Bad Luck Importers, Shin Red Katana Will Be Region-Locked

By Ishaan . February 22, 2011 . 4:30pm

If you were hoping to import Cave’s new Xbox 360 shoot-em-up, Shin Red Katana, from Japan, you might want to hold off unless you own a Japanese Xbox 360. Cave tweeted earlier that the game will be region locked.


“Akai Katana will be region-locked. Hopefully one of our publisher friends will be interested as it looks grand,” the tweet said in response to a fan query.


Another fan asked if Rising Star Games — who are publishing Deathsmiles in Europe — would also publish Dodonpachi Resurrection Black Label (more on that game here). To this, Cave replied: “Let RSG know you want more CAVE ports :)”

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  • Belenger

    Well that makes Daifukkatsu, Daifukkatsu Black Label, Otomedius and Shin Akai Katana for games I would kill to have on a western 360 ;_;.

    • Code

      lol, which one of these, is not like the others >w<; Seriously though I'd love to see Cave, G.Rev and others start pushing for more global releases. Here's hoping companies like Aksys, and Rising Star takes note — although I'm hoping they keep things regional free for releases in US/Europe.

  • Bad news, I was hopping to play it without buying a Japanese 360…

  • What purpose does region locking serve? I can’t imagine it being all that important considering the PlayStation 3, PSP and NDS are region free.

    Ah well, suppose a J360 would be a pretty good investment at this point. I just hope that if RSG does pick up any more Cave games that we see an NA release as well. Being locked out of not only a JP release, but multiple other regions would be cruel!

    • Ren

      PS3 can be locked, it just usually isn’t. And it only has three regions, and one of it emcopasses the whole Americas and Japan, Japanese games and Blu-rays have the same region as america.

      • An example of a PS3 locked game?

        • Arcm

          DC Universe is locked I believe but that’s mainly due to it being an MMO.

          • There are some important subtleties to note about DCUO’s “region locking”.

            The BD is NOT region locked. You can play it on a PAL PS3. PAL gamers have had success getting onto the US servers with US copies of the game along with US PSN accounts.

            The problem is that the server/online components are region locked, meaning that (at least for now) you can’t play with friends worldwide, and there are issues with paying for non-region subscriptions. (Naturally, the latter makes non-region copies of the game effectively useless after the first free month…)

            So…you’re half right! It’s region locked, but not in the traditional sense—i.e. “this game will not work on your system at all without hardware/software modification”.

          • BD movies are region locked. I am not too sure why the games are not. I surmise something to do with the early adopting of BD and the infrastructure not being there just yet. And unless I am mistaken Grand Theft Auto 4 will have issues in different regions if you are using anything above a standard definition television.

            And as of the 3.50 version of the Play Station 3 software development kit region locking for games has been fully implemented into it. Even going so far to allow back patching of previously released Play Station 3 games to be region locked. Though I’d imagine that would be difficult unless the games/disc carry a region marker on them already and as of current they are just ignored.

    • SomeMist

      Region-Free Licenses costs more money. Some times it doesn’t pay to purchase the license if the additional sales don’t cover the costs.

      Now I may not be correct in this assessment, but for games that may be popular such as this or DDP DFKBL, it’s not too much of a risk having another developer pay for and localize their games unless the developer butchers it and then cave has to help fix it.

      Owning a J360 was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Not having to wait year(s) for localizations and still being able to play U.S. games (alan wake, gears of war, mass effect, deadly premonition etc…). There are very few U.S. games that are region locked (deathsmiles U.S. version is region locked tho)

  • SolidusSnake

    So who do we bug if we want more Cave games… IN AMERICA?

    • Ultimate_Tifa_Fan

      …..that american guy in yu gi oh abridged? =D

  • Arcm

    Looks like I’ll have to start praying to the Gods over at Aksys to bring this over in a collectors edition similar to Death Smiles….. I can hope : )

  • No doubt Aksys will save the day because those DeathSmiles numbers were pretty solid and this one looks like it would appeal to a wider audience

  • Kris

    It might just be me, but I think that Cave is a very clever company and if they WEREN’T considering an overseas release of Akai Katana, I don’t think they’d region lock it. :)

    • krokounleashed

      Right. That’s why mmp/ps is NOT.

  • If this comes to the west, I will personally buy go out and Xbox 360.

  • Dimentionalist

    Region locking killed Dumbledore.

    • Ultimate_Tifa_Fan

      Actually it was the AIDS that he got from licking that dragon blood.

  • mikanko

    Hope Deathsmiles was successful enough for Rising Star and Aksys to think about bringing Daifukatsu BL and this over sometime in the next year. >__<

  • thaKingRocka

    Not cool. Not cool at all.

  • TrevHead

    It was obvious Red Katana was gonna be Regoin Locked due to it been a Horizontal and widescreen which tend to be more popular in the west then verts

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