You think we have it bad with a few botched AAA launches every year in the West? The Japanese market almost seems like a testing ground for RPGs, and developers and publishers are able to see what goes wrong and readjust it for the worldwide market based on feedback..

Sometimes, an “International Version” even makes it way back to Japan for a second round with all the improvements intact! I’m not so sure how that would fly here. I mean, we get hissy over “Game of the Year” and “Definitive” editions. How would we feel about the “Sorry, we got it right this time” edition?

One such game to go through this routine has been The Legend of Legacy. FuRyu published its own game in Japan to solid success, making it the company’s biggest success in its short history. With the localization for North America, Atlus has stepped in to make a few adjustments to make it a much more complete package by cutting down the grinding and adding to the the New Game+.

So here’s the deal about the adjustments we made in bringing the game to the west. By and large, they mostly affect NG+. In NG+, all the money and formations you designed now carry over. Any special weapons you created will also be available to purchase in the shop.

Drop rates for items and materials was increased across the board. Drop rate for rare items goes up in subsequent NG+. FICTITIOUS EXAMPLE TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT: The made-up drop rates for a rare item could be in the first 1st Game – 1%, in NG+ 5%, NG++ 8%, NG+++ 10% etc. Let me stress that these numbers are made up and I have no idea what they are for actual items.

Finally, the time it takes the trade ship to return is decreased substantially. The ship uses real-world time, and we’ve decreased the amount of time it takes to return.

Basically, the adjustments were to cut down on the amount of grinding in subsequent playthroughs, making NG+ a little more palatable for western audiences.

No word yet if FuRyu plans to release this new and improved version, but it’s a mighty fine welcome to us Western fans. Thank you very much, we’re not worthy!

The Legend of Legacy will launch on the Nintendo 3DS this Thursday. Be sure to check out the demo now if you haven’t yet.