Xbox One isn't launching in Japan until 2014, which Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune says "makes sense," and isn't necessarily a sign of inevitable failure for the platform.
They need JRPGs. Like... A lot. Stuff that caters to them. I guess we'll see.
They had JRPGs with the 360. Lost Odyssey, Last Remnant, Blue Dragon and Tales of Vesperia ... Look how that turned out.
and star ocean and infinite undiscovery
they gonna need more...
Most of them either did nothing new or did it badly. That goes double for most PS3 JRPGs. Folklore and Valkyria Chronicles aside.
@Godmars290 Whether or not they do something new is irrelevant. I mean look at how much Pokemon sells. Heck look at how much Call of Duty sells in the west.
"Whether or not they do something new is irrelevant." It is when they didn't sell. Failed to bring over JRPG fans who were expecting JRPGs on the PS3. FF is still the biggest known franchise of the genre, as well known as Pokemon, yet 360 sales of FF13 hardly accounted for a third of its totals. How was anything else expected to measure up?
MS needs to be consistent and determined for the japanese to buy their console. MS lied about some JRPGs of them being exclusive on x360 only for the players to find out later that the game would be coming to PS3 with more content. You can't change your mind and burn the Japanese consumers. They have a long memory. You need a backbone. Now with all these 180s on XBone that console is DOA in Japan. Mark my words and quote me on this. The XBone is dead on arrival in japan. If the burning of consumers with x360 wasn't bad enough the 180s with XBone sealed MS's fate in japan pretty much. The Japanese consumers are too smart and proud to back MS's crap up by buying their console.
Sony's got IdolM@sters exclusive to PS4 now. No way Xbone will ever gain footing now. JRPGs (they even got a new Star Ocean and Tales of Vesperia as exclusives!) did jack squat to their image in Japan during the X360's early years. I highly doubt they'll spend that much effort in Japan anymore, despite now having a team based in Osaka.
@All Is it me or are JRPG's over rated. I'm not a big fan of Japanese games, they just don't blow my skirt up the way they do some people. The Japanese market is rather small though compared to the rest of the world. I know that it's treated as some kind of Land of Oz for gaming but it's not worth the time space or effort to be concerned about releasing earlier when the rest of the world is a bigger cash cow.
JRPGs were never meant to be AAA titles in terms of overall production, which is what the PS3 and 360 were built for. That's why most JRPGs left those consoles for handhelds. Why FF13 was such a radical departure - and failure.
FFXIII was a failure in terms of internet conversation. The game sold very well. All three announced game were made and will be released. Definitely not a failure in the traditional sense of the word. I do agree with the rest of your comment, Godmars290. JRPGs are usually smaller budget games not meant for blockbuster status (minus SE games apparently).
Even during the height of JRPGs. Popular titles like Sakura Taisen, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Wild Arms, Valkyrie Profile, Tales of, Shin Megami Tensai and many more, never made the one million mark. The majority of the sales of course are in Japan. I believe a lot of people never realized that JRPG sales shrinkage was never because the west stopped buying them but in actuality its the Japanese market moving away from the consoles and going more into the handheld market that hurt the sales considerably, unless your title is a well taken cared of franchise like Persona or Tales. Then the sales won't be as strong as its use to be. Only a few like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Monster Hunter and Kingdom Hearts remains the constant million sellers (per title).
@Biggest: The game sold poorly in terms of the franchise, and failed because of the controversy and division its created among fans. FF13-2 sold less than FF13, and all the fans still on board could do was combine the separate numbers as if they were the same game in order to defend Square's choices. Use the sum to say that makes "FF13" one of the best games in it's series. That level of delusion is dangerous.
What potential lol?
MS needs those 3 units sales per year in JP
Because Japan cares so much about NFL/TV integration oh wait...they don't.
Microsoft seem to be ignoring Japan, which makes sense since Japan doesn't seem to pay to attention to Microsoft either.
It doesn't matter how many JRPGs they get. Japan has a pretty amazing Tales fanbase, but Tales of Vesperia did so badly on the 360 they had to make a PS3 version. The XBO IS gonna be even worse.
Potential... that should be the name of the console.
I... can't see what the XB1 has that would appeal to the Japanese market.
I saw a lot of JRPGs for PS4 at Pre TGS conference
Lost Odyssey 2 please?
That console is already set to fail and we all know it.... worth a shot though.
Yes Mr Inafune, it makes sense to launch later because the console share in Japan is continuously shrinking. Wait, what?? So if it is continuously shrinking, the only way they could possibly sell more is to launch earlier. The reality is that MS can't justify the effort to launch earlier in Japan because they know it won't count for anything.
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