Square Enix Publishing Modern Warfare 2 in Japan

By Ishaan . August 28, 2009 . 9:13am


Seems like countdowns for western developed games don’t get as much care and effort put into them in Japan. While the new Lord of Vermillion and Four Warriors of Light’s countdowns at least attempted to keep us in suspense, Square’s latest teaser site is clearly for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.


If the big “2” from the Modern Warfare 2 logo doesn’t give it away, Activision and Call of Duty being credited at the bottom of the page certainly does.


Square Enix have been taking quite the interest in Western games of late, even outside of their acquisition of Eidos. They’ve already published Lost Winds (Wiiware) and Quantam of Solace in Japan, and will also be publishing Supreme Commander 2 in the West once it’s completed.


With Capcom publishing GTA and Square now grabbing the rights to Call of Duty, what other big Western franchises can Japanese publishers compete for?

  • Eddie

    I honestly did not see this coming…. But thats cool, I wonder if it will sell ok in japan.

  • Ereek

    Interesting decision. Perhaps trying to get on the heels of Gears of Wars 2? I heard that did very well in Japan, considering.

    • I think Square Enix handling all of Activision’s publishing duties since they took care of the James Bond game too.

  • Aoshi00

    I think there’s definitely a trend that Jpn gamers are more open to the FPS/TPS genre (Western games used to carry a bad connotation) as production values and gameplay surpass many of the Jpn counterparts, which have stayed relatively stagnant. I for one was a JRPG-phile but have kind of moved on so to speak..

    I really want that pair of night goggles, too expensive though…

  • FStubbs

    Modern Warfare 2 will obviously be better than that FF13 trash. If you can’t beat them, join them, right?

    • thebanditking

      Please go troll, somwhere else.

  • eliel


  • Hexen

    we can use phoenix down now.

  • thebanditking

    I never understood the draw to these titles? I am as American as they come but the western worlds facination with guns and the army is a little childish in my opinion, unlike those recruitment commercials there is no glory in killing others. I was never into shooters that much from the get go but these are my least favorite of the bunch (well and anything Tom Clancy related). A generic jarhead story tied together only to serve as a 6 hour training mission to gear you up to endlessly shoot at other people online, until the next one comes out. I don’t know why they don’t just release these as multiplayer only online games over XBLA/PSN.

    Call me crazy but for $60 I need more then online multiplayer, where I will have to endlessly listen to how ghey I am, or how Im a ni**er as I get tea bagged by virtual soldiers controlled by a 13 yr old. Or story about Major Sargent Corporal’s betrayl to his country during a Black Ops mission which almost leads to the Presidents (or other diplomat) assassination and somehow lands you the unsuspecting “Super Soldier” Team in double entandras crossing multiple boarders to bring him to justice and be come a ‘True” hero, all while passing Red Bull and Coca Cola vending machines.

    • Aoshi00

      I’m not big on guns either and wouldn’t be caught dead playing these games, I used to have the same perception too before, “what’s so fun about shooting everything in sight?”. But after playing Gears 1&2, Bioshock, & Dead Space in recent years, I have grown rather fond of this kind of games, their narrative and amazing graphics (achieving almost realism) really drew me in too. I’m actually not big on multiplayer online unless it’s playing w/ my friends, but I can understand the fun of that for many. And now I like to try out games like CoD4 Modern Warfare and Killzone 2 after my friend showed me some of the gameplay.

      By the same argument, most if not all JRPG have the similar fantasy setting, rather conventional story, cardboard cutout anime char, and mundane level-up system. Of course not all of them are like that and they have a deep story and interesting characters, but require a lot of patience, instead of gunblazing.

      I don’t know, I like to mix up my games these days, I could play dark action games like Batman, or Love Plus on the DS, and fit CoD and FFXIII in btwn. I can see how people have their preference, as there really is many type of casual and hardcore gamers these days.

      • thebanditking

        No I hear you, trust me I have a very varried line up when it comes to my collection of games. Some of the titles you mention also fall into some of my recent favorites like Gears 1&2, Dead Space(which is better then RE5)and Uncharted sits as my favorite game this generation. I am not big on FPSs but I love Resistance and have been playing Halo since the first one, but the difference with all those other games is that have a story, and a good one. That is one thing call of duty does not have, I just dont like the jarhead “me too” feel of all these Army games, Gears has creatures to shoot, so does Dead Space, Uncharted and Resistance.So the lacking story ruins any gameplay that could be fun in COD. Worse yet is the story is drivel because they focus too much time on the online multiplayer. For all the “talk up” these companies do I could not care any less for online play, because it always falls apart with the human element, people are jerks and Xbox Live has become a breeding groud for a new generation of children to mouth off with the freedom a only a avatar can provide. Though I will agree again with you Batman (which is my favorite comic hero) is an amazing game.

        • Aoshi00

          Very true, I suppose that’s why I never really tried out all the Call of Duty or other war games, it’s either the Pacific War or terrorists. I wanted to get into Halo but didn’t know where to start as I skipped the first 2 on Xbox thinking they were mostly about multiplayer.

          You’re definitely right about the other games having a strong and gripping narrative, even though the gameplay is FPS/TPS in nature which is not my forte, I wanted to continue and conquer my fear (scary aliens on an abandoned spaceship or monstrous zombies in the undersea city Rapture) just to see the deep story unfold. Batman also took a similar approach where you discover tapes of interviews w/ Akrham inmates and the founder, illuminating their psyche, delving more into the history of the institution. What’s cool is the cast from the animated series reprised their roles here but in a much darker and more realistic persona.

          • thebanditking

            Yeah I just dont know why people get so hyped up about playing the same thing over and over, even RPGs at least change the characters and location. As for Halo when the first one came out I thought it was fantastic, the story was just enough Sci-Fi mixed with the military element to keep me interested (like Resistance)the second game was still a good story but gameplay wise just was not the same when you were not playing as Master Cheif (I did not like playing as an alien that up to that point I was suppose to hate) the third game..I just did not think was that great, I kind of feel like Bungie is phoning it in any more. So if you missed out on the first two there is no point in getting into the later games. I have not played Batman much since I have a back catalog to get though first. Yeah the animated series cast returning (mostly) was a big plus for me, because that series was fantastic and I am a big Paul Dini fan. Though a great narrative was almost guaranted for Batman as you can’t make a game with him and have it focus be on multiplayer.

  • Inuboy1000

    This is good for Square Enix. They got Final Fantasy, they got Kingdom Hearts, hey got Tomb Raider, now in Japan they have Call of Duty.

  • strider_laharl

    how is this news? they published cod4:mw in japan.

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