Hajime Tabata on Final Fantasy Type-0 localization
posted on 11.02.12 at 03:16 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Square Enix taking a "clean slate" in terms of plans.

Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata has said Square Enix is taking a “clean slate” in terms of localizing the PSP role-playing game.

“Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans,” Tabata told GameSpot. “We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away.”

Asked what he felt needed improvement on the game, which launched in Japan in October 2011, Tabata said he like to add ad-hoc capabilities and a co-op mode “where players could help each other at any time,” as well as more thorough and easier to understand story, a better balance of magic, and adjustments to the leveling curve.

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    Want this game so bad. Though I know they’ll remove the amazing BUMP OF CHICKEN music and replace it with some bland pop song  when they bring it over. All my friends in Japan say this game returns to FF’s former glory.

  • http://twitter.com/RSCL_Turtle Unknown

    according to Feep on Neogaf he/she said that the localization (translation and voice acting) has been finished on type-0 for a while now. He/she even said that one the main voice actors was confused on what’s taking it so long.

    • DarthBrian

       *sigh* typical. :|

    • Lele Mett

      I heard its sony fault. They want everyone to buy the Vita. I want this game and Sol Trigger bad. Oh well.

    • bleach630

      There is a rumor the SE was ready to release the game on vita but sony was demanding 10% more content for the game on vita so SE passed on releasing the game.

      • YangTerlupakan

        really????

  • DarthBrian

    I want this game so bad. :(

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish Demolish

    Just wait … because I feel a sense they are localized Very Soon ..

    • YangTerlupakan

      soon can be mean a year’s for SE -_-

  • SlashZaku

    SCEA/SCEE should just pony up to help get the title released in their regions if SE is just going to sit around waiting =

  • MrRobbyM

    As much as I want the game, I don’t blame SE for not localizing it with pirates and Sony being partly to blame.

    The only way I see this happening is through a HD remaster or a 3DS port with the former being more likely. I believe it could sell really well in all regions if they market it well.

  • LordKaiser

    Bring it digital if you can’t release UMD. I dislike dijital but there’s not choice unless they port it to Vita and fix the textures and jaggies a little.

  • MrKappa

    The reason us to the west of Japan doesn’t have this yet is because the PSP is dead and because this game would be pirated to hell and back.

    • veruses

      Tell that to the other publishers still bringing PSP games over to NA/EU.

      • MrRobbyM

        Yes. All two of them.

    • LordKaiser

      It’s too late for that actually and if they won’t localize it fan translations will begin to appear. The lack of localization brings piracy faster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Please let it be digital so we can play on our Vitas also. So far they are treating all fans out of japan like crap and giving us games we never ask for like Lightning returns instead of simply giving us Type0 and Versus. I hope they know that Lightning Returns might not sell at all people want both VS and Type0 already and most wont buy another FF game until does are out and are played first.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      I love it when people who hate on FF13 think everyone does aswell.

      • TheBouncer

        Totally know what you mean :D ….the words “us” and “we” are so poorly used these days :P…….wonder if he knows Lightning Returns is gonna sell??

        • Noctionus

          One thing I know about LR is that it’ll sell less than FFXIII-2. Just like FFXIII-2 sold less than FFXIII.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Yeah becauze you clearly can go ahead of time and see this i bet you think verus 13 will be the best selling FF ever to.

            • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

              Stop being a fanboy and bending over. When game devs and making bad moves its ok to let them know FFS we don’t have to fork out money just because its SE or Nintendo ext have some standards and don’t be a tool.

              • Luna Kazemaru

                Lol did you really say pwnd to me then use that watered down fanboy bs with me? Lol maybe you need to think harder before you use words like ‘pwnd’ and rely on the fanboy card as a comeback kid.

                • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

                  Keep bending over troll maybe you will end video games one day. Go buy some DLC troll shoo shoo.

                  • Luna Kazemaru

                    Calling me a troll now? So first you say some dumb crap like pwnd then try and use the fanboy card at me and still can’t even come up with a good reply. Yeah who is the troll again better yet i am just going to assume you are a idiot. I feel bad for the person liking your comments.

