Japanese developer Experience Inc. has confirmed in a live-stream ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, that the company is currently developing two role-playing games for release exclusively on the Xbox One. Both titles will be released in western territories digitally via the Xbox Store.
The first title is Stranger of Sword City, a remaster of the previously Japan-only Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and PC game of the same name. The rerelease will feature a graphical overhaul and will include a full translation into English and is set to release in the first calender quarter (January-March) of 2016.
The second game is called Students of Round 2 and while it has no precise release window other than “between late 2016 and early 2017”, Experience Inc. describes it as a tactical role playing game in the vein of series like Fire Emblem.
It seems a curious choice to restrict two Japanese games to the Xbox One. While Microsoft’s Xbox brand has performed exceptionally in the west, it never managed to gain a foothold in Japan (often considered the birthplace of video games) and locking these titles on the Xbox One seems counterintuitive given the lack of market penetration the console has in the East. Also, worth noting is that JRPGs have historically sold much better on PlayStation platforms in the West, perhaps because of simple brand loyalty from when the PS1 was receiving a now classic JRPG almost every month. It’ll be interesting to see how this exclusivity effects the game’s sales.