitani out on his Dragon’s Crown art, too. Because the sexualization issue is an industry-wide problem in Japan nowadays, and one of the primary reasons that so many people kind of look at games from Japan and roll their eyes.

          Personal tastes aside, it isn’t a “responsible” thing to do. Vanillaware know it’s an industry issue right now. They know it’s seen as the primary cause for Japanese games alienating their overseas audiences. They know they’re contributing to the problem. I just don’t see why. Odin Sphere didn’t need it, and neither did Muramasa. So I don’t get why they felt the need to go there with Dragon’s Crown.

          I think the “Mature” rating would, technically, cover Xseed”s ass if they were to release SK as an eShop game, but what it wouldn’t protect is their reputation. Xseed right now have this reputation for being a genuinely hardworking and savvy niche games publisher that brings over great, underrated games from Japan. I doubt they want that perception to change any time soon. They’re credible, and that’s an important thing. Even in the media, people actively go out to Xseed to ask them questions or do interviews. Their opinion matters to folks in the West. By contrast, no one does that with, say, NIS America, for example.

          • dasombrero

            I thought that it pays homage to D&D style fantasy art of the past. Similar to things like Conan the barbarian or Red Sonja, Deja Thoris: Princess of Mars, or Frank Frazzeta art. It’s a 2d beat em up side scroller that’s a homage to that sort of history. At least that’s how I see it since he worked on the D&D Mystara Chronicles he might be familiar with the source material and just made what he want as a fan of that older style genre. Even the dwarf and fighter are iconically uber buff.

          • SirRichard

            I think Kamitani has actually explicitly said that exaggerating classic Western fantasy fiction’s already exaggerated art was his main intention when designing the characters for Dragon’s Crown, and it most definitely shows in the Dwarf and the Fighter. The Dwarf especially, every step he takes causes his veins to throb black underneath his skin!

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

            While that may have been Kamitani’s intent, now wasn’t exactly the best time to put that style to use. Maybe Kamitani is oblivious to industry issues or maybe he just doesn’t care. I’m not sure; I don’t know him personally.

            He could also have replied to Kotaku’s concerns in a more dignified manner instead of insulting their editor. They brought up a legitimate point. It’s true that the games industry isn’t welcoming of women and that a lot of games from Japan don’t exactly help that problem.

            Vanillaware’s games, up until now, have always been viewed as very tasteful and classy. Dragon’s Crown doesn’t look like that. It does require some context to understand. I don’t know what prompted Kamitani to reply the way he did when he could simply have explained his reasoning if he had any.

          • AkuLord3

            I don’t see how Kamitani response was a bad thing…all he did was show the Dwarf in different colors showing another character to choose than the Sorceress. Sure some people saw it as something else and maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t but its not like the Kotaku editor is in the fair with what he said and never once apologized.
            Point is Kamaitani’s Style hasn’t change at all from his other works and the game has been in works and known for a LONG tiem before everyone got super crazed with how woman being judged in games (not like this issue never existed before in MANY medias but whatever) He shouldn’t have to change anything for it.
            You are right, he should have just explained but with the random ass bullcrap the editor was falsely stating, i don’t see why he should explain anything to someone like that

          • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

            No they aren’t contributing to anything, it’s oversees who are creating a problem that isn’t there.
            The japanese don’t take sexual things as seriously as their western partners do. They should have to pay for it just because people get offended over virtual characters.We are the problem and if we want more games we need to stop.

      • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

        Why did you just delete the reply that completely destroyed your reasoning that Japanese devs need to pander you and most of the entitled American audience? It’s niche for a reason. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. They don’t need to go out of their way and tiptoe around concerned mothers, turbo feminists and people who pretend to be concerned for clicks.

        This site sure loves its censorship.

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

          Because I don’t think that comment was a very good example of how to engage in discussion. I’m sure if you read the full comment, you saw the part I was talking about. If you’re going to use that sort of language, you can do it elsewhere, not on this site.

          • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

            Discussions don’t work if you just silence opinions you don’t like or that aren’t in favor of your argument either.

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

            Um, no. That’s not what I said. I said the language he used wasn’t appropriate. I’m not sure which part of my previous reply didn’t convey that effectively. There are plenty of people here providing counterpoints and doing it without resorting to insults and immaturity.

        • Lilith

          And that’s what this is my last post here and not giving this site any more clicks.

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

        The sexual content is completely different but as far as graphic content goes God of War takes that by a mile. Humans depicted in more realistic manner getting their heads ripped off should be more offensive but people just shrug it off because the West is fine with graphic violence. The human body, especially the female body, has been demonized to shit here. How gory, realistic and graphic violence is OK but comical sexual imagery isn’t I’ll never understand. I get it’s different cultures but it’s still absurd.

