Submitted by StevenvEekeren 757d ago | news

PS4 and Xbox One launch lacking 3rd party Japanese games

Japanese developers are usually at the forefront of any console launch. However, the upcoming launch of PS4 and Xbox One will have zero games coming from any Eastern developer. (PS4, Xbox One)

DivineAssault  +   756d ago
Yes they are.. However, i know PS4 will get them in due time.. They always do even if it took forever this gen, PS3 got some.. M$ isnt going to sell in japan so i doubt many eastern titles will be made for it
Theyellowflash30  +   756d ago
How did the PS3 sell compared to the PS2 in Japan?

Sony and Microsoft don't give a crap about Japan, or they would have some games ready.
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IcicleTrepan  +   756d ago
If I were MS, I wouldn't give a crap about Japan either, but Sony should.
Ritsujun  +   756d ago
Says the aniota.
guitarded77  +   756d ago
@ Theyellowflash30

I think Sony gives a crap about Japan... they're kinda located there, and it's one of their biggest markets.

Tokyo Game Show will reveal more games. FFXV and KH3 are some pretty big Eastern games already announced. MGS5 is another 3rd party Japanese 3rd party game... Sure, there may not be a lot at launch (unless announced at TGS), but Japanese play Western games too, and the Eastern games will come. Also, SEGA is said to have a Yakuza announcement incoming.
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Man-E-Faces  +   756d ago
With Sony being a Japanese company it's bizarre to me with their lack of home grown studios/talent, outside of PD and Sony Japan studio why are they not building from within instead of looking to the west constantly for their next AA, AAA budgeted game(ND,SSM,Guerrilla,SuckerPu nch) etc. Give a AA-AAA budget to a Japanese studio and great games like NI NO KUNI can be made, is that too much to ask for.
Theyellowflash30  +   756d ago

FF15 and KH3 are a long ways off. Were talking about the launch titles.

Japan is Sony's weakest market by their sales.

1. USA
2. Europe
3. Japan

- Japanese gamers don't play western games that much. Nobody in Japan is getting hyped for Battlefield 4, Killzone Shadowfall, and Halo.

- The Last of Us launched in Japan and it's not even over 140K

- Tomb Raider sold less than 50K in its debut week.

- Japanese gamers like Japanese games like Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest, Metal Gear, Animal Crossing, ect....not shooters.

Where is Sony's own Japanese launch titles?
guitarded77  +   756d ago
@ Theyellowflash30

"Japan is Sony's weakest market by their sales."

Japan is a smaller country than the US (130 million compared to 320 million)... also, Europe is a bunch of countries, so if you compare Japan to any individual European nation, Japan is a huge market.

Like I said... wait for TGS. They will announce games there for the Japan market.

Finally, some Western games are big in japan... Like Dokken big!!! CoD sells in Japan, and sells well. I don't think Japanese gamers should be pigeonholed or stereotyped, the same way not every American just plays shooters.

Point is, Sony cares about the Japan market. There will be support from 3rd parties in Japan, and I'm confident that Japanese gamers will see 3rd party support from Eastern developers at the launch of the PlayStation 4. Microsoft on the other hand... I don't know about them. Japan hasn't been a good market for them. They will probably be focused on North America and Europe.
Theyellowflash30  +   756d ago

I don't think Sony has much for TGS. But we will see.

Sony wasn't even in the top five for publisher sales in Japan

Namco Bandai
Square Enix

all beat out Sony....by a lot. Sony also has no first party titles released this year that have 700K in Japan

Nintendo has 3.

Sony released 1 first party Japanese IP for the Vita in the first half of 2013. Nintendo released 4 for the 3DS in Japan.

- COD sells "ok" in Japan for a Western IP, but its no where near the level of Animal Crossing, Monster Hunter, Metal Gear, Gran Turismo, or Final Fantasy. Luigi's Mansion has doubled COD Black Ops 2 sales in Japan alone.
Inception  +   756d ago

"- Japanese gamers don't play western games that much. Nobody in Japan is getting hyped for Battlefield 4, Killzone Shadowfall, and Halo.

- The Last of Us launched in Japan and it's not even over 140K"

FYI, The Last of Us total sales in japan right now is about 180k-190k and it's still selling. And 118k in 1st week for The Last of Us sales in japan is preety high by japan standard. Not many japanese game can made that sales in 1st week. Just look at Pikmin 3, who's moareeee popular than The Last of Us and made by Nintendo, only got 90k for 1st week sales in japan. Even Donkey Kong Country Returns for 3DS only got 104k in 1st week. Two highly popular IP from Nintendo got a slight beaten by new IP from Sony in their 1st week sales in japan.