              • cid

                you’d be surprised to know how many enjoyed or least thought it was a decent game thats reason why were getting a sequel ,this are big companys i doubt it if there were that stupid to make a game that no one wanted and waste millions on it,im pretty sure they had analysts and surveyors warranting a sequel,not just because you or people from the internet hated doesn’t mean EVERBODY hated it,regardless whether or it does sell or not only time will tell..

          • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

            Thank you that was my point.

      • MrRobbyM

        I’m not a big fan of FF13 games but even I know it has fans

      • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

        I hate FF13? Is that why I played the game and loved it? Add me on PSN CatXFlash. Think before you speak and don’t judge me or you will get pwnd again.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          ‘Pwnd’ lol this kid we got a badass here

          • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

            Not feeding anymore trolls scoot shoo shoo little troll. 

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

              BOTH of you sounds like one to me.

    • Lele Mett

      NOT true. FF 13 LR will sale cuz its FF. Plus, The Japanese love FF so if does bad out here it will do great out there.

  • new_tradition

    I’m not getting what they mean by “clean slate” here…

    First I thought a Vita HD version, but I really don’t know. All I know is that I want it :/

  • DragonSix

    I smell a 3DS port, that’s the only logical thing to do. And fully explains why it’s taking some time (while the assets can stay the same, the engine has to be heavily changed).

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      No, this is what I’m talking about Nintendo fans want every single PlayStation 3rd party exclusive but they never seem to learn because they know in the end it won’t happen. FF Type 0 will be on PS Vita when it gets a price cut for next year because that’s the more logical thing to do.

      • TheBouncer

         Don’t forget that Final Fantasy was on Nintendo before Playstation……just saying

        • KingOptimusOrigins111

          That’s not what I’m talking about if Final Fantasy Versus XIII is announced for PS3 Nintendo fans like you like to create forums about Versus XIII coming to the Wii U and Fake videos saying its coming to the Wii U. Oh and another thing then why is it square hasn’t put a hardcore FF game on the 3DS only THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY which is just casual and Nintendo also hasn’t seen a mainline numbered FF since FF6 1994…. Just Saying

          Forums:
          http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=147625&page=1
          http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-versus-xiii/64030650

          • cid

            to be fair it is a forum people can talk what they want to talk about and it wasn’t like they were promoting or signing petitons about it,and the way the 3ds is doing especially in japan i woudn’t be surprise if they make a exclusive FF for it but for type 0 yeah its a long stretch for it to be ported on the 3ds

        • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

          Before FF VII, SquareSoft broke off with Nintendo because of Nintendo… Just saying…

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Guys its coming to the PS Vita in about a year because we all know the PS Vita will get a price cut and the big third party & first party developers will release games around the time of that price cut for the PS Vita.

  • TheBouncer

    @DragonSix  A 3DS port would be nice, it’s doing pretty good with adventure and jrpg titles……totally support that :3

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      3DS port won’t happen.

      • Lele Mett

        They should make it on the PS3. That way my I can play with bigbro. That would be GREAT!

    • YangTerlupakan

      why 3DS if SE can bring TYPE-0 to PS3 just like @google-aab9e65a4fb9b028589b577b50103c43:disqus says? the reason because type-0 is subseries make exclusive for PSP, is same situasion with Crystal Chronicle will never released outside Nintendo Platform since gamecube-era because is sub series too.

  • Lele Mett

    JUST GIVE US THE GAME!Please.Why does SE have to make such great games but take foever to give them to us?

    If this happens with Versus or FFXIII-3 I am going to kill over.

  • paperclichepixel

    I have a huge feeling the “Clean Slate,” is the Vita, just like Persona 4 Golden.

  • http://twitter.com/Gamesgbkiller Azoz

    I don’t care if you add anything to the game 
    Just bring it and playable on the VITA . Then my money is ready

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003583595295 Shaun Huseman

    Im not for the easier to understand story. I hate when people dumb stories down so the masses can understand. People need to read more honestly. Everyone acts like Kingdom Hearts or other RPG’s are nonsense (or Metal Gear), yet they are easy to understand if you follow along or actually go digging. 

    God forbid we have to think while gaming.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

      *Playing* ..”gaminng” is a stigma I cant stand that word.

  • Heavenly_King

    port it to the PSVITA :)

  • PrinceHeir

    i want this!!!!!!!

