Change in International Preorder Process with Falcom

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Many thanks to @CqefClement for the heads up on this!

If you make your international orders through Falcom directly, please take note that they have changed the email address for you to use to contact them. As stated in their explanation in the screenshot, they’re doing this to cut down on the amount of spam received to the inbox.

Where it used to be support_h19, it should now be support_h26. The full address is located (with spaces, to try to prevent bots from picking it up) in my FAQ.

If you keep this in your address book, you will want to change it there as well.

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Falcom’s 2013 Annual Stockholders Meeting

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This year, the stockholders meeting took place at the Tachikawa Palace Hotel. There were about 66 people present.

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The meeting started ontime at 13:30. For about 25 minutes, Toshihiro Kondo presented the quarter’s results, as well as the prospects for the next. He spent 15 minutes with a question and answer session, and the meeting ended at 14:10, lasting 40 minutes total.

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Earlier this year, when Falcom announced the Innovation Unit and their intention to work with social gaming, their stock value skyrocketed.

Their latest work, Sen no Kiseki, was released this past September has managed to break the 300,000 mark and 2014 will see its continuation. This coming year will also feature the first broadcast anime on Falcom’s characters, and the company’s popular characters will make an appearance in a new social game.

Motives for buying stock:
1) Financial management
2) Targeting dividends and preferential treatment
3) Fans of the specific enterprise.

After the meeting, there was a question and answer session.

Shareholders had asked questions regarding the patching of Sen no Kiseki after its release rather than delaying its release in the first place. Kondo explaiend that they had a more rigorous quality testing process as this was their first title to be released for PS3 and Vita simultaneously. They discovered how to resolve the load time issue late in the game’s development and chose to push forward to the mastering process, and prepare a patch between the submission of the master and the release of the game. A lot of credit was also given to Sony for their assistance in helping Falcom get the patch out as soon as they did after the release. It was only with their assistance that it was possible.

Another question was asked regarding the user reaction after the patch was released- the amount of it, to which was answered that it was as expected. They had split the patch into two, as it speed in which they released it was important. With an RPG the size of Sen no Kiseki, changes can take some time- the two patches ensured the fastest speed to release the amendments.

A loss was noticed on the financial reports, and when asked about it, the explanation was that it was caused by the costs of computer equipment.

They were also asked about plans to release a PC version of Ao no Kiseki, like how they ported the Joyoland PC release of Zero no Kiseki. The shareholders also expressed an interest in future titles being released either multiplatform with PC and console, or straight to PC. The Ao no Kiseki port is still being considered, as they’re still researching the market conditions to ensure that it’s feasible. Regarding PC titles, the Steam releases of Ys 1+2 Chronicles, Ys the Oath in Felghana, and Ys Origin in North America was mentioned- these titles have managed to have over 100,000 downloads. As a result, they are currently investigating the viability of releasing to Steam domestically in Japan.

Shareholders asked about the social game being released, that it looked like an action RPG. They wanted to know about particulars over whether it will be iOS or Android, or both. They hope to have the particulars of the smartphone title out next year [meaning 2014, of course- this meeting was during 2013 -ed.]. The idea of Falcom titles on mobile is something that’s still under investigation. They believe that they can promote development for it and that it is a viable platform for some major titles.

The early days of announcements social networking seems to have vanished, and there was a bit of clumsiness with recent live ticket sales- will there be a crisis management structure setup regarding this? Kondo explained that each department has a person with access to the twitter, and that every morning they meet about the content that is allowable for tweeting, and the timing of announcements. They are now making provisions to quickly catch misuse of the twitter account.

Finally, another question was asked about what to do if they find themselves blocked from twitter, to which the answer was to contact user support- that they should be able to assist.

With the closing of the post, the author details the items given to the shareholders at the meeting: a clear file, the Mishie plush, the Kiseki series desk calendar, and the latest issue of the Monthly Kiseki Magazine.

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[ Yahoo Blogs – User ‘hr_crf2′ – Nihon Falcom 2013 Stockholder Meeting ]

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Notice for Falcom Mail Order Purchases: Closure for Summer Break

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Falcom has posted a notice on the top page of their online store that they will be closed during their summer break period. As a result, any orders that are placed between the period of 8/8/2013 and 8/18/2013 will not be fulfilled or answered until 8/19/2013.

According to Falcom Calendar, the rest of the company will be closed from 8/8/2013 to 8/13/2013 for summer break as well.

[ Falcom Online Shop ]
[ Falcom Calendar ]

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Kiseki Series Portal Site Now Live

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Today, Falcom has launched the portal site for the entirety of the Kiseki series. They have had a portal site for awhile, but that was specifically for the Sora no Kiseki trilogy. This new portal site has also replaced the area of Falcom’s front page that was previously held by the Sora no Kiseki Portal Site.

The links on the page are separated by system, with the exception of Sen no Kiseki having a page-wide banner above all of the other sections, due to its status of being a new release that’s due this year. It also identifies the location of Sen no Kiseki on a map, along with that of the Sora no Kiseki trilogy, and both Zero and Ao no Kiseki.

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Read more…

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Falcom Launches Innovation Unit for Smartphone, Tablet, and PC Game Development

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[I apologize now if there are inaccuracies in the translation I’ve given. -ed]

Falcom has announced that, with the direction of the representative director of the company, Toshihiro Kondo, they have started a new section within the company to be called the Innovation Unit to reach out to new audiences.

Focusing on RPGs, in the past few years, Falcom has seen a surge in fans and followers for their games. This year, they’re expecting a record with the sales for the upcoming Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki that’s expected to be released this fall.

As Falcom builds and strengthens their status in the console games market, people are expecting to see them tap into markets outside of the ‘packaged game’ areas. For this purpose, they have sought to create the new Innovation Unit in order to achieve these goals and create new areas of business for the company. This unit is to develop a variety of contents and reach to the fans through multiple approaches, which include smartphones, tablets, and PC, as well as provide network assistance with the company’s game contents.

The Innovation Unit will be developing packaged games, planning, developing, and supporting mobile games while under the direction of Masao Ishikawa, who will serve to help with bringing this department from infancy. Masao Ishikawa is a veteran from Game Arts, and was involved in the development of their popular ‘Grandia.’ He has since been involved with G-Mode in the development of their popular Tetris Online Japan mobile games. He has also seen time with DartsLive games, who have developed multiple mobile games, including games for Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Hajime no Ippo. Falcom expects for his experience to bring success to the Innovation Unit.

[ Falcom IR Report (PDF) ]

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Falcom Receives A Famitsu Award of Excellence for Ao no Kiseki

On 4/18, Famitsu held the ceremony to give out their awards for games released during the year 2011. Falcom walked away with one of the ‘Awards of Excellence’ along with 9 other award winners.

The other winners in Falcom’s category were: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus (Bandai Namco Games), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Games), Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo), The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (Nintendo), Dark Souls (From Software), Tales of Xillia (Bandai Namco Games), Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix), Final Fantasy Type-0 (Square Enix), and Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo).

Winners in other categories include Capcom winning Game of the Year for Monster Hunter 3G, the Rookie Award went to Atlus’ Catherine, and Gundam Royal was a winner for Social Games. Link in Skyward Sword won ‘Best Character’ and they awarded voice actor awards to Yuuki Kaji, Hiroki Touchi, Asami Imai, and Miyuki Sawashiro.

[ famitsu.com article ]

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