BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is definitely one of the biggest publishers in the gaming industry right now. It is multinational and most of the publisher’s games get a worldwide release. However, the company is still based in Japan and primarily functions in Tokyo. So, it’s no surprise that some games by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment are released only in Japan. The strategy isn’t bad as it allows the company to measure the game’s potential while making money from sales. Recently, the publisher has trademarked a game that only came out in Japan, for international markets.
First reported by Gematsu, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment recently filed a trademark for Fishing Spirits under the “Ace Angler” title in Canada. Most probably, this hints at an international release for the company’s game. Initially, Fishing Spirits only launched in Japan in the form of its Nintendo Switch version on July 25, 2019, only in Japan. An English version of the game was made by the company and got re-titled as Ace Angler in this form of the game. Ace Angler: Nintendo Switch Version came out on July 21, 2020, but only in Southeast Asia; no other market saw its release.
However, this new trademark suggests that we will finally see the fishing medal game in international markets. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment has filed a trademark for both of the names in Canada, suggesting that a western release is now a possibility. Seeing the numbers Fishing Spirits did in Japan, this release may come as no surprise to many. The game sold big and has almost 668,000-lifetime unit sales as of January 9th, 2022. Hence, Bandai Namco finally giving it a shot in the international market makes total sense.
Likewise, Square Enix has also recently filed a new trademark, as also reported by Gematsu. As of last week, the company trademarked “Lenneth” in Australia. This filing took place on April 7 and links to a PlayStation port for Valkyrie Profile, considering that Lenneth was the subtitle of an enhanced Valkyrie Profile port for PlayStation that first came out on the PSP in 2006.
A new game in the Valkyrie series, Valkyrie Elysium got an official announcement just last month. So, this trademark could be something in relation to this upcoming new game. We don’t know anything for sure at the moment, so only time will tell more about this ordeal. Hopefully, we see both Ace Angler and Valkyrie Elysium in the international market soon.
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