Tuesday, April 02, 2013

How on earth did I miss 7th Dragon 2020-II's announcement?

Seriously, how did I miss Sega's announcement that it would be releasing a sequel to 7th Dragon 2020 (itself a follow-up to the awesome-looking DS game, 7th Dragon) this spring?

Oh, well, there's nothing I can do about that. And, really, all that matters is that I know about it now.

As for why I'm so happy I've finally discovered this Imageepoch-developed PSP title: it features idols that are able to unleash some of the most fabulous attacks I've ever seen in an RPG.

Don't believe me? Check out this video:

7th Dragon 2020-II is due out in Japan on April 18, by the way. Since the previous installments in this series failed to see release outside the Land of the Rising Sun, I have to imagine this one will suffer the same fate.

Which is understandable to a degree, of course--the PSP hasn't been a viable system in western markets for years, after all--I can't help but be a bit disappointed by it all the same.

(Via siliconera.com)


Steve Pixel said...

Yeah this looks like it could be pretty good. It's pretty sad that Sega doesn't really care about letting their Western fans have JRPGs anymore. They gave up on Shining years ago, then Valkyria Chronicles and they never even let 7th Dragon have a chance. If they'd just localize and let these games be download-only on PSN for both PSP and Vita, they'd probably do pretty well. I guess Sega's problem is (like Square) they're too big, and they think in this economy they need to put on their blinders and just concentrate on the mainstream audience. Maybe after a few more failures like Aliens Colonial Marines they'll figure out that strategy isn't working for them.

thegaygamer.com said...

I agree, Steve. As long as Sega or SE goes into the localization of such games with decent, realistic expectations, I have to imagine they'd be able to make a nice profit on them, as clearly there's a market for these games outside of Japan--even if it is a smaller market than for some of these companies' bigger releases.

Sadly, I'm not sure things are going to chance for Sega or SE anytime soon. Hell, even Nintendo can't be bothered to bring smaller games to the US.

I hope I'm wrong, though, as it would be nice to be able to play some of these great-looking games in English rather than in Japanese.