[UPDATE on Dec. 11]
Mr. Niikawa was actually talking about himself probably needing to retire rather than NIS going out of business. NISA clarified this on the company’s forums here.
The clarification reads:
We asked Mr. Niikawa to clarify and he said that the correct spirit and translation of the comment is, “If Disgaea 5 does not sell as planned, I, as the producer, might need to leave the Japanese gaming industry. (LOL)”
Mr. Niikawa further adds, “This comment was simply self-deprecating humor and in no way did it mean or imply that Nippon Ichi Software as a company is going bankrupt or is in financial difficulties. I was merely trying to use humor in order to get the point across that we are committed to selling 150,000 copies of Disgaea 5.”
There’s going to be quite a bit of pressure on Disgaea 5 when it launches in Japan on March 26 for the PlayStation 4, with Nippon Ichi Software President Niikawa Sohei telling Dengeki PlayStation (translated by NeoGAF) they might not be in business if it misses sales targets:
If Disgaea 5 doesn’t sell as planned then we might not still be in business the year after. Even though Bloodborne is now releasing the same day, we really hope people will pick up both titles at once.
According to previous reports, NIS is aiming to sell 150,000 copies of Disgaea 5.
Do you think there’s any chance NIS shuts down?