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Sega's popular Japanese mobile games to get western release

Popular RPG Chain Chronicle among the first to head West thanks to new distribution deal

Sega has signed a new deal that will see its popular Japanese mobile games get releases in regions outside of Japan.

The deal will see prominent Japanese mobile developer and publisher Gumi distribute Sega's mobile titles in regions across North America, Europe and South Asia "and other territories", according to the announcement.

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Popular Japanese RPG game Chain Chronicle will be among the first titles to make its way to smartphones in the West "later this year" thanks to the new partnership.

"The alliance and capital investment in Gumi will lead to more of our popular Japanese games making the leap to markets around the globe, starting with one of our biggest hits, Chain Chronicle," commented Sega Networks CEO Haruki Satomi in a prepared statement.

This comes after Sega announced plans to invest heavily in free-to-play digital games following the success of Chain Chronicle and other mobile titles in 2013.

Chain Chronicle, a Top Grossing app on the Japanese arms of both the Google Play and Apple App stores, is a free-to-play JRPG in which players build an army to fight for the protection of a land called Yugdo from the evil Black Army. "As the game advances, players begin to unravel each member's story to create a long chain of chronicles where all are connected," reads the press release.

Sega and Gumi will collaborate on the localization of the game and others that go international via the deal.

Here's a gameplay video of the Japanese version of Chain Chronicles:

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