Xseed Looking To Bring More Games, “Especially JRPGs,” To PC

By Ishaan . July 31, 2013 . 6:08pm

In recent years, Xseed have begun to publish games on PC, starting out with Falcom’s Ys games. In a recent interview with the publisher’s Executive Vice-President Ken Berry, Siliconera asked about how those games have done and further PC support.

 

“They have done great on Steam, and hopefully that introduced a lot of new people to the Ys series so that they will want to check out the latest offering on PS Vita when it comes out later this year,” Berry replied.  “They’ve surpassed our expectations, and we are definitely looking to bring more titles to PC.”

 

We also brought up the fact that U.K. publisher Ghostlight are bringing Record of Agarest War to PC via Steam, and inquired if Xseed had plans for other PC JRPGs.

 

Berry replied, “We are absolutely interested in bringing more titles, especially JRPGs, to PC.  We are doing what we can to make it happen, so hopefully we will have an announcement within the next month or so.”

 

[Note that this interview took place in late June.]

 


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  • ChiffonCake

    Based Xseed.

  • Foryth

    If this eventualy means Trails in the Sky SC, I will be squealing in joy like a little girl.

    • pimpalicious

      That would be sweet, but I’ll look forward to hearing whatever it is they might be working on. I wouldn’t mind Ys Ark of Napishtim(I think I killed the spelling there).

  • Magnumsally

    I want trails physically. Might be selfish

    • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

      I would also loved the series physically, but I’ll rather have them virtually than not having them.

      • Pyrotek85

        Agreed. Might be more realistic, especially if a particular series is more risky and not a sure hit. I’m glad the steam platform is working well for them at least.

      • Pyrotek85

        Agreed. Might be more realistic, especially if a particular series is more risky and not a sure hit. I’m glad the steam platform is working well for them at least.

    • DesmaX

      > PC
      > Physical

      That would be a problem

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Not really. PC games are released physically on a regular basis; infact, it’s arguably much easier to do a physical release on PC than on consoles, since there is no platform holder or a unique medium. As such, a developer could (theoretically) print DVDs from their own house . Furthermore, PC games have a significant retail presence in Europe, hence why many PC games that are only released in digital form in NA get a retail release in Europe.

        That said, I don’t see a physical release happening with these games. Not only is XSEED a North American publisher (and thus wouldn’t be interested), most of these are old games that wouldn’t really garner much attention nor would they fetch a very high price.

        Anyone who wants a physical copy is best off importing it via Falcom’s online store. Personally, as much as I love physical copies, I would settle for a DRM-free release on non-Steam DD services.

        • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

          The issue at this point is *shelf space*. It’s actually really cheap to do a DVD release on the PC at this point (the discs can be pressed for *pennies* per disc, and the rest of the packaging isn’t much more).

          Getting a retailer to even carry your product, though, if your name isn’t Activision-Blizzard or Electronic Arts, is a real challenge. That’s the main reason a physical PC release would be so hard – it’s difficult to get retailers to even bother with your stuff unless it’s guaranteed to sell in *bulk*.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            This is true (at least in North America). But then again, aside from the technical challenges of setting up such an operation, there is nothing preventing a developer from selling their games themselves via an online store (much like how Falcom does) or using an online retailer.

            But this is all besides the point. Like I said, these games aren’t going to get a physical release simply beacuse it wouldn’t really be a worthwhile investment in the NA market.

    • psycho_bandaid

      When I first read this I thought you meant something sexual.

      My mind has been ruined by the internet.

      • DesmaX

        C’mon, guy just like Tits…

        …I’m so mature

    • http://queensblade.net/index.php/characters/cattleya gulabjamuns

      If they went as far as to release the kind of fancy PC game boxsets that Japan as gotten in the past, but in english, I’d be all over those in a heartbeat, especially for Ys. I wish they would at least do a limited run of them at least, even if they can only be purchased from the Xseed site.

  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    Trails and Ys 7, perhaps? Though really, any JRPGs on Steam would be good!

