Dear Bandai Namco, Please Bring Over Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Okay, Bandai Namco, time for a bit of real talk. I get that bringing J-Stars Victory VS. stateside is too much of a legal hassle, no matter how many signatures we get on I deeply appreciate you giving us JoJo All Star Battle (even with a horribly butchered translation), and I’m not gonna ask for the moon when it comes to licensing fees or legal nonsense.

But guys, c’mon. You wholly own the Digimon franchise. It’s Bandai’s baby. There’s nothing stopping you from bringing Digimon games stateside. Well… except for maybe sales projections.

And I get that too, I do. The last few Digimon World games didn’t exactly light the world on fire. Hell, I’m a pretty avid lover of the franchise and I didn’t buy them. I understand why you’d be hesitant to release another Digimon game over here, but in my professional opinion, you need to take another chance on your upcoming PS Vita RPG Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. When I watch your latest gameplay trailer, it gives my soul a familiar burning need, and I know I’m not the only one.

Yeah, this game is giving off a very Persona-esque vibe with its mix of exploring modern cityscapes and crawling through dungeons made from corrupted real-world environments. It’s a vibe only enhanced by the character art from Suzuhito Yasuda, the man behind the look of Atlus’ Devil Survivor series. And even if I’m off the mark a bit with the Persona inspiration, the whole game is totally gorgeous! The animations are fluid, the character models look fantastic, and the environmental design is the absolute tops. This is one of the prettiest games I’ve EVER seen on the Vita, and that’s high praise.

I’m not just praising the creeping digital corruption we see in that trailer, either. The announcement trailer that dropped just before Christmas last year shows a digital world with an arresting visual style reminiscent of Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars and Digimon: Our War Game, which is, if you ask me, the best Digimon has ever looked. Even if the game sucked, I’d pay 40 dollars just to run around in that world for a while.

Bandai Namco, I think you have a real winner on your hands with Cyber Sleuth, and I want to get it in my hands as soon as possible. If you don’t have a localization team on board already, hop to it! I predict this game will be a hit.

Oh, and while you’re at it, we’d like to see Re:Digitize Decode too.