Xbox One is Coming to Japan This September

Xbox One is Coming to Japan This September

Remember when it was the West that got new games consoles nearly a year late? How times have changed.

Almost ten months after its North American release, Japan will finally be able to get its hands on Microsoft's next-gen console this September.

The launch lineup for the Japanese incarnation of the Xbox One, as reported by Famitsu (translated by Gematsu), is yet to be fully announced, but established games for the platform including Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Thief have all been confirmed for release, as have several upcoming titles including Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One Halo project and Murdered: Soul Suspect.

The report was backed up by a tweet from the official Japanese Xbox account.

A wide variety of developers and publishers have pledged support for the console in Japan, and this includes a number of well-known Japanese outfits including Arc System Works, Atlus, Capcom, Cave, From Software, G.rev, Kadokawa Games, Level-5, Marvelous AQL and Nippon Ichi, plus, naturally, the big global publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix and 2K Games.

Many of these companies are yet to announce what they might be working on for Xbox One, but now the Japanese release date of the console is in the wild it's likely we'll start to hear some more news soon. While the Xbox 360 and its predecessor both struggled in Japan somewhat from a mainstream perspective, the Xbox 360 in particular nonetheless managed to carve out a small niche with bullet hell fans thanks to companies such as Cave and G.rev as well as seeing a few decent JRPG releases such as Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey and Namco's Tales of Vesperia. The One looks set to have much more widespread Japanese developer support than its predecessors, though how long these companies stick around will largely depend on how the territory takes to the platform in the long-term.

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