Christian Svensson, Capcom USA’s Senior Vice-President, has recently confirmed something that no one wanted to hear. The Lost Planet spin-off, E.X. Troopers on the Nintendo 3DS, more than likely, will not be seeing a release in the West. The news was released via Capcom’s Unity Forums leaving gamers asking “why?”
The reason being given is that the in-game text isn’t laid over the graphics rather they’ve been hard coded into the actual game itself. Normally with games that feature subtitles, the subs can just be changed during localisation, however this is different with this title. For this game to be released outside Japan, the in-game art would have to be redesigned from scratch.
“You can tell this because all of the text is ‘hard coded’ as actual art. The text isn’t just standard ‘text’ that could be swapped relatively easily.”
“To localize a release, one would have to redo a ton of art in the game, not just do the localization and loc QA.”