We reported a story earlier that painted a pretty bleak picture for the Disgaea franchise and its company Nippon Ichi Software. Turns out the earlier comments made by president Sohei Niikawa were taken out of context and meant to be in jest. It’s another case of humor getting lost in translation.
We spoke with NIS today, who explained the entire situation. What Sohei really meant to say was:
“If Disgaea 5 does not sell as planned, I, as the producer, might need to leave the Japanese gaming industry. (LOL)”
He further comments on the misunderstanding, while also clarifying his true stance regarding Disgaea 5:
“This comment was simply self-deprecating humor and in no way did it mean or imply that Nippon Ichi Software as a company is going bankrupt or is in financial difficulties. I was merely trying to use humor in order to get the point across that we are committed to selling 150,000 copies of Disgaea 5.”
So looks like all is well in the world of niche Japanese RPGs.