by David Sanchez on January 29, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
Publisher XSEED Games has become quite notorious for bringing games including The Last Story, Corpse Party: The Book of Shadows, and soon Pandora’s Tower to platforms that are otherwise no longer very active. The company continues to localize these games for the Wii and PSP, two systems that even Nintendo and Sony themselves are no longer actively supporting. Speaking to Digital Trends, XSEED explained just why it has supported these particular platforms this long.
“Why support dead platforms? Because people want to play them,” explained XSEED Vice President Ken Berry. “We have to be platform neutral and willing to publish the best games available to us, no matter what the platform. With that said, we’re especially proud of the titles we’ve published on Wii since so many of them are category leaders or significant in some way.”
Despite finding success in the Wii market, it looks like Pandora’s Tower may be the last game XSEED publishes for that console. “I think I’ve said this before in a previous interview, but I really mean it this time when I say that I think this will be the last Wii title we publish,” said the XSEED VP. “Of course things could change if a great Wii title were to fall upon our lap or digital distribution for that platform took off, but as of right now Pandora’s Tower will probably be our final Wii title.”
As far as the PSP goes, XSEED is much more likely to continue releasing games for that handheld. “The PSP is unique in that it was so wildly successful in Japan relative to other territories that when developers are making content for it, they don’t consider the international market at all since they are banking on Japanese sales alone,” stated Berry. “Even now there are still a lot of new games being made for that system as developers want a sure thing rather than transition over to Vita just yet. Even with somewhat low sales expectations, we’re willing to take the risk.”
It’s certainly awesome that XSEED continues to support great niche titles. While the Wii may be reaching its last hurrah with Pandora’s Tower, we’re likely to see consistent PSP releases in the near future. If the games are good, why not have them readily available regardless of platform? Good on ya, XSEED!
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