No More Fanservice Games Apart From Senran Kagura, Says Xseed


In the wake of games like Valhalla Knights 3 and Senran Kagura, Xseed have developed a bit a reputation for being a publisher of “fanservice” games. Over on their Facebook page, a user asked what other fanservice titles the company plans to license.


“None,” an Xseed representative replied. “Senran Kagura is special because it’s by our parent company and made by a most excellent producer.”


Xseed is a subsidiary of Marvelous, who publish the Senran Kagura games in Japan. The series is produced by Kenichiro Takaki, who was previously known for his work on Half-Minute Hero, and is developed by Tamsoft.


Your definition of “fanservice” may vary, but judging by Xseed’s comment, it seems like at the very least, Xseed will not be pursuing other fanservice titles quite as blatant as Senran Kagura in the future, outside of that series itself.


Update: The following is a comment by Xseed localization specialist Tom Lipschultz, made in our comments section:


The idea behind that response, I believe, is that we’re not going to be pursuing any titles based solely on the existence of “naughty” fanservice within them. But that’s not new: even Senran Kagura is a series we were thrilled to work on because it has great gameplay, well-developed characters and a fairly deep mythos behind it. In short, the Senran Kagura titles are fantastic games. The fanservice within them is just icing on the cake. ;)

In short, that quote doesn’t mean we’re never going to release another game containing fanservice again. Really, it just means we don’t plan on pursuing games for their fanservice content alone — and that’s always been the case.


As far as unannounced future localizations go, Xseed have expressed interest in localizing both Forbidden Magna and Corpse Party: Blood Drive. They’ve also expressed an interest in continuing to localize future Senran Kagura games.

Ishaan Sahdev
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