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Forza 5 "A Flagship Title" In Japan - Microsoft Japan Interview 1 of 2

Microsoft Japan is picking Forza Motorsport 5 as a title to really heighten the appeal of Xbox One in Japan. Along with Titanfall and the OS, MS Japan is full of confidence heading into the next console generation. (Forza Motorsport 5, Industry, Microsoft, TitanFall, Tokyo Game Show, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

jhoward585  +   867d ago
Seems like the x1 is going to do much better than the 360 in japan.
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majiebeast  +   867d ago
Yeah much better...

If an onslaught of jrpgs cant do anything for the 360 it doesnt stand a chance against a ps4 thats getting Yakuza,Suda game,FF14RR and Deep Down.Xbone is launching later then PS4 and with no games that appeal to the audience there.

If it even does a million in its lifetime i would be shocked.
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jhoward585  +   867d ago
I don't think the x1 is going to do well either. But by the looks of things it seems like the x1 is going to do much better than the 360 in japan.


Yeah jrpgs are definitely needed if MS wants to win the heart of gamers in japan.

Personally I think every jrpgs games released for the Japanese market sucks, accept for phantasy star.
So hopefully MS make better jrpgs title for the x1 or it will fail like the 360.
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Mario18  +   867d ago
Lol Xbox One will fail in Japan just like the 360. They tried the jrpgs and it barely sold. Look at Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey when it was released in Japan

Forza 4 sales in Japan 0.06m < lmao
BEST selling Xbox 360 game in Japan
Blue Dragon 0.2 million LMFAO
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badz149  +   867d ago
LOL @Forza

I'm not implying that Forza is bad game but racing fans over there will be too busy playing GT6 released this fall for them to even care about Forza 5!
mcstorm  +   867d ago
Lol I love hope people go off last gen numbers to say what will and wont sell. No one knows if the xbox one will sell well in Japan or not. It was said the beginning of last gen that the PS3 was going to walk all over the Wii and the 360 and it got off to a very slow start.
Then people were saying Sony were pulling out the market and they managed to get the sales up.
Then it came out the 3DS was going to be walked all over by the PSV yet that did not happen too.

No one knows what is going to happen with any of the consoles and the xbox one maybe a flop but it may not be. The WiiU may become the best selling console of the new gen but then again it may not and the same with the PS4.

At the end of the day Japan is a market that is full of gamers and Microsoft might as well try and get into the market because if they do there is money to be made there.
IHassounah  +   867d ago
Actually we don't know the release date of the Xbox One in Japan.....
mikeslemonade  +   867d ago
The X1 will be lucky to sell better than what the 360 did in its life time in Japan.
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dbjj12088  +   867d ago
That's what they hope for.
BitbyDeath  +   867d ago
Probably do worse actually since -

1. No year long head start
2. Sony has the cheaper console this time around
3. No RROD sales boost
4. Kinect
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ape007  +   867d ago
great points but let's extent the argument

1- X360 needed 1 year head start to go against the massively dominating ps2, MS had to make a name for themselves, they needed a strong 1 year head start plan and they succeeded, X1 doesn't need a year head start, "XBOX" is already established as a strong/serious player in the market

2- MS can drop mandatory kinect at any time

3- saying that RROD boosting sales is half the truth, the reality is that the RROD could've ENDED the xbox 360 but the system stayed strong because it's great

4- MS may have the potential to capture the casual with kinec 2.0s features, u know Japanese people are bit crazy, they can TOTALLY fall for something like kinect 2.0

yes ps4 might seems to have a bit upper arm at launch but it's far from over
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BitbyDeath  +   867d ago
1. PS2 -> PS3 transition shows just how much things can change in a generation. Sony had a series of unfortunate events leading up to PS3 and it looks like the Xbone is going above and beyond those.

2. They should, it is not for everyone.

3. It also received little media attention so most did not know what they were buying into.

4. Kinect requires a large family space which Japan is generally not privy too.
knifefight  +   867d ago
Some real lack of answering the question in the middle.

Q "Forza 4 didn't sell in Japan. Why do you think Forza 5 will be a system seller?"

A "Because you can drive a Ferrari!"

Q "Right, so that's what will sell it to Japanese people?"

A "Look! You can see the stitches on the steering wheel!"

This is seriously sad.
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jhoward585  +   867d ago

Q "Forza 4 didn't sell in Japan. Why do you think Forza 5 will be a system seller?"
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The reason why I think Forza 5 will do better than foza 4 in japn is because I notice japan gamers like a challenge.I also notice japan players like lots of characters/objects on screen at the same time. So being that FoZA has a 24 players slot(not 2-16 player slot like foza 4) it might be more changeling to them. Drive clubs only have up to 2-16.
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knifefight  +   867d ago
If only the interview could have been with YOU. See, YOU actually provided a real answer to the question, heh. ^^; MS Japan, meanwhile, seemed like they were avoiding a real answer.
Mario18  +   867d ago

"The reason why I think Forza 5 will do better than foza 4 in japn is because I notice japan gamers like a challenge."

So Forza 5 will sell better because Japan like challenges... dude, take your head out of wonderland
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Hicken  +   867d ago
This is another case of someone taking false information and running with it.

"That info came from a Forza Motorsport 5 product description that was on an online retailer site. It was inaccurate and was pulled once we became aware of it. We plan to reveal more details on our car list and multiplayer car count in the coming weeks."

