By Spencer . September 25, 2009 . 2:33pm
Sony will publish God of War III in Japan. So what? God of War is a first party game, you say. True, but Sony has never published a God of War game in Japan. Capcom handled Kratos from the first game to Chains of Olympus.
During the PlayStation 2 period, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan passed on publishing their more violent Western developed games. God of War was entrusted to Capcom, which also handled the CERO Z rated Grand Theft Auto titles. Sega (really, Sega) picked up The Getaway: Black Monday and Killzone. Other first party titles like Twisted Metal: Black were never released.
When the PlayStation 3 launched SCEJ changed their strategy and directly handled Resistance: Fall of Man. They also published Killzone 2. Now, at Tokyo Game Show ‘09 the majority of their first party PS3 games are from the West.
Gran Turismo 5 (SCEJ)
The Last Guardian (SCEJ)
God of War III
Infamous (currently unreleased in Japan)
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
Meanwhile, Sony Computer Entertainment America handles games developed in Japan similar to what SCEJ did during the PS2 era. Atlus, a third party publisher, will release Demon Souls in October. NIS America brought Blade Dancer and Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman to the West. Agetec and Xseed had a hand in Wild ARMs. Few Ape Escape games get localized and we haven’t seen a single SCEJ funded Bleach game yet.launch.