        More importantly, I don’t see why people feel the need to bitch, moan and try to control what other people wanna play. When I see a game I’m not interested or disagree with it’s take on violence, sexuality or whatever the case may be I simply ignore it because it’s not for me but I’m fine with whoever wants play the game being able to play it.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          The general public and the general media did react very strongly to GOW and Call of Duty, Why do you think major retail stores will fire on the spot for making a single mistake selling such titles to the wrong person? Why is an ESRB rating a requirement for any console game and for titles to get sold at all. The West is not simply ‘just fine’ with over the top violence.

          Yes, these games did exist because they did still sell. But even that seems to be ending. FPS fatigue has had an effect on sales; any study of numbers shows it. Even GOW generates no where near the release heat it once did.

          And then you have a small company with a good rep debating whether or not to release a niche (i.e. limited sales) title. A title with baggage. Limited sales + baggage is not going to make a decision to release more likely, regardless of what that baggage is.

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

          I don’t think it’s simply a case of sex-versus-violence. There were times in the past when that was an issue, yes, but I don’t think this is one of them. In this case, it’s more that the characters look incredibly young and cutesy.

          If you recall, Catherine dealt with the subject of sexuality and relationships and was applauded for it. So again, it’s a question of how you handle something.

          It’s the same with violence. People did call God of War 3 out for being a little too grotesque. People did make their opinions heard when most of the bigger reveals at E3 last year were gory shooters. I don’t know why everyone likes to act as if no one is discussing violence in games. People discuss it all the time. It’s still an ongoing discussion, even today.

          So, I think the “violence is okay but sex isn’t” argument doesn’t really apply any more.

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

            The difference being the violent ones still get a fair shot in the media where as the sexual ones get thrown under the bus from the get go and the people who play them get slandered. You hardly ever read someone question the designers who make violent games or the people who play them but you create or play a sexual game you get slandered.

            Let me bring up movies. You get tons of cheesy, sexual and violent stuff released straight to DVD all the time. The people who made those movies weren’t trying to create the next 2001: A Space Odyssey. They were just creating something enjoyable for a niche. I don’t see why we can’t have that in video games.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            What are we speaking of as a not a ‘fair shot’? That Japanese titles don’t get as many 9s and 10s from IGN? Or that the faux-gamers on TV ‘review’ shows don’t pretend that they play Mana Khemia as well as Black Ops? If you enjoy niche titles, don’t you already know not everyone else is going to care about them so passionately? We certainly report on these games, and yes there are even other outlets also doing so.

            The one media firestorm over a sexual game was years ago over a title that even in the Japanese H-game market was considered on the harder side of hardcore. That firestorm is no longer burning.

          • Quinton Cunningham

            First off, he wasn’t speaking just of Japanese games.

            Secondly, sexual content is HUGE in gaming media right now. I mean, are you seriously telling me that you havent notice the butthurt over Dragon’s Crown and it’s sexualized designs? What about all the other “sexism” debates raging on? These come about due to heavily sexualized females in games more often than not and discussion on it has NEVER been as prominent as it is now.

          • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            What those people are doing is looking for a cheap pay day and trying to ramroad your cash for 2 hours of absolute garbage. This is a fanservicey beat em up.

        • ShadowDivz

          “When I see a game I’m not interested or disagree with it’s take on violence, sexuality or whatever the case may be I simply ignore it because it’s not for me but I’m fine with whoever wants play the game being able to play it.”
          I know, why can’t everyone do this, and just leave stuff alone. Worse part is, most of the time the people bitching about violence or sex in games aren’t even the ones playing them.
          Because the people playing them, either don’t care,enjoy it or have issues with the actual gameplay of said game.

  • artemisthemp

    Hope Xseed can get it release in EU also :)
    If they take the chance with the game ofc

    • Julien_N

      Given that they didn’t release Unchained Blades in the EU/AU eSHop, I wouldn’t count on it.
      However, as they are backed by Marvelous, it might be different in this situation.

      • SirRichard

        They probably felt it wasn’t worth the effort, Unchained Blades hardly made much of a splash at any point. They’ve been pretty good about digitally releasing stuff here otherwise, and if Agatsuma Entertainment can bring Code of Princess to the EU eShop, I imagine XSEED can bring stuff over easily too. It’s just a matter of “Is it worth it?”.

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

    Go get it rated M, release it on the eShop, everyone’s happy, nobody notices. Not that hard.

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    Honestly I think they’re kind of missing their target audience there. Shinovi Versus seems like a better choice but I know that they don’t want to localize that because of its content.

    • Brimfyre

      I have a feeling 3DS/Nintendo has a lot more to do with it.

