(Thanks to Darius fan Bryan for the tip!)
You asked for it and it seems that Taito has listened. Highway Entertainment, which is a part of the Highway Group and imports games into Australia, has a listing for an English version of Darius Burst Another Chronicle, with availability listed as “Coming Soon”. Bryan, who sent this tip in also e-mailed HE about it where they confirmed the entry but did not get into any detail about it. So for now, there are no other details about this version but the simple fact that they have done a translation for the game indicates that we’re going to see it outside of Japan. The price tag of nearly $13k (and it will be higher after shipping but it’s worth noting that prices vary among distributors and Taito could always change it to their liking) is going to limit availability, it’s also unclear how Taito will handle distribution worldwide. Also we don’t know how the online features will be handled yet. But if you’ve been interested in this game at all, this should be welcome news for those who wish for a chance to see and play it without having to make a trip to Japan.
In the meantime I’ve decided to add the game to our Arcade Release list for 2011 in the non-Asian markets, in anticipation. 🙂
UPDATE: I sent an inquiry to Taito about this and they have confirmed that this is indeed happening as they have had “many direct requests” for the game!
UPDATE: Just for fun, I found this video of the Chronicle Mode, in case anyone was curious to see that in action