Game Informer Calls XSEED “A Publisher to Watch”

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

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game-informer-logoIt goes without saying that XSEED has come a long way, as it has been getting spotlights from major publications sites like Kotaku and — as of today — Game Informer.

In a gaming community where collectives of blockbuster titles and mega-corporate studios overshadow the attention towards individualistic games and companies, strong development efforts and a great big break are required to receive notice.

2012 Top Moments

In the case of XSEED Games, a company of former Square Enix members, its reputations for bringing unique Japanese games and RPGs to the West, strong localization efforts, and its frequent communication with regular fans, have since doubled ever since the distribution for two Nintendo-published games, The Last Story and soon Pandora’s Tower.

Pandora's Tower

In observance to XSEED’s devotion to continuous support for the system and its fans, Kimberly Wallace from the aforementioned GI article writes:

We’ve seen this firsthand with the company publishing two Wii titles that fans campaigned hard for in Operation Rainfall: The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. With the Wii as good as dead for gamers in 2012, Xseed took a huge risk with The Last Story. The gambit paid off, with The Last Story becoming the company’s most successful title to date. The company is certainly hoping that the goodwill carries over to Pandora’s Tower, which will certainly be one of the last games for the platform.

While partnering with a giant company like Nintendo is bound to shake the gaming world, it’s the smaller quriks by XSEED that are the most signifying.

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Wallace also goes to praise XSEED for the amount of effort its staff puts together to localize each of their games. They market, distribute, and translate all the acquired games by themselves, making the finished localized product personal, and more appreciative to the player. It is as if localization is no longer a mechanical process, but an art form that is honest and human. She states that the staff loves what they do best, and that their passion resonates from each game they release.

These same passions can be addressed upon the releases for the Ys: Seven series and Legend of Heroes: Trails of the Sky, as partnering with Falcom for Western distribution, and promising to grant players the best possible translations have warranted a lot of financial support.

Passions do come at a cost, as plenty of XSEED’s games, typically those for the Sony PSP, have not met enough expected sales despite receiving favorable reviews and fan support. Titles such as Half-Minute Hero and Legend of Heroes: Trails of the Sky have been victim to selling poorly for a dwindling handheld system.

What is fortunate, however; is that XSEED is a growing company, and it is embracing digital distribution and the mobile market to test open waters. And as the publisher is known to give Japanese games a second chance to shine, it may be the right thing plan of action to test more obscure games for the home market.


Nevertheless, these new directions still don’t transform or alter the way XSEED delivers games, as it will continue to strive offering players unique and individualistic titles for the home and digital market. With the recent acquisition for Suda 51’s stylish new game Killer Is Dead, it is unquestionable that this move will indeed shake up the video game world.

XSEED shows no signs of stopping what it does, and that alone makes it deserve the spotlight from as many publications possible.


And be sure to check XSEED’s 2013 line-up HERE

About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.

  • GO XSEED!!

  • Great publisher. Its nice to know at least some publishers listen to their audience.

  • DragonNinja

    XSEED is awesome. They do so much for us fans. Now we need to give back and purchase the titles they bring us.

  • Coarse

    They’re the Working Designs of the 21st century. Love XSEED.

    • zeezee

      I sorta thought the same thing. I look back at some of my excellent TG16, PS, and Saturn ga,es from Working Designs. I’ve been waiting since 2005 for Gaijinworks to bring us something cool, but there are already other companies like XSEED and Atlus that have filled the void.

  • Cesar Barroso

    It’s becoming more relevant after their releases on Wii. Ironically!! hahah

  • Since they brought PT and TLS they became one of my favourite publishers, I will buy at first day of release Pandora’s Tower and Killer is Dead, these guys need all our support!!!

  • I had known of Xseed before and owned a few of their published games but 2012 was the year that they cemented themselves in my psyche. It’s rare that a publisher connects so well with gamers and their needs. I’m so glad they localised Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles & Pandora’s Tower. The latter I had given up on and was preparing to import and have my Wii altered to play it. I hardly pre-order games but did so for all three of these titles and for the Wii no less.

  • I’ve had my eye on XSeed for awhile. Their localization work may be fantastic, but I’d like to see them try their hand at making their own games. It’d be interesting to see what they do, at least.

  • Aiddon

    gee, ya think?

  • im in love with them since fragile dreams <3

    • Spookyryu

      indeed, good game

  • smacd

    I’d known of XSEED over the past year or two, but never paid much attention until Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. Turns out I also own their first translated game- Wild Arms 4 (was unaware they did it). But now I’m really interested in their work. I’m planning to go through some of their other releases, especially now that I have a PSP.

  • Ibi Salmon

    XSeed. I love you guys. You have my support…until you start making money that is xD

    Just Kidding! Keep doing what you guys do!

  • Rune Factory and Y’s is all it really takes for me to care about this. A++.

  • thank you for localizing falcom’s games, and i will wait for trails in the sky SC ! look forward to it

  • zeezee

    I’m so glad that they are publishing Pandoras Tower. I was certain that we would never see a US release, so I imported the UK version. Regardless, I have still preordered the upcoming XSEED release, just as I did with Last Story. I also have Fragile Dreams and will be buying Killer is Dead since I am a big fan of Suda 51.

    If XSEED keeps doing this, I will certainly remain a fan. It is good to see that there are companies other than Atlus that want to bring the games that we like.

    We are reaching a point in this gaming generation where it is hard to find good, new, games. I’ve decided to dig out the PSX/PS2 and Dreamcast to work on that backlog of last-gem games. XSEED seems to fill that void of newer games as well.