Anarchy Reigns Delayed To Q1 2013

By Ishaan . June 18, 2012 . 2:03pm

It would appear Sega have further delayed the North American and European releases of PlatinumGames’ Anarchy Reigns. The brawler, which was originally supposed to be released earlier this year was delayed to the summer. Following that, PlatinumGames announced that Sega had changed the game’s release date to “TBC” (to be decided).


Today, we have a clearer idea of when Sega plan to release Anarchy Reigns in the west. Responding to a fan over Twitter, Sega America’s Twitter feed replied: "The release of Anarchy Reigns has been re-evaluated. We now expect to launch in Europe and America in Q1 of 2013."


Anarchy Reigns will be available in Japan on July 5th. The Japanese version of the game is region free on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is localized into English, French, Italian and Spanish.


Update: Tweaks made to wording and Japanese release date added.

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  • Shadowman

    Well there probably delaying for some new content maybe new stages, or new characters. But that still sucks.

    • Grant

      I don’t want to say it’s impossible, so lets just say extremely unlikely. Sega has handled the US / EU releases quite poorly. Like when Bayonetta was announced for Japan, nothing for us. It’s small things like this that imply we’re getting less and this was coming. Additionally other Sega titles like Binary Domain got Japan exclusive DLC (free at that ><), so don't be shocked if we actually get less.

  • Grant

    The more I hear about the US/EU versions, the more I feel like Sega just wants it to fail.

  • Altritter

    Just saw this a couple minutes ago myself, absolutely inane news. There’s pretty much nothing else of note coming out on July 3rd so it makes no sense. I really just don’t understand it.

    Also, just as a heads up, it comes out on July 5th in Japan, it’s not already out.

  • Perhaps a move due to all of the other big name titles releasing Q4 of this year?

    • KingGunblader

      Seems kind of counter-productive. I mean here’s the Q1 schedule for 2013, as far as I know:

      The Last Guardian
      The Last of Us
      Tomb Raider
      Bioshock: Infinite
      Ni No Kuni
      DmC Devil May Cry
      God of War Ascension
      Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
      Gears of War Judgement
      Anything Wii U related (including SEGA’S own Aliens: Colonel Marines)

      Granted, “Q1” is pretty vague but the schedule is already pretty packed. Plus I’m sure there will be another Sonic ready to go in that time.

      But whatever the reason, SEGA screwed this up. Given that’s already localized, they might as well just come out and say “We don’t really wanna release this here. It’s in English though, so go ahead and import.”

    • puchinri

      I got the feeling that Q4 was pretty packed too, and we have a couple of interesting titles coming out soon. (At least TLS is coming out this month, and Code of Princess should be soon too, right?)

  • Code

    Wow, kind of surprised about such a lengthy delay >o>; I mean I can understand it needing additional time because of having to tweak and adjust online play for a global scale; but couldn’t imagine it taking this long. Kind of curious now what could lead to such a large delay >o>;;

    • Testsubject909

      Same here myself.

      There’s really no big releases that comes to mind in the upcoming months that any company should be fearful of. Setting up servers doesn’t take that long either. As a marketing move, I’m not sure what they’re doing either.

      • Code

        It’s rarely ever the case of moving a game’s release because of competing releases in the same month. Especially moving all the way to first quarter 2013. Servers might not take long to setup, but adjusting the game to correctly play at a global scale is likely a bigger factor.

        But as a whole it strikes me that something bizarre is going on, maybe when the Japanese release is out, it’ll provide more insight as to why it was delayed for so long o3o;

        • Testsubject909

          Maybe questionable content, ESRB rating test plays, legal issues, purchase price for the rights to localize Anarchy Reigns went up, production issues… who knows?

          Seriously, I’d like to know…

          • Code

            nah, can’t picture ESRB being a factor either, fact is there is plenty more violent games out there. Production issues is what is sticking in the back of my head, which is why I’m suspicious as to how the Japanese release pans out.

          • an anniversary perhaps?

    • mirumu

      If the game is already localized, then surely it can only be a delay on the publisher’s side?

      I wonder if this is perhaps more a side effect of SEGA’s poor financial situation than anything. The company really doesn’t look to be in a good way right now.

  • I cannot BELIEVE this. THE GAME IS FULLY LOCALIZED? COMING OUT IN A MONTH IN JAPAN? The game already got delayed like 4 times prior. I had my wallet ready and the demo was incredibly fun to play. Now it’s gotten delayed for 6-9 more months? Brb, importing.

