Over the years, western publisher NIS America has localized a number of niche Japanese titles in the west. More recently, the company has been known for localizing titles in the Danganronpa series as well as working with Japanese developer and publisher Kadokawa Games to localize their many titles. However, it seems that NISA’s upcoming line-up of titles includes a new batch of companies that the publisher hasn’t worked with before.
For starters, within the next few months, NISA has scheduled releases for a handful of game with developers that they aren’t known for working with, such as, developer FuRyu who has typically worked with Atlus in the past.
However, their newest title The Caligula Effect: Overdose will be published on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC-via Steam and GOG by NISA on March 12. This is an updated version of The Caligula Effect, which released on PlayStation Vita in 2017. The game features a unique combat system and a large cast of characters.
In addition to FuRyu, NISA has announced they will be publishing developer Artdink’s exploration adventure title Neo Atlas 1469 onto Nintendo Switch on April 9. Artdink is a fairly old developer in Japan who has been releasing entries in the Atlas series since the early ’90s. The developer has also worked on titles from the Macross series as well as the Sword Art Online series.
Furthermore, the company is still working with established partnerships such as Kadokawa Games and their upcoming RPG Maker MV. In the past, NISA has also released other titles in the developer’s line up such as God Wars and Demon Gaze. RPG Maker MV comes from a long-running series and will bring the series to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
To round up the partnerships, NISA is also continuing to work with Japanese developer Falcom after announce they would publish The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III in the west. An announcement that fans weren’t expecting after issues with Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana forced the game to be almost completely retranslated. Regardless, the publisher has brought on existing editors of the series onto the project to help assist with bringing the game west.
In order to learn more about NISA’s approach to working with new developers, we had the opportunity to sit down with NISA’s Media Relations staff member Erin Kim who explained, “We’re always on the lookout for outstanding titles and companies that are looking to break into the Western market themselves. For example, enormously successful titles we used to bring over in the past like Danganronpa and Hyperdimension Neptunia were so successful, in fact, that those companies saw the potential in the North American market and were able to open their own publishing offices here. So sparked our love of discovery for unique titles–like those from FuRyu, Nihon Falcom, Kadokawa Games, Grasshopper Manufacture and others– and introducing them to our audience. You can always count on NISA to deliver at least a few surprises.”
One thing is for sure, even as Japanese developers establish their own western branches, there seems to be no shortage of titles coming out Japanese. It should also be mentioned that NISA has many titles coming developed directly by Nippon Ichi Software, such as Lapis Labyrinth and The Princess Guide, two colorful titles in the publisher’s line-up of upcoming games.
We’re excited to see what other titles NISA has in store for western fans but we just wanted to highlight the titles that the publisher has coming up.
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