Malicious, a Japanese 3D action title from Alvion, was a surprisingly popular title -- so popular in fact that it released an updated version for the PlayStation Vita last year named Malicious Rebirth. Today, Alvion confirmed that Malicious Rebirth would also be localized for North American audiences. Alvion also commented that they're trying to "rush" their localizer in hopes we can get the game before too long.
The confirmation came by way of a reply to a fan question on Twitter. Here's the specific tweet in question:
@splashdowntiger The other day we trusted an English localization to a English publisher, so it depends on them. We will rush them again.— アルヴィオン (@ALVION_info) March 5, 2013
It's worth noting that Malicious was first released in 2010 and didn't see a localized release until August 2012. Malicious Rebirth was released November, 2012, which could mean a localization of the PS Vita title may take awhile. However, Malicious Rebirth quite literally topped sales charts at the the time of its release, which could lend a localization a bit more priority.
For those unaware, Malicious Rebirth is an action title where each level is essentially a battle against a boss and its minions -- no general level progression. As the player takes damage his or her arms and legs will disappear. If they all disappear, the player will die. The player can use "aura" to regain their limbs, which is acquired by defeating enemies. Still, a rather... unique and fun gameplay mechanic.
Expect to hear more on Malicious Rebirth coming to North America... potentially soon. Again, as Alvion says, it depends on the English publisher. Though if they're reading, we'd love to hear more about it as soon as possible.