PlayStation exclusive JRPG Legend of Dragoon cost Sony $16 million, made most of its money overseas

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There is currently a rumor floating around the web that Sony Japan is working on a big AAA JRPG for PlayStation 4. This rumor hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but Sony did have a few exclusive JRPGs in the past. They mainly include Arc the Lad, Wild Arms and Legend of Dragoon. Legend of Dragoon was a big AAA JRPG, which cost Sony $16 million in 1999, and was released on the PlayStation 1. The man behind this project was Shuhei Yoshida, the current head at Sony’s Worldwide Studios.

Legend of Dragoon was released on the PlayStation 1 on June 11th, 2000. It didn’t exactly become as popular as Final Fantasy though – but was still a big hit overseas. The game wasn’t a big hit in Japan, and with a huge development budget, it felt difficult to imagine Sony profiting from it. Shuhei Yoshida talked about the game sales in an interview with Kotaku. According to Yoshida, the game sales in the US were “very strong” and they managed to recoup the budget cost through these sales.

“Eventually, we recouped that, thanks to sales outside Japan,” says Yoshida. “The sales in the U.S. were very strong.”

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If the rumors of Sony working on an exclusive AAA JRPG on PlayStation 4 turn out to be true, it will be interesting to see how that fares on the PlayStation 4. Sony has made exclusive JRPGs on the PlayStation 1 and it’s successor, the PlayStation 2, but the focus shifted towards First and Third Person Shooters during the PlayStation 3 era. Being a huge JRPG fan, I sure hope that the PlayStation 4 marks the return of Sony to this genre.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments below.

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Khurram Imtiaz

A Geek and Gamer, who loves JRPGs and VITA. Follow him on Twitter and Google+

  • Alan

    would pay £1000 for a remake, it was the first game i actually completed and loved every minute of it, ive tried to find games as good, played most ff’s but never completed them.

  • aaron

    i never thought about buying a playstation 4, but if legend of dragoon came out for it i would be one of the first in line to get the console and the game!!!

  • Mike Rainbow

    I would buy a PS4 if they remade this game for it, no joke. You can quote me on that, Sony!

  • kaigenie

    the only ff game i can see that was as entertaining as LOD was ff7 this game was the best game i ever played in my life had plenty of emotion plenty of loss and gain amazing story fun combo system awesome forms and summons i want it again i still own the ps1 release but this this can be number one game on every board if its remade or continued in ps4

  • Brian Victor Milazzo

    Absolutely loved this game as a kid. I am actually downloading it on the ps3 network right now. I don’t know about spending $500 like some of you have said but I would certainly buy a copy for myself and 3 more for my nieces and nephews.

  • Kelby

    This was my favorite childhood game I logged over 300hrs playing this game

  • LordSorrow

    I’d love to see The Legend of Dragoon brought to the PS4. I’d just… explode with joy!

    • Andrew Smith

      i agree it was a really good game to play hope they bring it to the ps4 since they are planning on putting games from ps1, ps2, and ps3 on the online store hope LOD is one of them

  • ZombieAssassin

    If they are working on something involving Legend of Dragoon then I hope it’s either a sequel or prequel. I’d rather not have a remake personally. Sure it’d be cool to have an HD remaster of the game for PS4 and that would be a game that would sell a PS4 for me. Although I’d love to play through something new and I think since they’ve the background story of the dragon campaign from part one a prequel would be a tad easier to develop than a sequel. Either way I just want one or the other. I’ve been wanting that since I was around 13.

  • LODLover4Ever

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Remake this game or create a sequel. Its been over 10 years that I surf on the web hoping to confirm the remake of this game one day. I still play Legend of Dragoon but on my PC. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE GRAPHICS ON PS4??? Just the thought makes me cry of joy!

    • Pythag

      Hell imagine a PC port

  • Patrick Dodd

    I would love to see a remake of this game. The capabilities of graphics on the ps4 would be ridiculously amazing on this game. Would be a great play. I prefer games like this one more than fps games. I would love to see this come to fruition.

  • LACounty8l8 .

    Seriously guys we need a remake, prequel, sequel whatever but we need 1 on PS4 now.
    I would pay whatever $500 and still tip some extra $$ to sony for releasing LOD again. Call me crazy but
    ever since I bought my PS1 it came with a disc full of demos and LOD was in it and it caught my eye. So I knew when it came out I had to get it. which my mom did. Till this day I still own the original copy when which it came out.
    Play it from time to time when I beat other games and have the time to play it. Never ever been a Final Fantasy fanatic never liked the game. Never played it and never will. Not a RPG fan but for LOD I can consider myself a RPG fan because of it. lol =)

    • LODLover4Ever

      Same here! LOD was, is and will forever be the best RPG made! better than any Final Fantasy series! I still have my original discs and posters of this game. We need to DEMAND SONY TO CREATE THIS GAME! someone contact SONY game developers….they need to understand the importance or this game.

  • Ismael Ramirez

    i swer i’m willing to pay 500 usd for a remake of this game.

  • Ryumoau

    i’d love to see them return to making a jrpg, but not sure if it will ever be as popular as it was during the ps1 and ps2 eras.

  • benbenkr

    Remake this on the PS4 and I’ll pay $500 per copy. Not joking, you guys can quote me on this until Sony remakes the game.

  • GunsAndTheBeast

    they spelled attack wrong. just like ryse

    • 大王 アレクサンダー

      They didnt, this is not the english version.

    • Death

      Its a french copy of the game, lrn2languages.

  • miyamotomusashi94

    Many FF gamers were addicted to this game I remember.

    Bring the next AAA title to the West I say.