X360 Thursday, April 6, 2006 | 7:25 AM

Japan: MS is getting serious?

Japan: MS is getting serious?

Microsoft is trying to prove once again that they are very serious about Japan, and this time they had quite a few interesting announcements about upcoming Xbox 360 games. Many thanks to Jonnyram for his realtime reporting from the press conference.



First of all, a lot of japanese publishers are signed up for Xbox Live Arcade content: Konami, Hudson, Namco and SNK are listed. Pacman and Galaga are almost ready.
Namco then announced the future release of Culdcept Saga for Xbox 360, playable online. Imagine a strange mix between a board game and a RPG.
Sakaguchi then announced that Blue Dragon would be released at the end of the year in Japan. Lost Odyssey will have a playable demo in Autumn, and be fully released in 2007. Cry On will be released much later.
Square-Enix then announced Project Sylph, a shooter they will publish, developed by Game Arts. 360 Exclusive.
Finally Microsoft announced they would be publishing another big RPG, this time developed by Tri Ace.

A Lot of new trailers and videos were shown, but it looks like people were not allowed to film. Wait & See!

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Commented on 2006-04-06 08:02:01
To be honest I expected a bit more out of this show. Especially on the SE side. WTF? They've got Final Fantasy and Grandia on the scene and they do a Shooter?

And why is Game Arts working for Square Enix? I thought they were bought by GungHo a couple of months ago?
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:02:21
thanks Blim,if u get any leaked video,let us see it.MS should continue to gain more Japan support.i was expecting an RPG from square but let us wait for e3
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:29:02
I expected them to reveal some things here and while it was enough to satisfy me for now I'm now I'm now looking forward to E3 ALOT more to find out what exactly it is Microsoft is holding off on announcing. I'm really interested in finding out the name of that RPG microsoft is publishing (Tri-Ace also said this would be the biggest thing they've ever made) For Microsoft to be publishing an rpg another rpg and for it to be unnamed makes me suspicious. No more speculation though i'll wait for E3.


Very pleased with what I heard though they are obviously still holding the big guns for E3.
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:43:04
Blim Blim there are videos on the Japan Marketplace for Zegapain.
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:48:02
Yeah but I'm at work.
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:51:11
Wow, I thought they would have had shown at least a snippet of the MS published RPG. This makes me sad....yup...one sad panda. And come on! 2007 for Blue Dragon? *sighs* At least tell us if we'll see any of this in the states.
Commented on 2006-04-06 08:52:57 In reply to Milk_N_Cheese
Posted by Milk_N_Cheese
Wow, I thought they would have had shown at least a snippet of the MS published RPG. This makes me sad....yup...one sad panda. And come on! 2007 for Blue Dragon? *sighs* At least tell us if we'll see any of this in the states.
No Blue Dragon will be released in 2006.

It's Lost Odyssey that will be released in 2007.

In Japan.

Microsoft should just make this a worldwide release.
Commented on 2006-04-06 10:03:09
nothing there to get me excited. Roll on E3.
Commented on 2006-04-06 10:33:53
Well the name of that rpg that microsoft just so happens to be publishing has to be big right? :)

At any rate when I think about its pretty smart for microsoft to hold off because then they have more weapons to show off at E3. Also according to ign Square Enix will announce more 360 support at E3.
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:02:25
Blim Blim didnt you say their was going to be a game that would shock everyone? Cause I dont see it.
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:21:57
Atleast we can expext most Japanese titles in the west..unless they want to lose a fortune. It would just not make finacial sense to sell just a few thousand copies in Japan.

EDIT- roxwell quote:
nothing there to get me excited. Roll on E3.
Scrap that.. Just seen project Sylph, Woot...Woot
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:25:35
I don't get why people are upset that the stuff announced ISN'T old shit we've already played for years. If these things are good, strong games and they spawn new interesting franchises exclusively for the 360, that's a damn stretch more exciting than us getting a stray Final Fantasy game that goes back to being a PS3 series as soon as that comes out. Resident Evil anyone?
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:26:11
one of the sites is saying that there was the announcement of a Final Fantasy game for 2007, but other sites have left this out. what's the deal? ( http://news.spong.com/article/9859 )
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:31:04
stupid me... .nothing.... carry on.

On second thought, was Culdcept the Namco unannounced rpg?
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:40:36 In reply to soco
Posted by soco
one of the sites is saying that there was the announcement of a Final Fantasy game for 2007, but other sites have left this out. what's the deal? ( http://news.spong.com/article/9859 )
Spong lies, all the time.
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:41:54 In reply to Tonza
Posted by Tonza
stupid me... .nothing.... carry on.

On second thought, was Culdcept the Namco unannounced rpg?
Looks like :(

I was hoping for something from the Tales Series.

The only thing exciting in that press conference was the announcement of the Tri-Ace RPG which is going to be published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Other than that Microsoft Japan needs to stop making these press conferences and just save their money.
Commented on 2006-04-06 11:44:39 In reply to Shawnzee
i'm aware they're not the most reliable, but if you read the article, it doesn't sound anything like their normal lies. it's quite detailed about this aspect and all of the rest of it is accurate.
Commented on 2006-04-06 12:33:25
Have you guys seen the screens from XBOX360 Next Japan?!?
Commented on 2006-04-06 12:33:31 In reply to wuffyx
Posted by wuffyx
The only thing exciting in that press conference was the announcement of the Tri-Ace RPG which is going to be published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Other than that Microsoft Japan needs to stop making these press conferences and just save their money.
Save their money? There's no money to save unless you start making it, and after then money will be invested into future products.

You don't generate interest in your product unless you talk about it, or show it off.

This is a business, not a retirement program.
Commented on 2006-04-06 12:51:02 In reply to wuffyx
Posted by wuffyx
Have you guys seen the screens from XBOX360 Next Japan?!?
no can u gimme the link :)
Commented on 2006-04-06 12:54:59 In reply to Dangerous
Posted by Dangerous
no can u gimme the link :)
Go to the forums here
Commented on 2006-04-06 12:55:45 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
Save their money? There's no money to save unless you start making it, and after then money will be invested into future products.

You don't generate interest in your product unless you talk about it, or show it off.

This is a business, not a retirement program.
Yeah but to hold a full blown conference for what? A couple of games.
Commented on 2006-04-06 13:05:01
Hmm, I see your point; maybe there could have been more substance.

Anyway, the word is out now, and it's up to the individual to interpret that word as good or bad.
Some would say, "cool!" others would say, "its better than nothing", and still others would say " I want more".

No matter how you take it, nothing's going to turn back time.

I honestly don't think the monetary cost of organizing a conference is an issue for Microsoft.
If it was, this probably wouldn't have happened.
(on the contrary, and as I've mentioned, it can only help to generate interest hence the whole news blast)
Commented on 2006-04-06 13:10:59
I'm holding out hope that Square will announce a 360 RPG at E3 'cause it's starting to get real suspicious how they seem to be doing everything for Microsoft so half-assed.
Commented on 2006-04-06 13:26:49 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
Anyway, the word is out now, and it's up to the individual to interpret that word as good or bad.
Some would say, "cool!" others would say, "its better than nothing", and still others would say " I want more".
That's true.

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed after all the so-called rumors of the Chrono game and all. I'm disappointed more at myself rather than the conference for actually believing the rumors...I should have known better.

Anyway I'm still very much of an optimist in many things. The best thing I got from that conference is the Tri-Ace RPG game which is being published my Microsoft Game Studios.
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