    • JusticeRider

      Yeah man, the demo was excellent. Best online game I’ve ever played in my life(aside from like Dark Souls or Monster Hunter). Do you know where I can import?

      • Play-Asia, cdjapan, Amazon Japan and YesAsia. There’s plenty of other places too.

        • JusticeRider

          Much appreciated!

  • cj_iwakura

    Wow, it’s like the article is saying ‘you know what, screw those guys, go buy the import’.

    • And that, I shall try to do!

    • Wow, it’s like one of our readers is putting words in people’s mouths!

      • too bad some are like that tbh.
        Me? I’ll wait, there’s more to look forward to this year

        • @facebook-100000446926616:disqus
          Honestly they kept pushing it back/delaying it each time. Don’t see how it’s disappointing for people to import, considering how we are going to know they’re not going to just delay it more?

          Realistically Sega doesn’t really have a nice track record in terms of their localization teams.

          • Your point being?
            Sega’s not the only one with these issues.

            All I’m saying is I don’t mind the wait.
            There’s LOTS more being released in the coming months and there are still some games I wanna buy.

            There’s a reason why I own multiple handhelds/consoles, it’s so that I never find myself with nothing to do when it comes to games.

          • oh and I get your point, srry if my reply seems like i’m trying to be a Smart-Ass

          • @facebook-100000446926616:disqus I got your point too, and the thing is i’m personally planning to get both versions anyways (considering my brother wants the game too), and i’m not point this out at you, but I see many comments above shunning people for importing, even to the point where some of these people seem hostile, when quite frankly Sega’s been slightly digging that road for people to go on anyways.

            To me it just seems like there’s some underlying reason in which why they’re doing this. There’s barely any big hitters out in the original date of release, so why in the world are they shifting the date to a suicidal timeframe?

      • andref

        Yeah well what can he expect when the article even mentions it can be played in other languages besides Japanese and it also is region free

      • Code

        Is it confirmed that the Japanese release will have the other language tracks/options. Even though the demo does, it doesn’t mean the game itself will >o>; I haven’t specifically looked into it much, but I haven’t found any information one way or the other.

        • You think we just pulled something out of our butts and posted it without fact-checking?

          • Code

            o__o; No… I just wasn’t sure and was asking…

        • Testsubject909

          Eh… I’m guessing you’re misunderstanding the situation here.

          Re-read this line of comment carefully.

          • Code

            I was just asking Ishaan, it wasn’t really part of what cj_iwakura said o__o’

          • Testsubject909

            Ah… sounded off in the context of the entire conversation is all.

        • Kris
          • Code

            Alright thanks, I was just asking was all because I didn’t remember seeing anything on it, that’s all u__u’

      • Crevox

        So you really are always rude huh?

        • rebecasunao

          If you think he’s always rude that means you don’t know him

          • Solomon_Kano

            I can’t say I think Ishaan’s rude but, to be fair, one would have a good case for saying he is in this string of comments. His reply to Code further down really doesn’t look good.

          • rebecasunao

            Dunno if that guy was talking about Ishaan’s reply to Codey… and well he already apologized to Codey on twitter. He’s a human being, he makes mistakes too.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I’m sure he wasn’t, I was just saying. It’s cool if he apologized, I know Ishaan’s not a rude guy, that comment just didn’t look good. That’s all.

          • rebecasunao

            Yeah it’s okay. I was just doing my job as his knight in shining armor.
            *dodges Ishaan’s rocks*

          • With all the people being so negative and pessimistic on here complaining about the delay, I can kind of see why Ishaan would be a little irritated.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I can see as well. I’ve gotten a good enough impression of Ishaan in the time I’ve been on this site, so I know he doesn’t normally respond like that. I was just saying that it didn’t look good.

          • In my defense, Code and I are friends, so I tend to be more casual with him. I’m sure he’d back me up on this. (In fact, I apologized to him in private for snapping at him hours ago!)

            cjiwakura, on the other hand, is nothing short of one of our most consistently ignorant and troll-ish commenters, so yes, I have no issue smacking him on the butt when he decides to be a smartass.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I understand. I was playing devil’s advocate for a second, is all. I’ve seen enough comments from you, even had a few discussions with you, so I realize that that’s not the usual.

          • cj_iwakura

            I’d love to know where you get off labeling me as ‘ignorant’, but whatever. I’ve been posting at this site for years, and I’d like to think I’m pretty familiar with the industry at large. Me having an opinion doesn’t give you justification to sling insults.