      You could release SV and no one would bat an eye, but Nintendo has this stigma of being a family system, no matter how many number of M rated games end up on their systems, 3rd parties always have to pause and think, “Well this will be on a Nintendo, so maybe not.”

      I think SV complicates matters because it is a spin-off game. Once they release the actual game, they could justify releasing the spin-off if they develop an audience.

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    If they localize it the textile industry will see a dramatic recovery. Demand for curtains would explode!

    • DyLaN

      I see wht you did there ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad i decided to get a 3DS over a Vita first

    • Syde Tokai

      given that the psvita version of this game is much better i don’t see your point? Maybe it’s just me.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Yeah I have the PSvita version…game is beast.

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

        Burst is harder to import, and seems like Shinovi is “worse” with fanservice to add to XSEED’s worry.

        I say localize both but XSEED is iffy with just one so dunno.

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

        I don’t see it either

  • undergroundz

    C’mon Xseed, don’t be a pussy.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      lol your avatar made that remark clean

  • gamefreak86

    How about this solution. Publish physical limited edition copies similar to Japan as a mature product. These will be sold through Xseed store and a digital version for the rest of the people. Honestly all I’d like is the english subs but its politics too I guess. The sensalization of DC is annoying but don’t let it be a deterrent Xseed. If not the 3ds version then at least the vita version. I’ve been holding out on importing cuz I’d like to understand the jokes and story no matter how silly. Sorry for the rant. Tired.

    • SirTeffy

      Problem with this idea: Minimum print runs are still a thing.

  • Yuriangels

    have my prayer been answer!?!

  • Tenshiken

    Kotaku’s already gotten on Shinovi Versus’s case: http://kotaku.com/this-game-brings-new-meaning-to-the-word-fan-service-493249149

    • gamefreak86

      Kotaku used to be interesting. Now its just shit. Different strokes for different folks. Always hate on niche games but things like dead space and GTA and they raveabout it like all western media. Fun, over the top action game with some fan service vs dismembering and/or killing people and everything in between to become a crime lords is ok?! Anyways..

      • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

        Thats the blood thirsty west for you.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      lol at buns Machine I’m enjoying my life.

      You arguments always get debunked and ignored fast when you try and one up people calling them kids :P

  • Zonic505

    Hopefully, they’ll look into Shinovi Versus as well. & I’d totally be fine with just a digital release.

  • psycho_bandaid

    I wonder how big of a disaster this could be, honestly? Is the content illegal here? I am not a legal expert so I dont know. I imagine the folks that would raise a stink over this wouldnt buy the game anyway, so unless you are looking at a lawsuit (or worse) I wonder what is at risk here.

    • Symbol de Au

      It’s legal. Everyone’s just been too scared to try anything like it…

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Being legal does not answer the ‘is it worth it economically’ question that seems to be the point of concern from the interview. Reputations can be harmed by legal acts every bit as much as illegal ones. Being legal does not force a retailer to sell your product.

        If folks are scared about publishing SK, it is not because they are afraid of going to jail.

        • Symbol de Au

          This response would have been much better aimed at psycho_bandaid…completely wasted where it is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

      Yeah it’s completely legal no matter how many morally hurt people cry that it’s porn or childporn and such.

    • Stranger On The Road

      it is not the matter of legality, but a matter of controversiality; you must have noticed a bit of a mess regarding the character design of “Dragon’s Crown” that ended up with the artist apologizing. Imagine the controversy that this title will bring with it!

      The fear or worry that Xseed have is understandable; especially after the resent Dragon’s Crown mess.

  • Oltheros

    Wouldn’t mind digital only, just would like the game.

    And don’t be such prudes! Nobody got anywhere without taking a few risks. I think this could totally be a successful franchise.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Xseed Do it for the boobies ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

  • TheExile285

    I wonder if we could get Shinovi Versus too if they localize the (3?) 3DS games.

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

      There’s only two 3DS games and XSEED can jump into Burst. The original SK is included with improvements.

  • ZekeFreek

    Your useless XSEED. Thanks for chickening out.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Sorry Sir, but there is nothing chicken about publicly announcing they are debating a title — when they darn well knew it would lead to threads like this.

      • ZekeFreek

        The thing these localization companies never realize is that nobody cares. Nobody outside of the niche will ever notice these games. And even if they did, humans are built to be attracted to taboo. Bad publicity might mean more sales, not less.

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

    C’mon do it! I’d buy it and the game has a fresh English logo for you to use.

