You’re Probably Going to Have to Import IA/VT: Colorful, According to Kenichiro Takaki

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We’ve heard some unfortunate news for any fans hoping Marvelous’ upcoming music/rhythm game, IA/VT Colorful, is coming west at some point in the future.

The denial of the game coming west comes from game creator Kenichiro Takaki (also the series creator of Senran Kagura), who revealed to Siliconera that a western release would be very difficult.

“If it were possible, I’d love to bring it over, but there are a lot of difficulties involved in that process. Now, that said, there’s no reason why you can’t import it,” Takaki said in an interview with Siliconera. He elaborated a bit:

“Since it’s a music title, and since music is arguably one of the most protected media types artists have, that just means more doors to knock on and more approvals to get. It’s far more difficult than a Senran Kagura title.”

Takaki-san was pressed a little bit, and was posed a follow-up question: does this mean fans outside of Japan would have to import the game? To which Takaki agreed in saying “Yes, I believe that that’s the case.”

So while this isn’t a definitive “No, the game isn’t coming west,” it’s certainly not looking good. We’ll keep you guys posted.

IA/VT Colorful is launching in Japan on July 30th, exclusively on PS Vita.

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  1. bf313
    June 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Continued respect for Takaki for actually continuing to acknowledge that Westerners do pay attention to niche Japanese games. Even though the game won’t make it over I like that he bothered to inform those interested. I’d be nice if more companies would be as considerate.

  2. matty
    June 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Too bad, especially considering IA is having her US debut concert at AX next week.

  3. JCTXS
    June 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    dangit, is there going to be a shit ton of DLC for this game? That’s something that tends to kill my importing enthusiasm.

  4. InfectedAI
    June 26, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Especially since Vita does the whole one store region per memory card thing right?

  5. Domhnall
    June 27, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I honestly have no idea who IA is (a vocaloid? Entirely clueless here), it’s good to see a developer who doesn’t tiptoe around the bush regarding possible localization. The worst thing is to be told, “Maybe,” when the actual answer is, “Not a chance.” I’d rather be told, “Not a chance,” and have it turn out to be wrong.

  6. JCTXS
    June 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Yeah, it really annoys me having to authenticate and de-authorize as well.

  7. Cred
    June 27, 2015 at 1:04 am

    he tried, it wasn’t possible, and he lets us all know how and why
    very understandable but still quite a shame

    Takaki is so based

  8. Superscooter
    June 27, 2015 at 1:57 am

    takaki is such a cool dude I added him on steam

  9. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    June 27, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Probably going to have quite a bit. Just look at Project Diva and P4D. These games have a lot of DLC in the form of characters, costumes and extra songs. It’s a shame really~.

  10. Rayxtr
    June 27, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Yeah it sucks the PSVita only supports one PSN ID per card at the same time. Not being able to use the dlc on my main PSN ID sucks. I have the LE in pre-order since early 2014. Can’t wait to be finally being able to play it.

  11. Radiovid
    June 27, 2015 at 3:56 am

    I’m actually curious, how is bringing this west any different from bringing over a Hatsune Miku game or P4D?

  12. MusouTensei
    June 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    That depends on the music that is used, who it belongs to and what contracts have been made.

  13. undub lover
    undub lover
    June 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Then find a way for us without a Japanese PSN account to be able to get all the DLC then because otherwise it’s us Westerners that are missing out the most.

  14. Nonscpo
    June 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Im not surprised Takai-san brought up good points.

  15. Landale
    June 28, 2015 at 6:53 am

    IA is a vocaloid, yes. Just not one of the Crypton ones, so she’s a bit less known. She was used for some of the music in Demon Gaze, to give you one example of her you might know.

  16. Thanatos2k
    June 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    It baffles me why they don’t include unlimited regional localization rights into the original contracts when they first make the game. This having to go back and get new contracts for every single region is idiotic.

  17. dsadsada
    June 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hah, no wonder some of the songs sounded like it was made with Vocaloid.

  18. 259
    June 29, 2015 at 4:15 am

    It’s a rhythm game where pretty much all of its songs are licensed, which means bureaucratic nightmare for localization due to how incredibly stingy the Japanese are with music licensing and distribution outside of Japan. It was the same deal with Miku but at least SEGA had the resources to make miracles happen not only once, but twice.

  19. ThePringus
    June 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    That said, I hope we get valkyrie drive, he said that senran kagura blah blah easier for approval so why not right?

  20. eltonBorges
    June 30, 2015 at 8:50 am