NIS America Prefers Sony, Apologizes For Last Rebellion
We know how much many of our readers appreciate JRPG info, which is why they'll probably want to read a Siliconera interview with NIS America president Haru Akenaga.
Highlights of the interview include Akenaga's talking about their new game, Neptune, and whether they plan to release it in North America, as well as the company's continued support for Sony and an apology concerning Last Rebellion. As for Neptune, a promising title created by JRPG veteran Idea Factory, Akenaga says NIS has been asked to localize the game for the US and Europe, and as far as licensing is concerned, "the deal is almost done." So yeah, you can expect that one at some point in the future. Secondly, NIS America's commitment to Sony and the PlayStation 3: they have "no plans" to work with the Xbox 360 and although they don't rule out the Nintendo 3DS, they "just got a development kit" so any projects may be a ways off. Finally, Last Rebellion, which was just abysmal, and Akenaga knows it:
"Once we got Last Rebellion we realized it was not the kind of title we should release in the United States because of its quality. I feel really sorry for our customers because we released that title. That’s why I told Nao (PR Manager) we have to release the announcement for Last Rebellion, but never push that title. We cannot say it’s a really great title. We felt really sorry, but we had no choice to release that."
See? Publishers often know they're releasing a sub-par product but there is a "point of no return" and once reached, there's no going back. However, we have high hopes for Neptune and for the most part, JRPG aficionados really appreciate NIS America's efforts to bring niche titles from the likes of Idea Factory and Gust to Western territories.
6/29/2010 9:02:44 PM John Shepard