  • Strain42

    I’m honestly at the point where I’m just creeped out by fan behavior towards this game. I mean don’t get me wrong, the gameplay look adequately fun, but I don’t think it would have nearly this much support with male characters with a lack of fanservice. There’s just something unsettling about watching a bunch of gamers going “Oh god please gimme dem 3D boobies!!! I needs them!!!” I hardly ever hear any comments from people wanting the game because it actually looks like a fun game…

    At one point I was considering this game because I was like “Ha, 3D boobs. That’s kinda funny, and the game itself looks alright.” now I feel like touching it with a 10 foot pole would put me in some weird perverse fangroup that I want nothing to do with.

    And yes, I’m already expecting a bunch of downvotes and angry replies on this comment.

    • Raze

      Hahahaha….I am the same as them…But not in this article…

      Though honestly I comment like that just to joke around..Not that I’m serious…
      I agree with the actual gameplay isn’t that fun…This game is for fanservice only…

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Last time i check the gameplay was fun.

        • Raze

          Yes…It’s fun for you and some people…
          But not for me though…

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Yes because that’s clearly what any of us are talking about is ’3D boobs’ I think you need to read the comment again before making silly comments like this. The game is fun and it sold for fanserivces sure but yet its not a one hit wounder and online is still going because of the fact its a well made and fun game made that just happens to have alot of fanservice in it (which is the main draw). Pretty sure if people didn’t think it was a good game it wouldn’t be having support this is why we have livestreams,PV’s and youtube they all show us what we want.

      If you really feel like you got to pass up a game because you think you would be in some weird group you most likely didn’t have much interest in the game. If you get downvotes you get them (not that i really jump at them) but honestly that’s just what you get trying to generalize people.

      • MXC

        I agree with you because it is true that there are other games in Japan that have lots of fan service, some even more than Shinovi Versus, and aren’t all that popular. On the other hand we have the Senran Kagura Series which has actually been praised for the gameplay as well. I think that an appropriate quote for this that goes something like “Don’t judge a book [solely] by its cover”.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Oh no judging this game by its cover is warranted for the most part but its not as shallow as people think.

          • MXC

            Yeah that’s what I meant when I slightly modified the quote of course it probably would be the same w/o the fan service in it.

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

      You mean if it didn’t appeal to people they wouldn’t be interested!? Who would have known!? If it was a fun looking beat em up starring males and no fan service I’m sure people would still be interested. As it stands, it’s a fun looking beat em up with females and fan service. And people want it. The aesthetics and overall wackiness is part of the appeal, the same way raw graphics appeal to people in other games. I don’t see how being interested in this game for its looks is any different than that. It’s a beat em up and by design the gameplay is shallow but lot’s of people still find them enjoyable, like me. I want the game because it looks fun, the fan service is just a plus.Get off your high horse and don’t act like you’re better than the people who want this game.

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

        Seriously, tone down your aggressions. You’re starting to sound desperate.

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

          Desperate…about what? Whatever, I’m done.

        • Symbol de Au

          How is that post desperate? I haven’t read all his other posts but what?

  • Brimfyre

    Well at least with Xseed, they are always honest. If they are looking into it, then they are looking into it. They will flat out say, “No” if they mean no.

  • Aristides

    Go the way of the Gaijinworks and make an online special edition for the physical product. It will sell fast and satisfy the hardcore, hell even if it’s just stocked on your online store (and digitally of course) we’d be happy.

    • SirTeffy

      The problem with that is all 3 big names (Sony, Nintendo, and MicroSoft) require minimum print runs – Gaijinworks did online-only because there is no longer a minimum print run for PSP games; as Sony no longer requires a license from them to manufacture PSP games.

  • Spirate

    I’ve always been rather indifferent to certain types of fanservice, especially the tongue-in-cheek kind, and this is no exception. Sure it may be tongue-in-cheek, but even then if I see the same style over and over again it just gets incredibly one-note and gets tiring.

    It doesn’t help that in terms of gameplay, the game looks completely soulless/shallow (forthe 3DS games, at least; the Vita game actually looks kinda decent in that regard) and the character design is incredibly generic.

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

      The 3DS game looks shallow and soulless but the Vita game looks somewhat decent? Please, try and be more subtle.

      Burst is a beat em up, like most they’re simple. SV is a Warriors styled game and like most Warriors games they’re simple.

      • Spirate

        Apples and oranges, mate. Different gameplay style and mechanics make for a different experience, no matter how simple it is.

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

          Both are simple in terms of game design. I want both but we all know what kind of fans visit this site so whatever chance people have to say a Vita game is better than a 3DS game they’ll take it. Hell this article is about Burst but lot’s of people are bringing up Shinovi Versus and how it’s the better game.

          • Elvick

            And?

            If given the choice, people would pick the better game being localized. Don’t see what’s wrong with that. (sans flat out trolling on the topic)

            I don’t know much about the 3DS games though, but the Vita one looks pretty good to me.

