Video: Kobojo on how to launch a triple-A RPG globally

Japan still loves the Vita

Video: Kobojo on how to launch a triple-A RPG globally

As part of Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco 2015, Mario Rizzo, president and CEO of French developer Kobojo, took to the stage to talk about his experiences launching a triple-A RPG globally.

Rizzo defines triple-A as "a title that can co-exist with the big budget titles", which in the case of Kobojo's game, the JRPG-styled Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, means being able to stand up against Final Fantasy on a fraction of the budget.

Viva la Vita

Because of this, Kobojo is aiming for a Japanese audience, which afforded Rizzo some insight into how Japan considers mobile games.

"If you show the game on iPads, nobody will pay attention to it," Rizzo was told, but the Vita is still going strong in Japan, particularly for free-to-play games, leading to the company working on a Vita edition alongside the mobile version.

You can see all our videos from Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco 2015 in this YouTube Playlist.


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