Aksys To Localize Arc System Works Visual Novel XBlaze Code: Embryo

By Ishaan . February 11, 2014 . 11:31am

Aksys Games will publish XBlaze Code: Embryo, a PlayStation 3  and Vita visual novel by Arc System Works, in North America, the publisher announced today.


XBlaze takes place in the same universe as BlazBlue and takes place 150 years prior to the events of the first BlazBlue game. It follows Touya Kagari, a high school student who is attacked out of the blue and pulled into circumstances he doesn’t understand.


XBlaze Code: Embryo will feature multiple paths and endings, including a gag ending. The game is slated for release this Summer.


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  • DemonShadowX

    Good on them! Will probably be picking this up when it comes our way!

  • Crazy_O

    What is going on this year? My wallet is crying and I am too, tears of joy.

    • Crimson_Cloud

      Same here. Almost made me jump and do the Fred’s ”yabadabadoo” signature move…. then I saw that there was nothing on Europe. Crap, import it is…

      I’ll be going on a huge diet in order to save for this year’s punishing collection. Not that I mind though. :)

      • Im starting to dislike my forced vacations :x …
        Need to get back to work ASAP, I just can’t miss this!

    • lordsofskulls

      have developers actually o.o BECAME RPG FANATICS again and releaseing RPGS all over again ;3 This year already screams “YEAR OF RPGS” ;3 my wallet is crying in joy and tears XD

  • D H

    Even better, in the comments on PS Blog, it was confirmed as digital AND physical release. This is simply amazing.

    • Aksys appears to really be stepping up. They’re coming through with Physical Vita releases where many other publishers would have just fallen back to digital.

      Let’s hope they can demonstrate that as a profitable and desirable path for the rest of the industry.

  • greeeed

    Full english VN game on PS3?

    • NeoStrayCat

      Well, in text only if I read from the article/comments on the PS Blog. Will only have JP voices though.

      • greeeed

        that make it better

    • SerendipityX

      This and Hakuoki PS3.

  • AlteisenX

    …I uh… Uh… So many vita announcements this week and Mind Zero too…

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Nice! Didn’t think this was going to get localized tbh. Will definately be picking up a physical copy of this:).

  • Godmars

    Sweet – Me wants it XD

  • Keko

    Thank you, based Sugita.
    And thank you, based Aksys ;_; We really need more VNs.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    I am so happy that I can cry tears. The accidental announcement of Super Danganronpa 2 localization and now this.

    • GH56734

      When was Super Danganronpa 2 announced?

      • ThatGuy3190_7
        • RichyGaming

          I never would have known about this if not for you. ty

        • GH56734

          Thanks a lot :)
          But this still doesn’t really confirm whether they’ll release it. Archaic Sealed Heat (Nintendo), Final Fantasy Type-0 (SE), Tales of Vesperia PS3 (Namco) were all at one point confirmed by the VA to be worked on in English but…
          I’ll wait eagerly for the official announcement.

  • otakumike

    We need to buy this to show the west has interest in VN games. Loosen those wallets!

    • AkiraScare

      My same thoughs this wll help the cause for more vn in the wesr (^_^)

    • nonscpo

      Ditto, I’m already doing my part picking up Dangan Ronpa today

    • Alestaos

      Bar for NA isnt just the west…..are developers forgetting that theres alot of us EUers that enjoy these
      Titles as well. Idk iwas gonna buy this then i saw no EU so i might boycott it. And let the “west” handle it

  • RichyGaming

    Holy shit, I never would have expected this to happen. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • Same here. One of the occasions that I’m very happy to have been wrong in my initial predictions (though I always did say that considering it was ASW and Blazblue tied that Aksys meant it was with-in realm of possibility.

      This was a great story, I hope that some folks who would ordinarily avoid VNs will check this out, it’s quite good.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Hopfully we see more VNs on consoles in the future. I would love if some goback and translate few of the older ones like… Megazone 23 *hides*

  • Guest
  • Wooh, i can’t even… so happy!

  • Tincho Kudos

    I always tought Aksys = Arc System Works. I guess I learn new things everyday huh

  • Loli Summoner

    A VN game? Looks like i’mma skip this, VN games bore the hell out of me sadly :T

    • Mace

      Same goes for me. I love BlazBlue, but I cannot stomach a pure VN. Its just so dull. The VN needs to be broken up with some combat or puzzles or something of the like. Like how 999/VLR and AA do it. There needs to be a GAME in there!