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

            I’m sure the majority of people here haven’t played either so picking the “better” game is moot because nobody knows which one is better. They can just have an opinion on which LOOKS better and naturally most will say Vita because of the graphics and general fanboyism. If SV was a 2D side scroller and Burst was a Warriors type game I’d want SV more. I don’t care about which platform the games on, unfortunately lots of people here do.

          • Elvick

            No need to continue to state the obvious.

            Still applies. Of course people would rather have the game they think looks better. With enough footage, it’s pretty easy to tell which is better for you anyway.

            Unless you need to validate what you play by review scores.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Just do it! Everyone will love you for it XSEED =^_^=

  • SirRichard

    It’s a neat bit of insight, that; XSEED are definitely listening and are definitely aware of what people want, and while they could probably go ahead and knock it out for a bit of money, there’s plenty of other factors involved that fans clamouring for the game aren’t considering or are turning a blind eye to.

    It’s a lot more nuanced than hitting up the developer and going “‘Ey we’re going to make this all English”, especially in these times of frequent controversies regarding sexism in the industry (whether you think they’re legitimate or not). They’ve got a reputation to maintain, after all, I imagine it’s a lot easier to net the bigger fish (Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Killer Is Dead) when you’re keeping your hands clean of controversy.

    Always good when someone in the localisation process lets us see how these things work, this was a more interesting article than I first thought.

    • Anesia Hunter

      Obviously, NISA and Aksys aren’t too worried about this so-called “sexism in the industry” rant and when they released mature games with “certain” content no one has ever really cared or complained. There are also a number of rated M games for the 3DS. It’s already been stated that if/when the game gets localized that it would be digital download only so we won’t be seeing it on store shelves as physical copies. Also, saying big boobies girls makes guys disrespect and treat women low is wrong, a lie and is as bad as saying violent video games make kids want to do school shootings. So, the whole “sexism in the industry” rant is just bull in my opinion.

      And this is all coming from a woman who enjoys games like the SK series and has enough sense to know that games like this don’t mean crap. And if parents don’t want their kids to play games like this because they think their kids are so fragile-minded and so easily influenced, then they need to take the time be responsible and if they don’t want to talk about the matter with their kids, then they should just go and block the game from being downloaded and played.

      Anyways, I highly hope still that Senran Kagura Burst will get localized and that Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus also get localized (at a much later date than SKB of course) too.

      I’ll be waiting to buy 2 copies plus whatever extra stuff you sell with the game Xseed. ^_^

      • SirRichard

        That’s all very fine and good, but you’re not XSEED, are you? While it seems very cut and dry from this end, on the business end of things it isn’t so simple, which is what he’s saying here. People getting upset about Senran Kagura doesn’t matter all that much to us, but to them it could be pretty damning. Even leaving reputations and all that out of it, from a business perspective controversies over content in games and so on can be a nightmare for your bottom line, which is exactly not what you want happening if you want to keep having your job.

        When people get really upset over something in a game, the industry is listening, because if the problems people really had with that game could possibly affect their own, it’s important to stop that fire before it happens. It’s all in the interest of business, mainly, too. It doesn’t matter that parents are/aren’t too strict/huffy/easily upset about what kids play or any of that; if it could hurt your business in any way, it’s best to avoid doing it.

        Whatever you think of sexism in games, it can’t be denied that it’s getting spotlighted now more than ever. It’s a thorny issue and it’s certainly not one a publisher wants to get caught up in, especially not one with aspirations to bigger things. Senran Kagura is basically almost guaranteed to start another fire, and XSEED can’t deflect or put it out as easily as a larger, beefier publisher. They really don’t need any sort of bad word against them, so why bother risking it?

        And I think a point that you’re missing is that XSEED is not NISA and they’re not Aksys either; what works for one does not work for the other, they aim for different games and have a different approach to their work. It doesn’t matter to XSEED that NISA would be fine with Senran Kagura because of that.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          I don’t see how IF they released this it would kill all rep they have earned I think some of you are honestly are going to go far with it. Why bother risking it? How many games have Xseed risked bringing over that could have been flops equal to this game again? I’m sure there will be some controversy but then again I’m not expecting much most games like this that get release get unnoticed at the worst it will just be another shitty kotaku ‘look at me give me clicks’ type of thing.

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

            It’s not just some users who are concerned about the issue; XSEED themselves stated their concern clearly in the article:

            “[…] it’s just such a scary proposition due to the subject matter and difference in attitudes between Japanese culture and the more conservative culture here in the U.S.”

