Update: Well, that didn’t take long! Publisher Ignition Entertainment has just announced that they’ve acquired the North American publishing rights to the recently dumped title. So now in addition to a September 2009 release, Muramasa: The Demon Blade can look forward to receiving drunken late-night phone calls from XSEED, begging it to take them back.
Original: Showing their true cyclops-hating colors, publisher XSEED Games has confirmed that they’re no longer going to be the stateside publishers of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Vanillaware’s gorgeous side-scrolling successor to Odin Sphere.
“XSEED Games and Marvelous had previously announced the game as part of the initial line up between the two publishing partners,” said XSEED, who were set handle the North American debut of the title, just recently released in Japan, later this year. “We firmly believe in the product and will look forward to seeing it release in North America.”
We take heart in the fact that the tone of the release is fairly positive, meaning Muramasa: The Demon Blade should still be getting published and released in the U.S., just as soon as Marvelous finds a new company interested in distributing the best-looking game to ever grace the Nintendo Wii.