    Sony should help Square market this game.

    no need to dub this, since it cost them too much.

    just make it subs and it’s fine either way.

    let’s see if the game lives up to the great reception from japan :P

  • http://twitter.com/NoctisFNCvsXIII Eli Shelton

     That why I want this on the PSVita, with features Ad-hoc support and other features like on the PS3 version compatibility. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517908162 David Norman

    So in other words its not happening.

  • Sevyne

    Square really knows how to get my blood boiling. Being all cryptic instead of just giving us what is obviously a “no”. “No” would also tick me off, but the way they toy with words makes me want to backhand them in the mouth so they shut up.

    • Lele Mett

      Well at the beinging many people in the west didn’t care for this game. Hajime Tabata was desperately trying to get this game to appeal to the west. After seeing some footage of the game and seeing its reviews, everyone wanted it. But now SE has to put up with sony saying “No more PSP games. Remake for Vita.” which will take time.

      I say put the game in teh PS3 store. That doesn’t seem like it will take much time…I can play it on my Ps3 which would be great.

      • Sevyne

        Honestly, I’d take it any way I can get it. It could be a psn release on anything and I’d be cool with it, just as long as I can get it.

        Regardless though, these cryptic responses really don’t answer any questions at all and they do it all of the time.

  • Claude

    Sounds like an “lol I dunno” to me.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5O266I6427AQIXPAP5ZQ5DK3GM Bob Meaty

    Trust me, FF fans are not missing out on anything worthwhile in the meantime. Of course by FF fans I mean people who are expecting this to feel like an FF game. It’s about as much FF as RE:ORC was Resident Evil.

    • Lele Mett

      Well what is FF? Lets think about that…do they even know what its suppose to be? FF keeps on changing.Thats why its fanbase is so broken up. “I love FF 6! Every other FF sucks!” “I love FF7! Every other FF sucks!” “FF 13 is the best. Every other FF sucks!”

      They say FF XIII V is suppose to have that “This is Final Fantasy feel” but what is Final Fantasy? I wish they would tell us. What they should say is “Final Fantasy is series where we try new ideas per game. The last Final Fantasy won’t necessarily be just like the next. They might even be completely different.”
      That way fans can stop hating on each other for liking  THE SAME SERIES and they can slap Final Fantasy XV on Versus. I mean really were geting versus in 2014 or 2015 so were gonna get XV in like 2020 or worse.

    • MrRobbyM

      The difference being Type 0 looks like a really good game despite not being very Final Fantasy-ish and RE:ORC is just a really sad game.

    • MrRobbyM

      The difference being Type 0 looks like a really good game despite not being very Final Fantasy-ish and RE:ORC is just a really sad game.

  • Skelter

    Long Live Atlus….BANZAI! *leaves*

  • EspadaKiller

    I doubt they would want to localize it. It’s definitely not worth for them to localize it anyway, judging on the PSP software sales in the rest of the world other than Japan.

    I believe roughly 90% of PSP owners in the rest of the world would just pirate the game instead of buying it.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    In other words, he’s saying “We will release Type-0 when we feel like it.”

    Typical Nomura move….

    • new_tradition

      Lol, what does Nomura have to do with this? Tabata is the one talking here, right? And any ways, I was under the impression decisions like these are made by the higher ups, not so much the actual development team.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Nomura’s influence is spreading as we speak… :P

  • Bloodios

    Oh, whether or not they actually localize the game wouldn’t actually matter at this point. Squeenix is already on my blacklist together with Sega and Sony…

  • http://twitter.com/wgilliland08 Tyler Gilliland

    The PSP is still strong in Japan. I don’t think they’ve moved on to the Vita like we have in NA and EU. Hopefully they’ll use their brains and bring it to the Vita in the west.

    • Bloodios

       

  • Tosshi

    It will be the best RPG in the Vita (maybe for years) if it is localised, no doubt.