            Can you honestly say they’re not worried about their reputation after reading that? This isn’t primarily about the possibility of flopping. It’s about publishing a title that can affect the impression what sort of games they’re willing to publish (or “deal with”, in a less formal sense). This is akin to a performer considering not participating in a project that isn’t bound to come out with a good impression on their resumé in the long run.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Where in my post did I say that they didn’t? I even said my self that it could cause and issue doesn’t mean its going to quickly damn them look at the games they have released. I’m not so sure that one game would ruin an impression they set for themselves already that is releasing most games that likely never have a chance of making it over to the west.

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

            It’s not a question about how quickly it’s going to damn them; their point is that it is going to damn them (should they ever release it), especially given the current cultural climate of the industry, and they don’t want that.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Know what..nvm

          • SirRichard

            It wouldn’t kill their reputation entirely, you’re going too far yourself there. But it could hurt it, and that’s what they’re afraid of. It’s not a matter of the game being a commercial flop or a critical failure or anything, XSEED are wary of getting stuck with the label of “Publisher of 3D Ninja Schoolgirl Titties” and being regarded as such.

            They don’t want to be that, and they also just don’t want to deal with any controversy over the game, however ineffectual said controversy ends up being. Given that, I think it’s fair enough that they don’t want to chance it.

      • Herok♞

        “when they released mature games with “certain” content no one has ever really cared or complained. ” Plenty of people have complained about the minimal censorship in Mugen Souls.

  • https://twitter.com/A_Beast_of_Prey Equinox K

    The people demand da boobyz. Nuff said.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7btvj98DMbQ

  • http://twitter.com/Dynamus_Lives My Little endy

    Wasn’t X-Seed (Or, Marvelous USA) looking into the possibility of bringing over the 3DS games when the second one was released?

    I mean, with the Vita you could always import if you wanted it bad enough, but with the 3DS, unless you have a Japanese 3DS, you are out of luck.

  • Hetare Kaiser

    I get the feeling Mirai might be a bigger issue than any of the more volumetric ladies in the game.

    • Anesia Hunter

      you’d think, but if you ever played ar tonelico qoga/iii then try to remember ar_ru and a number of the other character’s purge sequences. if you haven’t, you can always check out that stuff on youtube and then you’ll see what i mean. anyways, once, again no one will really care since burst isn’t as bad as shinovi versus. plus if/when the game gets localized all of their ages will be changed from 15 – 18 to 18 – 21 and they’ll say they’re all college students.

      i remember when ESRB said that about ikki tousen: shining dragon before it was completely canceled. being able to change the story a little like that is part of the beauty of video games, anime and manga, since a character can look like a 12-year-old and actually be an adult (i can name so many characters like that…) and since there really are some 18-year-olds who aren’t even 5 feet tall and still look quite young due to height (and sometimes weight) the age thing can’t be completely disputed.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        That Ikki Tousen was cancelled when it was seemingly ready to go gold should show concerns in the niche are not limited to XSeed. Phantom Breaker appears to have just disappeared, Arcana Heart 3 was digital only in the states (after the first one on a dead PS2 did very well) and on the manga side, Kodomo Jikan was a last minute pullback. That reported/written/apparent/perceived age isn’t a concern can’t be disputed either.

        • Anesia Hunter

          now, kodomo no jikan is in a world of it’s own, since it actually goes into matters and scenes where scenes where girls are eating on phallic shaped foods is nothing compared to it. so kodomo no jikan is irrelevant here. also i checked out the company that was going to release ikki tousen : shining dragon and they simply refused to release it because ESRB rated M and they refused to sell a rated M video game.

          the arcana 3 thing, could have just been them being cautious, but regardless it got released in some format, instead of either being scrapped or completely ignored.

          phantom breaker, i simply don’t know and honestly a number of games have disappeared over time and for some reason, rarely, they pop back up out of the blue. so, that’s why i don’t completely give up on games even after not hearing anything about them (unless it’s been 2 years of absolute silence).

  • h2foxo

    As before
    Please Try, Please!

  • http://twitter.com/MrAugen Sean Pace

    Did not mean to break any site rules. So, just want to voice approval in case XSeed / Marvelous USA are looking here. I want Senran Kagura Burst and would buy day one. Thank you.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      As we note, these kinds of threads are far more effective at informing companies about the wishes of their customers. Sharing your support is more than fine. Just do leave the links out.

      • http://twitter.com/MrAugen Sean Pace

        Understood M’iau M’iaut. My enthusiasm got the best of me and got ahead of myself, meant no offense. I do hope we can keep channels of dialogue open with people like Ken Berry in regards to localization.

    • http://twitter.com/SenranInterAcad Senran International

      Speaking on behalf of the Senran International Academy, our members are elated by this news and even more encouraged now to continue our efforts to support localization.

