Published On: Mon, Jan 21st, 2019

Feature: Say Hello To Vixen 357, A Lost Mega Drive Classic That’s Hitting The West This Year

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Masaya is a studio that is closely compared with a plan RPG array Langrisser, a authorization that went head-to-head with Nintendo’s Fire Emblem in a ’90s. However, a association – around Career Soft, one of a inner teams – had been dabbling in this genre for some time before that, releasing Elthlead (PC-8801, MSX2), Gaia no Monshou (PC-8801, PC Engine) and Gaiflame (PC Engine). Indeed, it would continue to try this impression of diversion even after Langrisser (Warsong in a west) had achieved vicious and blurb notoriety, around a 1992 Mega Drive recover Vixen 357.

With Langrisser now undergoing something of a renaissance, there’s a appreciative clarity of synchronicity to a fact that this mech-based epic is also going to get a second possibility in 2019. Super Fighter Team – a same association that has regenerated lost gems like Beggar Prince, Star Odyssey and Nightmare Busters – has announced that it will be releasing Vixen 357 in a west for a initial time ever.

“I investigated Vixen 357 since a Sega Genesis village always has good things to contend about a Japanese original, giving it high outlines and praise,” Super Fighter Team’s Brandon Cobb tells us. “What we found was a desirable expel of characters, a pleasant soundtrack and a story we could get into. The some-more scenarios we played through, a some-more we suspicion that maybe we shouldn’t have shrugged off plan RPGs all these years, in foster of a some-more normal titles. Since my mind was altered about an whole genre after an knowledge with Vixen 357, we knew it would make a good new product for us.”

The cover of a strange Japanese release
The cover of a strange Japanese release

While a Langrisser reconstruction competence seem like a mark of glorious planning, Cobb insists that one thing had zero to do with a other. “The timing was literally only me deciding, ‘Feels like a good time for us to tell this.’ we had no thought anything new was going on with Langrisser until good after we already had a contract.”

Super Fighter Team’s gift is holding existent Japanese games and scheming them for western recover while digging low into a formula to repair bugs and generally optimise and urge things. However, with Vixen 357, Cobb’s admits there was reduction work to do. “This diversion was indeed finished adult flattering parsimonious by a initial developers, compared to a prior RPG endeavours. we didn’t privately feel we indispensable to rebalance a difficulty, enlarge a personalities of a characters [or] ‘enhance’ a storyline.”

Therefore, a bid was focused on creation certain that a localisation was true to a Japanese original. “Translation and book modifying for this kind of diversion is always intensive,” Cobb explains. “The idea is to get all sounding natively English but disrespecting a source material. That’s what we’ve finished here, to good effect: preserving a story, impression attitudes and emotions, and a altogether tone, but carrying to scapegoat any of a peculiarity calm or prophesy of a Japanese writers.”

As before, Super Fighter Team will be releasing Vixen 357 on a earthy cartridge for Sega’s 16-bit system. Given that many people reading this content right now won’t have entrance to this selected hardware, does Cobb have any skeleton to make a diversion accessible elsewhere, such as on a Switch eShop? “We’re in this business to yield new games for classical systems,” he replies. “That is a passion. If it were about a money, we’d feat a digital download marketplace for sure. But we don’t have any seductiveness in ancillary modern-day machines, nor for a ‘faux-retro’ marketplace that’s sprung adult in new years. Call it what we will: eccentric, purist… we call it devotion.”


You can pre-order Vixen 357 now.

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