Today’s news roundup sees speculation suggesting the Xbox 360 may in fact be “finished” in Japan, Yakuza 3 seeing a possible release outside of Japan, PSP minis losing several features to allow for quicker releases, and BioShock 2 receiving an official worldwide release date.
Xbox 360 Finished In Japan?
Sankakucomplex recently suggested the Xbox 360 may be “finished” in Japan. They pointed out that with the recent announcement of Star Ocean: The Last Hope receiving a “complete” release on the PS3, this highlights a serious problem with the top 5 Japanese Xbox 360 titles. Among these games is Tales of Vesperia, another game set for a superior release on the PS3. Blue Dragon also sits proud at second, but suffers from seeing sequels appear on the Nintendo DS.
The Last Remnant takes fourth place, but will soon see release on the PC, and at 5th lies Resident Evil 5, a Multiplatform game. Japanese developers have been accused of using the 360 as a cheap source of development, due to the cheaper and easier development it offers over the PS3, then giving the game a short window of exclusivity on the 360 before porting a superior version to the PS3. Microsoft may only be able to take so much before deciding enough’s enough, and pulling the plug on Japan altogether. [SankakuComplex]
Yakuza 3 May Yet See Worldwide Release
Sega have seemingly stated in the past that Yakuza 3 will not be seeing a European or North American release. Now confusingly that story was apparently false, and Yakuza 3 has a definite chance of seeing release outside of Japan. “Yakuza 3 is not cancelled - and the possibility for localizing it does, in fact, still exist,” said Sega of America assistant community manager Aaron Webber.
“The original news story that went around about Yakuza 3 being declined for the US was false, and localizing the game still remains a big point of discussion for many people here at SEGA, and especially those of us on SEGA's community team.” He points out that this is far from an announcement, but nevertheless the chance still remains. The original report stating Yakuza 3 will not be localized is now revealed to be no more than personal opinion, and not official statements from Sega. [PlayStationBlog]
PSP Minis Lose Features To Accelerate Approval Process
Sony recently confirmed at GDC Austin, PSP Minis will not feature wireless multiplayer, downloadable content or software updates, being a lot more mini than previously thought. “When you look at it from a testing perspective, you have to do more QA. [Allowing those features] would defeat the purpose of having a dedicated service for smaller content,” said Sony Computer Entertainment America senior account manager Justin Cooney.
He believes including them will increase the barriers, while removing them will “accelerate the approval process.” The limit of a 100 megabyte download size may have some part to play in this decision as well. The PSP minis will see release with the PSP Go on October 1st, launching with a total of 15 games. [Gamasutra]
BioShock 2 Dated For February 9th 2010
After seeing delay until Q1 of 2010, BioShock 2 now has an official release date. 2K Games announced this morning that BioShock 2 will see a worldwide release on February 9th. The sequel will see a simultaneous release on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, placing you in the shoes of a big daddy ten years after the events of the original. Let’s just hope no further cancelations are on their way. [Kotaku]