CyberFront, Vita DRPG And Princess Maker Publisher, Dissolves

By Spencer . December 23, 2013 . 1:15am

imageCyberFront’s core business is releasing visual novels and bringing Western games to Japan. They brought Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Skullgirls, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series, and the DJMax series to Japan. Ever17, the Princess Maker series, and the PSP version of Aselia the Eternal are some of the projects they developed in Japan.

 

Recently, CyberFront has been working with Demon Gaze developer Experience. They ported Labyrinth Cross Blood to Vita and are creating an original sequel, Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss.

 

Unfortunately, CyberFront has been dissolved. Earlier this year, the company changed management and has been trying to rebuild their business. This task was determined to be more difficult than expected and CyberFront was immediately dissolved. The Walking Dead just came out in Japan and Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss is slated for release on January 23, 2014.


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  • Matenshi

    Well that’s a shame.

    I always wanted to play Princess Maker 4, but of course we never got any of them translated into English.

    • zferolie

      what are the princess maker games?

      • Anewme…Again

        Life simulations kind of game.

      • Testsubject909

        The title is very descriptive of the game.

        You are raising a daughter, that’s the gist of every single one of them.

        It’s a week by week (or day by day for Princess Maker 4) simulator as you raise a daughter as a single father. The first two games had you be a legendary hero who saved a country and one day stumbled across an orphan, and decided to raise her on your own as you settled after your epic final fight.

        In the third one, you choose a ‘class’ if you will. Be it a bard, a merchant, a soldier or whatnot, which affects your household and your income/credit limit as well as the general disposition of your daughter at the beginning.

        The game is very open ended, very much so like a Western RPG would enjoy being advertised as such, but far more open in both the path you take and in the ending you gain.

        There are also RPG elements as you can train your daughter to become a heroine, outfit her with armor and weapons and send her out to dungeons for her to train, explore, discover loot and fight. Or train her to be great at the royal court and send her to the castle to gain more contacts and eventually get the ear of the queen and king, perhaps even getting her to marry the prince, become the pope.

        Or even just settle in with a regular life as an innkeeper, a librarian, a cook, or anything else really.

        It’s a game with incredibly high replayability.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      I used to have a fan translated version of Princess Maker 2.

      • Testsubject909

        I think you mean official translation of Princess Maker 2. If I’m not incorrect.

        Princess Maker 3 and 1 are the ones you’ll need a fan translation for.

        If I’m not incorrect.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Let’s not go much further here folks. Even the official translation officially never happened. ‘Rights h*ll’ is far from a brand new thing. Thanks.

          • Testsubject909

            Huh… Now I got something to google while I wait to see if the Open Threads starts working again. Thanks M’iau.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            The version of which I am suspecting you speak remains not quite complete. And ya it might take a little digging but the guy who was behind the PM2 translation in the first place has discussed how things ended badly for the project.

          • Testsubject909

            That’s… quite saddening.

            I have tons of great memories of playing PM2.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            It is very fun and clear that for that time a lot of care was being put into the work. And as you know, everything was going to be kept in, right down to the pills and ‘marries papa’ end.

  • CH3N9

    Do you think those at Cyberfront will get back into the industry?

  • Servant BerserCAR

    Mother of… o_o>⌐■-■

    Skullgirls again?

    I don’t believe in curse or such, but the amount of bad luck on this game is too damn high!

    • JustThisOne

      I know! Ouch ouch ouch. I really wanna give LabZero a big ol’ hug.

  • icecoffemix

    So what happen to those games? Tokyo Record, and what about Demon Gaze localization? :(

    • Dragard Kaos

      I’m sure the localization has already been handled and won’t be affected. I hope this doesn’t affect Toyko Record from being localized, that game looks great too.

    • nathaniel

      acutally im pretty sure NIS is handing demon gaze

  • MrTyrant

    This is going to suck so much for japanese people who play western games.

    • Ereek

      Indeed, it’s a shame when any localizer collapses.

    • Kaetsu

      Yeah I didn’t even think about that. I always b**** about wanting Japanese games to come to west but I realize that there’s probably tones of games we have that they don’t.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹

      SE does a lot of localizations, maybe they’ll pick up a few more titles

  • Tenno Seremel

    >The company [KID] declared bankruptcy in 2006. However in February 2007 it was announced that KID’s intellectual properties had been acquired by the Cyber Front corporation […]

    Fast forward to 2013
    >CyberFront has been dissolved

    So, what happens with former KID’s IP (unless it already was elsewhere)?

  • Hound

    Now who will make Princess Maker 6? T_T

    • Testsubject909

      My first immediate thought…

  • Hinataharem

    Well this is saddening

  • Just Tim

    I sincerely hope former employees would have the guts, vision, finances, and resources to continue on from where CyberFront stopped at.

    I just hope they’d be savvy enough to emerge in Steam/Android/iOS; those platforms are screaming, “WIDE OPEN!” to the Japanese developers.

  • Anesia Hunter

    that’s not exactly true since there have been a number of successful games on sony handhelds.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    You know that they help publish and localise western titles in Japan, right, for platforms other than the handhelds?

    Just because their recent business venture involves the Vita, doesn’t mean it was the main -or only- cause for their dissolvement.

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