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.”
E.X. Troopers has been released in Japan but that hasn’t stopped Capcom from releasing a couple of new trailers for it. The Lost Planet spin-off hit store shelves in Japan on November 22nd and while we can look at it with envious eyes, with any luck Capcom will see the light of day and bring it to the West as well.
In shattering news, we hear that Capcom has no plans to bring the Lost Planet spin-off, E.X. Troopers for the Nintendo 3DS, to the Western World. Christian Svensson, who holds the mantle of Capcom’s Consumer Software Senior VP has advised fans via the Capcom Unity Forums has shattered hope for gamers outside of Japan with these news.
The justification was, “No because EX Troopers isn’t part of the LP series officially (thus the difference in name) nor are there plans to bring it Westward at this time.”
Does this mean Japandaman will have to purchase a Japanese 3DS next week? Hmm…maybe…
Some new footage has emerged from the Lost Planet spin-off, E.X. Troopers, courtesy of the recent Capcom Game Jam event held last month in Japan.
A couple of interesting tidbits of news have emerged, the first being that the game is being helmed by none other than Yasuhiro Anpo, director of Resident Evil 5 and the game will have co-op multiplayer worked into the game. Even though the event was last month, the footage has only just seen the light of day and features running commentary, which is in Japanese, as well as a trailer to round off the whole presentation.
No firm release date as yet but all Capcom have said is that the game will touch down in Japan for both PS3 and 3DS sometime this year.
It what could be a massive coup for the 3DS, a new franchise looks set to be joining the already amazing line up of games for the handheld.
Popular 3rd person monster shooter, Lost Planet on both Xbox 360 and PS3, looks set to have a spin off game being developed for the 3DS. The new game will have the title, E.X. Troopers, and while it will share the same world as Lost Planet, the game will have a distinctive anime look being applied to it.
It looks set to be placed in a military academy environment and those scary Akrid monsters will be making an appearance as well.