E3 always gives a great glimpse into what publishers have in store for the RPG fan. Walking the show floor, it was easy to discover which companies are making the genre its bread and butter.
There are two I'm always keeping an eye out for: 1. Nintendo. They've been picking up the slack left over by Square-Enix' incompetence to publish big RPGs overseas--thanks to them, we got the fantastic Dragon Quest VI remake, Dragon Quest IX, and will be getting Bravely Default and (presumably) the Dragon Quest VII remake. 2. Falcom. These are the guys behind some of the best "unknown" JRPGs in the west--the Ys series which, AFAIK, could very well be THE longest-running RPG series that's still active (it pre-dates DOS) and the Legend of Heroes series. They're a small development studio that publishes independently (i.e. Indy Devs) so they're not able to do quite as much as we might like, but they have been supporting the Playstation Vita, which is nice--and have been bringing over PC games and releasing them on Steam, which is even nicer. The other big publishers--namely Namco-Bandai and ATLUS--typically bring over virtually everything and anything, and are much less consistent in terms of quality, so I don't really keep an eye out for their releases.
The big N is really doing work with the Localizations. Hope they bring more JRPGs to the 3DS. And Namco Bandai is terrible at overseas projects Why are they on that list. They won't even bring most their flagship titles to the west *Tales*
Except, you know, they do. Just not all of them. And in that respect, Falcom is even worse, as they have even MORE games that haven't been released overseas.
Tales Xillia has been out for 2 years now, heck there's a sequel to it in japan. Tales of Heart and Heart R Tales of Innocence and the psp fighting games never saw the light of day in the west either. Atleast Souls series makes up for it
Atlus does bring the big guns. Persona. nuff said.
I support any publishers that wants to localise any JRPGs that I am interested with, like NIS America, Atlus, Xseed and other publishers. They gave us players to have a chance to play unique RPGs like Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Atelier series, Disgaea series, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls and many more.
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