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Actually this one kinda plays like an anime if you can believe that

      • DyLaN

        Unfortunately, only a small part of VN does tht. So just treat it as a novel with graphics/sounds and choices or something.

        I do wonder, why is some ppl OK with reading a novel but not VNs?

  • lackofstyle

    whats is going on with the world these days, i never thought i would see this, i think i’m gonna cry T_T

  • Galile0Galilei

    Literally got this game in the mail yesterday because I was able to import it on the cheap. I was quite sad to see it on Amazon for preorder this morning.

  • ivanchu77

    First the Danganronpa 2 leak, and shortly after we get this, Glad to see VN are finally getting the atention they deserve in the west :D

    Now with a little luck maybe we get that NIS yandere VN too eventually

    • Göran Isacson

      Oooh, has there been a leaked confirmation of Danganronpa 2? And here I thought this news was the best localization news I’d hear today!

  • SupaPhly

    It’s not… otome, right?

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      No but if we buy lots of it it could end up being

  • cedx123

    Now I really got more reasons to get a job this year!

  • transferstudentx

    nice keep releasing those gems to the west new market to explore more money for them less for us -_-

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Meh :|

  • Anime10121

    Hope this is gonna be dubbed too!

    • Zedar89
      • Anime10121

        Aw dat sucks… Though I kinda figured as much being essentially a new ip :(

        • z_merquise

          Not a new IP. More like a spin-off of Blazblue.

          • Anime10121

            True, but does it really have “that” much to do with Blaz Blue besides taking place in the same universe (honest question here)?

          • Zedar89

            Hard to say, the XBLAZE isn’t really over (it has several foreshadowing that haven’t been answered).
            But XBLAZE like BlazBlue is a story that revolves around the Black Beast and the Master Unit.

          • Anime10121

            Hm, I didnt know it had anything to do with the Black Beast…interest level…rising :D

    • DyLaN

      That dub hating…

      • Anime10121

        Meh, I don’t let it bother me, while I don’t dislike subs, I’ll always prefer to play/watch something in a language I actually understand. People can hate dubs and me liking the all they want, doesn’t change the fact I’ll generally 99% of the time prefer an English dub. :P

  • I’m just getting this to show support on visual novels, hopefully after this other companies will start localizing their visual novels little by little until it’s a solid business.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    This year is looking good for the PSV in the West, I’m glad that we are getting so many usually-Japan-only games overseas~.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    maybe it’s just like disgaea, this VN got localized bcos of the fanbase

  • Prinny Dood

    Yawn! wake me when someone announce shinovi versus, akiba trip, legend of heroes or the hyperdimension neptunia series. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz : p

  • Göran Isacson

    Oooh man, the prequel! No idea how much it plays into the actual story of Blazblue, but it is still kinda cool to see a VN get localized… just hope us Europeans will get a shot at it too.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I officially believe in god now

  • JuiceKun

    Well damn.

  • Aksys…u made my vita happy with this and Blazblue!

  • DragKudo

    I prayed this day would come.

  • Milton Martinez

    yes finally…!

  • TatsuyaKyo

    I keep throwing my wallet at my screen, but nothing’s happening. -_-”

    …Jokes aside, the guys at Aksys truly are Bros.

  • Go2hell66


  • Wow! I would have never expected this, since console VNs are so rare. The fact it’s tied to Blazblue though seems to be a big help? Will definitely be checking this one out.

    • DyLaN

      Considering tht DIsgaea Infinite was localized probably because of the brand name, yeah.

  • SyrusYuki

    Well all I can say is this shall be a day one buy for me!

  • Michael Connell

    It was only a question of when Aksys would localize this, now to keep my eyes peeled for when I can preorder this :)

  • GameWinner

    2014 = Year of the Vita.
    …at least for me.

  • chronocide

    I keep throwing my wallet at the screen but it’s not making it come any faster.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    If buy lot’s of this maybe that’ll get them to give us more otome games
    Diabolik lovers, diabolik lovers, diabolik lovers

  • artemisthemp

    Amazon… please remove shipping restriction on Xblaze NOW, so I can order a PS3 and Vita version

  • Clairis Cannon

    Aaaassaw yeah!!

  • RagingTiger44


  • Rinkawa Erion

    I actually saw this


    a few nights ago and wondering if it’s true.

    Which seems to be the case now…

  • chroma816

    Showing support for this may make it known that the West wants more localized VNs. I’ll buy it for that reason alone.

  • kyrt

    My order is ready for pickup on Tuesday…wait what really? I thought this was releasing August 1st? I’m quite iffy on this game…aksys is not known for having the most efficient translators and editors.

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