Last night we published a story regarding Nippon Ichi Software and their latest title, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance. The article focused on what seemed to be a depressing comment made by the company president, Sohei Niikawa.
Nippon Ichi representatives reached out to me and clarified that his comment in the 20th anniversary Playstation edition of Dengeki Playstation was merely in jest, and that he was simply trying to put an emphasis on their sales projections.
As we know, Poe’s Law makes it very difficult to read the subtleties of human speech. To be clear, the spirit of the statement and the translation was meant to be as such:
“If Disgaea 5 does not sell as planned, I, as the producer, might need to leave the Japanese gaming industry. (LOL)”
In a response to Niche Gamer, Niikawa-san elaborated on the comment, and their goals with Disgaea 5:
“This comment was simply self-deprecating humor and in no way did it mean or imply that Nippon Ichi Software as a company is going bankrupt or is in financial difficulties. I was merely trying to use humor in order to get the point across that we are committed to selling 150,000 copies of Disgaea 5.”
So there you have it. The Disgaea developer doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.