428 Breaks Wii Barricade, Escapes To PSP And PS3

By Spencer . July 1, 2009 . 12:17am

image Chunsoft is porting their critically acclaimed sound novel 428: Fusasareta Shibuya de to the PlayStation 3 and PSP. In 428 players are locked in Shibuya and switch characters to solve a mystery behind a kidnapping.


Famitsu broke the news about the port, which is scheduled to come out in Japan this September. 428 was first released on the Wii in December 2008. This isn’t the first sound novel port from Chunsoft. Last year, the PlayStation 3 game Imabikisou and its creepy eye was ported to the Wii.


The most interesting detail about the port is Sega isn’t handling it. Sega published Imabikisou and the Wii version of 428 in Japan. Spike, notable for the Way of the Samurai games and handling 2K Sports titles in Japan, will publish 428 on PlayStation platforms.


Since Sega isn’t involved there’s a small very small chance 428 could get localized as a downloadable PSP or PlayStation 3 game. Capcom, UFO Interactive, and Atlus are some of the publishers that localized Spike’s games for North America. Atlus also has a relationship with Chunsoft from Shiren the Wanderer.

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  • MisterNiwa

    Awesome! Lets hope for a localization.

  • lostinblue

    the more the merrier, but it could JUMP THE DARN FENCE for a western release, no?

    (with the wii version being released too)

  • Aoshi00

    That’s great since PS3 is region-free. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this game and wanted to try this, but didn’t feel like importing for the Wii.

    • lostinblue

      hmmmm, but… you imported stuff like fragile so, in theory you’d be able to run it on your wii by bypassing the region lock, right?

      Anyway, I hope they translate it, I know you can cope with the Japanese, but I can’t :(

      • Aoshi00

        The thing is I never really ran homebrew and only used the Wii freeloader as a stop gap measure to play imports (giving up the ability to go on Wii shop, etc). It wasn’t until a month ago they announced the black colored Wii which I decided to buy. So at this point I could import it for the Wii since I don’t have to worry about compatibility issues anymore. But since it’s coming to PS3 now, I might as well just get the region free version, unless I could get the Wii version on sale for cheap.

        I wonder what’s the chance of this being localized for the West, seems like all the Jpn horror movies and Hollywood adaptation are common enough. I can read Japanese fine, but for a text intensive game that reads like a novel, it’s definitely more natural and immersive to play in English.

        • lostinblue

          nah, In this case if I were you I’d go with a ps3 version as well, it’s a “fmv” game for the most part, and I guess it’s in HD/Bluray quality on PS3.

          Thing is… it’s still not in english.

          For a West release… I don’t think it’s possible for a retail game, sadly, they don’t think it can sell, at best a PSN release, I believe.

          Homebrew is easy for me, thankfully, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to run my imports. I can’t afford a second Wii.

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