On the heels of another great release in Grand Prix Story [$2.99], the simulation gurus at Kairosoft have dropped its SimCity-lite offering, Edo Town, in the Japanese App Store. Putting English-based speculation on the back-burner for a moment, Edo Town has you play the role of a city manager charged with putting together a thriving town complete with businesses, facilities, and utilities. No doubt, you’ll have to walk the line between citizen happiness and overall revenue, which can make for some compelling play, as Maxis has proven time and time again.

Now, for the tea leaves -- if Kairosoft keeps up with its current model, there’s a good chance we could see an English version of Edo Town as early as next month. If this happens, Edo Town would be the studio’s next US release following it's racing simulation game. Localization is not an easy process and Kairosoft has said before that it has a special release schedule for the rest of the world, however, so let’s keep anticipation in check for the moment.

For what it’s worth, we’re doing our best to independently confirm if we’ll see Edo Town in English. We’ll definitely bring those details when or if we get them.

[Via Kairospot]

  • jamie oliver aspinall

    thats cool but i hope they release that RGP Fantasy Game i saw on their japanese website. looks very interesting. 

  • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

    After Grand Prix story and Tiny Tower I'm really starting to dislike the whole "games-are-jobs" genre.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

      Grand Prix Story can't really be compared to Tiny Tower though can it?
      Grand Prix Story is a game, you play it and then you quit it, nothing happens while you're not there, Tiny Tower you have to go back to to restock and what not.

      But I'm with you, I never liked such "games" like Tiny Towers and Farmville.

      • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

        I meant more in that they both scratch at that OCD itch, compulsively do the exact same task until you're miraculously better at it. Like real life.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

       Don't compared anything Kairosoft to appointment gaming trash like Tiny Tower.

      • Snipyro

        I happen to enjoy both Tiny Towers and Kairosoft games. Just because you don't enjoy a genre of games, it doesn't mean it's trash. Get off your high horse.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Tiny Tower is a grind fest designed to bore you into buying in game stuff with real world money.

      Kairosoft games are actual games designed to entertain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1519237339 Justin Call

    For me, this looks like their most compelling game so far.  Unfortunately, it also looks like it'll be hard to localize...  Please bring this over Kairosoft!

  • antz

    come come let it come...I welcome all games by Kairosfot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/skaidon Adam Roberts

    I want this game now.

    Oh, Kairosoft games CANNOT be compared to Tiny Tower, at all. Barely a like.

  • Chipsilver

    Kairosoft have a magical quality to their games which is unequalled on the app store. Tiny tower is cool in a very different way, but i like the sound of this edo very much

  • Sww

    omggggg there are way too many kairosoft games lol
    i've only finished pocket academy and game dev story

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Instant buy, of course. I take it the video shows it running on an Android device? The frame rate looks quite a bit higher than any of Kairosoft's iOS ports.

  • Anonymous

    There is also Pocket League Story (soccer sim) out for android. Looks like Kairo is switching around who gets what when. Android doesn't have Megamall or Academy, but they did get Grand Prix and now League first.... wonder what will happen with this one. 

  • Anonymous

    Wish I could just buy the Japanese version right away.

  • Ezkylie

    there is a lot of AI (artificial intelligence) involved in kairosoft's games, cannot compare to tiny tower