It seems sort of strange that Sony, a Japanese company, would release their next-gen console later in their own market than in the rest of the world. However, there is method in their madness – they’re waiting for a launch lineup that would make Japanese consumers buy the PS4.
Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Mark Cerny explained that Western developers were more aggressive about next-gen console development:
“Sony just wants to make sure that when PlayStation 4 launches in Japan there is a good line-up of titles for Japan. Perhaps you could say that a few western developers have been more aggressive in readying titles for the hardware.”
This isn’t because Japanese developers are lazy or disinterested. Shuhei Yoshida explained that other devices are more popular in Japan:
“Compared to that, Japan is completely different. It’s more portable-heavy, but the PS3 is catching up. Of course, after we announced PS4 in February, luckily publishers are showing an interest. But it’s a completely different picture of readiness compared to Western publishers.”
So, what launch titles can we expect to hear about from Sony as we approach the Japanese release? The Last Guardian, or maybe just an update for Japan World Cup 3. As much as I love JRPGs, I always get a bit nervous at the mention of Japan-centric games – some of them are truly bizarre.
Last Updated: September 23, 2013