11/16- 12:00PM EST
Welcome! This is just a quick little Q&A
to enjoy over this holiday week, and we'll
be back with a full one next week. So get
some questions in!
Let's jump right into it...
So which RPGs are you looking forward to in
2013 and why?
- Macstorm (aka the Yin to your Yang)
it so happens the biggest ones
I'm looking forward to are two
3DS RPGs from Atlus, only one of
which has been confirmed for the
US. I loved the original Etrian
Odyssey, and enjoyed Etrian
Odyssey III even more
despite not completing it yet.
So I'm quite excited for Etrian
Odyssey IV. It looks like
an even better dungeon crawler
with a nice uptick in graphics.
In a similar vein, Souls
Hackers looks to be a nice
update to one of the most famous
Shin Megami Tensei games
that we missed. Anther dungeon
crawler, I'd be shocked if they
didn't bring it over given that
Etrian Odyssey IV is on
the way. The Shin Megami
Tensei series is more
popular after all. Beyond those
two games, the other big RPGs
I'm waiting for are two from
Namco. The first is of course Ni
No Kuni. I'm not sold on
it quite yet, but with that
visual style I'll stay hopeful.
Finally we've got the latest Tales
game, Tales of Xillia.
Doesn't look to have a battle
system as good as Graces f
but I think it will still be a
good classic romp. So there you
have it, two portable and two
console RPGs all from Japanese
developers. Are any Western RPGs
slated for next year? Oh well,
there's a few more possibles on
the Vita I would mention
but given its current state I
don't want to jinx their chances
of being localized. I expect
these to be opposite to what
you're excited for!
Since I haven't said so yet, congratulations
on your coming baby, Wheels. I hope
everything goes well when he arrives. :)
I figured I'd send you a letter before you
take your paternity leave. I know you can't
really answer the question I'm about to ask,
but I thought I'd at least hear your take on
Why thank you! I'm equal parts
excited and nervous as you can
expect. Hopefully he enjoys RPGs as
much as I do when he's older!
Anyway, I would be happy to take a
try at your question.
Does a new IP, at least when it comes to
video games, usually belong to the
publisher? This is something I've never been
sure about. You see, I've noticed that ever
since Japanese developer Imageepoch has been
publishing their own games, there hasn't
been any sign of a Luminous Arc 4, Arc
Rise Fantasia 2, or some game related
to them (as I pointed out several times, ARF
and the Luminous Arc games are
implied to be part of the same multiverse).
Not all of their more recent game are
published by themselves, but it seems they
haven't had a game published by Marvelous
Entertainment since Fate/Extra (I could be
Well it all depends on the publisher
and what deal they've sprung with
the developer based on the new IP.
You can find examples of both. So it
all depends on what arrangement they
had with Marvelous for Arc.
What I'm trying to get at is this: Does this
mean Luminous Arc and Arc Rise
Fantasia belong to Marvelous
Entertainment? Is this why we haven't seen a
new "Arc" game from Imageepoch? Granted, one
major reason we haven't seen a sequel is
probably because they didn't sell very well.
Well, I know ARF didn't sell well.
Also, since LA3 didn't come out in
North America, sales for that game were
lower even if LA3 outsold LA2
in Japan. Also, if the IPs belong to
Marvelous, they could always have another
developer work on the game(s). I don't think
we can be sure, but I have to wonder.
It's a good question and with a
small series like this it might not
matter because it could just be the
case of a lack of interest by all
parties in developing a sequel. I'm
guessing the first game did the best
so it could be they fast tracked a
pair of sequels that didn't end up
doing as well as the original. Given
that the Marvelous logo appears on
the US versions of Luminous Arc
I think it's safe to say that
Marvelous owns the franchise.
Perhaps they aren't interested in
trying it with another developer.
Hopefully the questions will be
answered for you with a new game at
On a completely different note, here's a
interesting scenario someone brought up on
the forums I'd like your to answer: If you
could end one RPG series in order to revive
another (let's see it hasn't seen a new game
in at least four years), which series would
they be and why? For me, I'd sacrifice the Kingdom
Hearts series to see a new Baten
Kaitos game. I never cared for Kingdom
Hearts, as you may know, and I think Baten
Kaitos is unfairly under-appreciated.
Both BK games are so great and I
would love to see a new game that mixes the
battle system from the two and continues
developing that fascinating world. I
know you like the KH games, so go
ahead and sacrifice a series I enjoy, like Pokémon
or something. ^^
Well, that's all from me. Take care!
That's an interesting game, and I'd
be happy to take part! Don't worry
about hating on the Kingdom
Hearts series, I would gladly
kill it for some brand new SaGa
games or even just for one Resonance
of Fate sequel. In fact let's
go with that, I would gladly kill
the Kingdom Hearts series
for just one more Resonance of
Fate. That game had some great
ideas that could be further expanded
in a new game. The SaGa
series of course has had nothing new
but remakes and some mobile game
recently so I would love to see some
proper new games at the expense of Kingdom
Hearts. Anyway, thanks for
some interesting questions, here's
hoping you have a new Arc game
in the near future!
See you all next week! For those in the US,
have a great Thanksgiving!
About the Host
What I can't wait for:
Hunter 3 Ultimate
On my Playlist:
1. Green Day
2. Reel Big Fish
3. Less Than Jake
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2. Will we ever see a 7th Dragon game in
3. What is the best Tales game?
4. If THQ goes under will anyone save
5. What RPG series would you like to see a
non-RPG made out of?