Bandai Namco Games has announced the localized release of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – due out in North America (and some other regions*) sometime in 2016.

Bandai Namco games is no stranger to Vita and localizations, having brought us quite a few in the past. That said, it’s also worth noting that not many have been as asked for as Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – which (as it stands) has over 65,000 signatures in a petition to bring it West.

Well, for North Americans and a few other choice regions* the wait appears to be over; at Anime Expo 2015 today Cyber Sleuth was officially announced for release in select Western territories.

Check out the announcement trailer;

Bandai has revealed that the game will be hitting next year in North America, Latin America, and Brazil as a digital only release – though no further information has yet been given (including the fate of a European release).

At this point I have to ask; how excited are you?

*Update; Europe is getting it in 2016 too.

  • Courtney Levi Osborn

    It’s Bandai Namco Entertainment now btw. =)
    CAN’T WAIT FOR DIGIMON!

  • EndRant

    Digital only? Wtf, at least do a limited physical edition.

    • blackice85

      Supposedly there is a physical PS4 release as well.

      • Dinoegg96

        I think he means a Vita physicale edition…

        • blackice85

          Yes I know.

    • Nonscpo

      Agreed! There should be enough people for a limited print run.

  • Conor Higgins

    I will literally do anything to anyone anywhere if Bamco can please please PLEASE release this in Europe…

  • Buckybuckster

    I was beginning to think that this would never happen. I’ve never been happier to be wrong! I’m not the biggest Digimon fan, but this game looks way too good to miss out on. The only sad part is it’s slated to be a digital release only. Even the PS4 game is currently digital only. Even so I’m happy knowing that I’ll be able to play the game and actually be able to understand it. Far more important to me than getting a hard copy of the game.

    Okay Bamco, ya done a good thing today. Please think about doing a retail release and a God Eater announcement had better not be far behind!

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Retail Vita release in Europe or no sale.

    Waited a long time for this and I’m not buying any £34.99 digital only BS

    *fingers crossed*

    • Dinoegg96

      This is pure BS, I can’t believe we are getting a “digital only”, this is a friggin’ Vita game!!!

    • Agreed. I am looking forward to this one ONLY if I can get a physical copy.

  • Nonscpo

    No way! There is no way Bamco is going to sell me a digital copy of a game when most Vita owners are struggling with their backlogs:

    Retail Copy = Day One Buy
    Digital Copy = No Sale/No Buy

    • Ichigo Yoite

      Agreed!

  • Wendel Lucas

    I don’t see the problem with a Digital Copy, I would buy it on the first day

  • Cousin Jeffrey

    Word. Retail or no sale. I was ready to yell ‘woohoo’ until I saw digital only. I wont accept such nonsense.

  • Devin Hudson

    I’m still interested, but admittedly digital only brought down my level of excitement. I was hoping we’d at least get another GameStop exclusive physical release like what Bandai Namco did with One Piece Unlimited World Red and Tales of Hearts R, but now it seems our only hope to not have to get it digitally is a European or Asian English physical release.

    • Rpgdaddy 89

      totally agree i grabbed both of those games day1 as well.

  • Johhny Ridden

    I guess I did right to buy another memory card. Still, I will probably wait until the game goes for sale before buying it since I don’t like the idea of paying $40 for a digital game.

  • pimlicosound

    Finally!

    Also, I only buy digital, so this doesn’t bother me. If it gets good reviews, I’ll buy!

  • Martin

    For the people complaining about the lack of a retail version, just be glad that this game is being released at all. Now Bamco just has to localize God Eaters 2 and Resurrection…

    • Ichigo Yoite

      You do have a point but seriously…its not like they are gifting us the game. They know that people think “at leasts it is being released” and thats why they get through with it. We costumers have a choice…the question is: Would Bandai cancel all localizations if people would stop buying their digital crap or reconsider?

      • Martin

        They probably will. As much as people don’t like it, companies make more profit from digital than physical. With physical, they have go through a lot of trouble and at the end, they receive about 30-40% of the profit while with digital, they receive 90% of the profit. As for how I know this, I read about it in another blog where someone was asking what’s the point of digital and this was the answer he got.

  • Kaboom

    Well this was surprising. Didn’t think it’d actually come here. … Time to look up gameplay videos and see what it’s like.

  • Lester Paredes

    Yay, it’s coming west! Boo that it’s only digital, but that seems to be the way of the vita, lately. Seriously limits it’s sales potentioal and then they’ll point to it and say: ‘See? No one wanted it’ when it comes time for another new release.

  • Zero Eternity

    Either way even if its only digital this is a definite win for Vita Owners.

  • Rodrigo Pires Gomes

    I would like of a physical copy, but digital is better than nothing.

  • Rpgdaddy 89

    to be honest i dont know why devs do digital only it just means im just going to wait for it to go on sale. but if it was physical i would be pre ordering it just to make sure i would get a copy….sigh….they never learn, i guess we need another flop like SAO HF that was on sale last week for like 14 bux to let them know that you cant just throw crap on psn for 40$ and expect everyone to eat it up.