Blue Protocol won't have feature parity with Japanese version at Western launch: "We're trying to get as close as possible"

Blue Protocol won't have feature parity with Japanese version at Western launch: "We're trying to get as close as possible"
Bandai Namco/Amazon Games

Written by 

Lloyd Coombes

Published 

25th Jul 2023 14:00

Blue Protocol, Amazon's upcoming anime-style action game, is shaping up rather nicely if our hands-on preview session is anything to go by - but that's perhaps not a surprise to the discerning gamer.

That's because, if you're well versed in Japanese, you've been able to play the Bandai Namco MMO since June 14. It's not the first time Amazon has helped bring a game to new audiences, though, with Lost Ark moving over from Korea.

That game's roadmap follows behind its original regions, however, so we asked Mike Zadorojny, Franchise Leader on Blue Protocol at Amazon Games, about the regularity of updates.

Blue Protocol Franchise Leader on update schedule

Blue Protocol screenshot showing a character
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"We're trying to get as close as possible," Zadorojny explains, admitting that it may take some time to catch up.

"There's a bunch of logistics in terms of when content is released in Japan versus what's going on in the Western model.

"Some of it is localization concerns, some it's infrastructure, some of it's technological things, because we are downstream in terms of how the development model works, of course."

Still, fear not Blue Protocol fans in the West - Zadorojny is confident that the team is working hard to prevent the gap from growing too vast.

"I do understand the importance, that players want to play the new thing as fast as possible," he said.

"There's a balance and we are working, doing our best to see if we can figure out how short we can make that gap."

As for what updates are coming, Zadorojny explained that new story chapters will be added over time, as well as plenty of in-game events for Blue Protocol.

For more on what's coming, be sure to check out our longer interview, discussing Blue Protocol's monetisation system.

Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.