Top Four Games that Need a US, Europe Release Date Right Now

By Jazz Rosin / 2017.04.18

There are tons of games coming up this year, but some of them only have firm release dates in Japan. Here are some of the titles that we think should get a Western release right now.

"Dragon Quest XI"

Square Enix isn't pulling any punches when it comes to marketing their upcoming game "Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time" in Japan ahead of its July release. Fans in the West, however, are still waiting for the release dates outside Japan.

"Dragon Quest XI" executive producer Yu Miyake said that Square Enix is still trying to market the "Dragon Quest" franchise outside Japan, and acknowledges that it can be quite of a challenge because of the game's "cartoonish" art style.

"Now, Akira Toriyama’s art style is cartoonish, and in Japan that doesn’t alienate anyone; it’s not seen as childish," Miyake told EDGE Magazine in an interview (via Niche Gamer). "But outside of Japan, I think there’s often a stigma attached to that kind of aesthetic."

Miyake still hinted of a possible "Dragon Quest XI" Western release in the future, with "Dragon Quest Builders" and "Dragon Quest Heroes" supposedly "softening up the ground" for the game in the West. For now, fans can do nothing but wait (or import the Japanese version of the game, if they can.)

"Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross)"

After its March release in Japan,"Monster Hunter" fans in the West are still eagerly anticipating the localisation of "Monster Hunter XX." However, it is still unknown if this game is even going to be released outside Japan at all.

According to Japanese site Esuteru (as summarized by NEOGaf member zeromcd73), Capcom has talked about Monster Hunter 4 G's low sales in the West, particulary because "the handheld market is only 10% of the dedicated video game market compared to Japan where handhelds are popular."

This does not mean, however, that Capcom is not trying to market the franchise in the West, but fans should not hold their breath for a Western release for "Monster Hunter XX" anytime soon.

"The Great Ace Attorney 2"

"The Great Ace Attorney 2" is another Capcom game that's probably not getting a Western release. Japan will be getting the game on Aug. 3, but there are no plans to bring the game to North America and Europe at the moment, Niche Gamer reported.

Note that not all of the games in the "Ace Attorney" series have been localized: "Ace Attorney Investigations 2," the sequel to "Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth" did not see a Western release. "Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken" or "The Great Ace Attorney" was not localized either, but received an impressive translated version made by avid fans of the series, USGamer reported.

"Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy"

Yes, we know that "Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy," formerly "Lady Layton," already received a Western release date for iOS and Android, but there are some fans in the West that are hoping to play it on their Nintendo 3DS systems.

"Professor Layton" fans in the West who prefer to play the game on the 3DS would have to wait, however. Level-5 said that the localization for "Layton's Mystery Journey" will be localized after the July 20 launch in Japan, according to Kotaku.

Which of the above games are you excited about? Are there any localisations you are waiting for? Stay tuned for more video game news and updates.

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