I'd imagine there was more bullshit tied up with SRT though, or at least that sounds like the case. WHy else release the RPG on the DS, but not the PS2 port?
There was. I'm sure Atlus had every intention of localizing the PS2 OGs(which is what I've heard). Blame SCEA. I hear it was because they had to dub the whole game, and they didn't have the budget for that. Too much cost, too little return.
Turns out that's completely false. SCEA has no such rule, otherwise how to you explain games like Arcana Hearts, which is on PS2 and has no English dub whatsoever?
Atlus has pretty much outright SAID that the reason we didn't get the PS2 SRT: OG games is because the GBA games didn't sell well enough, and they didn't think there would be enough profit in it.
I guess the OG Saga games are getting a pass on the grounds of being a different genre than the other OG titles.
(Well that, and wanton fanservice.)
As for the sales issue, it might have behooved them to have made an effort with the promotion of those games aside from a full-page ad in a couple of gaming magazines. Also they should've waited more than 6 months to release OG2 after OG1. I barely realized this at one point and made an effort to get both games (and I did along with both GBA Summon Nights games and FFVIA but I skipped out on both FFVA and Yggra Union to do so). Still last time I looked (which was about a year and a half ago) I saw a couple of copies of one of the OG games sitting around in a nearby Kmart bargain bin. Given how dead the place was I wouldn't be surprised if they were still there.