Crunchyroll Games to Co-Publish Last Cloudia
Crunchyroll Games Joins Aidis as Co-Publisher of Last Cloudia
Today Crunchyroll Games and Aidis announced a partnership in the publishing of the gacha ARPG game Last Cloudia. Last Cloudia recently announced that it had achieved 1,000,000 players worldwide, with 200,000 of those playing the recent Global release.
So the obvious question is: Is this a good thing or a bad thing for players?
On the Good Side
Adding Crunchyroll to the team will increase potential funds for development and open collaboration opportunities. It will also improve Last Cloudias publicity and reach, thus likely increasing the player base. With the recent announcement of adding an Arena mode, having a large and active community will become even more important.
On the Not-So Good Side
About a year ago, Crunchyroll Games upset a large portion of its DanMachi: Memoria Freese community (DanMemo for short). Crunchyroll Games was porting the game from Japanese to English, and failed to deliver a popular aspect of the game that it had previously promised to deliver: functionality where the characters would respond if their portrait was touched. Some of the responses from the official Community Managers included:
If you would like that feature, it is still in the Japanese version.
Hi! Official DanMemo Community Team here. The “touching” feature was removed from the English version of the game, yes. Not as a matter of censorship or depriving non-Japanese audiences of anything, but due to what is appropriate and not appropriate for English audiences. Hope that answers your question!
Thus, there is some concern that Crunchyroll may “censor” or change things that they do not feel is “appropriate for English audiences”. For players who are seeking the original JP experience, this is a bit of a concern. However, given the pixel-art style of Last Cloudia and its lack of provocative or sexual imagery, on top of the lessons one can hope they learned from the DanMemo debacle, it seems unlikely that Crunchyroll will attempt to censor or change anything.
First Collaboration Event Announcement
To start the partnership off on a positive note, Last Cloudia announced it’s first Collaboration Event with the popular Collection of Mana titles from Square Enix. These titles include Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. The event kicks off on November 26th, along with what all parties hope will be a successful partnership.
Last Cloudia is an ARPG game with beautiful pixel art and fantastic music score. The game differs from many other gachas in that character development relies heavily on Arks instead of acquiring specific characters, thus giving players more flexibility in building their teams. Also of note is the games high SSR gacha rates, and lack of hard stamina limits on playtime.