Rednal wrote:NISA does a lot of Gust's games. Less from Idea Factory (apparently, Iffy makes too many for NISA to bring them all over), but since Gust is involved with this one, and it's an Atelier game, I'd give pretty good odds that we'll get it.
Also, let's just say that a little birdy perched on my shoulder one time and whispered into my ear that the quality (or lack thereof) in a lot of Idea Factory titles is causing a fair amount of frustration for multiple parties. Their stuff is not a sure bet by any means.
I'd think a lot of us would know that by just looking at the reception of their titles across the board. Whether a bias against Japanese games exists with every publication or not, IF's titles are rarely received well, or given much attention. Let's take Blazing Souls Accelate for example. To date, that game only has one review logged on Metacritic, and it's been out for a good six months now. And it was a 67 by RPG Fan.
I honestly feel bad that Aksys released that game. I doubt it did that well. If anything, the profits they made off 999 probably ended up balancing the failings this game probably had. It was a good gesture from them to do the deed, and I respect very much that they went through with it, but...with feedback that cold, I can understand why they didn't go after the 360 version (or any of their early 360 games) next.
Personally, I get the feeling that IF's titles probably have dirt cheap licenses and that's why a lot of them get picked up. Publishers can do better, but when they need a game to do, they look to IF. I wouldn't be surprised if Aksys' otome game turned out to be Scarlet Fragment on the DS. I'd hope they'd go for better, but it wouldn't shock me at all.