Bandai Namco says it has ‘no plans’ to release Blue Protocol in the west ‘at the moment’

    
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Da-boo-di.

Ever since Bandai Namco announced anime MMO Blue Protocol earlier this July, MMO fans have been champing at the bit for more info as it gathered players across the pond for closed alpha – we’ve seen character creation vids and the trailer too. But it doesn’t look as if the game is headed westward any time soon. That’s according to the admin of the Blue Protocol subreddit:

“I’ve just received word from Bandai Namco that they have no plans for a western release at the moment. However, they also said that ‘this is subject to change’, so there is still a chance that Blue Protocol will hit the western market in the future.”

As Redditors noted, the same was once true of Phantasy Star Online 2 as well, and that’s headed our way finally. So maybe don’t hold your breath, but don’t lose all hope either. And in the meantime, you can zone out to some of the music tracks.

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vgees

No biggie I guess. High time I learned Japanese anyway!

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mpandu.nky

Not sure why they should either. The MMO market in the West is really stagnating, the playerbase dislikes paying for anything, and they will trash & hate on anything anyone develops for them.

Better to stay here in Asia where rapid growth is guaranteed for a couple more years at least.

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Mewmew

“As Redditors noted, the same was once true of Phantasy Star Online 2 as well, and that’s headed our way finally. So maybe don’t hold your breath, but don’t lose all hope either. ”

Uh yeah, that’s right! There always is a chance that in 8-10 years it will be released in the West!

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T_Perciculum

This is the message, which you get from “Bandai” if you send a email to the support….
And it is nothing special. If you ask a publisher if they have any plans to release the game soon for other regions, after the first alpha test and before releasing in their region, then what answer do you expect?

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Mikka Hansen

Anyone cares?
Its a hub-based instance grinder, plenty like that doing horribly bad on the market

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Utakata

:(

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cursedseishi

As Redditors noted, the same was once true of Phantasy Star Online 2 as well, and that’s headed our way finally.

Hopefully not in this manner though. Otherwise Blue Protocol will find itself in a market several years dated, and where they gain likely little thanks to the fact that… after seven+ years, anyone who really wanted to play it has been playing it. And anyone playing it has invested enough time that they won’t want to abandon it just to play on a home server.

And that’s provided Bandai actually keeps the game alive long enough. At the very least though, Bandai has started releasing their Japanese exclusive titles through SEA regions, english-translated… And if they are willing to do that with the IP-Nightmare that is the Super Robot Wars series? I don’t see a reason not to expect the same with Blue Protocol, provided it is free-to-play at least.

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NeoWolf

Considering it took almost a decade for Phantasy Star 2 to be available here it’s probably not the best comparison for painting a picture of hope lol

But the fact they aren’t planning a western release..yet (if at all) pretty much speaks volumes as to what the game would likely be like, i.e grind-heavy and deepness lite… much like every other Bandai Namco game.

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Daniel Miller

No biggie i played the demo. Abyobe can on release.

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silverlock

I hate to sound nit picky but typically the phrase “across the pound” refers to the Atlantic ocean and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it being used to describe the Pacific which is a truly gigantic body of water. But that might just be my east coast view point.