Valkyria Chronicles III not coming to US and Europe

Low sales and localization costs of Valkyria Chronicles II cited as key reasons for Western no-show.

The Valkyria Chronicles series was praised for its bold and fresh strategy role-playing games that were both beautiful to look at and fun to play. Fans of the series will be disappointed to know that Sega is not planning to localize the third game, Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles, for North American and European markets.

This story won't be chronicled in English anytime soon.

During a recent interview in Singapore, Sega's team manager of console sales, Hiroshi Seno, confirmed that the game would not be localized due to the PSP platform not being popular and well liked in North America and Europe. He also said that localizing the title for an English-speaking audience would require past games of the franchise to sell a particular quantity; he added that Valkyria Chronicles II did not sell enough to justify localization costs.

When asked whether the game would be out as a downloadable title on the upcoming PlayStation Vita system, Seno said the company would make a concrete decision the next time it meets with Sony. Valkyria Chronicles III sold 102,779 units in its debut week of January 24 in Japan.

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styrnephim
styrnephim

Just wanted to point out again that the original game, Valkyria Chronicles on PS3, got more than 1 million sales.

http://www.vgchartz.com/game/18897/valkyria-chronicles/


These sales were not caused by a huge marketing budget, too, but as it seems by player's recommendations, which means a lot.

@ Keaze : don't say it "struggled to get discovered". It got its sales and userbase just fine.

This had the power of becoming a strong franchise. The mistake they made clearly was to put VC2 on PSP instead, which pretty much, as it appeared later on, killed the licence, now that they seem to refuse making a VC3 international release.

I don't know how the developers and publishers could not realize this. I would like to hear more about their reasons, because I really can't understand.


Keaze_
Keaze_

The reason why valyria struggles to get discovered is simple.  The cover:  we have no idea what kind of game it is.   The intro screen:  I booted up the game 3 times over a few months, and the main screen came up, with this very cheesy music, and the generic "flamey" background.  I couldn't even press start because I was thinking "what is this crap"?  Third, the introduction scene or whatever, with the guy and girl on the tank totally looking like childish idiots..  Seriously I borrowed it 3 times from a friend because he said it was awesome.  First and second time I never made it past the title screen,  third time I told myself "okay dude give it a go, see what all the fuss is about".  And then I discovered this extremely awesome game.


And that right there is the prime example of how a poor presentation can destroy a game.

itscrap
itscrap

I agree completely. It's Final Fantasy Tactics all over again.

quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

The problem with Sega and other companies is that they putting their games on the wrong consoles or platform. Like VC1 came out on PS3, then after that decision they shift VC2 on PSP which that came out on a bad turn. One thing bothers me is that a lot of these developers are trying to get exclusive console choice when it's not even helping making their profit. It's really stupid that you have to buy all the consoles or handheld just to play all the games you want. Too bad that this is one of those games that would had been a household name like any popular RPGs, but hopefully it will be released on a future console soon.

jon2435
jon2435

Agreed sub it.  Many fans know that this is a JRPSG.  This idea of just shipping it with Japanese VA isn't bad.  I would've liked Japanese VA in VC2, but it was only added to VC.

 

The first VC is one of the reasons I'd go out and buy a PS3.  I love to buy the system and more VC titles for it.  Work hard at it Sega.

cdragon_88
cdragon_88

add subtitles. its not that hard. oh well.

 

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

Such a shame, the first one was such an unforgettable game. They should have kept this series going on PS3.

godseaterburst
godseaterburst

okay that is it my name is Victor IF I were to rise as Worlds King Brace yourself JP and Chine cuz I will demolish u ... for not making the games accessible to the whole world ... PS: If u hare my name on the news about an invasion Tremble!!! ... in fear!

ag_04
ag_04

@Warsilver There are lots of things japanese developers don't tell us. In this case, I don't know if they gave us a reason to why the saga didn't continue on ps3. But this is a problem in general with japanese developers, they don't want to hear our feedback or try to communicate with us in any way. I don't know of ANYONE who actually prefers psp over ps3 for gaming, but well, god knows wth were these people thinking when they decided to continue the saga on the psp...

Warsilver
Warsilver

It is such a shame. My question (maybe a dumb one I dunno) is why they didn't just make it for PS3? Why does the PSP have to get all the attention?

