Mages Trying To Reacquire Rights To Phantom Breaker In The U.S.

By Kris . October 23, 2013 . 4:00pm

When we last asked Mages producer Masaki Sakari what was going on with Phantom Breaker’s release in the west, he said to us, “The deal we have is [U.S. publisher] 7Sixty has almost full control of the project. We just gave it to them and all we can really say is if we try to put pressure on them, it’s on their table.”


Siliconera recently had a chance to speak with Sakari again, and once more, we asked him the same question: what are the chances that Phantom Breaker will actually see a western release? Perhaps we’ll see the updated version, Phantom Breaker: Extra, come over?


Sakari replied, “To be quite frank, there have been some goings back and forth between 7Sixty and us. The original contract was for physical goods, like a packaged product, but with the change in the climate of the market, we’re reconsidering that, and they expressed their concerns. We were in the process of negotiating it.”


However, things aren’t quite in place for a western release just yet. Sakari added, “Even though we’re kind of giving them suggestions, we haven’t really had a kind of productive discussion that’s critically pushing us forward. I would almost say that we’re kind of waiting on them, from our perspective. That’s really the cause of the holdup.”


Luckily, Sakari says, Mages are trying to work on a solution, by procuring the rights to publish the game in the U.S. back from 7Sixty.


“We really would like to bring Extra to the states as well, but it might be a little weird if Phantom Breaker original doesn’t come out, and Extra comes out first,” Sakari shared. “So we’re in the process of attempting to get the rights back from them from our original contract and re-releasing it in some other shape or form.”

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  • Muffum

    I can’t imagine trying to release the original first would go over well. How I see it, at least, they’d release the original, sales would be low because people either are waiting on Extra or already imported it, and they decide from the low sales that it wouldn’t be worth it bringing over Extra.

    • Zonic505

      Yeah, we already are aware of the fact Extra exists, not to mention it’s the original game, but updated & more content. Might as well just give us the version that has more to offer, especially considering how long the original’s been in limbo to the point it’s not worth it there’s a superior version out.

      • NeoStrayCat

        Unless just for a 1K stack, or just for the fun of it. I’d wait to play either (PB in Eng. or PB: Ex), in case, PB: Battlegrounds can only satisfy so much for me now, its best to wait things out. I just hope they can negotiate and try to get the 1st one to store shelves (since apparently the game has been done and translated/localized/pressed, and the [LE] copies must be sitting in a wherehouse gathering dust or something. >_>)

  • Vesperion

    ….but isn’t Extra just Phantom Breaker +?

    • NeoStrayCat

      Yes, in a sense, its just 4 more characters added, balance changes, different style changes, and other stuff, but don’t expect much for bonus content such as a Story or Gallery, its pretty barebones, but better than nothing I guess.

      • Vesperion

        Then it’s just a plus. What i mean is that skipping the original for Extra doesn’t seem to hurt it in terms of story.

        • NeoStrayCat

          Not really, but the “Situation Battle Mode” might be a story replacement (but more likely a tutorial/challenge mode), but just only for the new characters, there’s not even endings for any character, like I said, pretty barebones.

  • $36598391

    Wasn’t Phantom Breaker a visual novel or am I thinking of a different game?

    • brian

      No, it’s a fighting game but this company does mostly visual novels.

      • NeoStrayCat

        And the game’s Story Mode in the 1st PB does have that VN style of story, in a similar manner to BB, in a sense.

  • Yan Zhao

    Why would they want to release the original first when Extra is better? Is the actual in-game content like story different or something? Else theres no point to release the original. Just give us Extra.

    • NeoStrayCat

      I’ve already posted what I know/seen that’s pretty much in Extra, sure its a bit better, plays faster too, but in terms of actual in-game content like a Story, Gallery, or even endings…Surprised to say, there aren’t any in this. Its best to play both of them (if necessary) for a complete experience of the series, PB: Battle Grounds as well, but completely optional.

      • Yan Zhao

        If theres not much extras in term of story or content, then playing the most recent updates for FIGHTING games is ALWAYS the way it should be.

        Nobody is gona play Vanilla SF4 or MVC3 now if they just start. They’ll go right into Ultra and Ultimate.

        • NeoStrayCat

          Yeah, they’ll just go straight to the game and play it, lol.

  • Just Tim

    I sincerely hope whatever the end result is, this won’t end up a la Arc Rise Fantasia…

    As a refresher: XSEED was finishing up translation for Arc Rise Fantasia, then boom, Ignition grabbed the US rights for the game. Now, don’t act like you guys have short-term memories.

    • NeoStrayCat

      Can’t say for sure how the end result will be, but hopefully they’ll get it back in one piece. (No pun intended.)

  • Nice. I hope they get the rights =)

    • NeoStrayCat

      I hope so too! :3

      • Bigabu Beaze

        Me three!

  • Strid

    Eh, if it’s not a physical release, I don’t want it.

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