  • Learii

    3DS version don’t show boobs or some stuffs is it? I know vita version do but 3DS I don’t know

    • Anesia Hunter

      Burst (3DS) goes does to only the swimsuits while Shinovi VS (the vita spin-off) goes even further.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Give it an M rating and release it on the e-shop only. To maximize sales, make it a limited edition and remove it after a certain amount of time. You’ll get a real sense of the true purcha$ing fan base by doing it that way.

    • 324234

      That’s moronic.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        If you’re going to insult people, at least back it up with a well-reasoned counter.

        • 324234

          That if localizing Senran Kagura is prohibitive either in regards to sales or diminishing their reputation, taking it off the eShop after a certain period of time for no reason is..moronic. You seriously think that giving it short-time availability will drive sales? That is the worst evolution of the concepts of pre-order DLC/etc imaginable. A game only being made available for a short period of time and gone forever is horrible, and I can only guess that your motivation behind it is something akin to wanting to feel special for buying it in time, to be a ‘true fan’.
          While I’d be all for a limited-print run of physical copies of the game (as someone who hates buying digitally), this idea is moronic.

  • Christopher Nunes

    I understand their concern, some people are… overly-sensitive to these kinds of things in the US which is odd as it’s alright when it comes to movies (Piranha 3D comes to mind though I never watched them) but when it comes to a video game everyone is up in arms. I can’t believe some people’s behavior.

    I’ve been looking forward to playing this game in English, and honestly I want to learn more about the story and the characters’ backstories, and the gameplay looks fun as heck! Sadly I don’t want to import a Japanese 3DS to play this game, though I hope they localize it and I will be alright if it’s digital download only, in a sense that’s the best option for them if they’re worried.

    Well hopefully XSEED comes through for us or perhaps Aksys could do it, they don’t seem to mind that much and they help brought over some niche games as of late.

    Here’s to a bright future for Senran Kagura in the US!

  • TiredOfMyOldUsername

    Would that not be possible to release physical copies online only ?
    A bit like Gaijinworks did with Class of Heroes 2.
    That way everyone would be happy.
    Customers could get a physical or digital copies of the game and Xceed would be happy since the game won’t be in stores shelve.

    • Elvick

      They day publishers do that is the day we can all be happy. I’d totally be willing to buy that way. Digital only is so off putting. Especially if they price it like a full retail game.

  • C. LeBeau

    Do it! I’m so excited!

  • malek86

    Is the title really big enough that it would start a controversy? I didn’t see much fuss about Agarest or Ar Tonelico 3. The game is probably niche enough (especially the PSV one, as even much bigger games on the platform are failing to catch the media’s attention) that people would probably just say “oh look at that, another weird game from Japan, yawn”.

    If I were to say anything, it would be that the game is not exactly guaranteed to sell in the west. Niche following doesn’t mean big sales, and I guess Nintendo’s royalties for 3DS games are quite high. Perhaps they think it would be better to just release it digitally like Unchained Blades, in which case I couldn’t blame them.

    • Anesia Hunter

      It’s already been mentioned that if/when it’s localized that it would be digital download only. the issue here is them choosing to localize it at all. they’re worried about it not selling well and them getting some major hate and a bad reputation, since they’re still pretty small and trying to build up more. the thing is though, with them still being small and the game being targeted at mainly just the anime community it might not hurt them. NISA acted the same way about Ar Tonelico III/Qoga and fans of the AT series also even discussed on whether the localization would be good or bad for NISA. Honestly, I haven’t heard anything bad and since then I’ve seen the Hyperdimension Neptunia series and Mugen Souls. So, if such a type of game really hurt them they wouldn’t have localized more fan-service games. I can’t even say if NISA’s scenario is even “risk-big-win-big”, since not many are into games like these and here in the west. So, even if there would have been some damage I doubt it would have been big. Now. this is just my opinion, but, right now, Xseed’s reputation isn’t THAT big, but it’s not that small either.

      What I’m wondering though is if it’s still possible if Aksys could just localize the SK series instead. But, honestly I don’t care who localizes it, as long as they don’t do destroy the game with extreme censors, the voices are good, they take the time to make sure it’s not gltichy before releasing it and that the translation aren’t bad.
      So, in the end I don’t care if it’s digital download only or not, just someone make this localization happen. D=<

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

        I don’t think Aksys would care to localize Senran Kagura, judging by the kind of games they release. Aksys are going after markets that are niche but still “classy” (for lack of a better word). Mature visual novels with great stories. Otome games. Muramasa Rebirth.

        The point about NISA is something that’s worth discussing. You’re right in that NISA put out games like Ar Tonelico, Neptunia and Mugen Souls. However, you may also have noticed that virtually no major website seems to care about NIS America games (no offense meant to NISA, of course), whereas larger sites frequently talk about Xseed or ask them for interviews or their opinions on various matters.

