Two New RPGs Headed to PSP (Yes, PSP) in North America and Europe

Vita, PS TV, and PSP owners will all have access to two RPGs being localized for the first time.

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Although the PlayStation Portable software market in the West dried up years ago for most developers, not everyone has abandoned the pursuit of bringing niche RPGs to the US, Canada, and Europe. Gaijinworks and MonkeyPaw revealed their latest efforts this week, which will see two new games brought over from Japan.

The first of these is Class of Heroes 3. Originally released in 2010, this is a natural move for Gaijinworks' next game, given that it already brought the previous game in the dungeon crawler series, Class of Heroes 2, to western audiences in 2013.

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Also coming to western PSPs is 2013 tactical RPG Summon Night 5 (gallery below). Considering that none of the previous games have been localized or released outside of Japan, it seems like a curious choice to jump right to the fifth game, but there is a reason for doing so.

Responding to a question on that subject, Gaijinworks founder Vic Ireland explained on the official forums that it's due to "[t]ime and code completeness. Because 5 was very recent, the code base and assets were pretty easy to collect and it's a great game that was a ground up effort. SN3 and 4 were ports, and though I would have liked to have started with 3, I'm not sure we'd have time to do 3, 4, 5 before the PSP window closes."

That may due in part to the sheer size of the game. "5, especially, is a HUGE game," Ireland said. "Like 45,000 lines of dialogue. Nuts."

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In the case of both games, digital versions will be released on PSN. In addition, polls will be posted in the near future to determine interest in physical versions--something that Class of Heroes 2 received once Gaijinworks was able to ensure it had at least 2,500 people on board to order.

Physical copies--if they do end up being released--will include various physical goodies, as well as UMD and digital copies, allowing collectors to play while keeping the physical game untouched.

Pricing will be announced when the polls go up in "late May or early June." As with other PSP games, both titles will be playable on PSP, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. You can read more about the games on Gaijinworks' website.

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A pity Class of Heroes 3 may never get that PSP release.

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Hell the PSP vita market pretty much dried up in the west also

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I wonder who's idiotic idea it was too release this on psp aka: piracy the handheld.

One guy is gonna buy these, and release it to the internet for everyone else to download.

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@supremedragoon: PSP piracy. This is why we can't have nice things.

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@supremedragoon: That can be said about pretty much any game

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On the psp, ds, and pc sure. But on say ps4, wii u, and xb1 that won't really happen. When a system's claim to fame is the widespread hacking and piracy, you don't release games on that lmao.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You an idi0t? The ds has the largest collection of games for handhelds, the pc is the most popular gaming platform, ever, with a library spanning from decades and with more and more recent devs bringing in support for even more games and steam being by far way larger than than either psn or xbl. The xb360 and ps3 are both fully hackable and moddable, and its only a matter of time for the xb1 and ps4. If there was any hint of validity to your statement, you removed it with your last statement regarding the bs about the pc and ds. As for the psp, yes its lamantable that hacking is what ended it. But it was still a decent system by its own right and how many years did it pull? Quite a few wasnt it? So who's idi0tic idea was it? Well it wasnt an idi0tic idea, but you're an idi0t for calling it that though. Wanna rename yourself to supremebaka?

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I admit that piracy doesn't happen on PC much due to PC gamers not being poor enough to needed piracy but my original conmment only meant that releasing a game on a console that is known for piracy and has already been replaced was a bad idea. I wasn't saying that PSP, PC, or DS were bad. Infact I own all 3 and love them however that doesn't make releasing this game on the PSP a good idea. Use actual points that are relevant to the topic of discussion and what was actually said instead of insulting me like a butthurt keyboard warrior who got their waifu insulted. Good day to you, mate.

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Yes! The PSP is better than the Vita, period.

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" Also coming to western PSPs is 2013 tactical RPG << LINK REMOVED >>(gallery below). Considering that none of the previous games have been localized or released outside of Japan"


I'm fairly sure that Summon Night 2 (spinoffs) at least was released outside of Japan since I recall playing the NA version. Though it wasn't a PSP release and was a spinoff. There was Summon Night: Twin Age and Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2.

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wow so heppy about it. now here can i play the 2cd part of "The Legend of Heroes tales in the sky"

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"UMD and digital copies, allowing collectors to play while keeping the physical game untouched."

Cool

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OH MY GAAAWWWDDD...


