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Square Enix could crowdfund the localization of its Japanese games

Square Enix could take a different approach to the localization of Japanese games for its Western audience

By Anthony Garreffa on Oct 12, 2015 08:27 pm CDT - 1 min, 5 secs reading time

Square Enix could really change things up with the localization of Japanese games for Western gamers, where it could look to crowdfunding. This would allow gamers to choose which games they want to be localized with their own money, through crowdfunding.


The latest issue of Game Informer has an interview with Square Enix Europe CEO Phil Rogers, where he suggested that crowdfunding is a "very natural" way of bringing over unlocalized games. He added: "I would love to try and work with [crowdfunding], to find a way - because ultimately we want to satisfy the demands of the fans".

We all know that translating some of those text-heavy Japanese RPGs that Square Enix is famous for "requires this amount of resource", according to Rogers. If the demand for the game doesn't equalize with the time, effort and money pumped into translating it, it's next to impossible to justify it from a business perspective. Rogers added: "if fans want to sign up for [a campaign to support a game's Western launch] and say, 'This is the absolute demand for it,' and we can set targets and say if we achieve that, then we can do it".

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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