Espgaluda II Black Label Normal Edition Is Cave’s Last Region-Free Game For Now

By Ishaan . February 19, 2010 . 11:39am


Makoto Asada, producer of Cave’s console ports (including Deathsmiles and Mushihime-sama Futari Ver. 1.5) recently updated the company blog with an announcement that Espgaluda II Black Label would be Cave’s last region-free game for the foreseeable future. The quote in its entirety is as follows:


Thank you for the warm messages from all over the world. Espgaluda II Black Label Normal Edition is region free. But I’m afraid new games after Espgaluda II Black Label won’t be region free.


I assure you that Espgaluda II Black Label Normal Edition will be the last region free game for the time being.


Last week, in an interview with Siliconera, Asada-san revealed that Cave were focusing on overseas expansion, and that their upcoming original game for the Xbox 360 was being developed with global release in mind from the get-go. Perhaps the decision to region lock games is connected to their plans for expansion?


Thanks to Denpa no Sekai for the tip!

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  • malek86

    Damn you, Cave. if the games were region free, we poor europals could still play them. But now that they are going to be locked… and even if they bring them to the US, they’ll probably still be locked, especially if they keep on partnering with Aksys.

  • Aoshi00

    I wish the LE was also region free, no matter how much I want the faceplate I’m not getting the locked version now.

    BTW, trailer is finally up on Jpn Live for d/l, sweet.

  • thaKingRocka

    good to see we made a difference. i went to a jet alumni meeting a couple of months ago, and i was talking with this guy who works for the economic division of the consulate. i was telling him that he needed to convince a new york distributor or even a localization company to work with cave. we were both pretty drunk, but we talked for a long time about the economic effects of soft power and how more japanese companies should look to set up here on the east coast rather than the west. i wonder if he knows anything about what’s happened since our conversation.

  • Code

    rarr, I don’t entirely understand why, if companies have the option to make games regional free, why don’t companies just do it. Especially if a game isn’t going to get localized any ways. Regional locking has really screwed me out of a lot of games I’d have imported by now if I could T_T’ Seriously I’ve got my heart set on Senko no Ronde DUO either being being regional free by some fluke or getting localized — also by some fluke.

  • Aoshi00

    Hikari-chan’s playing it on Inside Xbox now, and as usual screaming in tough spots :)

    Hikari: “I’ve gotten better since Mushihime-sama right?”
    Asada: “yea, like a different person”
    Uchizawa: “But this is novice mode”

    Asada looks like a punk rocker :)

  • crunc

    The question is: do we buy region-free Espgaluda II Black Label now, or wait to see if they release it in the US for less!

  • ETBullets

    yeah, i wish they would just follow through with region freeness

    i have faith in cave anyway

    but im sure that the fans overseas dont want to wait any longer.

    hopefully they wont have to.

    like ketsui is coming out soon, and its not region free.(as far as i know)

    i want to be able to cop it when it drops…

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