Operation Rainfall had zero influence on XSEED’s decision to publish The Last Story

Posted on June 17, 2012 - 9:40pm by Ryan Conway

I’m sure this news does come to a bit of shock to some of you, especially those of you who are members of this huge grassroots campaign but it’s true.

When asked by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier about whether or not Operation Rainfall had any effect on the decision to bring The Last Story stateside, XSEED’s Ken Berry simply said, “"No, I don't believe so.”

"Nintendo, they have their own set of rules that they go by. And as for us, it didn't really affect us either—cause we have our own requirements that we look for on potential titles. And, you know, it just met all [our] prerequisites."

The prerequisites Berry is referring to are:

  • It has to be a great title.
  • It has to have some market potential in North America.
  • It has to be something that entire company is passionate about. 

Apparently the decision was made after Berry picked up a copy of the game while he was in Tokyo for last year’s TGS since he thought he and his co-workers would enjoy playing it at the office.

“Once we started playing it, we just figured, 'Wow, this would be nice if this came over—let's talk to Nintendo!'"

Shockingly enough, during his first meeting with Nintendo, he was told that no other publishers were interested in bringing the game over (even with the massive campaign?) but in the end, Nintendo and Mistwalker were delighted to work with XSEED and the rest they say is history.

While I do find it hard to believe that the incredible popularity of Operation Rainfall had nothing to do with this decision, considering that this is XSEED we’re talking about, I’m inclined to believe it.

Either way, everyone taking part in the campaign and Wii owners who love RPGs should be happy that the game will be hitting North American shores on July 10.

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