It seems like a Western release for Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory will be happening sooner rather than later. The sequel to the surprise hit was recently trademarked in Europe, indicating that an English version is coming soon. If this ends up being true, 2017 will be a great year for fans of the Digimon franchise.
The trademark can be seen here, so this is pretty legitimate news for those hoping it will get an international release. Prior to this, Hacker’s Memory was only confirmed for Japan in 2017, so this is pretty solid information. Now we have to wait and see if the Western version of the game will have a Vita port.
The Digivolution Is Up and Running
Admittedly it’s not clear if Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory is getting an international release in 2017. However, the fact that it was registered in Europe shows that an English version is happening. Considering how Digimon World: Next Order came out earlier this year, fans of the franchise should be pleased with these developments.
While they might always be compared to Pokemon, it’s good seeing Digimon back in the gaming scene. Prior to these RPGs, most Digimon games could be charitably described as trash, so these new games may win over newer fans. Here is hoping that the English version of Hacker’s Memory is still bundled with the original Cyber Sleuth, since Japan is getting both as a bundle.
While Japan is getting Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory this year, it isn’t clear if the same is true for the US. Fans would love for it to come out this year, but dubbing and translating could take up a lot of time. Considering the positive reactions the original Cyber Sleuth got, Bandai Namco would be wise to capitalize on the game’s popularity.
It will be interesting to see if Hacker’s Memory gets English voiceovers, since the original one didn’t. However, Next Order did get English voiceovers, so this game could as well, if demand for it is high enough. As long as the gameplay remains simple and addictive, most gamers won’t care if it gets a dub or not.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory comes out on 2017 in Japan for PS4 and PS Vita. If history is any indication, Vita owners shouldn’t expect a port of the game to come to the Americas.