Paizo’s ever-popular Pathfinder role-playing game has been translated into many different languages during its time. The one corner of the world, however, that it’s not seen a lot of presence is among the Japanese community. You can always count on Paizo to kick things off with a bang, and 2017 is certainly not going to be any different. In fact, the company just announced a partnership with Arclight Publishing to bring Pathfinder to the Japanese masses in a brand new translated edition.
Both the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Rise of the Runelords) and the Pathfinder Beginner Box will be the first products from the Pathfinder line to be translated over to Japanese. Teaming up with Arclight was a great idea, and the company’s CEO agrees. Kosuke Fukomoto, the man in charge at Arclight had this to say about the partnership: “We have published RPGs in Japan for many years, and are the leading company in regards of RPGs in Japan today. One of our goals have been to do the Pathfinder RPG. We are positive that the excellent game system that fits both beginners and veterans, combined with the depth of the world, will fit the Japanese gamers very well. We’re deeply thankful to Paizo who gave us the chance of publishing Pathfinder in Japan, and hope that this is the start of a long partnership.”
These two Pathfinder offerings will be available during the first quarter of this year. It’s great to see Pathfinder spreading to more regions of the world, and it surprises me that it hasn’t gone this far as of yet. Pathfinder is one of the top-grossing RPGs of all time, and Paizo doesn’t look like they’ll be losing steam any time soon. Look forward to these products and more if you’re in Japan, as they’ll be hitting store shelves soon!