So it's obvious Sony gave a crap for japan. Sony even hired Harrison Ford to promote Uncharted 3 in japan. And look Uncharted 3 sales in japan on 1st week is 124k

That's also why it is not true what you said about japanese gamers doesn't play much of western games. Right now, i'm playin UC 3 & The Last of US mp for weeks, and i'm facing japanese gamers a lot.
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Tito08  +   756d ago
Well, all I can say is to better wait for TGS next month, but hope it becomes good, TGS hasn't been as good as in past gens.
showtimefolks  +   756d ago
wait for TGS

E3 for mostly american developers
gamescom for European
TGS for Japanese
dale_denton  +   756d ago
isn't knack made by japan studios?
Tito08  +   754d ago
Yeah, in a cooperation with Mark Cerny serving as game director. I think he came up with the concept behind Knack, which I find it a little interesting.
Ripsta7th  +   756d ago
"Luigi's Mansion has doubled COD Black Ops 2 sales in Japan alone"- find this really hard to beleive
Arai  +   756d ago
I wonder if this site ever heard of the Tokyo Game Show...
Thepharaoh  +   756d ago
They're coming. Mistwalker still owes Microsoft a favor Sony has plenty of good relation in japan Microsoft opened a new Japanese studio so their bound to make something.Though
I'm sure Sony will pull through in terms of giving the gamers jrpg ,I doubt Microsoft will do anything all that special. Especially since they even stated themselves Japan would be secondary country.
B-radical  +   756d ago
When did they open a Japanese studio?
christocolus  +   756d ago
Ms opened the studio some couple of years back,its usually referred to as MGS Osaka. You could google it. Hired a lot of good talent from other studios into it.the studio has multiple teams working inhouse and with other 3rd party japanese devs. Nothing has been heard about their upcoming games though...I expect more announcements at TGS.
slapedurmomsace  +   756d ago
Eh', Japan is really moving towards the "portable" gaming scene. And really most Japanese developers try to "westernize" their games, so honestly there's been a short supply of Japanese 3rd party games for a while now.
ape007  +   756d ago
who else want a resi 2 remake on that insanely good looking deep down Engine???

there's a petition for a resi 2 remake, it's now over 31K votes, i voted

we need a great resi game, either a remake or a worthy successor to the legendary RESI 4
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FlameHawk  +   756d ago
Why would you make this article with TGS coming up....
And I've said this before, Japan really doesn't care about consoles, they care about portable gaming.
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xReDeMpTiOnx  +   756d ago
I don't see many jrpg or Japanese games on the fore front of Xbox but we will see what happens
Dlacy13g  +   756d ago
Japan is a dying console market....there is a major shift to mobile gaming going on. No wonder even Sony isnt putting a huge effort into that market.
Theyellowflash30  +   756d ago
Japan is the only reason Sony outsold the Xbox 360 this generation. They better not forget about Japan.
PSnation4  +   756d ago
dumb comment you just made
breakpad  +   756d ago
totally agree with the yellow flash ...If sony will not get support and specifically exclusive support from her homeland is doomed...with Kratos ,uncharted and killzone mediocre games cannot win M$
MiasmaDodo  +   756d ago
who cares?

Watch Dogs, Black Flag, Battlefield 4, plus free games...

PS4 is looking awesome
Man-E-Faces  +   756d ago
Yes, and this is why my excitement for next gen is just not there, shooter after shooter in the the launch line up, I hope GAMESCOM/TGS Sony steps up or else my pre-ordered will be cancelled! When I think of memorable story's, character's it's the Japanese that created them. As for western devs, their few and far between.
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FanboyCrusher  +   756d ago
I really hope the Xbox gets more Japanese support. I have a lot of friends who want to play the games with me but refuse to buy a Playstation with me. I'd like to be able to get a few games once in a while that are true Japanese titles that I could play with my friends on Xbox, or even PC.
Funnymonkey013  +   756d ago
Wow guess ur friends r just hardcore Xbox morons cause xbox doesn't have any good games when it comes to first party games maybe gears of war but that's it. Then again 4 all I know ur friends must just like shooters and nothing else cause Sony has some of the best games ever made in history uncharted series god of war series infamous series GT series ratchet and clank series jake and dexter series the last of us easly kills ever xbox games to date heavy rain killzone series little big planet series and more to come in future. Anyway my point is if they don't want a ps3 or ps4 after all those games I listed then I feel sad with their taste in games yo.
FanboyCrusher  +   756d ago
Or they're in college and need as much money as possible? Don't an ass just because somebody owns an Xbox, and doesn't currently have funds for multiple consoles.

Fanboys like you make me sick. I'll take that as a personal attack, especially against my friends. Enjoy having one bubble.
Funnymonkey013  +   756d ago
Dude u just said ur friends refuse to buy a PS console wich means they can afford it but whatever. yo try to make sense and tell the truth with what u typing and I'm not attacking just saying the facts with how u wrote ur first message. Seems like someone needs to study more on trying to back up their words then writing messages online ya know:)
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FanboyCrusher  +   756d ago
They refuse to buy because they'd rather eat, and not starve. Is that a problem?
CrimsonStar  +   756d ago
Im not big on jrp games ... but a few of them are my favorite games to date such as KH 1 and 2 , Battle ogre 64, and final fantasy tactics (war of the lions ) . So I say the more jrpgs the better .
Animal Mutha 76  +   756d ago
I'm sure I'll get over it.
urwifeminder  +   756d ago
Trying to think of a Japanese game I really like nothing so far will have to dwell on that one.

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