Xseed President Jun Iwasaki talks about how game sales affect what they localize, the likelihood of Retro Game Challenge 2, and the company's history.
Xseed Games has gained a loyal following thanks to their efforts in bringing obscure Japanese games to the Americas. Most recently they gained the publishing rights to Namco Bandai's Wii role-playing game Fragile and brought Drill Sergeant Mindstrong for WiiWare. Silicon Era sat down with Xseed President Jun Iwasaki and discussed future projects and how game sales decide what games they localize.
One example of how game sales affect what they localize lies in their North American release of Namco Bandai's Retro Game Challenge for DS, which came out at the start of the year. While a sequel already exists in Japan, Xseed is struggling to justify its localization. The title has to sell around 100,000 copies, according to Iwasaki. Ken Berry, Xseed's director of publishing, explained that Retro Game Challenge 2's chances of being localized "looks very unlikely."
"We've gotten tons of e-mails from fans that say 'thank you so much!,' 'we love Retro Game Challenge,' 'it's my favorite DS game of all time,' but when you look at the sales numbers that actually picked it up and really being vocal about it, it's pretty small compared to the other DS owners out there," Berry added. "The sales aren’t quite there to justify bringing the sequel."
The interview also discussed Xseed's history and relationship with various game developers. Iwasaki explained that "At the beginning we started the relationship with Valhalla Knights on the PSP. At the time we had a licensing deal. After we finished that deal I discussed a co-publishing agreement with Marvelous. They agreed our offer to be a publisher and we would help with sales support and marketing. That [was the] kind of co-publishing deal we made. Then we got the rights to publish Little King's Story, Arc Rise Fantasia, and Half Minute Hero."
Little King's Story is a Wii simulation title in which players take control of a young king as he manages his kingdom, enlists people to dig for treasure, build new buildings, and strives to make life better for everyone in the kingdom. It came out in Europe and Australia in April and is due out in North America on July 21.
Arc Rise Fantasia is an RPG for the Wii developed by Image Epoch and published by Marvelous in Japan. It recently came out in Japan and is due out this fall in North America.