Last year proved that the fans do have a say in the business decisions of large companies. After refusing to bring over RPG titles like Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, a fan movement called Operation Rainfall formed to bring these titles over. It eventually worked as Xenoblade and The Last Story both released last year to critical and commercial acclaim. Now the final game of Operation Rainfall's original campaign is finally being localized.
XSEED, publisher of The Last Story, announced today that it's bringing Pandora's Tower to North America after working out a licensing deal with Nintendo, the original publisher of the game in Japan and Europe. With this announcement, the Wii can finally be laid to rest with no regrets. Well, maybe one regret.
“It’s fantastic to be bringing such a highly-anticipated title like Pandora’s Tower to such a vocal fan base,” said Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of XSEED Games. “North American gamers have been very patient in waiting for this game to be released, and we’re confident they will be pleased when they get their hands on the title.”
Pandora's Tower is wildly different from both Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. For one, the game is much darker in tone as the story revolves around a young woman suffering from a curse that slowly turns her into a monster. The protagonist, Aeron, must ascend towering dungeons to defeat the master creatures within. He then must feed the flesh of these monsters to the young girl to reverse the effects of the curse.
With a synopsis like that, you can imagine why Nintendo would be hesitant to publish it themselves. Still, the company did localize and publish it in Europe last year. The XSEED version of the game will presumably use this localization just as it did with The Last Story.
There's no word yet on when the game will become available beyond a vague Spring 2013 launch date.
If you have yet to check out Pandora's Tower for yourself, here's the game's official English trailer from Europe: