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If you were excited about a North American release of the Lost Planet spinoff E.X. Troopers, bottle that excitement up, hold in a slinky box and store in a closet because you won't be letting that excitement out for a North American release of E.X. Troopers anytime soon, according to Capcom.
While I'm not entirely excited about Lost Planet 3 (mainly due to a lack of information) I love the concept behind E.X. Troopers, which is more of a stylized, cel-shaded anime take on the Lost Planet mythos, featuring a stronger focus on RPG mechanics than the typical third-person shooter setup from the previous games. It looks interesting to say the least.
Well, Gaming Everything picked up a few important quotes from a trusted inside source at Capcom, namely the senior vice president Christian Svensson, who stated on the Unity forums that...
Guys, I have no news to share on that front right now. Sorry.
Sad, sad, sad news.
However, “at this time” is the key phrasing here. It's not unlikely for a company to release a region specific game and then later, based on sales, localize and port it over to other territories if it looks like it could prove to be a profitable venture.
It's unlikely that a game like E.X. Troopers, which bears a very close resemblance to Sega's Phantasy Star Online series would flop over in Japan. I can easily imagine the game picking up a sort of niche audience that keeps it in the press and keeps interest relevant just enough for Capcom to consider bringing it Stateside. Then again, Capcom hasn't been very giving when it comes to Monster Hunter...so, scratch all that about a profitable venture because it doesn't get more profitable than Monster Hunter and we're still begging Capcom to port more of the games Stateside.
But given Capcom's new business model, maybe boosting revenues could include porting more region-specific games into other territories...or at least, maybe we can hope.