November 4, 2012

Final Fantasy Type-0 scenario director Hajime Tabata: English release plans “a clean slate”

In an interview with GameSpot, Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP) scenario director Hajime Tabata says that Square Enix has taken “a clean slate” in terms of localising the game for US and European gamers. Type-0 was released in Japan October 2011.

Will FF Type-0 be localized for North America and Europe? If so, when?
"Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away."
Depending on your perspective, that localisation plans on the title are a clean slate for now could be a good or bad thing. On the positive side of things, it could mean that Square Enix may be considering to remaster the game for the PlayStation Vita (which would take a considerable amount of work given that the game in its released form used assets and graphical engines designed for the lower specs on the PSP).

On the other hand, you could also take the statement to mean that an English version of the game is not going to be announced any time soon. Certainly not before “an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor”, whatever that might mean.

In the meantime, the Japanese version of Type-0 can be purchased digitally via the Japanese and Asian PlayStation Store (it might just be Hong Kong for Asia; I’m not sure if it’s on the Singapore store) and played on your Vita through that route (if only Square Enix would localise and release the title for US and Europe directly through the PlayStation Store…).

Final Fantasy Type-0 first started life as a mobile phone game when it was announced way back in 2006, under the title “Final Fantasy Agito XIII”. The platform for the game was eventually shifted to the PSP, but the concept of Type-0 remained the same: it would be one of several games under Square Enix’s Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy project, which would tie all of the titles released under this series with a common mythos (although each game would have its own world and characters).

Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, Versus XIII, and Lightning Returns are the four other games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series.

Source: sgcafe