The PSP has been six feet under for nearly half a decade now, but thanks to digital distribution and backwards compatibility with the Vita, its excellent library of untranslated JRPGs are still a viable product on the American market.
MonkeyPaw Games and Gaijinworks have both stepped up to bring two more forgotten gems to North America that almost seemed like lost causes. Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3 will both be released for the PlayStation Network, and the publishers have also offered a limited physical edition following interest gauged through a fan poll.
Summon Night 5 is the first game from the main franchise to be released in the States. We’ve seen a few side-entries brought over for the Game Boy Advance, but this will be the first to allow English speaking fans to legitimately enjoy the series’ cute brand of strategy battles in their native language. It was released in Japan in April 2013.
The other game is Class of Heroes 3, the latest entry in an infinitely deep and brutal first-person dungeon crawling series made to be like old Wizardry and Might & Magic games. I like to describe the Etrian Odyssey franchise as being tough and in-line with these classics, but I didn’t realize how accessible these games really are until I played Class of Heroes 2 on my Vita.
This third one is reportedly even deeper and even more challenging!
Both are sure to provide plenty of hours of excellent JRPG gameplay that fans love. Let’s not forget that XSEED also stepped up and localized Brandish: The Dark Revenant earlier in January. The PSP still has plenty of value these days, and digital distribution has allowed its library to far outlive the console.
All we need now is for some of its physical games like Star Ocean and Crisis Core to get similar digital releases.