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'Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth' petition hits 1K signatures; Bandai Namco supports

Screenshots of the latest Digimon game hitting Japan in 2015.
Screenshots of the latest Digimon game hitting Japan in 2015.
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Over 1,000 signatures have been signed in a petition to show support for Bandai Namco Games in localizing "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth" for Western audiences.

Petition requesting a Western release of the latest Digimon game reaches 1,000 signatures.
Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco Games, used with permission

Dubbed "Operation Cyber Slueth," the petition pleads for Bandai Namco to release the PS Vita "Digimon" game in North America and Europe. After talking about the importance of the "Digimon" franchise and how it evolved in design, storytelling, and medium, petition creator David S requested the Japanese publisher should bring the latest game to the West. "We are confident the PlayStation Vita audience in North America and Europe will welcome the localization of this game," wrote David S." "What we ultimately request is the localization of 'Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth' to Western markets so that we may continue to enjoy the franchise that so greatly impacted our lives growing up."

For a petition that's been up only yesterday, "Operation Cyber Sleuth" has already reached over 1,000 signatures in support. On the "Digimon" Bandai Namco forum, the official thread for the movement is currently stickied.

While petitions often have minimal impact on persuading publishers, Bandai Namco responded favorably to such a response not to long ago. On May 14th, when Bandai Namco announced the localization of "Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragments" on the European PlayStation blog, a user asked about the possibility of "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth" being released outside of Japan as well. Isshak Ferdjani, European Community Manager for Bandai Namco Games, responded with "Nothing to announce on dub yet. But about Digimon: I know one way you can help, by signing a certain petition."

Perhaps the most famous example of a petition prevailing in the end is the "Dark Souls PC" petition, which successfully brought the console game to PC and ensured its sequel would arrive there as well. And given the recent localization announcements for the PS Vita, such as "Sword Art Online: Hallow Fragments" and "Tales of Heart R," the odds of "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth" being brought over to North America and Europe isn't far off.

"Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth" is set for a 2015 release in Japan. In the game, players can be a male or (newly announced) female hacker and capture enemy Digimon with a data scan feature that lets you recruit them once the data goes over 100 percent. However, there are Digimon that can manipulate hackers, raising the difficulty in training them.