Summer Lesson is unlikely to make its way from Japan to the Western market according to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada. And the reason is a fairly depressing one.
For those that don’t know, Summer Lesson is a Playstation VR game that casts you in the role of a tutor who teaches young girls Japanese. It was revealed at TGS last year – and it’s a concept I kind of fell in love with as a virtual reality project.
Now it seems as though this particular game won’t be making it West. Siliconera caught up with producer Katsuhiro Harada to enquire about the potential of it making it over here, but it seems as though the likelehood of this is virtually nil.
There are two reasons for this. The first is a technical one:
“It’s difficult because lip syncing to do this properly for each language would be a lot of work. You really need this to be perfect to have immersion in gameplay. To do that for all of the languages would be quite intense with the scenarios themselves because the length would change with each language. That makes it quite difficult to localize.”
However Harada followed that statement up with another, more depressing statement that unfortunately perfectly encapsulates the current state of modern gaming:
“Also when you think about the current game situation and the climate in different countries where you have to have characters from every different race or nationality, someone else would say ‘mine is not included,’ which is the climate we currently see with games. Since there are people who can’t set aside the game and the actual problems in society, I don’t want open that can of worms.”
Harada did concede that if enough fan demand in a particular region for Summer Lesson, then there was a chance that it could be localized and released. It was fan demand that prompted Harada to make Summer Lesson a game in the first place, as it was previously just meant to be a tech demo.
Summer Lesson launches in Japan on October 13, 2016.