I'm waiting for any summon knight psp title since... I can't remember anymore.

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Well, it's not like Summon Night games haven't appeared outside of Japan before. There were at least three spin-off titles that came out for the GBA and DS in the US. Though apparently they're very different games.

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@paulunga: Yeah the Swordcraft Story mini series. The battle system is A LOT better imho. I definitely recommend Swordcraft Story 2 for GBA. One of my fav games of all time.

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Also, holy shit, they released a Summon Night game for the PS2 in 2010.

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still need

-The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Evolution
-The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki - Evolution
-The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki: Evolution
-The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
-The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II
-Shining Resonance

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@Cyberjin:

Please, they're still struggling to even finish off Trails SC. Safe to say the Evolution versions will never happen. Quite possibly not even Trails 3rd regular.

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And here I am still waiting for Trails in the Sky SC.

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DAyum def will check Summon Night 5 out

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Wow they really hate the Vita.

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PSP... o.O

Fine with me, though. I have one somewhere under all this dust. I'll look for it tomorrow!!

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I remember Victor Ireland from the Sega CD/Saturn/PS1 days. Good guy and always committed to finishing his products with a high rate of quality. I wish he had a better position in the industry.

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@BruceWayneJr: When I was in high school a buddy and I were shopping at our local music store in Redding, CA, and we overhead some voices talking about Poful Mail, which we had for the PC Engine(if I remember correctly). We stuck our heads back and it was Victor, we knew who he was instantly. They had just finished recording a few voice tracks. We shot the breeze for a few minutes, then Victor did the amazing. He gave us each turns in the sound booth reading some lines, recording a few takes each. We got to see the animation playback on the monitor while we were reading. Never got used in the game, but the experience is one I won't ever forget. Always bought any Working Designs releases out of principal at that point. You support companies like that who really care about their fans.

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@pmeier@BruceWayneJr: Nice lie I mean story pmeier

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I used to love JRPGs; however, for some reason they are just so meh to me these days.

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@Samslayer: They were great when they were innovative, when we hadn't seen anything like them before, like the first time we played FFVII. Now, their gameplay feels rather archaic.

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...Well, that's a novelty.

Which kinda begs the question: why is it that Atlus aren't bringing P2:EP to the west on PSP, when these have even less of a chance of selling?

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@DanielL5583: I think I read that it's because they didn't like the numbers that Innocent Sin's remake got over here.

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I must have missed it in the article, but could not find out when they expect to release these two games - anyone have a possible release date?

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Again, thank you ! I actually have known this since I'm one of the site's forum user, loved the fact they didn't abandon psp. This way many people who don't own psv can play it on psp !

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I still have my PSP and there's no way I'm getting rid of it. Too many good games on it, especially since I can play PS Classics, like FF series, on the go.

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@hmoobpaladin: Yep!!!

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Errr. I can play FF 1-10 on my Vita.

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That's pretty cool actually. I will totally vote for a physical version. The fact that they'll include the digital with it will be great. That means I'll be playing this on my Vita. Score!

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That's really cool! I wish that somebody would do the same for Grand Knight's History and Tales of Phantasia: Full Voice Edition...

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Yeah, I was really excited for Grand Knights History...and then they cancelled it. Well, at least there's a fan translation available if you're really inclined to play it in full English.

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nice that someone is still supporting the PSP ten years after its launch.

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Haven't played a Summon Night game since the GBA days so I'm definitely looking towards to that.

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@sdinh225: Swordcraft Story....Dinah the hilariously Justified Tsundere in 2, and Sugar the Lovesick Fairy in 1, and the fact that 98% of the dialogue barely changes as a Girl MC heh those were good

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Boy, don't I hate Sony's monopoly on anime-like games?

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@metallinatus: I have a vita, and hate that the DS has Persona Q, Shin Megami 4, Fire Emblem etc etc. So it's not really a monopoly. Nintendo have a lot of anime stuff. That being said if you have a microsoft console, you're pretty much screwed :D

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@metallinatus: there's a crazy game on the 3ds called conception 2, where you make babies with anime school girls and use the babies to fight by your side (0_0)

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@geiasou@metallinatus: Actually it was released on both the 3DS and the Vita.

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@Mewtwo64@geiasou@metallinatus: Its not a monopoly if its on more than one system.

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Wow. How do they still get the UMD's manufactured?

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