Phantom Breaker: Extra Is Being Gauged For U.S. Release

By Ishaan . July 4, 2014 . 5:34pm

PR and marketing firm Strangely Compelling are at Anime Expo this year, and they’ve brought the PlayStation Vita version of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds with them.


The game will be released in the U.S. later this Summer, and Strangely Compelling are also in the process of gauging whether Phantom Breaker: Extra has a market in the U.S.

  • Jettythesunfish

    This sounds strangely compelling…

    • Solomon_Kano

      *slow clap*

  • Kornelious

    I’ve got two words for you……DO IT!

    I can guarantee that there is a market for it! just look at all the other fighting games getting released :D

    BTW when IS battle grounds supposed to come out?

    • NeoStrayCat

      360 ver. was out a while back, article says August for English Vita release, and yet, no idea when the PS4 version since I’m guessing its still worked on.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Ah, finally! Some word about this game. x__x

  • Crevox

    I’ve only heard bad things from people that have actually played the game and not just looked at it.

    I wouldn’t get hyped for it, I don’t think it would sell very well. The market is already taken for those people that want anime fighters, with plenty being released already.

    • icup ✔️

      then you should play it, you might actually enjoy it rather than letting people decide for you.

      i have the game, it’s quite fun. then again i play nearly all fighters including Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Taisen Sangokushi Engi which has its’ own charm.

      • Crevox

        I have too many other anime fighters to play than to get interested in this one off game. BlazBlue, Persona, Under Night, and potentially more. This one just isn’t on my radar, and the poor player feedback doesn’t help.

        • icup ✔️

          fair enough. i’m not here to promote it.

      • kepgamer

        I have that game as well. we should probably try playing it and if you have ps3 PBE than we can play on that as well.

  • MrJechgo

    Huh… please excuse my ignorance, but wasn’t Phantom Breaker an X360 inclusive? Are we talking about a port for PS3 here? Are both games actual fighting games or spin-offs? What about them?

    • Lynx

      Extra was made for both, iirc. The original was 360 exclusive.

      Battle Grounds is a spin off.

  • VWinds

    Wait. I’m confused.

    Why is the localization of a Fighting Game dependent upon how well a side scrolling Beat-Em-Up spinoff sells!?

    • I’d say it’s because they want to know if the characters are popular enough to sell a game just by a beat-em-up first. I still need to buy that game, too, as I want this game to come out.

    • Ladius

      That’s because Battle Grounds has already been localized on XBLA and they can just reuse the script to gauge the series’ popularity, while Extra would need to be localized from scratch.

      This isn’t as easy as it sounds, too, since aside from the
      beat’em up modes the game has a visual novel-style story mode that
      needs to be translated.

  • neocatzon

    I’m curious in how they gauge this. The only PB released in stateside and worldwide is Battle Grounds. Speaking of the genre, anime style 2D fighters, it’s already overwhelmed by top titles like Guilty Gear Xrd and P4A.

    Are they going to jump the wagon? With what they’ve shown us from their gameplay trailers I’m not so sure.

    • Tyler Beale

      It’s worth a shot, right? Most Western gamers never got to play it.

      • Crevox

        No, it’s not, if it’s going to cause a huge loss for the company, which it probably will.

        • Tyler Beale

          Best case scenario, everyone buys and loves it.
          Worst case, the company’ll wish they had someone like Aksys handle it. (and not 7Sixty…)

          • Crevox

            Having a different publisher won’t determine how well the game is received, how good the game is, nor how well it sells. If the publisher decides to really push the marketing and it flops, then it will be even worse.

      • neocatzon

        My answer is depends. If they find a market then maybe it’s worth it, but would that market not saturated yet? Next, would they able to compete with bigger titles?
        Subjectively speaking, in this discussion page alone, we have mixed opinions.

        That’s why I’m curious with their gauging method.

  • DesmaX

    I don’t think it does. Surprisingly enough, the “anime fighter” genre already has a good number of titles here in the west, and I don’t think that one can stand out

    • Astrotrain

      Anime fighter? Like Street Fighter Alpha or SFIII?

      • DesmaX

        Under Birth, Persona 4 Arena, Arcana Heart, Blazblue…

        Those fighters highly inspired by animes. I don’t really think Street Fighter fits that category, as it has multiple inspirations

        • Tyler Beale

          Street Fighter will always be Street Fighter. Though SF4 did have 2 anime OVAs.

          Off topic, but Ultra SF4 felt like a minor 3GB balance patch that cost $15 and came with 1 new character and new music. (not counting all the SFxT shit)

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          > I don’t really think Street Fighter fits that category

          has fireballs, anime like character design, anime like movesets and anime like story.
          SF is a anime fighter. it’s just that FGC don’t accept this fact. the only differece is that it doesn’t have fast paced action.
          Also MAHVEL is “anime fighter” as hell and its community likes to say bad things about GG and BB


  • MrTyrant

    All these fighters getting localized. Welp I need a new joystick and more money lol

  • Infamess

    Ah Phantom Breaker Extra, not the best fighter around but it’s definitely got a different feel to other anime fighters.

