tri-Ace is Going to Continue Making Traditional Console Games

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It seems like word of Nepro Japan buying out storied Japanese RPG developer tri-Ace forced the publisher to reveal their future plans for the developer, and the outlook is brighter than you probably thought.

tri-Ace will be continuing their development of console games, news coming from a new press release from Nepro Japan. In the press release, Nepro details the future of tri-Ace:

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Now we can get a look at the translated version:


















Nepro Japan is vying to become an excellent producer of games in both quality and scale, via both tri-Ace and their other subsidiary, Mobile & Game Studio. Despite their final goal being superb game creators, they have divided this up into four parts:

  • Obtain a high satisfaction rate (from both publishers and players)
  • Pioneer new technology
  • Foster new talent and hires
  • Pursue bigger scale and profits

The above image is from tri-Ace’s latest release, Phantasy Star Nova, which shipped last November in Japan on the Playstation Vita.

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  1. Wolfe
    March 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Very good news indeed!

  2. Siveon
    March 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Cool. Maybe they’ll make a Star Ocean game that doesn’t have a crappy story.

  3. Cy
    March 9, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Best news I’ve heard all day. So relieved. Can’t wait for their first new console game announcement!

  4. British_Otaku
    March 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Good for people that like those games and such. I haven’t tried any of their library, but it is very pleasant to see a console developer not only stick to their strengths rather than dying a slow death making uninspired mobile games but make it clear what their general goals are.

  5. Thanatos2k
    March 10, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Their definition of “console” is handheld, because Tri-Ace hasn’t made an actual console game in over 5 years.

    Can someone tell me why the entire PS3 generation passed without them making Valkyrie Profile 3?

  6. Thanatos2k
    March 10, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Star Ocean is dead. Series creator didn’t even want to make the 4th one and has said it’s done.

  7. Beau Wilkinson
    Beau Wilkinson
    March 10, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Resonance of Fate was. And i believe they contributed heavily to FF XIII-2 and Lightning Returns

  8. Beau Wilkinson
    Beau Wilkinson
    March 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

    That’s depressing. That’s the one thing I’d want them to make

  9. Thanatos2k
    March 10, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Yeah. Resonance of Fate was 5 years ago! Scary isn’t it.

    Also, if that’s true about the FF13 games, that’s so sad they got roped into working on that garbage.

  10. Tyrannikos
    March 10, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Cautiously optimistic. I hope they make a new Valkyrie Profile.

  11. Jon Snow
    Jon Snow
    March 10, 2015 at 1:48 am

    I highly recommend star ocean if you’re a fan of rpgs. The combat is more action based but they have a pretty in depth crafting system and skill customization. The second story is still one of my favorites to this day along with chrono trigger and xenogears

  12. landlock
    March 10, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Tri-Ace did the best bit of FFXIII/FFXIII-2 the battle system I believe.

    Honestly I don’t really like them anymore. I haven’t enjoyed any of there games since Star Ocean 4 and that’s pushing it.

  13. landlock
    March 10, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Maybe that’s why SO4 was so average.

  14. Siveon
    March 10, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Well, that’s that. I kind of wished to see at least one Star Ocean game in 3D to be good.

  15. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Now if only the publishers they’ve been working for would see fit to localize their products.

  16. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    March 10, 2015 at 10:12 am

    +1 for Star Ocean. Definitely try the Second Story and Till the End o Time.

    I also recommend Valkyrie Profile. Both PSX and PS2 are some of the best console JRPG games just because of the sheer uniqueness the two games provide.

  17. 2501
    March 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I love Tri-Ace but it wouldn’t hurt to do some PC ports would it?

  18. 2501
    March 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Star Ocean is a must, especially Till the End of Time. IMO it’s one of the best JRPGs ever imo.

  19. MaidKillua
    March 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    If you have a PSP i’d recommend trying the first 2 Star Ocean games and Valkyrie Profile

  20. British_Otaku
    March 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    No working PSP, but if the PS Vita TV thing supports them… I’ll hook myself up. >_>

  21. ArcKazuki
    March 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Nice! Would love to see a new star ocean!

  22. Fenrir007
    March 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’m glad they were saved. Still, I wished PC would be a part of their gameplan going forward…

  23. Phil F.
    Phil F.
    March 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    There are no “best bit”s in 13, especially not the cheap and overly simplistic battle system.

  24. landlock
    March 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Really I had a good time. Each to there own I guess.

  25. Phil F.
    Phil F.
    March 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Can’t see how. It’d be completely mindless if it wasn’t for the 1-hit-ko monsters sprinkled all throughout the game.

  26. guest
    March 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Resonance of Fate/End of Eternity 2, please. Tri-Ace.