Update [Fri Mar 10, 2023 11:30 GMT]: Bandai Namco has responded to fan requests to have the Japanese voiceover included in the Switch version of Digimon World: Next Order in Europe.
A patch will be coming in the near future to add this option for us in Europe. Bandai Namco wasn't able to confirm when this will be dropping but said that it would keep fans updated. Japanese audio is already available in the Steam version, as well as in the North American Switch version.
In our original article (below), we reported that Japanese audio wasn't included with the Switch version of the game without specifying regions. However, it's only missing from the European version of the game. We apologise for the error.
Original article [Wed 22nd Feb, 2023 19:00 GMT]: Digimon World: Next Order has made the digi-jump over to Switch today. The game is an enhanced port of the PS4 version that launched in 2017 and includes a Beginner Mode and a Run feature. However, the Switch version is missing one feature that's included in the Steam version — dual audio.
The PC release of the game, and the original PS4 rerelease, allows you to swap between both English and Japanese voices in the menu. However, fans have reported online that the Switch version doesn't include the Japanese audio (via ResetEra).
We're currently working on a review of the Switch port of the game, and we haven't been able to find the option to swap between English and Japanese voices. We've checked both the main menu and in-game menu settings, and as far as we can see, there's no option to change the voice-overs. This seems like an odd decision when the option is available in the Steam port and in the original Western release.
Perhaps Bandai Namco will patch the voice option in at a later date, or maybe it'll be available as free DLC, but for now, we can't find the option. We'll let you know if that changes in the future, of course.
Probably excluded to fit the game on a smaller cartridge for maximum profit?
That's okay. I was going to skip anyways due to lack of triune audio.
Just make it free DLC. Excluding it wholesale is unacceptable, though.
I doubt I'd change the audio regardless but it's still pretty off-putting that they're excluding things that should be included. I definitely won't be considering getting it until I find a really good deal anyway due to it being priced $10 higher than typical RRP in Australia which is unreasonably high for what it is IMO.
Ok... Was never going to buy this and this just confirms my decision.
Lol even less reason to get this.
@Dom_31 That's Digimon games in a nut shell. You can sum up every game in the franchise as one big "Meh"
Yep just figured that out for myself, was just playing it and now I am desperate to sell it. Like what is the point to this game whatsoever.
Does the Japanese release of the Switch version have the Japanese audio only, actually?
@Dom_31 I don't understand, how can you say this game is bad but think the original Digimon World is good? By all accounts, that game is terrible. Glitchy, practically nothing is explained, training is extremely tedious. I still love it for it's charm and nostalgia though.
At least Next 0rder is very accessible to anyone willing to give it a chance past the admittedly very boring beginning. Eventually training becomes trivial and life expectancy can be increased to absurd lengths.
Digimon games are infamously hard to get into, especially in the monster raising genre such as this one or the original. The Story games, which includes Dawn/Dusk as they were named World for the overseas market, are more traditional JRPGs and especially the Cyber Sleuth games are much more accessible and absolutely worth a shot for those who like the genre. Although the bleak story of the Cyber Sleuth games can turn people off.
@Magician More than likely.
I don’t even know what this game is, and I’m not even gonna act like I do, I just come to see what people say anytime they give out news lol.
@Fangleman32 yea, it was interesting filling out the list of digimon in cybersleuth, but then there's another campaign without anything to discover
I'm pretty confused, because from the videos this game looks much more interesting to me than Cyber Sleuth, even though some people seem to think it's worse.
It's got dual audio on the version from the Japanese eshop, that's where I got mine
Weird that they omitted it from the other versions though
I'll take the Japanese voice and English text. English voice has always been 3rd fiddle to proper translations to enjoy the games or anime.
I wanted to buy it but I hate Japanese games without Japanese voices. It's impossible in English for me
@BananaMetallurgica But what if the Japanese game takes place in medieval England?
Bandai gets all the bizarre region messes these days...
For other stuff like Mr. Driller, they've removed the English audio on the Switch port and only left Japanese audio.
Maybe they finally heard people don't like English being removed, and decided to do this instead?
Guess I'll have to look into a Japanese copy...
Hi, this is incorrect. Please see below:
Just highlight audio language and press A.
This must be done from the title screen menu, before you load a file.
@Magician Japanese is included. Please see my comment. You just need to press A on audio language on the main menu settings. I'm surprised everyone is reporting on this when it is cleary in the title screen setting. https://imgur.io/4fNFYqP?r
A bummer in this day and age but hopefully patchable/downloadable down the road...
...or, as per @OneLegPigeon , actually present, thanks for the heads-up.😄 Not the first game to keep the voiceover language toggle outside a loaded game's settings, but these may be uncommon enough to catch one off indeed.
@Frailbay30 luckily I don't know anything like this and I don't think someone will create a game like this. There's the great ace attorney chronicles (Japaneses traveling in English) and I played it in Japanese
@OneLegPigeon Thank you so much for the clarification!
I'm gonna wait for japanese voices, I can't hold the cringes for english dub on a games like Digimon
@Dom_31 Obviously I disagree for the most part but I do agree with that statement about the original. It was a magical experience, a sense of wonder that just cannot replicated again.
Nevertheless, the game has aged poorly and today's Digimon games are at the very least, uhh, functional, they just lack the charm of the older games, that I cannot deny.
This actually isn't true. You can change to the Japanese audio in the system options on the title screen. You simply hover over the "Audio Language" option and press A. It's pretty unfortunate to see misinformation that's making folks not want to play the game being spread like this. Pls go play the game, it's great and has Japanese audio if that's what you want.
@GaaraGoomba It is true. You're as guilty of "spreading misinformation" as you claim the article is.
I'll give you a quick rundown of what the current situation is regarding Next Order and Dual Audio:
There is only one region that Dual Audio was cut from.
It's the European (and United Kingdom), aka PAL, region.
Oddly this is only for the Switch version of the game, both the PS4 (original) game and the Steam/PC port have dual audio.
It is ONLY the Switch release in the EU/UK that has no audio options.
Furthermore the data is still present in the game, only the options in the menu is absent.
@kaenbyou My mistake then. As someone from the US who almost didn't buy the game because of this article, it would be nice if they had specified that and not just said the Switch release in general did not have Japanese audio.
@GaaraGoomba Yeah, there's sadly (and frustratingly) a lot of confusion going on around this. I doubt the person who wrote the article had any idea that this was the case. Which is easy to understand because it makes no sense that it'd only specifically affect the European Switch version, and no other version or region. Really bizarre move from Bandai Namco Europe if this is intentional.
@ValZ : The Japanese version also has English support, but I sent Bandai Namco Asia an e-mail last week asking if the Japanese release allowed for the game to be played in English with Japanese audio (which would have tempted me to double-dip).
They haven't yet responded, though this article sort of answered my question already.
What sucks about this news though is that the European version of the game will no longer be complete on cart, so to speak (as it's Version 1.0 at launch with no updates).
@Fangleman32 Digimon Story: Cybersleuth is an excellent game though. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I guess they are just a one trick pony, as the rest of the games are indeed "skippable".
now i can buy it....maybe
"Thank you for your valuable feedback" aka thank you for making us add something we intentionally didnt.
If anyone, it's Bandai's fault for not mentioning the removal at all, leading everyone to draw wrong conclusions.
EU/US releases usually don't differ by much so it's a really bizarre difference that surprised everyone.
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