Black Rock Shooter aims for Western release

NIS America licenses Image Epoch's Japanese PSP role-playing game for North America and Europe; release window to be determined.

NIS America is primarily known for its localized Japanese role-playing games, but the publisher's latest announced title is Black Rock Shooter: The Game, which happens to be a Japanese role-playing game.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Black Rock role-playing game, which would presumably be a shooter.

NIS America has acquired the license to publish Image Epoch's PSP RPG Black Rock Shooter: The Game in North America and Europe. Black Rock Shooter is based on the anime of the same name, but it is actually set in a different universe. The game boasts character designs by Huke and cutscenes by animation studio Ufotable, which has also worked on God Eater Burst and the upcoming Tales of Xillia RPG.

Set roughly 20 years in the future, Black Rock Shooter imagines an Earth that has been at war with aliens for decades, with humanity literally on its last legs. With just a dozen humans left on the planet, a battle android named BRS is activated in a final attempt to save the species.

Image Epoch is perhaps best known for its Luminous Arc series of DS role-playing games. However, Western gamers may also know the portable specialist from the DS RPG Sands of Destruction, or its lone console effort, last year's Arc Rise Fantasia for the Wii.

There is no release window for Black Rock Shooter in Western markets as of yet, but NIS America has said that will be announced in the near future.

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22 comments
KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

Can't wait!

(skeleton)
Oh its out....hurrrrr

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

Wait, they are making an anime? I thought to OVA was it.

packtop
packtop

@Nozizaki anime isn't released yet all they have releases until now is a OVA the anime is coming January 2012. Well it was still awesome though.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

Good. Heard an August release date in JP, hoped it would come to America. Definitely might buy it. Anime was awesome.

FusionRain
FusionRain

This is why I love NIS. They get stuff done!

krrz_kenney
krrz_kenney

that great, but i think that could be much more good... i think they should create a version of this game for the ps3, of course better made than the one for the psp, that would take out more of the potential this game has... and by the way... in naruto shippuuden ultimate ninja storm 2 u can choose between jap and english language, and preserve the english subs... that could also be used for this game, for the ones who like jap voices xd

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

And here I thought I had just purchased my final PSP UMD game (Tactics Ogre). Looks like I may have one more to add to the list. I'm interested to see how things develop with Black Rock Shooter.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Never been in to Japanese games

franzito
franzito

A would be shooter RPG? Hmmm... I'm curious...

benleslie5
benleslie5

Awesome news, will this be released on UMD for UK/Europe because half the time I hate paying full price on PSN for downloadable games

kitty
kitty moderator

This is great news. :D I wish I could have it now so I could play it. :P I really hope they announce a release date soon.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm definitely interested since there's a lack of jrpgs anyway.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I have been waiting for this news since I heard about this game like a year ago.

zinoalex
zinoalex

That's great! nisAmerica never ceases to amaze!

REgrl4life
REgrl4life

May I say Hell yeah? I absolutely love 'Black Rock Shooter' the song and the anime. *excited*

servb0ts
servb0ts

Hell Yeah I hope it hits PS3 or PSP, :D