It’s been over a year since Final Fantasy Type-0 released in Japan, and fans abroad have yet to hear any thing definitive about a localization or not. The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, was recently interviewed by Gamespot’s Jonathan Toyad about his body of work including Type-0. In regards to the current situation about the game’s localization:
Jonathan Toyad, Gamespot: Will FF Type-0 be localized for North America and Europe? If so, when?
Hajime Tabata: Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away.
Tabata’s comment echoes what even some fans have acknowledged as an increasingly sluggish market for handheld games outside of mobile devices from Apple, for example. Note that Tabata implies that Square Enix seems to be re-evalutating the localization prospects all of its recent, current, and upcoming titles — so decisions may be forthcoming for titles such as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy too.
To read the entirety of Gamespot’s interview with Hajime Tabata, click here.