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

i rather buy this franchise than their fluffy B*TCH masscot game

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

"rule one on marketing is to conserve your funds while promoting your wares" haha XD

aqwabawks
aqwabawks

@FstBrk342 I dunno, Sega was actually recently given a physical copy of the petitions. It is a little too late for purchases of VC2 to make a difference.

FstBrk342
FstBrk342

@aqwabawks to be honest i really dont see a petition making a difference. what would make a difference is if people went and bought Valkyria II. they dont need names on a webpage, they need money coming in. that's the simple reality.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

What a damned waste :| I didn't know VC 2 sold badly... damn shame indeed :(

aqwabawks
aqwabawks

If any of you are interested in Valkyria Chronicles 3 being released in the West or maybe considered for the Playstation Vita hit up the Gallian Liberation Front on twitter (@GLFront) & sign their petition. Although some of you might scoff at the notion that an online petition will do anything, it is the first step in a multi-pronged project at having Sega reconsider not localizing this great title!

archonjiggz
archonjiggz

honestly this series was doomed outside of japan as soon as they decided to put it on the psp. why they didn't put it on the ds boggles my mind since it would have sold significantly better even if they had to scale back it's graphics to make it work.

ag_04
ag_04

While in fact sad news, this isn't the first time Sega demonstrates it has roughly ZERO knowledge about marketing and abandon the overseas public. They did it with Shining Force III which was unforgivable. I'm currently playing VC1 and damn it is an AWESOME rpg game. But again Sega is a complete disaster with marketing and this is the result. Like others said, let's start learning japanese...

XeonForce
XeonForce

While I am upset at hearing yet another series being kept from localization, it also reminds me of how much I was hoping Sega would release a PS3 sequel; depressing on top of depressing. =(

z827
z827

Tch... Yet another excellent Japanese game left in it's original language. I guess it's about time I've started learning Japanese or something =.=

Racer_XLR
Racer_XLR

I haven't bought a Sega product in I don't know how long. I couldn't buy Bayonetta because I saw 'SEGA' on the box. You're only making it easier, Sega. You pretty much confirmed the death of one of my favorite IPs this generation. Good job. *pouts*

XStrike
XStrike

The failure of this game is due to Sega's decision to make the game on the PSP and poor marketing support. VC1 for the PS3 sold just over one million copies world wide, pretty good for a new franchise in a niche market. Sega claims they wanted to capitalize on the large installed base of PSPs in Japan so VC2 was created for the PSP. That decision alone set up VC2 to be a failure since the PSP is far less popular in EU and even less so in NA. They created the game without even considering the NA and EU markets and so the NA and EU sales numbers are not surprising. On the marketing side, I understand the budget isn't there to support ad campaigns like Modern Warfare or Mario, however with niche games you have many hard core fans so you can get a lot done with social media. VC1 sales were driven quite a lot by word of mouth as people experienced the game and then recommended it to their friends. The GL Front on facebook is an example of a group of people who could be turned to to provide free advertising at expos or in game stores to hype the release of VC2/VC3. At the very least they could get stores like Gamestop to put up displays and have demos for the games to inspire some interest. It's just sad to see another game get the axe not because it wasn't great, but because it didn't receive the support it deserved, just like my beloved Suikoden series :'(

XStrike
XStrike

For those interested in trying to push the issue of getting this game released in NA and EU check out http://www.facebook.com/GLFront for a campaign to bring awareness and to pressure Sega to localize this game.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Sega is plainly acting stupid. Instead of dubbing whole recruit roster with sub-par English voice acting, they could only translate text and offer it as a PSN store exclusive. In no way in hell they would not profit, there are teams out there who do this much for free! This just shows everything that's going wrong in game industry nowadays: 5 hour long games sell millions for 70$ and hundred hour long games sell little for 40$. Now excuse me, I'll go and rage on some more forums..

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

instead of milking their fluffy crappy mascot why dont they pour their resources on this awesome franchise instead?????

