Super Robot Wars for PS4 Being Localized in English

Super Robot Wars for PS4 Being Localized in English

Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia is making a ton of import Super Robot fans happy.

For the first time in a long time, English-speaking fans of the Super Robot Wars (Super Robot Taisen in Japan) series have a reason to rejoice. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia has announced (link does not work in US without trickery) that Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers for PlayStation 4 will be localized in English. The game is intended for release in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2016. Luckily, the PlayStation 4 is region-free, so it's merely a matter of finding a good import price.

The Super Robot Wars series are tactical RPGs that also act as as crossover of various Japanese mecha franchises, including Mobile Suit Gundam, Getter Robo, Mazinkaiser, Full Metal Panic, Tekkaman Blade, GaoGaiGar, Macross, Fafner, Linebarrels of Iron, Aura Battler Dunbine, and more. Unfortunately, the series' greatest strength also prevents it from heading West, as the various series are licensed to different companies in the West. Bringing it over would require a lot of legal wrangling or significant cuts.

There have been Super Robot Wars games released here in the United States, but they all been from the Original Generation lineup, like this title. The OG series feature mecha and characters that are wholly original and created by developer Banpresto, so the rights aren't an issue. Atlus USA has previously brought over Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation and Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2 for Game Boy Advance and turn-based RPG spinoff Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for Nintendo DS.

The title being localized, Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers, is a celebration of the series 25 anniversary and includes characters from older titles like Super Robot Wars GC and Super Robot Wars J. It's possible that the announcement of an Asian release in English is just a prelude to a full English release, as Bandai Namco did the same with Gundam Extreme Versus Force for PlayStation Vita. We'll keep you posted.

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