Rumor: FF Type-0 localization nearly completed in 2011
posted on 11.15.12 at 09:00 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Square Enix shelved the project, looking for resolution, says source.

Final Fantasy Type-0‘s English localization was “at least 90 percent” complete during the last quarter of 2011, according to an Operation Suzaku source.

The informer, who chose to remain anonymous, reportedly recorded voice-overs for the PSP role-playing game. But in early 2012, Square Enix “essentially” shelved the project as PSP software and hardware sales declined in western territories, he said.

Currently, the publisher is awaiting strong interest from fans, as it’s having hard time coming to a resolution regarding a western release, according to a second source. And Sony has apparently not been of any help to the matter.

Operation Suzaku, for those who haven’t heard, is a fan movement driving towards the localization of Final Fantasy Type-0. If you’d like to help their cause, sign this petition, and join in on their Facebook and Twitter activities.

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  • I “love” rumor. Even better when it’s confirmed to be true.

    • Most of the GTA5 rumors were actually true and that is scary because there are rumors about Versus not coming out for another few years lol.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Square is so fucking stupid. They act like damn monkeys that don’t have a brain to realize that they could easily just put the game on the PS Vita or just don’t say anything till the PS Vita gets a price cut if they so damn worried about their precious damn sales.

  • Yeah PSP sales are down in the west, the Vita is out! The only place that the PSP is still alive and kicking is Japan. North America and Europe have embraced the Vita and Square-Enix should recognize that. Not localizing the game when it was nearly ready for localization was just stupid on their part. On another note, why the heck hasn’t Birth By Sleep made its way on to the Vita via PS Store? Dissidia 012 is on the PS Store and yet BBS isn’t? I read a while back that Disney was being stingy and wouldn’t allow it on the Vita. Is that true?

    •  i dunno, but i would fink puttin’ it on da PSN for Vita would make it somewhat viable.

      • I agree. I got a Vita the day it launched hoping that Dissidia 012 and Birth By Sleep would be in the PS Store for download. Dissida 012 made it, but BBS didn’t. I don’t regret buying a Vita because it is freaking awesome. I’m just mad that I can’t play BBS anymore. I’d pay good money for BBS on Vita and also Type-O on Vita. Get with it Square-Enix!

  • DarthBrian

    News/Rumors like this annoy the crap out of me. The best selling software on PSP, even with low sales in NA, was always the Square-Enix stuff like Crisis Core and Birth By Sleep. Seriously, how fucking stupid are you, Square? >_<

    • I guess they will take “it will ruin our franchise” as an excuse.

    • Exactly. Month after month, in the PS Store, Dissidia 012 duodecim is always in the top 5 most downloaded PSP title.

  • Petition signed.

  • hush404

    Gahh. I’ve been waiting for this for some time. Petition signed.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    This may ease some of the pain but another rumor has came out that their will be a press conference held in January which will focus on FF Versus Xiii & FF X HD. Lets hope Square can grow a brain announce Type-0 for PS Vita there.

    • Check_Mate

      They also said that Versus would be in TGS 2012…

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        That’s why its just a rumor but the date seems like something Square Enix would do.

    • A random Facebook post that lists no source is random, not reliable.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        I said it was a rumor did I not. I believe its probably fake until SE say something. It kind of makes you wonder they keep saying wait soon and January seems like something Square would do but again probably fake until SE say something.

  • MosquitoLemon

    That doesn’t make any sense. I guess I don’t know enough about distribution/publishing costs to understand why they would nearly complete localization only to shelve the game. I mean, for any other dev I would understand, but SquareEnix? Nah…

  • Syltique

    I don’t think this should be a shock to anyone.  SQEX localizes very quickly now, 3 months or less.  The game was finished.  It’s just that the handheld market is dead here.  Even the 3DS games they released here had disappointing sales.  

    I hope they can think of something.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      ps3 release is the obvious choice here.

  • dart2087

    A Vita version please!