    • http://crono-trigger.tumblr.com/ SilverCrono

      Ys Seven might be a bit unlikely, sorry to burst your bubble, but afaik it hasn’t even seen a PC release in Japan. It was made exclusively for PSP, so a port would have to come from Falcom, not XSEED.

      • DesmaX

        Actually, there was a PC port (Not by Xseed, by a Chinese Company)

        And, apparently they were trying to bring that version to Steam, surprisingly:
        http://www.esterior.net/2013/04/pc-version-of-ys-seven-in-english/

        • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

          The PC port, as it currently exists, is also *REAL* janky. At a minimum they’d have to remove the absurd application of SecuROM they’re currently using for it to be considered playable by most Americans. I wouldn’t expect that one.

          But then it also keeps things kind of neatly symmetrical; there’s an exclusive game for the PSP (Seven), an exclusive for the PC (Origin), and now an exclusive for the Vita (Celceta).

          • DesmaX

            What are you talking about? Everyone loooooooooves DRM that requires 24/7 internet connection.

            Oh well, there will be a way to make it good enough for Steam. Ys Chronicles was supposed to be a shit on PC, but Xseed did a good job with it

          • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

            That’s pretty much all down to Sara Leen, who is pretty much God’s Chosen Programmer. She made that release what it is.

          • DesmaX

            Oh yeah, she sure is talented

          • CirnoLakes

            I’m certainly hoping that’s possible. And ditto on SecuROM being pretty much universally hated, and for good reason.

            I’d love to have a nice, SecuROM free copy.

      • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

        As noted below, there’s been apparently intent on bringing Ys 7 Chinese version into English on Steam, so… It’d actually be rather possible! And that article’s just from four months ago now so it’s still got probability.

  • xavier axol

    how about some Tits? I mean, the second chapter that is.

    • D H

      I think you win my internet today, sir…

    • jeka69

      Made me comment.

  • VitaminC

    Their plan is working. I recently purchased and played through Ys I&II Chronicles+ as I’d never really played through Ys II before. Thoroughly enjoyed both and their soundtracks and I’ve been playing through Ys Origin.

    Definitely even more excited for Ys Celceta now.

  • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

    This is relevant to my interests.

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    Release Ark of Napishtim and Ys 7 on Steam, easy money.

    • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

      XSEED might not have the ability to release Ys Seven on Steam, seeing as the Chinese company that developed the PC version for China has announced plans to release it in English.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Funny how so many people and developers claim PC gaming is dying, and yet smaller companies like this are making a killing on the platform.

    • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

      The amount of sales – and money – Carpe Fulgur’s made in the past *two months* alone makes me salivate.

      PC gaming? Dead? Not by a longshot.

      • Barrylocke89

        Glad that things are still going strong for you guys! Can’t wait to shove more money down your throats when you release your next product ;D

      • Audie Bakerson

        I forgot you still existed. Haven’t heard about you for over a year.

        I’m looking forward to… whatever it is.

      • TrevHead

        And rightly so your 3 localisations are great fun.

      • AzureRyuujin

        Heh, I haven’t heard from you folks in a while.

        Hope that you’re able to spill the beans on Project Four soon. I know it’s been a real headache.

        • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

          I think some news on that front can be expected quite soon. :3

          • AzureRyuujin

            Hoooraaaaay~

            Sorry if I seemed like a pest.

          • CirnoLakes

            I’d love it if it were actually soon soon.

            I’ve been hearing ‘soon’ for a long time now. It’s getting brutal. Not that I’m pressuring you, or anything. Just that I’ve grown weary of the term “soon”. “Soon” doesn’t feel like soon, anymore, not in regards to project 4.

          • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

            :3

          • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

            I say again: :3

      • CirnoLakes

        I think that people who think that PC gaming is dead haven’t been keeping up with the platform. PC gaming seems to be more successful than ever due to having some of the best and most convenient digital distribution platforms ever. Along with the rise of indie gaming, development costs, computer power, and lots of other forces making the PC a disruptive force.

