Sega: Yes, Bayonetta Will Be Region Locked

When Sega of America opted for a January 2010 release date for Bayonetta—which hits Japan end-of-October—we thought "Oh, we'll just import then." According to Sega reps at Gamescom, that doesn't sound like much of an option anymore.

At our Bayonetta hands-off demo, we asked the Sega of Europe folks if the PlatinumGames developed action title would be region locked, just in case we wanted to play the game this October instead of next year. Unsurprisingly, we were told that the Japanese version would not be region free, meaning that North American and European consoles won't play import copies. The reason? It would impact sales of the game outside of Japan, we were told.

That's not that uncommon for Japanese Xbox 360 releases. The vast majority of games released in Japan for Microsoft's box won't play on anything but Japanese consoles. But the PlayStation 3 version? The games are almost all (thankfully) region-free. Locking down that version would be an unusual move on Sega's part.

And even if it is region-free on the PS3, the fact that we've yet to see Bayonetta running on that platform at any event we've been to is a sign that, well, we should wait to see it running on that platform before dropping import dollars on it.

We attempted to get triple confirmation from Sega of America on that info provided by their European counterparts, but reps did not respond to multiple email requests.


Comments

    No PS3 game to date has been region locked. You say "almost all" but ALL PS3 games are region free thus far.

    note: I'm not taking about cross-region play with multiplayer.

    What mike said... PS3 supports region locking for bluray movies; but to date not a single PS3 game has been region locked (I suspect Sony do not allow it).
    http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-00-3-xbox360_compatibility_guide-49-en.html
    Whilst a reasonably amount of JPN games are locked... its more PAL that misses out... as a reasonable percentage are NTSC+NTSC-J but not PAL =(

    I guess I'll be importing for my JPN 360 =)

    "The reason? It would impact sales of the game outside of Japan, we were told."

    Yeah, it's a good thing they region lock all those shoot em ups, [email protected] games, gundam games etc- it'd ruin their sales figures when they're released overseas! Oh wait...

    yeah region locking effects there abillity to rip off other countries

    like the fact that the australian games seem to be based of the UK counterparts price after conversion factor all because there PAL

    Not to mention RB2's awesome amount of sales without releasing in australia yet sarcasm intended

    ^^only reason why ill never buy a RB game ever call me petty but we got number 1 after 2 came out and nearly a year later no news of 2 coming out anytime soon bot even to compete with GH5 which is the only reason i believe RB 1 came out here

    PS3 games may not be locked, but I hear that the downloadable content is. The DLC for a UK game is only avaliable in the UK PSN.

    I don't know if this is the case with game patches though.

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