Bullet Hell Shooter Creators Cave Going Region-Free For Next Xbox 360 Game

Speaking with Cave's Makato Asada at Tokyo Game Show, we inquired about the developer's upcoming shoot-em-up release Mushihime-sama Futari for the Xbox 360, wondering if the title would be mercifully region-free and therefore import friendly. He had good news.

"We had a lot of good feedback from overseas users," Asada told Kotaku, happy with the strong response to the insect-themed, vertically-scrolling shmup. "So for this time, as a test, we're going to make the game region free so that overseas users can play it." Previous Cave games for the Xbox 360 like Do Don Pachi Daioujou Black Label Extra and Death Smiles have been limited to Japan only. So, why the change?

"By making Mushihime-sama Futari region-free, what we're doing is measuring the amount of overseas users," Asada explained. And if you care about your Cave shooters, it's probably a good idea to import a copy. Or two.

"This will have a direct impact on whether Espgaluda II and other titles will be localised for America," Asada warned us. "So it's probably a good idea to pick it up!"

The Japanese release of Mushihime-sama Futari is planned for November 26. We got a chance to play the home port at Tokyo Game Show this week, with our impressions right here.

We'll have more news on the future of Cave from our interview with Makato Asada later this week.


    If they want to survive, maybe they should try releasing some games on other systems as well.

    This sounds like a bit of a double edged sword. If people do import, and they decide there is enough interest to warrant localisations of future games, will they make the Japanese games region locked again and leave the western audiences waiting 6 months+ for the game (and Aussies probably never getting them at all?).
    Making the games region free and just leaving it at that would be best.

    I'm wondering why they're not being released on the LIVE Arcade. I mean, shooters aren't exactly the biggest games.

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