        AMD are going to make that even more so with their APUs in the future. I’m betting most low end laptops are going to run pretty much every game soon, thanks to that. In which case the market for consoles it going to be further taken by the PC when most people will be able to afford a laptop for $300 that can play just about everything. It’ll make the appeal of a dedicated console not quite so big.

        I don’t see the claim that PC gaming is dead all that often. Most commonly is longtime console enthusiast crowds.

        Anyway, I’ve very happy that the PC market has been going well for you.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    if this means more falcom games on PC i might start getting into PC gaming seriously (im not a 1080p. 60fps, multiplayer or FPS kind of guy)

  • Shiki

    Ys I is the best, hands down. By far the most challenging and satisfying, yet with a simple and sweet overall game design. Doesn’t rely on skills/magic like other Ys games and has such a great variety of levels to go through.

    I just wish the Ys Chronicles+ was a hard copy…

  • Lakitu13

    Not really an RPG but I hope that means good news to Gurumin, they have already have the PSP port translated.

  • DesmaX

    All I want is Trails in the Sky. Those sprites looks amazing in HD.

    But I’ll whatever they release there, day one. Gotta support the genre there

  • creid8

    Really hope this means a Kiseki game (or three.)

  • Warboss Aohd

    Steam and GOG would be a major boon for niche games.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    That’s good to hear. Hopefully, though, that means that they will consider bringing these games to other DD services as well. I would gladly purchase the Ys games if they showed up on GOG.

  • MrTyrant

    Trails series please, all of them but specially SC.

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

    *crosses fingers so hard!!!!!!*

  • Sim

    Here we go again…

  • PoweredByHentai

    I’m part of the reason why the Ys games have been doing well on Steam.

    /throws-ys-games-at-siliconerans-on-my-steam-friend-list

    • $7573679

      Haha, when they sold the game for 3£ it was cheaper than a poster card, and you could send it digitally as a gift with text. It was the perfect birthday present for people who otherwise hates cards! xD

  • tyrantflughude

    What about Corpse party 2 Dead patient?

    • Barrylocke89

      As interested as I am in seeing what all the fuss is about TitS, I’m probably even more excited about this one. Between Xseed pushing for more PC releases these days and Xseed seeming to find the Corpse Party games to be a solid IP for them, I’m really optimistic about the West getting Dead Patient some day.

      • Daru Titor

        I definitely want to see this game haunting nearby store shelves.

  • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

    Theres a lot of great Falcom games that aren’t Ys or Kiseki, too! How bout some Xanadu Next love eh?

    • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

      I know Tom has been railing about how much he wants XSEED to release Xanadu Next, so if he has any say, we have good chances of seeing it, at least.

  • DyLaN

    Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient plz?

  • Di_Elle

    I’ve had the Ys games in my Steam library for quite some time, and only recently got around to playing the first and second ones. Absolutely amazing. If they release any more on Steam, I’ll be the first to buy.

  • dahuuuundge

    at the very least give us Trails in the Sky FC since it’s originally made for PC

  • MrRobbyM

    How about a PS3 collection of a few games? As long as OiF is included

  • Alex

    They Bring Trails and my wallet will be ready.

  • Dano Drisdelle

    TitS or GTFO

  • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

    Surpassed expectations, eh? Bringing more titles to the PC?

    Well isn’t that just a lovely thing.

    (It’s also where I get to say the biggest “I told you so of my life, but :V)

    • Barrylocke89

      How so? Were people suggesting that Xseed publishing stuff on the PC was a bad idea?

      • Strid

        It was two fold gamble I’d imagine; 1 – that these types of games would do well over here in the first place and 2 – that the PC market alone would be able to make for such a lucrative market for them.

        Anyone who really knew the PC market would have seen this success coming [SpaceDrake], those who didn’t would probably be a bit timid of it all [probably XSEED].

    • CirnoLakes

      It is. And look who came out of the woodwork. Hi there. I had worried that maybe the growth of Japanese games on the PC was slowing after some setbacks on Greenlight or so forth. Glad to see that things are still going strong.

      I’m really looking forward to your project 4 game. In whatever distant future that may come. Y’all have done great things for Japanese games on the PC. Before folks like you, I had to import my Japanese doujin games.

