Steins;Gate Publisher Starting To Publish Western Games In Japan

By Eugene . December 16, 2013 . 3:00pm

5pb are better known for their range of visual novels, like their massively popular Steins;Gate series… which is why they gave us a surprise a couple months back when they announced they were releasing indie platformer Constant C on the Xbox 360 in America.


And now, they’ve surprised us again, by swinging the gate the other way and taking up publishing rights in Japan for developer Focus Interactive’s Mars: War Logs. The game is set to be released on the 30th of January on PC in Japan.


This is great news for those Japanese gamers hungering for Western titles to play, especially on the PC. Who knows, there could be a Japanese doppelganger of you right now, sitting on 2ch happily squealing that the game is finally coming over. The point, though, is that 5pb are now a new player in the publisher pool that localizes for both the West and East.—and maybe they’ll do it again in the future.


It’s actually similar to how Spike Chunsoft picks up more niche titles from the West such as The Witcher and then localizes it for the Japanese market—something we talked about just a few months ago. It should be interesting to see if 5pb, too, can build up an audience for western games in their home market.

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  • Looks interesting. Will have to check it out. I actually never heard of this game before this article lol

    • Aristides

      The hell right? Just watched the trailer and with those production values I don’t really get how I’ve never heard mention of this game O-o

      • Yeah, really gonna have to look into it =)

  • Warboss Aohd


  • Keksus

    Robotics;Notes localized for PS3? Hopefully.

    • Kurizu208

      all of my want

    • Wait what

      I think you misunderstood. This is about Western games being brought to Japan, not the other way around.

  • landroverattack

    Surprised no mention of Shadow Warrior; 5pb showed a trailer for it at the Live 5pb event a couple weeks ago. Appropriately censored for their sensitive audience, of course

  • Epic Markell Joshua

    I just want robotics notes on pc :(

  • easter

    My Japanese doppleganger is just as disappointed that there’s no Final Fantasy XII in HD, preferably on Vita :(

    On a more serious note, are there really that many Japanese gamers “hungering” for Western games? I thought most of them think of Western releases as kusoge, or at least a very large number of Western games.

    Or, maybe bad games are just bad games regardless of region of origin.

    • Pichi

      I think only a niche group thought of all Western games as kusoge. Western games have been selling okay throughout the years. Just depends on the usual stuff like genre, art, etc.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Aw, for a split second I misread this as 5pb now publishing games in the west.

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