In Japan, Xbox One Loses Another Game To The PS4

In Japan, Xbox One Loses Another Game to the PS4

Earlier this year, Batman Arkham Knight was announced for the PS4 and the Xbox One in Japan. Things have, you see, changed.

Xbox.com is hosting a Batman Arkham Knight's Japanese language site for the game's Xbox One release. Sorry, was hosting.

In Japan, Xbox One Loses Another Game to the PS4

If you scrolled down just a teeny bit, you could see the game's box art and a 2015 release date. Here, have a look:

In Japan, Xbox One Loses Another Game to the PS4

The arrow is pointing to 公式サイト (koushiki saito) or "official site." If you clicked on that...

In Japan, Xbox One Loses Another Game to the PS4

It would take you to the game's official site. That, of course, only mentions the PS4 version. There is no mention of the Xbox One version at all (though, the new trailer's YouTube description does list the game for PS4 and Xbox One, so keep the hope alive Japanese Xbox One owners).

Within the last hour, however, it appears that Xbox.com is no longer hosting the Batman Arkham Knight page. Why would it? The game is now a PlayStation exclusive in Japan, according to popular Japanese game sites like Famitsu and Game Watch Impress.

When Game Watch Impress asked why Arkham Knight became a PS4 exclusive in Japan, they were told "no comment."

Of course, the game could be a timed exclusive and maybe get released on the Xbox One when it has a larger install base in Japan.

This isn't the first multi-platform game to become a PlayStation exclusive in the region. In June, it was announced that Destiny, a multi-platform title in the West, would be a PlayStation exclusive in Japan.

ワーナー、「バットマン:アーカム・ナイト」をPS4独占に変更 [Game Watch Impress]

『バットマン:アーカム・ナイト』プレイステーション4限定で2015年7月2日に発売決定!【動画あり】[Famitsu]

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Comments

    Seems a bit pointless having a regional exclusive when the consoles are region free. People who want it will just import it, or retailers may just import it themselves and sell it locally anyway.

      They're not really fluent in english. By the same token, Japanese developers shouldn't release games in the West because we could just import the games from Japan.

      Last edited 10/09/14 11:06 am

    The point of this article could have been summed up in a single paragraph.
    Not to mention, who cares what happens in japan?

    Last edited 10/09/14 9:46 am

      Apparently we cared when no one in Japan went to the launch as well... even though it's nothing new.

    also a lot of people need to understand the process of accessing other region marketplaces in the Xbox One is a lot easier than say doing that on a PS4... so if a Japanese Xbox One gamer wants games, switch to the US or HK store, boom, problem solved...

      Not the same thing. Japan doesn't have the same compulsory English fluency classes that certain other European and Asian countries have. The overwhelming majority of the population don't speak anything but Japanese. Localisation isn't cheap but unless every one of those 30 or so guys who bought Japanese Xbones is an English speaker, someone just got screwed.

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