While Microsoft is forced to remove the Japanese Xbox One page for Batman: Arkham Knight, all but confirming that the PS4 exclusive is a rather permanent affair, Ubisoft announces that the local beta for The Crew will be PS4 exclusive as well.
So much for focusing on the Japanese market Microsoft
Im guessing sales for xone in japan were lower than expected awhile saw that coming.
It might not be that Sony paid for exclusives. With the XBO marketshare so low in Japan some publishers might not think it worth the expense of releasing their game.
i dont think sales has anything to do with it. the game is still being made for the xb1 outside JP. Its not the first time this has happened. there are plenty of multiplatform games that received releases outside of a specific territory but within that territory only released on one. in the US, several games listed as "Only on Xbox" had EU and JP releases on the PS2. It's just business.
I smell a bat fragrance coming up.
@Newmonday: Lol, you jest but the Destiny fragrance was brought on by desperation, trying to atleast stay relevant in the US where the majority believe Destiny is a PS4 exclusives. In this case, I doubt Sony needed to moneyhat Arkham Knight, Destiny or The Crew away from MS. I'd argue publishers would LOSE money for printing discs to sell on Xbox there.
@darthv72 Sales has everything to do with this believe it or not. Porting to a platform cost money and bringing it to Japan means extra cost to translate it and all. So, if the potential is low to begin with, there's little incentive to invest. Business but not money hatting from Sony.
Sony is trying to break Microsoft at Japan, nabbing exclusivities and content. Microsoft needs to step it up!
Sales must have been absolutely abysmal for third parties to pull out their games. The same will be happening for the rest of the world if Xbone keeps on selling so badly
Unlikely, because the cost of doing all the translations and audio is already done for one platform. The game is released in the West for all platforms, so releasing it in Japan is almost at no cost. This is likely a deal with Sony to stop MS there. MS must make some serious inroads with upcoming deals there for Sony to step up their game.
Look at Wiiu and third partys. Xbox sold less than wiiu in Japan. Thats ways it all.
Sony clearly is flexing their mustles in Japan not giving xbox one any room to gain any market share.
I would say it has more to do with the bad reputation the xbox brand has always had in japan, than anything sony is doing. A lot of japanese people dont even know what an xbox is.
Seriously why are betas exclusive?
I don't know. You'd think they would want to stress test on all networks. They aren't doing PC or XBO for The Crew. That doesn't make much sense.
PC closed beta of The Crew has already happened. I've been in 2 of the betas so far.
In Japan? I was in the closed beta for The Crew in the US.
Cus betas are just demos
I was expecting no XB1 japanese support for some jrpg , fighting games , and japan centric titles released on ps4 ... but i wasnt expecting so many "non niche" ips to avoid a japanese release too on XB1 .
not surprising. MS needs a complete overhaul for their japan strategy. come out with a dance central Japanese pop game. re image the xb1 to make it sleek and glossy and stylish japs love that stuff invest a little more and land some high quality jrpg games with the incentive to the devs being that MS will bring those games to China to actually make profits. add an anime app and put some good shows on there. there MS get to it.
I think the reason for the betas on PS is numbers. There are much more PS4's in use so that will put more strain on servers for testing. But a big pile of dinero never hurt a exclusive beta though...
Money has nothing to do with it. Makes no sense to pay for a beta as you get nothing back from it. Sony are all about money and unlike MS they dont throw as much into marketing so I seriously doubt they paid for it. Like you said though the install base probably has something to do with this. Plus by now developers know how strong xbox live is from last generation while PSN is still in its infancy and is no doubt getting new servers all the time to cope with all these new gamers crossing over so makes sense to do beta on that console. You also got to remember it costs money to run a beta so only 1 platform saves money.
The real question for me is... Does Microsoft care? How much money will they throw around to secure and develop games Japanese gamers care about? Is it worth it for them to put a focus on the Japanese market?
It's not so simple. Japanese Xbox fans may not be a terribly big number, but most of them do buy Xbox consoles because they love american/foreign games. If Xbox One starts to be weakened on that front, it might not be good.
Yeah it's not a good thing considering the XB fans are either into specific ultra niche exclusive games (schmups , once upon a time idol master stuff , some visual novels ) or (/and as well obviously) into western centric games . Removing one from the equation doesnt bode well for support this time around
Guess both games become second hand buys here in the states , just have to do what's in my best interest.
I don't live in Japan..fortunately :)
I would like to see n4g chronical this a little more. Looking at how they post articles on here, I can only imagine what an important issue this would be if the US supported it's product at the same level as Japan...
The US "subconsciously" do already . It just sems mundane , but most of current the xb and ps fanbase in the us and eu , are into essentially western games . It's catered to their tastes . It shouldnt be a surprise that asian gamers would follow asian games , according to their tastes , likewise . There isnt much of an universal market with an universal "taste" yet ... with the exception of titles that transcend barriers like most Nintendo hits , and with the exception of some fans that appreciate both worlds . I dont believe as much as some people into the myth of ultra protectionism and nationalism from the japanese community , when it comes to gaming . And it would be easy to prove , if it existed . So far Microsoft , the sole US console hardware player , and a complete outsider , has NEVER launched a console with titles lining up with local interest . People will shout a list of games like Blue dragon , lost odyssey , vesperia etc ... but none of those were present before nearly a year after the launch . And the XB1 isnt even trying to propose better for its launch . That would be the equivalent of Sony or Nintendo releasing a console in the west with mostly pachinko , visual novels , and idols games , and hoping it would work
Well said, Gohadouken. The root of their problem stem back to the first xbox. I remember reading exerts from that book about the making of xbox. I can recall how little they understood the area and how they took a very "american" approach to how the pitched the original. I think they should have set up a few japanese studios themselves. maybe even buying a few of the devs (sega-sammy, treasure and atlus would have been good, buys, along with some smaller teams like G.Rev and grasshopper). That would have given them the ammo they needed to penetrate the region. Somehow MS always seems to not realise this.
FYI sega Sammy is still huge and encompass more than console gaming . They got a net Worth of multiple billions . But i see your point . Yeah they should have secured japanese games and ips for launch , made more deals. Or they should have launched the console with a few of the exclusives they had planned like Blue dragon , Lost odyssey , Lost planet etc Instead they launched with a Ridge racer , as the sole japanese game , and a franchise on a downward spiral . With DOA4 delayed for weeks later
Yep, this. That's the main reason why a lot of articles claiming japanese just hate microsoft and US products just literally make those accusations with no real ground humor the crap out of me. When the xbox actually released japanese titles to japan, it did well those weeks of release. The issue that they don't garner enough popularity, so Japan isn't interested as a whole. Then Microsoft just don't seem like they're fighting harder to get japanese 3rd party or 1st party, so i can't say I blame Japan. This issue is what's plaguing Sony with the ps4 in Japan, though they're attempting to rectify it now, especially with the new announcements they made at Pre-Tgs. Very interested to see what they're gonna announce at their actual presser. Microsoft needs to try harder I suppose.