As for Japanese gamers liking a challenge, what are you basing that on, and what makes you think Forza 5 will offer that? That it has a number of players it doesn't actually have?
AznGaara  +   867d ago
Man by that logic I guess Japanese gamers absolutely hate fighting games then. I mean only 2 characters on the screen.... oh wait -_-
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paul-p1988  +   867d ago
If Japanese gamers want a challenge they would get Gran Turismo or any simulator game, not an arcade racer.
rainslacker  +   867d ago
LOL. I tend not to read interview articles until I read a few comments to see if they're worth the time, but this comment made me have to see if that's what he actually said.

Seriously, do they think Japanese people are so stupid to think that the impulse triggers will truly give a representation of what it's like to drive a Ferrari...or even a Prius for that matter. Rumble has been around for years, and they do make these things called racing wheels which offer much better feedback. Using my racing wheel though doesn't make my chair vibrate, nor do I feel the force of acceleration or tight cornering, nor that feeling you get when your car begins to slide out. I've had the luxury of driving a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini, and I can say, that no controller or super fancy seat/wheel setup on the market can offer the feeling that those kinds of cars can provide. They don't even come close, and an extra couple rumble motors isn't going to change that.

I love how much they tout Titanfall as an XBox game always saying how many awards it's won, and in this article he goes on to say, "I don't know, it's EA's title. It's not our title". I'm sure this guy knows full well if Titanfall is releasing on PC in Japan.
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Skate-AK  +   867d ago
This, so much. Bubz.
Mario18  +   867d ago
Xbox One will be a fail in Japan. Microsoft stated the same thing with the 360 and NO ONE bought it
AznGaara  +   867d ago
Can't see this over taking GT6 in Japan.
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Riderz1337  +   867d ago
Yeah it won't happen...

Forza series (1-4 + Horizon) sales in Japan = 220K

Gran Turismo 5 sales in Japan - 800K
fsfsxii  +   867d ago
LOL, yea, nice thing to wake up on
Evilsnuggle  +   867d ago
The sad thing this is xbones flagship game the no night driving no weather and no real time lighting . This game is as tech or next GEN as sega out run or pole position. EPIC FAIL
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drsfinest72  +   867d ago
Reported for trolling bye bye bubbles .

On topic: ms needs to get into the handheld industry with forza to prolly even get decent sales on forza. I doubt Japanese people would even buy the Xbox one lol
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jhoward585  +   867d ago

Lol Xbox One will fail in Japan just like the 360. They tried the jrpgs and it barely sold. Look at Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey when it was released in Japan

Forza 4 sales in Japan 0.06m < lmao
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Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey didn't do well in japan b/c it didn't have the authentic japan look & feel like the other popular Japanese games.

Hopefully MS would be smarter the next time and make games that are worthy of getting in japan. I believe the x1 can do better than 360 in japan b/c the x1 is capable of running 100s of characters on screen at the same time which tells me the X1 might have a better chance at making games that can appeal to the Japanese gamers. The 360 did not have that capability, however the 360 was capable of producing good graphics which to my opinion isn't enough to catch the Japanese gamers attention. Expect to see games like DR3 in japan.
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AznGaara  +   867d ago
Blue Dragon didn't have that "authentic Japan look".... umm... what? Let me ask again...... Blue Dragon, the game with art by Akira Toriyama the same guy who did Dragon Quest, Dragon Ball/Z and Chrono Trigger doesn't have that "Japan look"...???? I give up.
sashimi  +   867d ago
Yeah i seriously facepalm when he said that. If Toriyama can't sell in Japan i don't know what will.
jhoward585  +   867d ago
I don't know what happened to Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, the characters design/art direction just didn't seems like it was done by Japanese developers. The charters design in Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey seem to have this European look/ influence to the characters. its make me questioned whether Akira Toriyama really had full control over the BD project.

I know Akira Toriyama artistry/art direction gave birth to many successful Japanese franchisees. but Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey just didn't have the same appeal/look/feel as Dragon Quest, Dragon Ball/Z and Chrono Trigger in my opinion. BD was a good attempt to capture the heart to Japanese gamers. Maybe the next attempt would be better.
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MadSientist89  +   867d ago
hmm and here I thought it was gona be Titanfall.
Nabbic  +   867d ago
Jesus Microsoft... You've pretty much confirmed for not knowing your market.
The Japanese don't want racing games, it doesn't sell. What they want are JRPG games, games involving school girls' underwear and monster hunter type games.

I love competition and all, being best for the consumer, but if you carry on down this road then you can say goodbye to Japan.
Nabbic  +   867d ago
EDIT: The spambot apparently didn't block my original comment despite saying so. Well this is embarrassing.
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Skate-AK  +   867d ago
Hoshi: "Well, most people can't drive Ferraris, so for this game, you can experience the power of those high-spec exotic cars. Not just with your eyes, but this control has something called Impulse Triggers, which have vibrations, so you can feel how the Ferrari will drive."

I am sure going 0-60 MPH in a Ferrari feels just like pulling a controller trigger. /s
Goku781  +   867d ago
I would have thought Crimson Dragoon before that but oh well.
gigoran  +   867d ago
I have been a resident of Japan for over 15 years and I can tell you now that this means nothing. People will laugh at you if you tell them you own a Microsoft console. The Microsoft games are seldom found on shelves and instead in bins at discount prices. Microsoft is just hyping it up. It will flop just like the other 2. This isn't fanboy talk. This is the cold, hard truth, and known through hands on experience.

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