          • Don’t get me wrong; I’m not insulting you. I’m merely pointing out an observation based on your posting history.

            Coming into a sales post and expressing disbelief that Vita isn’t selling despite being region-free? That’s crazy talk and you know it, but you keep doing it. You know region-free doesn’t make a lick of difference to sales. So, that’s either you trolling or being ignorant.

            Then, I recall another situation where there was a discussion about killer apps. I remember someone mentioning the Wii lacking in third-party killer apps, at which point you ran in taking names like Castle of Shikigami 3 and No More Heroes. Really? Those are “killer apps”? Again, you’re either being ignorant or being disruptive to serious conversation. Pick one.

            I also recall a time where you complained about us covering popular games, despite, again, knowing that we cover a really wide variety of games across all systems in general. Was that called for? Again, were you being ignorant or trolling with your smart-ass remark?

            And finally, your comment up there was completely pointless and unnecessary. Once again, are you trying to stir up trouble?

            You constantly behave in a manner that makes it look like you have nothing better to do than be disruptive.

          • cj_iwakura

            The Vita being region free is a highly appealing aspect for many gamers, as you’d see from people griping about the 3DS’ lack of that. So, that’s my opinion.

            No More Heroes makes use of the Wii remote’s functionality in ways very few, if any games, even come close to. And I love Shikigami III. Either way, opinions.

            That time in question was something I genuinely wondered about, you addressed it, I let it go.

            And this comment in particular wasn’t meant in all seriousness, it was a humorous observation. I’m dead serious about Sega’s handling of the situation being unacceptable, though.

          • “No More Heroes makes use of the Wii remote’s functionality in ways very few, if any games, even come close to. And I love Shikigami III. Either way, opinions.”

            You like both of the games, sure, but what you were saying isn’t about your preferences, but about how they qualify for KAs. Calling “opinions” is pretty much irrelevant here.

            The status of a killer app is largely tied to popularity. I know No More Heroes is a good game, but given its tones and subtext, I don’t think it’s something for generally everyone who plays a Wii. Considering the Wii audience includes not just the usual dedicated gamers but also old and young as well, not to mention the casual crowd who barely has any interest/knowledge of the gamer/Otaku culture that the game was referencing throughout, I don’t think it can be considered a killer app. I don’t know much about Castle of Shikigami III, but I know it’s a shmup, and the genre isn’t exactly a very mainstream one either, so again, I can’t see how it can be considered a KA. If anything, I’d call, for example, Brawl for dedicated gamers, Wii Sports or party games for casuals, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii for generally both crowds.

          • Precisely my point and what Drakos just pointed out, too. You bring your opinions into discussions where they aren’t relevant.

            One would think that you would understand that there is a time and place to voice your opinions. Articles in which we actively try to discuss the business side of the industry are clearly not that place. If you can’t understand this simple fact, I don’t know what to tell you.

          • Code

            It’s alright, I know things have pretty busy lately >w<;

          • Crevox

            You’re right, I don’t. I’m just reading his comments to me and others that are sarcastic, rude, arrogant.

          • rebecasunao

            Since when is sarcasm a bad thing?
            Ishaan is rude and arrogant with ignorant people. I see no problem in that.

          • Crevox

            Being rude and arrogant is always wrong, especially when the person is in a moderator position that everyone is supposed to look up to as the shining beacon of how a standard user should be commenting.

            Not to mention it completely goes against his giant rules post that he made around E3, and the rules set forth for moderators.

          • rebecasunao

            I don’t think it’s always wrong, some people deserve it. You can’t treat ignorant people the same way you treat nice people, that would be stupid. And when an ignorant user keeps making ignorant comments and pissing people off it’s only expected the moderator won’t treat them nicely. It would make me mad if Ishaan treated everyone the same way, regardless of how people behave.
            I don’t think a moderator should act like a perfect user and a role model. He needs to do his job, which is… moderating comments. And Ishaan does that really well, meaning he’s a nice guy who knows how to deal with people. Also he isn’t only a moderator… he’s a journalist.
            You should try asking users that have been around for a long time (like Miau) about what they think of Ishaan. I’m sure they’ll agree with me (but then again, the thing that matters the most is that Ishaan does a good job, and not what people think of him).

