Original Post: Just like the rumors suggested, Fragile for the Wii is finally set to be released in North America thanks to our pals at XSEED! Obviously, the North American arm of Namco-Bandai chickened out due to lukeworm reception of Tri-Crescendo’s cult games under their belt, Eternal Sonata and Baten Kaitos. It’s not Tri-Crescendo’s fault at all, though. Namco didn’t do anything to market those classics. Besides, it takes a hardcore fan-driven publisher to understand hardcore gamers…and XSEED is just that. Seems that they’re one of the few out there ready to answer the call of the fans. This situation kind of reminds me of Shadow Hearts 3; XSEED picked up where Midway left off with the first two installments. Same thing with Wild Arms, a Sony-published RPG series which doesn’t see much love outside of Japan.
XSEED is looking to include English and Japanese voices in the game, so we’ll see what happens. As for the actual game, however, it’s a strange one to say the least. It mixes up survival/horror influences with RPG elements. As with all of Tri-Crescendo’s games, Fragile looks beautiful and has some sweet lighting effects despite being on an underpowered console.
XSEED is attending E3 so I’m sure this game will make an appearance. Also, the COE crew has a scheduled interview with the publisher, so look forward to more details on Fragile and the rest of XSEED’s line-up.
Additional Comments by Charles Sharam:
We love you, XSEED. Always sticking up for the niche JRPG player out there. Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon will be making its way across the Pacific later this year, and hopefully you’ll buy it. Why? Because it’s good, according to Japanese critics.
Players take on the role of a young boy named Seto as he explores a dystopian world cast in darkness. The Wii-mote is used as a flashlight and metal detector throughout the game. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that the story may have something to do with restoring light to the world. Find out for sure in just a few months.
PS: The game’s art direction is incredible — vibrant and atmospheric, it’s some of the best we’ve seen on the Wii. Enjoy: