Report: "Large Scale RPG" Being Made For Microsoft

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While the Xbox 360 isn't exactly setting Japanese retail on fire, Microsoft Game Studios has made a valiant effort to release Japanese-style role playing games like Blue Dragon.

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That doesn't look to be stopping.

In a classified listing on Japanese language job site DODA, Tokyo-based developer feelplus Inc., a subsidiary of AQ Interactive, announced that from henceforth it is working on a "large scale RPG for Microsoft". The AQ Interactive job listing is for "Game Designer [3D motion, etc]" — though not necessarily for the Microsoft title.

Feelplus previously worked with Mistwalker on the Xbox 360 role playing game Lost Odyssey (pictured), Blue Dragon Plus and Ninety-Nine Nights II.

株式会社AQインタラクティブ/ゲームデザイナー【3Dモーションなど】の求人情報 − 転職ならDODA(デューダ) [DODA Thanks, pigz0011!]

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TheSadClown
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I'd be interested to see the type of market research Microsoft puts into this sort of a project.

Microsoft has lost their footing in Japan, so its clear to me that this game is being produced with the intention of "importing" it to the West. That seems like a risky venture with a JRPG since there's no telling what will or won't resonate with Western audiences (example: to this day I don't understand how gamers can decry JRPGs for being too anime-ish/samey yet place the Tales of series on a pedestal.) So it would stand to reason since Lost Odyssey clearly struck a chord that one could expect a game very similar in style or structure to that title...perhaps a sequel?

It looks like the focus of third-party console development from here on out will be on Nintendo and Sony products...not that the 360 will be left in the cold, but they will no longer have the de facto status enjoyed in 2005-2008...so I wonder if this type of endeavor (commissioned in Japan for sale in America/Europe) will become the new norm for the 360.