  • Mantiskilla

    Battlegrounds is a pretty fun beat em up for sure, and it will translate well to the Vita. As for the fighting game? If its anything like the original they can keep it. Clunky movement, bland move sets, character balance was a mess, laggy inputs, etc it was just well…bad. Maybe this one could be better who knows, but I honestly I would have to see it to believe it. Only people who really defend this game are people who are fans of the “anime style” fighting game and think all of them can’t do no wrong.

  • Steven Hunt

    ‘Bout time. I’m still disappointed that that copy of the vanilla 360 American release that I pre-ordered never made it… (Sniffle) I’d love to have one.

    • NeoStrayCat

      You’re not the only one, about 2-3 years, and it still never came out (even though the game was already localized, review copies, and such.), the feels. >_>

    • Lynx

      Hey, join the club.
      I had the original game preordered as well.

      Still doesn’t erk me as much as what Bandai did with Mobile Ops: The One Year War though. One of the reasons I wanted and bought a 360 in the first place.

  • Byron Kerrison II

    Yay. =3

  • icup ✔️

    strangely compelling… the company that butchered translation and excluded bbcp library cause it was too much work.

  • Wrathful

    PS Vita keeps earning the reputation as the saviour of Mid-tier Japanese Games especially this year. I hope it never ends.

    I thought this series was done for when it only settled in Xbox 360 the first time. I’m glad the developers are giving chance to Vita, too. Examu is a very good developer that deserves to continue.

    • NeoStrayCat

      Well, It’ll probably keep on going anyways, lol. :3

    • gamebabble

      I agree on Examu though they had little to do with this game (I guess they enhanced it).

      I just with the VitaTV fucking worked as I have a hard time getting myself to play lengthy action RPGs on the Vita. (VitaTV has very very low game compatibility)

  • kepgamer

    Their is certianly a market for it.

    1# Its an very accessible fighter that can garner interest from those who want to try fighers but intimidated by some of the other entry barrier.

    2# While PB series has small presence internationally, Fans of PBBG will still show interest. Also considering one of 5pb’s most popular characters guest star’s in this brawler.

    As some one who owns both PB and PB extra. I’ll like to share my insights. %pb really polished the game play and mechanics. The new character are impressive and “Extra” style adds a much needed middle ground for players who want to be well rounded.

    But with this in mind PBE still functions like PB at the core and if people didn’t appreciate that and than PBE is not going to change their minds.

    PB as whole is hit and miss for some.

    • NeoStrayCat

      Yeah, in a nutshell…

      1. It plays like “Smash” in a sense (1 button+direction specials).

      2. I.E. Guests chars, Rimi, Kurisu, and soon to be playable on PB:BG, Frau.

      3. And lastly, yeah, p. much how the game goes with its mechanics and such.

      • kepgamer

        wouldn’t it be easier to say it plays like the Naruto Clash of Ninja/Dragon Ball Z Budokai series? Those fighter also use 1 button + Direction specials and even the single button chain system?

        • NeoStrayCat

          I dunno, I’m not really much into those games, I assume they play a bit different, but more or less the same concept. Since all I know PB does L/M/H/S (A/B/C/D) button layout.

        • gamebabble

          The Naruto and DBZ fighters are both more simplistic and more overcomplicated. The combos drag on too long without being able to be varied, you don’t have a lot of freedom, and there’s a lot of weird control mechanics that are hard to get used to.

          Phantom Breaker plays closer to a traditional fighter but simplified. Like a game built ENTIRELY around EO Mode. I think it’s pretty darn awesome!

          …problem is, Battlegrounds is better in every way than the actual fighter. The high-res sprites animate terribly and the 3D backgrounds are awful and it’s easier to sell the simplistic controls on a brawler.

          The cherry on top is that the new characters in Extra are all REALLY REALLY BAD CG. It’s…embarrassing

          Still voted VERY YES on a US release but to try as hard as possible to avoid a $50 pricepoint. Aim low, do it cheap.

          Glad to see some people warmed up to the game though. Back when 7Sixty was gonna bring it out it got nothing but hate.

          • kepgamer

            All I could gatehr was that PBBG is better in the visual swhich I agree but I can;t agree about everything else in the PBBG & PB fighter comparison.

    • icup ✔️

      in response to #2

      that’s two difference demographics. you can’t expect fighter’s fans to pick up a side-scroller and vice versa.

  • Maria Garcia

    daily reminder that pb:e is region free on xbox 360 too

  • It’s been on the X360 for a long time now. I don’t see no reason to NOT bring it’s VITA/PS3 brethren to the West.

  • Go2hell66

    I’m guessing 7sixty dropped the ball

  • Alter

    I tried Fantasy Hero ~unsigned legacy~ demo
    It’s a solid title too, PSN only though.

  • I’d buy them, but shouldn’t the main game come first?

  • <– PR/marketing guy for Strangely Compelling… I wanted to leave this short survey for Phantom Breaker Extra for everyone here that can't join us at Anime Expo

    • Code Name Crono

      …….Got a security warning when I scrolled down the page here and accidentally activated the link. FYI.

    • MrTyrant

      I’d been hitting the button at the end and nothing is happening so I don’t know if you received something lol

    • Red Veron

      Would love to see Battlegrounds on Vita soon.

    • Lhomity

      Please find a way to bring this to Australia, or at least a physical US release so I can import it.

    • ArmoredBoar

      Extra is fine, at least it’s not as bad as vanilla.
      By all means, bring it over.

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