Great news folks! We all love crazy, weird and fast-paced Japanese games, but the problem is that usually they just don’t cross over the ocean, staying in Japan and leaving us in tears. Usually because Japanese companies think that some kind of nippon-oriented genres couldn’t be appreciate in Europe and North America (sometimes also for copyright issues about characters or brand not yet released outside Japan), leading to poor sells.
But this is not the case of Project X Zone! A crossover tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS co-developed by Banpresto and Monolith Soft, and published by Namco Bandai. The cool thing about the game is that it features more than 200 (!!) characters from Namco Bandai Games, Capcom, and SEGA. The game was released in Japan last October and everybody just thought “this is too fucking cool to be released outside Japan”. Plus the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked (why Nintendo? WHY?!), so no hope at all…until a couple of days ago, when Namco Bandai Games publish this press relese:
“NAMCO BANDAI Games’ new tactical RPG brings together the fiercest characters from three major Japanese publishers to create one frenetic gaming experience
NAMCO BANDAI Games today announced that Project X Zone (working title) will be coming to challenge gamers in North America, Europe, Latin America and Australasia in the summer of 2013, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™. This epic crossover title brings together the fiercest and most popular legacy characters from NAMCO BANDAI, SEGA, and Capcom’s most beloved franchises to create a Strategy-RPG experience that can only be described as the ultimate cross-over title.”
So, yes! We will be able to play this awesome game in some kind of understandable language, but not until summer 2013. So, for now, just enjoy this 16-minutes video about the game that (possibly) is the best crossover ever made (yup, we didn’t forget Jump Ultimate Stars!)
We should also probably thank Katsuhiro Harada for the little help trying to convince Namco Bandai to localizate the game outside Japan!