No Japanese publisher wanted to produce Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Wildernessthe spiritual sequel to the Wild Arms series, first and foremost Sony, which the development team visited several times before giving up. To tell it was the designer of the game, as well as historical name in the world of Japanese role-playing games, Akifumi Kaneko, in an interview with the magazine Gematsu.
The interviewer asked Kaneko why in the game’s Kickstarter campaign video he and Machida, who is working on Penny Blood, hinted that Japanese RPGs are no longer a very popular genre. The author then unbuttoned himself, recounting the vicissitudes that led him to choose another form of financing, which shows the lack of interest of Japanese publishers in new works.
Kaneko: Of course there are still some very popular JRPGs like Persona 5, but Persona 5 is a fifth installment. If it’s part of a series that already has at least the first game, that’s fine, but when it comes to making a new game of Japanese role, Japanese publishers don’t want to take risks. In my case, I’ve been to Sony over and over again, but I didn’t get anything out of it. It’s not that JRPGs aren’t popular, it’s the publishers who don’t make them.
To which the interviewer asked Kaneko what could persuade publishers to produce JRPG. The answer wasn’t too surprising: the money. Basically, publishers try to play it safe by producing games from established series: “Existing sequels make a lot of money, so it’s hard for them to give money to a new game, because it probably won’t.”
For the rest we remind you that the Kickstarter campaign of Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Wilderness is still active. You can find it here.