Some new trademark results attempt to affirm what we already hoped and wondered about – Lost Song looks to be coming West sometime in the future.

Ever since Sword Art Online: Lost Song was announced for release in Japan, the Western PlayStation Vita audience has been wondering about a localization. Now – after Hollow Fragment hit #1 in North America and charted for 2014 in Europe – we get what seems to be the most damning evidence yet that the title will hit our shores; a set of trademark applications for “Lost Song” in Europe and the US.

Pointed out by NeoGAF forum / TVL forum member Takao, here’s the listings for Western Lost Song trademarks from their respective sources (listed below);

Looking at the evidence thus far, not only would it be surprising for Bandai not to bring Lost SongΒ to the West, but it’d be a bad move as well (those #1 sellers deserve a “sequel”).

Are you excited for Sword Art Online: Lost Song to make its way out of Asia?

Join the club.

  • Nonscpo

    Well that didn’t take long! Quite frankly two things need to happen this time, a retail release in North America and Europe, plus Sony needs to bundle there Vita’s with this game. I think at this point SAO is the only big name franchise coming to Vita, so somebody over at Playstation better take advantage and bundle the bloody game this time, so more units can get out there in the wild. Its bad enough the PSTV wasn’t bundled with Minecraft, damn was that a missed opportunity.

    • Rodolfo Ferreira

      Forget about bundling the Vita, that won’t work here. SCE promised the Vita+PS4 bundle in the US but that didn’t happen. And it doesn’t matter anymore.
      Everyone around where I live says the Vita was something to consider – that was last year – but sony insisted on working their black magic and the last Vita news where they end Vita’s features support is a huge stepback and it shows. No one wants a Vita in the US.
      So I say there’s no use bundling the handheld with this game – the only thing sony *could* do if they care that much about selling their proprietary crap – is to sell Freedom Wars + Ragnarok Odyssey ACE + SAO: Lost Song – that way the publisher won’t have to handle the physical release and share the money, selling the game inside their memory card.
      If you think sony dropped the ball, think again. They just don’t want the handheld to sell – otherwise it’d be a VITA Ad taking place during the Superbowl, not ps4.
      To me, the only one to blame for Vita’s infamous reputation is andrew house. He’s the one cursing the Vita.

      • Nonscpo

        No i still think that bundling this game with Vita will move units. There are plenty of anime fans out there, and some aren’t going to be willing to buy a PS3 after the generation is over. The Vita is only three years in and at a good point in its life cycle where people might be interested in picking it up if the right software is available to make the push πŸ˜‰

        • akidwhoplayedsoniccolors

          Hmm well, but I guess anime games are never the ‘right software’. Anime games(on the U.S. and Europe) never sell

          • akidwhoplayedsoniccolors

            Well.. Sorry, I was quickreading the news. So Hollow Fragment hit the number one position on NA 2014 play store chart.. I’ve underestimated anime games ..

          • Nonscpo

            Yeah they certainly have an appeal, I don’t get why people keep calling it a niche. There’s something for everybody in anime, I think the problem is people are way too spoiled and expect AAA everything. This is ridiculous as there are plenty of great games that dont need to have the prettiest pixels. For me gameplay trumps everything!

          • Bitrip

            Anime still has a stigma…it’s incredibly nerdy. It doesn’t help that a lot of the good shows are not easy to come by, if Crunchyroll caught everything I’m sure it would help…but they don’t.

          • Nonscpo

            The “Nerdy” argument doesn’t make sense to me, simply because there are tons of things that used to be considered nerdy and people eventually overcame there biases and moved on with their lives. The problem is that Anime to many is a foreign thing and so it’s easy to dismiss it for a lot of people.

          • Bitrip

            On the foreign argument, it loses points because you (generally) have to read what’s on-screen at all times. Most people I talk to are NOT interested in that. Add in the fact that it’s animated and boom. Interest is completely gone and subject material is therefore dubbed “nerdy” because the only people willing to put up with it are mainly gaming enthusiasts.

          • Nonscpo

            True plus theres also the stigma behind adults watching “Cartoons” and playing “Childrens games”, because sadly most people ignore that there are rating labels, and thats why you hear the horror stories about parents letting their kids watch Hentai or playing GTA. Honestly it just comes down to lazy parenting and an ignorant society at large, but sadly at the end of the day were the ones who end up paying for that in the end πŸ™

          • Bitrip

            Probably better for us that way, in the end anyway.

          • Nonscpo

            True, but I would like to see society evolve, sadly we wont get to reap the benfits of such a society only our grandchildren will have a shot at that…assuming we havent blown up the world by that point or global warming has left us with no land to live on.

          • Bitrip

            I dunno, social media has turned the world upside-down. My generation is the absolute worst because of it. At this rate the world will devolve, and that’s no joke. The fact that someone as useless as Nash Grier (#1 Vine Star) can pull $80k a DAY in ad revenue speaks volumes. It’s sad, and I’m not saying social media is all bad, it’s really not. I actually wrote an article on LinkedIn about this very issue. It’s just, we aren’t really leveraging the good with the bad. Tumblr and Snapchat are both practically used for porn. It’s getting out of hand.

          • Nonscpo

            True, true!

          • Nonscpo

            Better than bundling the worst port of a beloved franchise (Borderlands 2).

          • akidwhoplayedsoniccolors

            yeah,

          • Guest

            But… Uh.. Still not sure about that though. Probably still h

          • akidwhoplayedsoniccolors

            But… Uh.. Still not sure about that bundling though.. Maybe it still takes a more popular exclusive title than just Sao lost song(such as final fantasy maybe?) to make the bundle sell at a satisfying number, I don’t know..

          • akidwhoplayedsoniccolors

            Oh wait, you can’t delete comments on disqus”sigh”.. As you said, nonscpo, yeah.. if lost song comes to the west, and if bundling didn’t take too much effort for Sony to do the licensing and stuffs, worth a try

          • Nonscpo

            Agreed!

            P.S. That wasnt a bad idea, they could always bundle the Vita with J -Stars πŸ˜€

    • Kazkari

      The Vita is a perfectly fine console if you like more niche titles aswell as importing (provided you don’t mind playing them all on one account or using multiples to get free DLC). What about Tales of Hearts R anyway? Theres actually quite a good few games but people are being ignorant about it, my only issue is profile locking (for the DLC).

  • dark-kyon

    not way this game isn’t getting western release after be the best selling psvita game of the year in psn,a retail release also is not difficult of believe.if we not get retail psvita release i blame the ps3 version.

    • Buckybuckster

      I will be shocked if they don’t bring a retail ver this time around. They have to realize HF could have probably pushed over 100k units if a physical game had been available.