While he might not even work for Tecmo anymore after a high-profile falling out, former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki still has a bit to say about his former company and co-workers. Don’t worry, it’s praise this time, and it revolves around the people working behind Tecmo’s fan-favorite horror series, Fatal Frame.
In an update on his company Valhalla Game Studios’ Facebook page, Itagaki speaks of Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden Producer Kikuchi Keisuke and his thoughts on localizations.
“Hey guys, I strongly believe that [Fatal Frame producer] Kikuchi Keisuke will release the Fatal Frame V in America, in many countries. He and me have same philosophy from Tecmo days. That’s what I can say for now. I want you guys to read between the lines. Anyway I will play this game.”
The question popped up of course because Tecmo has had a spotty record of translating the Fatal Frame games ever since it turned to Nintendo consoles as the main home for the series. Nintendo’s purchase of the game’s publishing rights might have also put a damper on its ability to be localized as well.
As it stands, Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, a remake of Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, and now Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden remain three of the most sought after untranslated gems on a modern Nintendo platform, right up there with Dragon Quest VII.
Could Itagaki still know something about the inner workings at Tecmo, or is he just poking sticks at a distance, trying to underhandedly pressurize this localization into happening?