The Xbox One is launching 22nd November in the US and Euro markets but what about land of the rising sun? Well, according to a recent Microsoft Japan press event the Xbox One will launch in Japan sometime between February and June 2014. Ouch!
Is there even a point to it releasing there? Nobody will buy it anyways.
the Japanese games market has produced some of the greatest titles in gaming history they will be discouraged to release on xbox considering its almost non-existent presence in Japan. this is made worse by the fact that the xbox's competitor the PS4 is made by a primarily Japanese company. in short Xbox fans may miss out on great games like ni no kuni i'm sure many will say they don't care but it is significant
with PS4 launching way before X1, this time they have even less chances than with 360. On top of that, it's more expensive and doesn't have Yakuza.
@Neonridr The main reason is so Japanese developers make games for the console. There are people who bought an Xbox 360 who actually like fighting games, JRPG's, and other Japanese. Not having any of those games, by not releasing the console in Japan means those gamers would have another justified reason to buy a PlayStation 4 over an Xbox One. Releasing the console in Japan is not for Japanese gamers, but for Japanese developer support. Selling 1 - 2 million consoles over there is basically getting a tip for their service.
They aren't going to get any support from Japanese developers if it doesn't sell well there. Look at this generation and how many JRPGs skipped the 360. Microsoft should have never let some of their Japanese exclusives go. It would have been smarter to keep throwing money at Team Ninja but they let that one slip through their fingers.
Oh I agree, anything they can sell there will be a welcome bonus. And if you think about it, the 360 sold as much as the PS3 while being handicapped to only 2 markets instead of the 3 that the PS3 had. That is something actually to be really proud of. It was more or less a joke, just based on the 360's history there and the fact that the DS would outsell it even after the 3DS released. ;)
@KonsoruMasuta They have strong support from Capcom (Dead Rising exclusive again), Konami (Kojima's MGSV coming to XB1), Temco (Team Ninja, Ninja Gaiden was timed exclusive for the longest), Sqaure Enix, and more. They also have exclusive IP's like Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon. M$ check means a lot when you're developing multi-million dollar budget games. If they don't release in Japan there's a chance all those companies will go exclusive to Sony, which would spell the end.
Multi plats are going to do much when the competitor, who also has those games, gets more Japanese support from developers. MS needs to secure Japanese exclusives if they plan on not tanking in Japan this gen. I don't know why they let DOA and Ninja Gaiden slip.
So they should just give up? At least this time they aren't putting a large focus on the market. Put the units and money in their strong markets first... then moving down the line.
That a very vague wide open window. I wonder what their internal sales goals are?
"One" coming to Japan
But how will they sell this with no Japanese games?
Not many Japanese nor even UK/Irish homes can facilitate an xboNe and Kinect!Plus I reckon M& exclusives like RYSE would have some Japanese gamers scratching their heads!
Yes because there are no scantily clad jailbait school girls or furry monsters with special powers in RYSE :)
Ah balllzzzz! Pre Order Cancelled! :)
The Japanese love giant robots so Titanfall might help some sales there if it remains exclusive.
Titanfall isn't going to cater to the much crowd. If MS wants to cater to that crowd we need a MechAssualt 3.
I think japanese market are into handheld for now, so i guess it will be ok for them to get it next year
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