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New interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino (Guild Series, PS4, More)

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http://trendy.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/special/20130405/1048563/

Nikkei did a rather lengthy interview with Hino. If anyone wants to translate the entire thing, feel free, but it's pretty fucking long. Some interesting points though:

- Fantasy Life has shipped about 300k units in Japan so far

- They are looking into porting more of the Guild series titles to iOS/Android, and possibly other platforms. Right now only Liberation Maiden is on iOS, but more will be coming. They're deciding on a title by title basis. They are also interested in releasing them on Android.

- Hino's next big challenge is trying to create a big Smartphone hit from scratch. He sounds very personally involved in this, and he wants to make something which can be exciting to play within 3 minute spans for people who are on the move while playing on their phones.

- Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon.

- Yokai Watch is their big commercial project for this year and he hopes that it is a big success. (No shit!)
 

cw_sasuke

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Interesting, that they`ll have announced their first PS4 project before something for WiiU. Doubt that its a L5 published title though.....Dark Cloud 3 would be.....good.
 
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- Fantasy Life has shipped about 300k units in Japan so far
Nice! Totally unexpected.

- Hino's next big challenge is trying to create a big Smartphone hit from scratch. He sounds very personally involved in this, and he wants to make something which can be exciting to play within 3 minute spans for people who are on the move while playing on their phones.
Good luck!

- Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon.
Might this be a new jRPG for Sony?

- Yokai Watch is their big commercial project for this year and he hopes that it is a big success. (No shit!)
It looks cool.
 

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Forgot about the Guild stuff, added to the OP.

It's also worth mentioning that Hino's impression of the PS4 is that it is not just a powerful machine, but it has strong communication functions. This networking element is what he finds more attractive about it. So whatever they're making is probably some sort of online game if I had to guess.
 

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The PS4 title i would assume would be the MMO he talked about in famitsu not long ago, unless they are working on something smaller first and then bring the MMO.

Either way, I know alloy of Gaf does not like Level 5, but they make allot of games i really like, and easily made one of my favorite JRPGs this generation, cant wait to see what they got next.
 

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Forgot about the Guild stuff, added to the OP.

It's also worth mentioning that Hino's impression of the PS4 is that it is not just a powerful machine, but it has strong communication functions. This networking element is what he finds more attractive about it. So whatever they're making is probably some sort of online game if I had to guess.
WKC 3

why
 

cw_sasuke

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Forgot about the Guild stuff, added to the OP.

It's also worth mentioning that Hino's impression of the PS4 is that it is not just a powerful machine, but it has strong communication functions. This networking element is what he finds more attractive about it. So whatever they're making is probably some sort of online game if I had to guess.
I could swear that he said the exactly same same about the Vita ? xD I wonder when they will announce something ground up developed for Vita.
 

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- Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon.
Please be Ni no Kuni 2!

Weren't the sales kind of lukewarm? I loved the game but I'm not really expecting second game :( Maybe for Vita/3DS.
In Japan, maybe. But it sold rather well in the west. NHF inferior handheld version.
 

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Weren't the sales kind of lukewarm? I loved the game but I'm not really expecting second game :( Maybe for Vita/3DS.
It did sell around 570,000 copies in Japan (for the DS version; the PS3 version sold around 100k), and Level-5's CEO said that he thought it was a hit, so I'd expect a sequel sometime. For what platform, I'm unsure.

I could swear that he said the exactly same same about the Vita ? xD I wonder when they will announce something ground up developed for Vita.
They've pretty much transitioned all of their PSP/Vita titles over to the 3DS, so...
 

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- Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon.

Planning stages and announced soon? Sounds like Level-5!
 

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The article is very inclining on the popularity of smartphone games and social gaming. Level-5 will be focussing a lot on it.

I am really interested in a Fantasy Life!
 

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hope we can get some Rouge galaxy 2 up in here.
I hope I'm not alone!
I still need to play it! I lusted after it for years and when I finally bought it my PS2 gave up on me :( From the reviews I gathered it does have fair share of problems (what game doesn?) but it looks it's my cup of tea. I need to buy cheap PS2 since those bastards won't put it up on PSN.
 

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- Fantasy Life has shipped about 300k units in Japan so far
That's great. Nice to see another new IP doing well on 3DS. Maybe some superficial similarities with Animal Crossing helped too.

- Yokai Watch is their big commercial project for this year and he hopes that it is a big success. (No shit!)
If it comes after Pokemon, maybe they can do the Fantasy Life thing and thrive off the hype, like FL and AC.
 

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"Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon."
This can't be translated correctly.
 

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He has even less noticeable bags under his eyes now. Obviously, his lack of sleep coincides with his success.
 

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"Level5 is currently in the planning stages for a PS4 title which might be announced soon."
This can't be translated correctly.
Level 5 don't care. I'm still waiting for cardboard Senki for PSP. Or did they release it? There were some other PSP games announced that probably never see light of day.
 

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No mention of Ni No Kuni and how it sold, the only thing I give a fuck about.

Nice.


Level 5 said that if it sold well, they would look at a sequel. Arghhhh...............
 

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Level 5 don't care. I'm still waiting for cardboard Senki for PSP. Or did they release it? There were some other PSP games announced that probably never see light of day.
If the PS4 launches in November they have less than half a year to develop the game.
 

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Level 5 don't care. I'm still waiting for cardboard Senki for PSP. Or did they release it? There were some other PSP games announced that probably never see light of day.
wat?

Danball Senki 1 and 2 have already been released.........
 

Fuzz Rez

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wat?

Danball Senki 1 and 2 have already been released.........
I just checked it as well. I just lost trace of them since they took their sweet time with them.
edit. I'm not sure if it even took that long but the hype around the games sure did die.
At some time it just seemed like Level 5 was announcing games and never releasing them. Ushiro is still in limbo or did they ninja release it as well?
 

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Just give me Fantasy Life, Starship Damrey, Time Travellers and PW vs. Layton and I'll be happy for a while.

(Two are all but confirmed, so we're on the right track.)
 

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No mention of Ni No Kuni and how it sold, the only thing I give a fuck about.

Nice.


Level 5 said that if it sold well, they would look at a sequel. Arghhhh...............
Considering Japan sales, and the relative success in EU/US, I think 1M~ worldwide is a realistic number.
 

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I just checked it as well. I just lost trace of them since they took their sweet time with them.
edit. I'm not sure if it even took that long but the hype around the games sure did die.
At some time it just seemed like Level 5 was announcing games and never releasing them. Ushiro is still in limbo or did they ninja release it as well?
Ushiro turned into Time Travelers, which was released in Japan about nine months ago.
 

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Curious about the PS4 title (like everybody else who clicked the thread).:p