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    Ys Seven Now Available on European PSN

    The long journey of Adol and his companions has brought the young heroes to the mysterious lands of Europe. Let's hope that the people of those lands are kind to them.

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    I hope so too, but I already got the PSP version.

    The series isn't very well known in Europe. Some promotion would go a long way. I do my part but there's a limit to how many people I can preach to.
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    It's always good news to see these niche titles get a release in Europe.

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    That's the one thing I worry about moving to live with my Swedish relatives, the few games that get PAL releases (compared to the US).

    And according to the story blurb in the manual of 'Oath to Felghana' Ys is set in an Alternate Europe. Go figure. >.>

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    Quote Originally Posted by FudorahZubat View Post
    That's the one thing I worry about moving to live with my Swedish relatives, the few games that get PAL releases (compared to the US).
    You can still buy US-only games from Amazon and other North American sites, you just won't find them in stores very often. This isn't a problem for hardcore gamers, but it is a problem for kids, casual gamers and the like who only buy games in physical stores and miss out on a lot of great games. It becomes a vicious cycle because games sell badly if people are never exposed to them, like when they released Xenosaga II in Europe but not I and then decided not to release III because II sold badly. In the words of AVGN; WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?

    With the present generation of consoles you don't have to worry as much about regions. The PS3, PSP and DS are all region free, as for the 360 I'm not sure as I only have a few games for that while the Wii is unfortunately not, but the only US-exclusive Wii game you'd want is the non-censored version of No More Heroes anyway.

    If you're into PS1/PS2 JRPGs like me then bring an American PS2 with you and buy an electrical converter in Sweden (you can't plug the American into a European-style outlet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartakus View Post
    ...like when they released Xenosaga II in Europe but not I and then decided not to release III because II sold badly. In the words of AVGN; WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?
    I just shed a real tear for Europe after reading that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartakus View Post
    With the present generation of consoles you don't have to worry as much about regions. The PS3, PSP and DS are all region free, as for the 360 I'm not sure as I only have a few games for that while the Wii is unfortunately not, but the only US-exclusive Wii game you'd want is the non-censored version of No More Heroes anyway.
    360 is certainly not region-free. We had to wait 10 months after the "simultaneous" release of Tales of Vesperia to get it. I have started importing games more now thanks to the PSP region-free - most recently P3P and Blazing Souls Accelate. Neither of which have Europe dates yet.
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    No offense to anyone on this board but the "blame" partly lies with the continental European market which though large is a ***** when it comes to localization since they're generally bad at English - a problem that is merely compounded by translating/dubbing everything - and very often there won't be a European release unless it's first localized in both French, German, Italian and Spanish, greatly increasing the time and cost involved. Needless to say this sucks for Scandinavians, British and Dutch, who play the American translation anyway with the only difference being the PAL-label smacked on it (yeah that's what we wait all those months for), and even more so the East Europeans who although just as poor at English as the French and Germans get stuck with the English translation regardless. I think it would be more fair if Europe was divided into two markets; the northwest market which could simply get the American version, and the continental market that requires translations.

    I'm not saying this is the only reason why some games don't get localized, sometimes there just aren't any interested publishers (we desperately need an equivalent of Atlus and Xseed in Europe), but it's part of the picture and occasionally the decisive factor, though more so in the past than now.

    As it stands we have a vicious cycle where those who can speak English have given up and just import games as soon as they are released in North America, which in turns undermines any incentive for official releases in Europe in the future for any but the most commercially viable titles.

    Concerning Xenosaga, that was just a terrible, terrible marketing strategy of releasing a game titled "episode 2" in a region where only the hardcore JRPG fans had played episode 1, and 2 is even considered the poorest entry in the series. If they couldn't see the low sales coming they can't have know anything about the games they were selling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Severin Mira View Post
    360 is certainly not region-free. We had to wait 10 months after the "simultaneous" release of Tales of Vesperia to get it. I have started importing games more now thanks to the PSP region-free - most recently P3P and Blazing Souls Accelate. Neither of which have Europe dates yet.
    A fair number of 360 games are region free, I have the EU version of FEAR 2 and it works fine.

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    Fair point that is true, some games are region-free. However, I think it's pretty safe to assume the majority are not unfortunately. So you'd need to research if you want to consider it.

    To be honest I don't recall any JRPGs actually getting much promotion here as a whole, with the exceptions of the guaranteed sellers (i.e. FFXIII and Pokemon). There are a couple of specialised publishers similar to XSEED but not too widely known or big. Rising Star Games the only one that comes to mind. Possibly down to a much smaller market for JRPGs but I can't really comment (should really start reading the market reports my company makes )

    But anyway, good to see games coming over, even if it is one I'm probably unlikely to get.
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