Just yesterday XSEED Games announced they acquired Atlus Online and were re-branding themselves under the common name of Marvelous USA. In the mix of all this hoopla, though, they also talked about bringing the beloved Senran Kagura series to the West. While being questioned by Siliconera about the acquisition, XSEED boss man Ken Berry spoke to audiences about fan interest in localizing one of Tamsoft’s Senran Kagura games as well.
It is something that we continue to look into because we know the demand is there as lots of fans have asked us about it. But it’s just such a scary proposition due to the subject matter and difference in attitudes between Japanese culture and the more conservative culture here in the U.S.
Berry indicated that a physical release of the game here in North America would present “the potential for disaster”, but was then quick to not rule out the chance of a downloadable release. So don’t consider the localization impossible just yet.
If you haven’t been keeping up on your Eastern entertainment news, Senran Kagura is a game, manga and anime series. The game adaptations have acquired some serious success, with the most recent being Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, a brawler that launched on Vita in Japan back in February. In its first week, the game sold over 120,000 copies and was considered to be quite the success. The game, and just the series as a whole, is all sorts of bonkers, what with somehow incorporating enormous frogs and giant pancakes into the equation, and certainly is very Japanese. But there’s an audience for that type of thing here in the states (read: all the staff at Hardcore Gamer), and it seems that XSEED understand that.
If you haven’t checked out the specific game XSEED is considering (which is Senran Kagura: Burst — the second title in the series), then scope the footage below to fall in love with the zaniness.