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Sony had recently launched a third party production team, whose goal was to bring more third party games to the PlayStation family. It also included a localization team, to bring more localized titles from Japan to the PlayStation family. Adam Boyes has promised more things to come on VITA next year, from this third party production team.
Many games have been released on PSP, VITA and PS3, that never got any localization and were exclusive to Japan only. The biggest one of them all is perhaps Final Fantasy Type-0. Square Enix released Final Fantasy Type-0 in Japan on PSP but never bothered to localize it for the West. The main reason was that the game was released so late in the PSP life cycle that the software sales were in a drought, and new software wasn’t selling as well on the PSP – thanks to the rampant piracy on the handheld.
It has been confirmed by the director of Final Fantasy Type-0, Hajime Tabata, that the game has actually been localized fully in English but they never got a chance to release it in the West. Hajime Tabata called it a strategic decision from Square Enix. When Sony opened their third party production team, Type-0 was one of the most requested game, along with Yakuza from the fans. Adam Boyes has promised to deliver on the demands of fans and he talks about this again in an interview to Kotaku.
I would say in the next year’s time, if you’re a fan of Japanese games, if you’re a fan of Vita, then hopefully we’ll have a little treat for you.
While Boyes mentions no specific games and gives no specific time frame, he does hint at possible VITA announcements and hopefully a Type-0 VITA remake, that will be localized and released in the West.
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