Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recently announced that Batman: Arkham Knight will be a PS4 exclusive in Japan, but something strange can be seen in the list of games that will appear at the booth at Tokyo Game Show.
Damn, this is a huge win for Sony if this is true. If this keeps up, Xbox Japan players won't get to play Mad Max. What was Microsoft thinking? Just sell Xbox where Xbox sells best.
It would have been a mistake to completely skip japan. If you don't sell any you don't make any. If you sell some, at least you make some. As for this warner bros thing. It'll be interesting. It's just kind of sad that both of them are going after these third party exclusives rather than putting forth all their money into pure exclusives.
this comment doesnt even make sense. WB have to consider the costs involved in distribution for the console in relation to how mayn units they think they can sell. if they dont think they cna sell enough to cover the expenses, then it is not worth it for them .
How do u know Sony pay WB for the games to be exclusive in Japan?
@sinn, how much do you really think it costs to ship and package a digital game? These companies make more than enough money. It just goes to show that greed is an everlasting curse on the world. @realgamer10 a company doesn't choose to limit itself to a smaller adoption base without being persuaded by money. And no I'm not saying PS4 has sold less. I'm saying that leaving out however many units are sold Xbox one units is a dumb move because that means there's 0% chance of making money off of those sales. @Kendrick, unsold xbox units can be sold in other places or will be sold eventually.
First of all, +1 sinncross for explaining to him why it's smart move to make it exclusive. Second of all, "If you don't sell any you don't make any. If you sell some, at least you make some. " Yeah, you'd sell SOME but how is that going to make up for the production costs of the un-sold Xbox's? @Codewow It almost costs nothing to publish it digitally, but it's about the physical copies that matter. Plus the costs to code for the Xbox One japan version would be pointless and non-profitable.
You do realize wb has nothing to do with manufacturing of xboxs right? And you do realize both the game and the console are the same as anywhere else? Its about money.. But after all the uproar of locking down 3rd party games, its comical to see the spin some try to put on it now.. Gg dudes lol
"Game localization or game globalization refers to the preparation of video games for other locales. This adaptation to the standards of other countries covers far more than simply translation of language. There are different areas, such as linguistic, cultural, hardware and software, legal differences, graphics identity and music. Globalization refers to general Eastern/Western variations, while localization refers to several regional sub-divisions within the globalization." http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w... Game localization does cost money so maybe the poor sales of Xbox One games are not enough to cover these costs. This is the main reason why many firms dont release Xbox versions of games in Japan. "If you sell some, at least you make some." If its below the breakeven point you dont. Try studying a little bit of business and you will know what I mean. Edit: You can read about the breakeven point here. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w...
Or you slap subtitles on it and call it a day.. Like many do Full localization isn't required and many games don't go through everything you've listed..
So Microsoft bought time exclusivity for Tomb Raider, and its a loss. Sony buys Exclusivity for some titles and its a win. This logic is wrong, they need to put a stop to third party exclusives.
@Big-finger, well said. Theyre not gonna make games for like ten people in Japan. Probably cost more just to get it there...lol
Doubtful that Sony had to pay anything. This is just Publishers being smart at how sh***y their games sell on Xbox in Japan.
Dude MS has been doing exclusive regional crap since the very first xbox. Shenmue II & Tales of Vesperia are prime examples.
They didn't even release Injustice with it and delayed a Lego game. Lets not bend the truth here media. WB hardly had faith in XBO to begin with.
670k PS4 vs 23k XB1. No profit for XB1 in Japan.
It 26 k for 1 week actually, the 23k was for three days. And PS4 has been selling in Japan since Feb. Nobody expected the x box 1 to beat the PS4 on Japanese soil though. Microsoft will have to sell consoles for it to be worthwhile. Last gen they only sold 1 million plus consoles in Japan, not a huge market, for them. Coming weeks will likely decide if Microsoft will bother with Japan. China is emerging market so its better to ship consoles there and see the reaction.
Here's the truth, the PS4 sold way more at launch than the Xbox One. After launch sales tend to go downhill. The truth is the Japanese are not interested in Microsofts console it has nothing to do with them launching late there.
Looking at how bad the xbone is doing in Japan, and knowing that it will only get worse, this look like the smartest decision to cut distribution cost... We will see if it'll happen soon enough.
Lol...Japan...who cares, Japan is bottom rung when it comes to gaming.
U mad bro?
Bottom rung bro!
Narr but seriously u jelly bro?!
M$ X1 is dead in Japan, then China, then Europe and the US and world. maybe 2 years for X1, maximum.
Well the Wii U was mostly selling 25k per week, worldwide from Jan- September 2013, yet that is now starting to sell okay. Now putting it in perspective the xbox has been selling at least 50-60,000 per week worldwide. So do you really think it will be dead in 2 years? In addition to this the Xbox One has just taken the lead in console sales in the US. Lets hope that it succeeds, because Sony need the competition to keep them strong. The competition is great for gamers everywhere. Oh and before you start calling me a fanboy, yes I own a PS4.
Japan ....who cares..they barely care about PS4 or any home console anymore and how does this affect us westerners?
http://www.gamasutra.com/vi... "how does this affect us westerners?" Well it affects westerners who are interested in playing Japanese games on their system of choice. The lack of interest in the Xbox brand is the reason why many Japanese developers are producing games exclusively on the PS4. Many of those games will get localized and come to the west where westerners will be able to enjoy them. Persona 5 being the title that I'm interested in the most. Just because you dont like Japanese games doesn't mean that everyone hates them. You dont represent the many consumers who enjoy games like Persona, Disagea and Ys. P.S Better change your repellent because it isn't working. ;) Change it to Gamer_repellent and maybe people will leave you alone. LOL
Again...you failed to answer my question of how does this affect us as westerner? you are way of topic with talking about Japanese games, which is not what the topic is about. Last I heard..Warner is an American company and games like Batman and MKX is still on XB1 everywhere outside of Japan. You are all over the place. Special repellent with stronger dose is on order just after this post.
If Japanese companies focus on handhelds and PS4 exclusively the overseas fanbases of those types of games will buy the systems. Once Microsoft lose Japanese companies they will find it extremely hard to bring them back again.
So when it's Japan, nobody cares. Yet when it's those other territories where console sales are even smaller, they'll help the XB1? Logic? Where?
Logic..lol..again you guys are totally going off topic and still haven't answer my question of how an American publishing brand, if decide not to release a game for the xb1 in Japan affect gamers in other part of thr world like the US an Europe when it is going to be released at the same time as the ps4 counterpart? Can you guys stick with topic please. Japan and Timbuktu won't be getting Batman...whoooo..we Western xbox owner should be worry now? What logic is that? A reorder for another case of repellent might be necessary..it seems.
Let's hope so.
Lol 3 agrees instantly for such a selfish comment... to nobody's surprise!
The fact people agreed with this says a lot about how bad this community is.
As long as we can play it here. I'm good. ...