  • Jirin

    I like that idea.

    I’ve been a console guy since I got an NES in 1988 when I was 5, and this is the first gen where PC gaming is more attractive to me than consoles.

  • zazza345

    Sadly, the more they use Steam, the less I’m inclined to buy their titles. I also don’t want to support their (questionable in my view) push towards DD.

  • Robbyfishersora

    PC getting JRPG love?

  • Kelohmello

    Good. PC needs more JRPG representation. This whole generation needs more JRPGs. What happened?

    • Rui

      I’ll be more impressed if they can bring the Tales series, Kingdom Hearts, Valkyria Chronicles, Shin Megami Tensei, Atelier, and Disgaea and Ar Tonelico series to the PC. Seriously the only reason why I main a PS3 for gaming was for JRPGs. I’ll sell my PS3 in a hearbeat if these games are on Steam.

      • Kelohmello

        Well, I know square intends to release FFXV on PC, since that’s the only console the game can run on optimized. If that does well, they might start releasing games like Kingdom Hearts on PC! And other devs might follow.

      • CirnoLakes

        I know it is probably one of the last franchises that would ever see the PC. But Tales being on the PC would be one of my few dreams come true.

        One of the others has already come true, and that’s Tales getting dual audio. I would literally unload money on a good PC port of any Tales game at all. I already spend enough money on Tales games as it is on consoles, despite the fact I’m not a huge console gamer so much as a PC gamer. Tales is one of my three favourite franchises of all time. To be able to play Touhou and Tales games on the same system without using emulators would be a great thing. It would meant two of my favourite video game franchises on my favourite system.

        I don’t think that Namco is ever going to hire out another company to do work like that. And I doubt that Namco will ever release a Tales game on the PC outside of Tales of Eternia Online. But if they ever do, the happiness it would give me is immeasurable.

        Aside from Tales, the Valkyria Chronicles and Shin Megami Tensei games would be great. But I don’t think XSeed is ever going to have rights to anything on that list there. I’m pretty impressed by what XSeed has done.

  • Pinkemon

    This is defintely good news. I love Jrpgs so I’ll keep supporting them on steam. (Though I’m not that sure about Agarest war since someone told me it was bad, but I’m not always sure if its just objectively or a taste thing)

    • brian

      I wouldn’t call them bad, probably just a taste thing though not something I’ve acquired.
      People on the NISA forums seem to reaallly like basically anything Compile Heart, including Agarest, and plus I’ve heard from people that found the first game (and prequel) to be meh that they like Agarest 2 quite a bit.

  • Calintz YT

    JRPGS would do well on the PC.

  • Vadim Merzhey

    Ys Seven PC version… Now!

    • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

      Actually, the Chinese company that released Ys Seven for PC in China has stated that they’ll be doing an English language release as well.

      • Vadim Merzhey

        Even if they didn’t, Falcom is releasing PC version in Japan soon.

        • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

          Please don’t take offense at this question, but this might be something I’d need to report on?

          I’ve not seen anything regarding this from Falcom directly. Is this official news or is it just conjecture based on the recent PC release of Zero no Kiseki? The reason I ask is because Falcom’s got the multiplatform for Ys VII that they’ve been working on for several years, and my suspicion is not PC for it, rather I’ve been saying for quite some time that I would not be surprised if it’s on the PS3 when it finally sees its announcement/release.

          • Vadim Merzhey

            It is conjecture based on the news I saw here. If I remember right it was saying something about “re-releasing” some of Falcom games on PC in Japan, Ys Seven included.

          • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

            Falcom periodically rereleases their older PC titles to update them to the current version of Windows. All three of the original Trails games were in it, Ys Chronicles, Xanadu Next, Zwei II, and at least one other, I think.

            Falcom will probably make an announcement with Ys Seven by itself if they did that, because that’s a big deal. I imagine, however, that part of it depends on how well Zero no Kiseki did for the PC, and if Joyoland will allow them to go for it, considering that they’re planning an English release as well.

