by Erick Landon RPG 20180803
This time we take a look at yet another one of my favourite franchises to find out what the hell happened to it.
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You're forgetting one small point, Yamagishi abandoned both the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series after Star Ocean 4. This forced tri-Ace to work on new IP's with different publishers such as Resonance Of Fate, Beyond The Labyrinth and Fronteir Gate. Resonance of Fate being the last game tri-Ace would ever release overseas for 6 years.
Seems all the games flopped in sales, tri-Ace were in a downward spiral with their games which led them to become liquidated into nepro japan, possibly due to the fact that they were broke.
If you ask me, the biggest mistake tri-Ace made was working with Konami as Konami didn't want to localize any of them which meant that tri-Ace weren't going to generate as many sales.
It came to the point of desperation when they started working for Square-Enix on their Final Fantasy games, with no Producer willing to stand in on tri-Ace's behalf, tri-Ace had nothing left, they put all of their chips on Yamagishi and with him gone, tri-Ace could no longer operate in the same way and the other publishers didn't really do them many favors either.