NIS America is canvassing two platforms Nippon Ichi Software in Japan isn’t working with with. Clan of Champions (aka Gladiator Versus in Japan) is a PlayStation 3 exclusive there, but in North America the game will also be available through Steam and in stores as an Xbox 360 title.
"Yes, this will be our first Xbox 360 game. Right now, it’s our only title for Xbox 360," said Haru Akenaga, President of NIS America, in an interview with Siliconera. "We had some plans to release titles for the Xbox 360, but considering the Japanese market some developers gave up on releasing Xbox 360 versions. With this title [Clan of Champions] we analyzed the U.S. market and the best market for this kind of title. Because of that we decided we should release it for Xbox 360."
While NIS America does not have any other titles announced for the Xbox 360, Microsoft usually makes publishers sign contracts promising to release at least three games for their hardware. I asked Mr. Akenaga if that was the case and if NIS America is working on another 360 game aside from Clan of Champions. "We are planning to do so, but cannot release any details at this moment," Akenaga assured.
"Nippon Ichi also plan to publish games on Steam starting with Clan of Champions too. "For PC, we are going to release several titles for Steam. I can’t say for sure, but in the future there may be a chance [to see other] Nippon Ichi titles on Steam."
"We are planning to do something seriously with Steam," Akenaga assured. "At this moment, we cannot announce anything about our Steam projects other than Clan of Champions."