Crowfunding is really picking up, and here's another Kickstarter to consider, especially if you happen to be a big fan of Japanese RPGs. Niche publisher Gaijinworks has teamed up with MonkeyPaw Games to raise $500,000 by the end of April in order to fund their new mission of localizing J-RPGs in English regions, and they're turning to the fanbase for help.
Gaijin is starting with PSP dungeon crawler Class of Heroes II, after licensing the series from Acquire Corps. The current hope is that some of the funding can go toward improving the Japanese version of the game and provide a physical Deluxe Pack for the US and European release, starting at $59 USD (including shipping).
We’re offering a Physical Deluxe Pack of Class of Heroes II for the PSP system that will be the craziest Deluxe Pack we’ve ever done. And if you know our work at Working Designs, that’s a pretty high bar already. This will NOT have digital content you download. It will NOT have codes for in-game armor or weapons. It will NOT have a picture flip book passed off as an art book. It will not ship with DLC on the disc you have to pay for again later. It will NOT come in a tin box passed off as Steelbook. It will NOT be what's usually advertised as a Collector's Edition in 2012 - a wimpy, atrophied shadow of what a real Deluxe Pack should be.
It will be an awesome Deluxe Pack with real, collectible, limited, awesome stuff based on the game, including an arranged soundtrack.
Beyond Class of Heroes, Gaijin and MonkeyPaw are hoping to localize other J-RPGs in English-speaking regions as well, and they want the fans to decide what games come next. Their mission is to simply ensure that fewer J-RPGs are lost in Western obscurity.
MonkeyPaw Games boss John Greiner commented on the issue:
So many Japanese gaming gems are lost in the abyss of localization risk assessment. Our mission is to throw caution to the wind, bridging East to West and giving gamers here a taste of that delicious forbidden fruit. Commit to our world - where peerless Japanese RPGs come alive.