(Phantom) Thief wrote:To be honest Link was not been released for the West. I do not think even for a second this next series will make it here without the former released. Also if the game is released with the movie for dvd & blue ray then that is one more defense against the series returning to the West.
The chances of the games of the series returning to the West are much higher since CyberConnect2's latest non Naruto titles, Solatorobo (DS) and Asura's Wrath (PS3 and Xbox 360), have been released in the west. The DS title Solatorobo had much less of a chance than Link did and it was only because Nintendo of Europe insisted that they release it in Europe then it was eventually picked up by Xseed and published in North America. These circumstances are unlikely to happen again especially to the .hack series, and the only reason .hack//Link didn't get released is because it had too much going against it. The game itself isn't particularly fun because of its simple and extremely repetitive combat system, there were too many lines to be translated and too much voice work for a PSP game, and the relatively low sales in Japan when compared to the rest of the series ruined it's chances of coming over to the west. If the new title is being released on the home consoles and is ported over to the Vita or 3DS then it has significantly higher chances of being localized to the west. Unfortunately, only time will tell.
Though there is that obvious concern that Namco Bandai doesn't care too much about releasing CyberConnect2's original properties outside of Naruto to the west.
Of course .hack//Link wasn't Localized outside of Japan.
Why did Nintendo of Europe have to publish Solatorobo in Europe and why did Xseed have to publish it in North America?
Why was Asura's Wrath published by Capcom?
These concerns could be very minor as these things tend to happen all the time in the Industry.
Some games don't make the cut, a publisher might not want to invest in localization so they outsource (Xseed is currently publishing many games from Japan, including Nihon Falcom's games, in America for this reason) and a developer does not need to be tied to one publisher.
I'm only concerned because these actions are outside the norm for CyberConnect2 and their games. They more or less make me question the relationship between CyberConnect2 and Namco Bandai.