Recently the scenario director for Final Fantasy Type-0, Hajime Tabata, talked to Gamespot about whats going on with the localization for the highly popular and extremely desired Final Fantasy Type-0, which thus far was only released for the PSP in Japan.
During this conversation with GameSpot, Tabata revealed:
“Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away.”
While this is clearly unfortunate and upsetting news for the fans. Final Fantasy Type-0 was first released in Japan on the PSP back in October of 2011, and while the Final Fantasy Type-0 Ultimania book did actually mentioned that Square Enix was already working on a western localization for the much anticipated game, it sounds more like since then Square had run into problems that may have caused them to change their stance on the matter.
Back before the games official release in Japan, I had to fortune to play a short Japanese Demo of the game, and because of this, I fell in love with it. Naturally I did have a few issues with it (the camera control annoyed me) but over all, the game played wonderfully and since then I have been eagerly awaiting an official localized release.
While rumors have been circling the web for months about the games release even to now point a solely digital release or a PSVita port of the game with updated graphics and controls, It seems now that the official stance from Square Enix is simply we have to wait until they decide to do it.
Until then, we can only wait. Or learn Japanese and import the game, which really shouldn’t be an option.