Koei Tecmo are one of the biggest third party supporters for the Vita, so we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with them.
We spoke to Koei Tecmo’s PR Manager for the UK, Marilena Papacosta to find out more.
Hello Marilena! Koei Tecmo are one of the more prominent third party supporters for the PS Vita, which we are grateful for! Why do you continue to support the Vita when many other companies shy away so easily?
We are always keen to support new platforms and have been developing and publishing games for the Playstation Vita from launch. We find the PS VITA to be a great platform and feel that it suits our titles very much. The support and response that we get from our fans confirms that with every release.
We recently learned about Attack on Titan, can you tell us anything about the game?
Currently there isn’t a lot of information available for this release. We will be bringing this title to the west, but more information will become public in the next few weeks. Sorry for being so secretive!
Attack on Titan has attracted a lot of interest. What will it take to get the game localised?
Luckily, it won’t take much! We already announced that this title would be making its way to our shores during GamesCom in August. Although we can’t say more than that at the moment, it’s certainly a title we are all very keen and very excited to be working on.
We have a lot of requests for news on Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book. Do you have any Western release news that you can share with us?
Unfortunately not yet; although hopefully we will have more news soon. The Atelier series from Gust studios is one that enjoys a strong and loyal fanbase (ourselves included) and we are really looking forward to bringing this title- the series’ first on the PS4- to our region.
Yoru no Nai Kuni looks incredible. What are the chances of a Western release?
We most certainly agree that this game looks incredible! Currently we are discussing the possibility of localising it for the west, but there is no confirmed news yet. I will be sure to let you guys know as soon as possible though! Seems like you’re really big fans 😀
As you are heavily involved in bringing Japanese Vita titles over, can you explain a little how the process works or how games get selected or omitted, such as Dead of Alive 5: Last Round?
We rarely omit releases on the VITA, seeing as they are quite successful for us and sought after by fans of our games.
Both Toukiden titles have been quite well received on the Vita. Do you know where the franchise could go next?
I’m hoping that Toukiden will continue on its great demon hunting track! This is one of my favourite games on the PS VITA and we all absolutely love it for its rich background, immersive storyline, and of course for the chance to team up with your friends and attack giant, overwhelming demons to protect and save humanity! During Tokyo Games Show, our parent company Koei Tecmo Games, announced that Toukiden 2 is in development. This was very well received news by everyone at the European office and we hope that we can soon find out whether it will also be coming to our market!
What is it that Koei Tecmo finds so appealing about the Vita?
The Playstation Vita is a great portable platform. I’m sure you know and appreciate all of its technical features as well as we do, so I won’t bore you with praise of its many qualities. I will say, however, that we just love the way our games play on this console. From our very first ones- Dynasty Warriors Next and Ninja Gaiden Sigma- to our latest releases –Samurai Warriors 4-II- we feel that it can certainly provide high quality entertainment on the go for all our fans!
Will you be supporting the Vita at retail in the future, or will new Vita releases be digital only?
I believe this is something that we will continue to determine on a title by title basis.
What’s next from Koei Tecmo on the Vita?
We have a few titles coming up for the platform before the end of the year. Samurai Warriors 4-II was released on the 2nd of October, simultaneously with the PS4 and PS3 versions, and Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires followed on 25th November.
Reader Questions – What are the chances of Gitaroo Man Lives! becoming available on the Vita?
Readers Questions – What are the chances of a Ciel Nosurge Offline release?
We have no information on these titles.
Readers Questions – There is demand for physical versions of Vita games and limited editions. Would you consider offering these directly, from your website?
Actually in the west we do not offer direct sales from our website, so that would be a little difficult to accomplish. Of course, it all has to do with how the console will evolve, and how big demand will be for such editions.
Readers Questions – A lot of localisations tend to omit the original Japanese audio, but you quite often include it. Is it that much of a problem to include?
We include Japanese audio in our localised games because our fans really like it. We always try to listen to them but it’s not always easy to satisfy all of their demands. In the case of Japanese audio for our games I would say that we include it in most cases- and we hope this is something fans enjoy!
Are you looking forward to any of the upcoming KT titles? Anything you want to see come west? What have been your favourite KT games so far? let us know in the comments!
We would like to thank Marilena Papacosta from Koei Tecmo Europe for arranging this interview, which first appeared in The Vita Lounge Magazine Issue 8. Stay tuned to the magazine for more exclusive content soon!