  • SilvaStarRippa

    As much as I want Ys 7 on PC, Ark of Napishtim is probably the next one to come over to Steam.

  • brian

    Zweii 2?

  • Just Tim

    I’m glad for the fact that JRPGs are going to finally reach out to their audience in the PC format.

    With that said, I just hope they’re reach out more to non-Steam platforms that guarantee AND deliver no DRMs.

  • Achiel

    Grand Knights History? ;_;

    • Barrylocke89

      Kinda tough for a game that was never PC to begin with :/

  • JackDandy

    Shit yeah, finally! Here’s hoping for Trails FC!

    Or at least Xanadu Next, or Ys Napishtim… Or maybe Zwei?

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

    So we get more Falcom games? I’m so happy right now.

  • Mithfalath

    I don’t even need to read the content of the article to like this. MORE POWER TO YOU XSEED!!! :)

  • Guest

    TiTS PC – Confirmed

    • Testsubject909

      There’s no lack of Tits on PC.

      You guys might really want to reconsider the acronym for that game.

  • Леонид Родин

    Trails in the Sky FC for PC – Confirmed

  • TrevHead

    Great news, now if only NISA / Sting would port their games to PC.

  • Tenno Seremel

    >Record of Agarest War to PC

    The age of JRPGs on PC was shot…

    • DesmaX

      Well, to give it credit, it’s a damn fine port

  • AweOfShe

    I wonder what the chances are, of them releasing the definitive version of the LoH Gagharv trilogy.

    In any case, the possibility of any and/or every PC Falcom game… Zwei / Zwei II Plus, Gurumin, Dinosaur Resurrection, Xanadu Next, and so on… They certainly wouldn’t run out of things to localize for PC, any time soon. ;)

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Were you dizzy when you made this post?

    • CirnoLakes

      I’d really, really like to see Zwei and Gurumin.

      Gurumin is this fantastically cute and fun game I feel like deserves more love and exposure. I’d be happy to buy another copy of the game if XSeed localized it.

  • tovarichyuri

    I can’t see me playing an RPG in a 600 W machine

  • Pichi

    Wonderful news! This could help with games that could use the extra revenue and games that are on PSP/DS get a second chance.

  • CirnoLakes

    It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of these types of games on the PC. It’s no surprise, as many have pointed out, as me being a Touhou fan. And this avatar isn’t for show, I own probably nearly every single Touhou game in existence, or at least a large number of them. And I’m always searching for and buying more. I have tubs full of Touhou discs.

    After things like this, and Namco doing a lot of great things for Tales fans(they’ve also been throwing the PC a bone, what with Dark Souls, Pac-Man Championship Edition, and Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Storm 3 all coming to the PC). 2013 and 2014 are turning out to be great years for me. I’ve really enjoyed what Xseed have done on the PC so far.

    (Not to mention, also on the console side, Project Diva F getting localized which is also making 2013 great.)

    I’ve also heard good news about some other developers. I’ve heard about Nippon Ichi having “big plans” for the PC. And as well Cave having plans to bring their games to the PC(as a fan of Touhou, I’m also a big fan of Cave shooters, big surprise there). I also look forward to folks like Nyu-Media and Rockin’ Android bringing games over. And when Carpe Fulgur finally gets around to announcing project 4, I’ll be excited to play that, as well. Then there’s also the fact that Square Enix could be bringing their new games to the PC. Konami and some other companies are looking hopeful, as well.

    I almost missed this article because I’ve been so into Tales lately. I hadn’t even checked Siliconera in several days(I’ve also been doing other things than internet-ing around, like swimming). And most of my freetime this month will be taken by Xillia rather than PC gaming or checking Siliconera. But I’m super happy I took a break from Tales stuff to post Tales stuff. Because I came across this article. This is fantastic news. If I didn’t take a break, I wouldn’t have discovered this article. I’m very glad to hear that things are going well on all of my favourite fronts of gaming.

    As long as people put good Japanese games on the PC, I’m going to be buying them. Thanks for reporting on this, Siliconera. Thanks for spreading the good news.

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