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@regix416_basic God of War is a mammoth blockbuster series. VC is not. It's not a fair comparison. That's like saying that a Mario compilation and a Pilotwings compilation would sell the same amount. @AtheistPreacher I'd agree that Sega 'set it up to fail' to some degree, with small shipments and poor advertising. But what are you gonna do? They can't do the Call Of Duty carpetbomb-marketing campaign with an unknown quantity for a niche market. And Uncharted isn't really good for comparison. That was a Sony first-party franchise - it was gonna succeed or die trying. And succeed it did - it's become a huge franchise because it has an obvious marketability that VC lacks. First-week sales are incredibly misleading in this case: VC only moved about 30K in its entire first month, so just about all of the sales were on the first week when the smart gamer set got their copy. After that, it died like a quail and needed a big price drop just to sell a few more copies, drastically reducing profitability. @robertwarnes91 Aw, c'mon, Americans love British voices - that's why we hire the English to narrate all of our films and documentaries.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@Rottenwood Unfortunately as far as Nintendo of America is concerned, Xenoblade is not in English. You forget the different dialects in the English language and Xenoblade was translated in British English and the voices were done by British actors. It's common for American film companies to redub Australian and UK films with American actors like "Mad Max" and "The Castle" for example. So before Xenoblade could be released in American the script would need to be rewritten for American dialect and all voice acting would need be redubbed by American actors.

naruto0187
naruto0187

Damnit! And I was really looking forward to this, too.

naruto0187
naruto0187

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RedMageNeko
RedMageNeko

T__T Dangit! I was looking forward to this game so much! I loved VC and VC II!

majinjet
majinjet

few months from now i'm walking by a store and looking at psp games me: *sigh* no VC3....VC2 but no VC3 ( looks next to VC2) me: OMG!!!! Final Fantasy type 0, thankyou Square! damn u Sega!

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

Goddamnit. I love VC, and I have VCII (but didn't play it because I didn't complete VC. Nearly did then lost my save...three time ¬_¬.) But After I finished S-ranking Peace Walker I was gonna just start on VCII and now I'm not gonna continue the story with III. What a pain in the ass, wish I knew bloody Japanese.

DFBTG
DFBTG

Maybe if Valkyria Chronicles stayed on the PS3...well, at least I would've bought a copy of II.

NeoSaintST
NeoSaintST

Are you kidding? Sega, would you please please please hurry up and release Valkyria Chronicles III unto US soil. I say we petition them to do so if it hasn't been done already..

onigiri619
onigiri619

Well, logically, if VCII did not sell enough quantity, IF NA and EUR just happened to sell enough copies of VCII, THEN would a VCIII release be put into consideration? If that's the case...

Brotto
Brotto

Sad news indeed :(. They should of released VC2 on PS3...

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

ok, every get some picket signs, we are heading for Sega's Headquarters, we need to protest this.

diceXVII
diceXVII

If Sega had Valkyria Chronicles II in the PS3 then it would be a different story...

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Such a crock... Anyone who overlooked these games deserves a punch.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Now that's one less rpg for my psp. This makes me very sad. :(

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@Rottenwood I think you're failing to take a few things into account. For one, advertising for it was basically non-existent, and coverage was light compared to well-known "big" titles and sequels. Secondly, it seems that Sega themselves expected it to sell poorly, and it was a self-fulfilling prophecy because supply was poor. I went to buy it at Gamestop soon after it came out. There are 3 of them near my house. Guess what? No one had it. I had to order it off of Amazon. And apparently a lot of people did the same, because I remember getting an e-mail from Amazon with the "top 10 best-selling games for the week," and it was like #2 on the charts. A parallel of sorts can be drawn to Demon's Souls. I've been a From Software fan since King's Field 1... the spiritual predecessor series to Demon's Souls... so I was all over Demon's Souls. Most people weren't, initially. Supply was, again, poor. Hard to find it in stock basically anywhere. Again, they assumed it was a niche game that would sell poorly. Heck, even Uncharted wasn't that popular when it came out. It was only after the press drooled over the sequel that most people thought to buy the first one... and the final sales numbers on it are hugely inflated due to it being packaged with systems so often. But hey, how about numbers? UNIT SALES IN FIRST WEEK (AMERICAS) from vgchartz. Demon's Souls: 66K Dark Souls: 162K Uncharted 1: 30K Uncharted 2: 417K Valkyria Chronicles: 23K

redskinStu
redskinStu

"Hiroshi Seno, confirmed that the game would not be localized due to the PSP platform not being popular and well liked in North America and Europe.' That's the Gamespot's reporter's OPINION. It's not a fact, PSP is very popular, they just can't justify completing a localization without a guranteed amount of return, that is the fact.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

@styrnephim  and we wonder why sega became a 3rd party company lol. they dont have balls and brains :)