Under Shane Bettenhausen’s guise Ignition Entertainment remains committed to bringing Japanese games overseas. Here’s one behind the scenes story – Ignition tried to license Blood of Bahamut from Square Enix.
"Square, we actually tried to bring out Blood of Bahamut for DS," Bettenhausen said in a Siliconera interview. "But, Square very rarely licenses things out. They are very reticent. Unless you’re Nintendo they’re probably not going to license it."
The Nintendo DS game has players fight giants like Shiva and Ifrit who are summoned monsters in other Final Fantasy games. Think & Feel, the studio that created Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, developed the title and Square Enix chose not to publish it outside of Japan. Check our playtest for more details about Blood of Bahamut.
I asked Bettenhausen to elaborate on the proposal. "We just contacted them and they weren’t interested in licensing it. That was the kind of deal where they [Square Enix] were probably not going to publish it here so it was worth a shot," Bettenhausen replied.