  • Bloodios

    Seriously, they don’t even need to port it to the Vita or anything. All they really need to do at this point is distributing the digital version only. That way, not only it is accessible for both PSP and Vita, Square Enix won’t even have to worry about the costs on boxes and manuals, but can, instead, use the extra money to advertise the heck out of the game. I mean, seriously, even the original Japanese version is already enhanced with the additional camera control for the Vita’s right analogue stick…

    • new_tradition

      The thing is, I would like to have an actual physical copy if possible.  Heck, I’m still hoping for a special edition to throw my money at :/

      • Bloodios

        I do believe that many of us, including me, would like that kind of offer to exist too, but realistically speaking, it’s just one of the best case scenarios that I wouldn’t count on happening. At this point, I’ll take whatever they give me (I’ll still hate them, of course, but I’ll take whatever there is to take.)

    • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

       They dont want ANY version to be made available to western PSP owners, because they fear then it’ll just be pirated to death.

      • Kobracon

        Considering how easy it is to crack that thing (especially now a days), that is extremely understandable.

  • FaithlessMr

    Well, his hands are tied really. He admits he’d like for more people to play the game he worked on, which is understandable, but Square Enix hasn’t found out a finantially viable way (id est, something which turns them out sum profit) to actually release this.

    And chances are, if they didn’t come up with something up until now, it means they basically ruled out every existing possibility, and fat chance, it’s never being localized. Unless the Vita becomes more sucessful.

    But by the time it does, I’m afraid SE will think the game is too old and that it just won’t have an impact. So it all boils down to brand name and SE’s willingness to take risks.

    In other words…if this was a FF XIII sequel with Lightning on it, we’d see it released next month in the US and Europe, lol.

  • FaithlessMr

    Well, his hands are tied really. He admits he’d like for more people to play the game he worked on, which is understandable, but Square Enix hasn’t found out a finantially viable way (id est, something which turns them out sum profit) to actually release this.

    And chances are, if they didn’t come up with something up until now, it means they basically ruled out every existing possibility, and fat chance, it’s never being localized. Unless the Vita becomes more sucessful.

    But by the time it does, I’m afraid SE will think the game is too old and that it just won’t have an impact. So it all boils down to brand name and SE’s willingness to take risks.

    In other words…if this was a FF XIII sequel with Lightning on it, we’d see it released next month in the US and Europe, lol.

    • MrRobbyM

      I think it has a teeny weeny little chance if they release it as an HD remaster. They could advertise updated models and controls, maybe extra content and it could probably sell well everywhere.

      But that’s not likely since, as you said, SE probably thinks the game is too old now and probably have their hands full with FFXIII-3 and…Versus(lol).

      • FaithlessMr

         Yeah but the problem with the HD Remaster (you mean as a PS3 title, right?) lies with Sony’s requirements for doing so (according to Ishaan from Siliconera, the games need to have a certain percentage of new features to actually justify the port. Which is friggin lame.)

        I honestly gave up at this point waiting for this game. And Versus (lol). That game doesn’t even exist, ahah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    Stop fucking with us SQUEENIX. We want this game, and I don’t give 2 fucks about your Financial mess. You got yourselves there with your Corporate Greed,and dumbass decisions. You are the reason Sakaguchi and the creative team left. They all became fed up with your shit. I’m tired of how you give nothing more than Self serving excuses and no answers as to why “FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII” is taking forever to come out. 

    I’m tired of your shit, and will continue to buy & Import more games from your Competitor NAMCO-BANDAI. “Gundam Extreme Vs.” sure looks fantastic. 

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Translation= butt hurt

      • Sevyne

        He did go a little overboard, but I can understand being extremely frustrated over the situation with the game.

        Okay, maybe a lot overboard…

  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nate

    What about the Brazil or South Africa Localization?

  • MosquitoLemon

    “When asked about Final Fantasy Type-0, Tabata faithfully dodged the question like a skilled politician. But because it was a slow news day, the gaming community tried to make something out of his non-comment anyway.”

  • Willgaea

    Can’t wait to play type-0
    And on a side note:
    If lightning was a playable character in Versus then it would be released next month.

  • The Black Rabbit

    hmmm i hope we get to see it, 0_0 
    i was watching a few walk through’ of this game, and it looks nice. 
    Looked very sad though T_T 
    XD

  • http://twitter.com/EShirou Emiya Shirou

    Just release this on the fu*** PSP I won’t buy new console just because you want to >,< also what the f word "Clean Slate" mean.