  • bebestorm117

    I believe SE should port to PS3…

  • whiteferrero

    PETITION SIGNED! Let’s all help the group out! :)

  • kiri25

    This rumor seems false if u ask me.

    The reason I say this is due to a recent ff title being released on psp not that long ago. It was FFIII everything was alrdy in English so it was an easy localization, so if type-0 was 90% complete then I find it hard to believe SE would shelve the project yet they release FFIII that’s clearly not going to sell as high as type-0.

    • YangTerlupakan

      Because FF III & Type-0 situation is different

      original FF III remake released in america on 14 nov 2006 so everything in PSP is just ‘port’ from DS including the language, and dont forget is just cheap port for including in one package FF 25th anniversary collection

    • FFIII is also a game that came out over two decades ago, had a remake on the DS that sold extremely well, and said DS version was ported to every other piece of technology available (even Kindle/Kindle Fire) and back. Not to mention this PSP/PSN version can also be played on the Vita. It recouped its localization costs a long time ago and is just being used for easy money.

      Type-0 is a game that contained a wealth of text and a huge cast of characters that needed voicing. Between paying translators, programmers, voice actors, tech & voice over directors, management, future expenses like marketing, distribution, QA, and other misc. expenses not listed, this is hardly as cheap as FFIII going on the PSN, and Square Enix wants to go the direction that can get them the most money to pay for all of that work they did/still need to do AND bring in an ideal profit.

      Type-0, in the state it is in right now, is not fit to be released to the mass market. PSP will get it no money since the PSP is beyond dead in Western countries, Vita is not fairing well with its current price (though with the price drop it will be getting soon should give it more momentum) and game lineup, and a PSN release that could make it available for PSP, Vita, and even possibly the PS3 will still not come close to recouping localization costs or turning a profit. 

      This isn’t something that is concocted from falsehoods. It fits what Tabata said about the market problems, and that guy from 1UP having heard that “Type-0 is moribund, at least in its current form”, or the very same “rumors” that came out this time last year, or the rumors that emerged before E3 this year, or even the fact that a localization was announced in the game’s Ultimania. 

      • DrForbidden

        What you wrote would be valid, if the porting had not even been initiated at the moment they decided to shelf it. The rumour specifically noted that localisation was at least 90% completed when they decided to abandon it. This is the point kiri25 was trying to make when he said the rumour was likely to be false. They’d already spent 90% of the localisation cost. Would they just abandon it at that point, rather than complete it and attempt to recoup some of the money? 

        If they did, then they would rightly be called stupid.

  • Kobracon

    “the publisher is awaiting strong interest from fans”

    Grr……this….statement…infuriates me…..

  • Ace

    Square Enix, stop making inane business decisions. 

  • Bobo Fango

    Digital only or Vita port is the obvious choice.

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    An enhanced Vita port would be awesome. Have you guys seen the direct-feed footage of the God Eater 2’s Vita version, it looks gorgeous. Now imagine that lick of paint applied to Type-0 *drools*.

  • hehHxC

    vita port naahhhh .. 

  • holly

    “But in early 2012, Square Enix “essentially” shelved the project as PSP software and hardware sales declined in western territories, he said.”

    So why is anyone hoping for a Vita port when the same thing can be said about the Vita software and hardware sales.

    PS3 also won’t happen, because of SCEA’s HD-Remaster policy, which doesn’t allow a single game for retail release. And Squenix won’t make it digital only. It’s a AAA FF game, not some crappy DS-Port like FFIII. It’s just to big to be a PSN exclusive. 

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      Regardless of the PS Vita sales we all know come next year it will get a price cut and start doing a whole lot better than its doing now with games backing it up around that price cut. Even Sony said they have lots unannounced thing in terms of software being prepared. I don’t think its too hard for them to bring it to the PS Vita within a year from now.

