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You look at something like even Xenoblade Chronicles. People love that game, you know, within a certain group... That game is not the type of game that just pulls in enough to justify the costs on that... someone is going to have to eat the costs somewhere, because that game is guaranteed to not sell enough to justify how big that game is. You know, hundreds of hours, all voiced. That's a lot of money that goes into that.
"And people are like 'Why do you guys hate money?' We don't. That's why you literally can't make everything. And people don't like finding out that their fanbase is actually too small to justify the costs of the thing they want.
(For reference Xenoblade 2's official sales atm are at 1.52 million. That's a hit and not only would have recouped the cost of localising the original game but also the cost of localising Last Story and Pandora's Tower even if those games sold literal 0 copies. )
Personally if it were up to me I prolly wouldn't fire someone for saying something dumb on a podcast but then I'm also not a multi-billion dollar corporation and I wouldn't have made the dumb decision not to publish those games in the first place.