Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode — a 3DS update of the PSP title Digimon World Re:Digitize — launched in Japan earlier this year. Since then, there have been calls from western fans of the series to localise the game for North America and Europe, but thus far Namco Bandai has remained tight-lipped on the situation.
However, it would appear that the company is at least prepared to acknowledge the notable demand for the game in this part of the world. A tweet from the Operation Decode account to Namco Bandai UK PR executive Joseph Walsh received the following reply:
Indeed, the fact that the petition for a western localisation has reached 16,300 signatures is pretty impressive — but is it enough to justify all the work required in translating and adapting the game for the western market? Text-heavy titles require a lot of cash to adapt, and at this stage we'd imagine that 16,000 sales wouldn't even come close to covering that.
Still, it proves that these petitions can have an impact, so if you're keen to get your hands on this Pokémon rival, make sure you give the campaign your support.
Thanks to AugustusOxy for the tip!