XSEED Games/Marvelous USA Inc, the North American localizer of many popular Japanese games, including the Ys Series, Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and the Senran Kagura franchise, may soon be looking to fill two producer positions. Longtime XSEED localization producers Tom Lipschultz and Brittany Avery both announced their departures from the company this week via Twitter.
Lipschultz announced that he has taken a teaching position in Japan starting in early 2019 and has taken the remainder of the year to rest and prepare. Clarifying in future tweets, he stated “This was an amicable departure, and is something I've been planning not just for months, but for YEARS, so please don't give XSEED any guff -- they've been more than generous and supportive of me, and I wish them all the best moving forward. It was just time for me to go.” He has been with the company since 2010 and is extremely enthusiastic about returning to Japan after a long time.
Avery also put out word of her leaving XSEED after 8 years at the company via Twitter, while admitting that it is "a bit sudden" and added that she is now currently looking for work in the localization industry. Like Lipschultz, her Twitter was also flooded with well-wishings, from fans and co-workers alike. Her final project with the company is the otome visual novel London Detective Mysteria, which is scheduled to be released in Fall 2018 for PC and PlayStation Vita.
The XSEED website is currently advertising for an open position as a Localization Associate but they have not made a public comment on either departure.
Update: Brittany Avery had this to say regarding her departure.
Before XSEED, I didn't have a clue what I wanted out of life, but working there helped me find exactly that. Eight years is a great run at any job, and I truly wish the XSEED team well on future projects. The people there have given me both the skills and passion I need to keep growing as a budding localization producer.We have reached out to XSEED with a request for comment and will update this story further if we learn more.
Are you disappointed Tom and Brittany are leaving? What localization projects do you want XSEED to work on next? Have you ever left a job to jet off to Japan? Let us know in the comments below!