Luck & Logic (English release): 2016-2017

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Bushiroad, Cardfight Vanguard, Luck & Logic

Twice in one month…

 

Per the game’s official English website here

“Dear all,

We regret to announce that BT05 “Trance Re:union” shall be the last product we are releasing for the English edition Luck & Logic. Words cannot express how much gratitude and appreciation we have for everyone who is a part of our Luck & Logic community.

After the release of BT05 “Trance Re:union”, monthly shop tournament support will continue till the end of December 2017 and there will be a slight change to the Japanese edition tournament scene. Starting from February 1, 2017, English edition cards can be used in the Japanese edition tournaments held outside of Japan. Please also note that only English edition cards are allowed at English edition tournaments.

As part of the Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 lineup as well, Luck & Logic Regional Championships will be held at 8 locations worldwide^. This is the largest Luck & Logic tournament we are holding, and we hope everyone participating will be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Winners of each Regional Championship will receive a fully sponsored invitation to Japan in the year 2018 for the World Finals.

Fans of the Luck & Logic animation will have to wait a little longer for more news on the second season, as some details are still being finalised.

Finally, we would like to convey our sincere apologies and thank you for all your support once again.”

Once again, for the second time in as many weeks, I find myself with one less game to look forward to.  The saddest part of this one, as opposed to Panini’s Dragon Ball Z, this was not a game running on nostalgia. It was a complicated game with deep mechanics that was as close to replicating a strategy game in a collectible card game as you could get. 

While the game will certainly continue and thrive in Japan, it’s dead to the rest of the world. The exception being, possibly, in areas with high enough volume of Japanese speaking gamers.  Every where else, though? What store in their right mind would dedicate game space to it? I certainly know none of my shops will.

Much like Dragon Ball Z earlier this month, the game’s ultimate demise was loudly telecasted a mile away-

  • Lack of advertising: Save for “commercials” during episodes of CardFight Vanguard on YouTube, there was zero marketing for this game.  The on,y time I saw any type of news articles was via iCv2. However, they report on the slightest press release (case in point- They reported that Dragon Ball Z’s final set, Awakening, was actually called Ascension). Great site, though, vist daily.
  • Tournament support was nearly non-existent: During its first year, if you want to call what we got a full year, Luck & Logic events at official Bushiroad tournments were regulated to side events.  It was like they were afraid to try and push the game in any direction other than standby.

Way back on February 5, 2016, I wrote about my excitement for the game’s release. You can read that article here. It wouldn’t be until June 24, 2016, that the game would finally release in English.  I was beyond hyped for this game and I did everything I could to get the game off the ground in my area. 

What I cannot fathom is Bushiroad’s disregard for making money (or any game company for that matter). They make great games.  Their card games are some of the most fun you can get in a collectible care game, beyond (in my humble opinion) what Magic the Gathering or Pokemon.  The ideal that they could be positioned to take away any of the market share from the Big Two and not want to is something I am unable to fathom.

However, that is a discussion for another night. For now, I shall just pour a drink for my Chole deck that could have been.

 

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