        Where NISA are publishing stuff from Gust and Compile Heart, Xseed have picked up major games from Namco Bandai, Nintendo, Marvelous, Grasshopper Manufacture, GungHo. Clearly, the kinds of games you’re known for publishing have an effect on which publishers are willing to negotiate with you.

  • Crazy_O

    You could only sell it on your online shop, maybe a great LE (I buy all LEs from NISA on their shop and I’m from Europe! I would have no problem to do the same for XSEED games if they ship to Europe.)

    But sell the rest only in online shops or via PSN.

  • Foryth

    I wasn’t all that interested in this, but I’d probably buy it simply to support such a daring release. I don’t mind some over the top fanservice once in a while, I simply turn off my brain and enjoy it for what it is. (though being a beat-em up fan, it also looks interesting from that perspective)

    I realise it can be a difficult decision for XSeed, but frankly I don’t see it as having such a big impact, considering the rest of their curiculum is still top-notch and I don’t think catering to a this particular niche would invalidate their other accomplishments.

  • Guest

    This game deserves it, not only is it popular it sells well.

  • JoeSislack

    Who knew that boobs could be so divisive and controversial.

    • Anime10121

      …in America.

  • Jack Frazee

    The majority attitude of the US is definitely not conservative. You just have to worry about the vocal minority.. or just ignore the morons.

    Release it M, and there really shouldn’t be a problem. God of War has bare breasts, butts, and interactive sexual intercourse. Sony would be highly hypocritical to say anything about this game.

    • Neppygear

      Except that Senran Kagura Burst is on the 3DS. Shinovi Versus is the one on Vita.

      • Jack Frazee

        d’oh. Thanks for the correction.

  • Guest

    Pick a better project, Xseed. Really, I’m sure there’s something out there you can do besides localizing trash like this.

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

      If you have thoughts on the matter, please get them across without the enmity. This sort of comment doesn’t help the situation any better.

  • kaizin

    this is good news i wish them luck with getting senran kagura over here.

  • Stranger On The Road

    Well there is another solution; target the Asian market with the English version and make sure that it is regional free. We will take care of importing it.

    That would work wouldn’t it?

  • TWE

    After DoA, Code of Princess, and the Soul Hackers NA boxart I was under the impression Nintendo was now totally fine with boobies on the 3DS..

  • TyeTheCzar

    Who cares about Jailbait Ninja Strippers?!

    WHERE IS MY TRAILS IN THE SKY SC, XSEED?! WHERE?!

    And before you whine about how it’ll never come out, be productive instead by actually purchasing the first game.

    • Anime10121

      I feel your pains, as I’m eagerly awaiting TiTs TOO! But why not provide other content for people while they toil at the 10 years of text they need to translate to get those games released. Trust that I’d rather have Tits SC than anything else XSEED has put out in a while, they’ve got to find some way to make a profit off the massive amount of text in that game, and I can guarantee you, a PSP release wont net them that (hopefully they can release the PS3 version, alongside a PSN release, which I’m sure would fare MUCH better).

  • Elvick

    I’d rather have the Vita game.

    • leingod

      Me too since it’s the better game, but if any of the games get localized, it’s good news.

  • Kamakuma

    I still find it rather sad that a game such as this can tear the community up like this… I mean me reading the comments earlier just made me look up my password to post this… *Sighs*

    Seriously views are different all around the world. There’s little we can do to change that but even so it’s a great game and I agree with Merrick there. If it comes down to it. Slap that M rating on it and call it a day.

    Because I know there’s games almost as bad that I ran into that somehow flew under the ESRB’s radar and got rating T… All I’m saying on the matter.

  • BenderIsGreat

    What are they, allergic to money or something?

    • MXC

      Lol when I read your comment I heard it in Benders voice.

      • BenderIsGreat

        I do everything in Bender’s voice, that way people know where I’m coming from.

        • MXC

          Well it IMO it works so keep it up along with the SK support!

  • Nazoc

    I support free speech so I don’t mind this game coming out and all..but this thing is a piece of puerile dross. Really.

    I imagine the average player of this game is a lonely teenage/young adult male who has never interacted with a real women in his whole life.

    • leingod

      Actually, most people that IMAGINE that are the ones with that issue, since it’s a pretty immature position. I don’t see why men should stop liking fantastical and other depictions of women once they get laid.

      That being said, even if they are teenage virgins I don’t see why we should mock them. We all were virgin teenagers once.

  • Anonymous

    I wish, I can’t import
    And i will get a Vita but just not now, Until games that i consider as system sellers come out for it

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Looks like it was a derp or accident. We’ve been getting more posts than usual today. She be back now,

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