    • kiri25

      I wouldn’t say that, digital is far more popular in NA than u might think. It’s also worth mentioning that since it is a AAA FF title that’s the more reason why people would buy it. if its the only way I can play it by downloading it then I’ll diwnload it.

      Many companies are doing this btw with games they feel may not be as successful here in the states like orochi warriors 3, one piece dynasty warriors, okami HD, and few other titles. So if SE concerned about failure then yea digital would be the way to go.

      Also tbh I wouldn’t mind type-0 being digital seeing as its 2 umd’s so it would save me the swapping of umd’s.

    • Don’t know much of SCEA’s HD-Remaster Policy but it applies to NA only… It could mean SCEE doesn’t follow the same rules… So who knows, maybe Square Enix could publish it in Europe only??? The nearly completed localization can’t go to waste after all that work….

      Square Enix probably seeing the digital option as easily hackable…

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      By early 2012 the PSP was nearly seven years old… the Vita is hardly 8 months old right now.
      If the only way to play Type-0 was on a Vita,with it’s PSP graphics even, I’d go out and buy one today. 
      Digital only could very easily work, IMO.

  • .

    Maybe they cut the budget for localizing this game so they can pour all their money into Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn Due to Complaints About The Previous Realm Not Being Good Enough. I think Square Enix, Sega, and Capcom have this reputation where you can just love to hate them now, only due to the inherent potential they have and fond memories they’ve given us in the past.

    Square has been so fast to localize Final Fantasy games since FF7’s popularity in the west. I don’t see why they don’t take the ‘hit’ and release Type-0 digitally. Sure, it won’t set any record breaking sales but I’m pretty sure they can do better than break even on it.

    They don’t owe us anything, they don’t have to release the game to us just because we’re fans. Although I’m not going to give money to a company that’s not even trying anymore to earn our money. That time’s just past, so I have more support in companies like Atlus, NIS, and XSEED who show more interest…

  • midnightmeistergamer

    Oh, come on, 90% complete and still they shelved it? They should have just pushed through with it.

  • So much butthurt ppl here… Don’t forget its still unconfirmed and like wht DrForbiden and Arrielle Haddad said, it could be false or its just unprofitable to SE. At this point, I am not going to trust the rumour unless its from SE like the FFvsXIII being cancelled stuff.

  • new_tradition

    I think they said something about how little help Sony was giving S-E for Type-0. I wanna know more about that. 

  • Didn’t Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep did well despite the PSP’s situation???

  • LordKaiser

    They better localize it fast before some crazy coder assemble a team with a expert translator and begins a fan translation project.

    • There already is a fan translation project.

  • almostautumn

    I don’t like this news; reminds of Rodea the Sky Knight for Wii, which is 100% done and has been so for months, but they aren’t bringing it out for marketing reasons…

    I signed that petition ages ago, but for real— Square-Enix made what is easily arguable as not only the best PSP game but the best RPG in over a decade, and they “aren’t sure” to localize it? I mean, nothing’s impossible; we aren’t getting Valkyria 3, but this is S-E, not Sega, and they have always stood behind their products as the glory that they are, not their marketability.

    It’s a sad world, is all. How long until companies won’t even take chances with games that aren’t instantly marketable/profitable? I can only play Plants vs Zombies so much, ya know?

  • Darkmonte

    Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 are the only two big games coming out for their fiscal year which ends in March. Dragon Quest VII for 3DS in Japan. So far the only notable game that is coming out next fiscal year is Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD.

    They say Lightning Returns will come out in 2013 fiscal year, but I doubt it. The only other games on that need to be released are Type-0 for the west, Dragon Quest VII for the West, FF 10 HD and FF vsXIII.

  • LordKaiser

    Wow O_O It was so fast. Crimson Codex is the team huh?


  • Will it be localize in PSP?

  • PrinceHeir

    this is why i don’t think they need to dub every game out there.

    just focus on localizing it first, subbed it and be done with.

    i fear if there’s a big JRPG coming out, dubbing it would definitely just delay it more like the Tales etc.