Valkyria Chronicles went live on Steam yesterday, and the cult-favorite strategy RPG opened with a strong showing, landing itself on the number one spot of the digital sales list. Not bad for a game that its publisher decided wasn’t even worth translating the entire series.

Indeed, even SEGA seems surprised with the game’s success. Senior Vice President of Commercial Publishing for SEGA Europe Jon Clark issued a statement addressing how the game out-performed even his own expectations.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans for their support in the phenomenal success of this launch. We’re also delighted at the response from the Steam community which indicates that newcomers to the series are finding it as enchanting and engaging as those who have played it before.”

Sounds like Square Enix after Bravely Default proved to be a hit on the Nintendo 3DS. Yes, Japanese publishers. The Western world still is home to millions of fans of Japanese video games. You just have to bring the best ones over, and we can handle the rest. Just be sure to make good decisions, because we can tell the difference between a stinker and a hit a mile away. We’re pro after playing Japanese games for over 30 years now.

I still can’t believe that publishers are shocked every time an excellent Japanese game turns into a success in the U.S. Is it really that unexpected?

Now that SEGA realizes this series does indeed have a lot of fans, how about we finally get around to making Valkyria Chronicles 2 available beyond the restrictive limits of the PSP? Beyond that, how about we make Valkyria Chronicles 3 available at all in English?