With all the positive buzz, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is going to be a surefire hit for whoever publishes the game. Unfortunately for Xseed, they aren’t handling Muramasa anymore. At E3 I asked how Xseed felt about losing the title.
“As much as it hurts to lose Muramasa that does open us up to give more resources to other titles. That gave us a little more energy to focus on securing Fragile and other titles as well,” said Ken Berry, Director of Publishing at Xseed. In addition to picking up Fragile Xseed also worked out a deal with Gungho to publish Lunar: Silver Star Harmony and Ragnarok Online DS. According to a financial statement from AQ Interactive, Xseed’s parent company, Xseed will publish more titles this year than ever before.
“In the end when it comes down to the consumer they are still going to play Muramasa. It’s still going to come to North America. We’ve gone out and gotten a title like Fragile, which I doubt any other publisher other than Namco Bandai USA themselves could have licensed for the US.”
Since Xseed previously held the rights to publish Muramasa I asked if any of their work will be used when Ignition releases the game in North America. “We just started translating so, there wasn’t that much to hand over anyway,” Berry clarified. All of the translation and localizing work for Muramasa: The Demon Blade will be handled by Ignition.