            I don’t think he’s going against the rules (which are only a few basic ones) but I think Aung and Miau, our new moderators, can talk about it in a better way than me since they’re the ones making sure the rules are being followed (I’m ignoring his reply to Codey’s comment because people make mistakes and I’m sure he was having a bad day. Or do you think we should give a warning to/ban someone who’s always nice and understanding because he made a rude comment? Most users would have been banned by now).
            Anyways I may sound kinda biased since I’m his friend and I look up to him, but I’m not trying to defend him now. I’m only stating my opinion, and I would think the same of him even if he wasn’t my friend.

            tl;dr Ishaan is a nice guy who is good at what he does. The end
            And now I’m feeling embarrassed. *runs away*

      • cj_iwakura

        If it did say that, it would be a public service. This is unacceptable incompetence on Sega’s part.

  • PK212

    Man, online is going to be hell when I finally get to play it, haha.

  • Testsubject909

    I for one am fine with the release date. I’ve already got a largely accumulated backlog of games, plus this provides me with some time to accumulate the money I need for my suffering wallet to actually be able to purchase this without having to be strained on money.

    Plus, it’s not that far off. It’s just half a year or so of wait. And for the people planning to import, you have to remember that purchases here gets tallied up to determine if the game is a success or not or rallied enough interest for more similar titles to get localized. With no guarantee that every game of it’s genre will be available and accessible in a language we can understand, I’d suggest you all pretty much wait to support the release here, or double dip if you’re in such a need to import it…

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Your situation is extremely tailored to you. Many people have been looking forward to this game since it was announced and since the game is fully localized, and asking people to double dip is extremely unreasonable. You’re right that purchase get tallied up for it’s own region and guess what? SEGA should have realized this. It’s nobody’s fault but Sega is it does horribly in the US because everyone imported.

      Then they’ll go ahead and blame the fanbase for but being interested. Its dumb crap like this why I ended up learning japanese to avoid and rely on stupid localization decisions like these.

      • Nyandroid

        Yes. Because people’s inability to be patient is all Sega’s fault…

        • puchinri

          This. I really don’t understand how people’s logic works at times.

          • Nyandroid

            Not sure if you are agreeing with me. Or mistaking the sarcasm.

          • puchinri

            I’m agreeing with you~.

      • Testsubject909

        I’ve been looking forward to this since it was first released. Back when a lot of people had mixed reactions to it, my only thoughts was “Oh hot damn this is going to be AWESOME!” and here I am willing to wait for it, not just for the reasons of my current financial status, but also because I just want to support it, plainly and simply.

        Sega’s at fault, yes, but I’m not going to give out the wrong message to Platinum Games either.

        If you want to stop them from playing the blame game of pointing fingers at the fanbase, then do the responsible thing as a gamer. Wait.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Never said that waiting was wrong or the foolish decision. What I was going on was that “double dipping” is an extremely horrible thing to request people to do for those that import. A gamer’s “responsibility” is not to wait for foolish localization choices but to simply buy the game he or she wants when available.

          Whether it sales bucket loads via imports or it sells here, Platinum games still get money and even though the sales will be tallied up for Japan, they wont be oblivious as to what happened. Sega could at least give reason as why they didn’t world-wide release a fully localized title but it’s Sega.

          • Testsubject909

            No, a gamer’s Desire is to purchase the game they want asap. A gamer’s responsibility is to ensure that good games are rewarded and that they make their voices clear. That they Like this or that game and want More like it.

            What you’re suggesting is to disregard one’s responsibility and instead indulge in one’s desires. What I suggest is, if you really want to indulge in your desires, do not forget your responsibility.

            And I for one, am putting my desires on the side to ultimately fulfill my responsibility of telling Sega and Platinum Games: “Hey, this game? It’s worth me buying.”

            While yes, Platinum games probably got part of their money up front, or all of it, It still affects their general sales numbers too which will possibly affect future decisions, so there is still no denying that this will affect Platinum Games.

            Yes, I know double dipping hurts a lot, hell I consider the 60$ price tag to be pretty big and would rather see games dropped down to a rough 50$ in average. My wallet hurts constantly from my gaming desires too.

            And so, I’m still very confused as to how this situation is tailored for me, outside of me lacking the money right now.

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            I would completely understand and agree if this was a normal localization case. But it’s not. The game is fully localized and they had heavily implied for world wide release up until Sega suddenly decided not to do it with absolutely no word or reason – the little we can assume is from their recent money issues. I’m not sure how me importing, again, a fully localized game from Japan sends the message “Hey this game is not worth buying”.

            To make a comparison, there was a manga that has gotten a lot of US attention via imports and guess what? The mangaka knows that most of those sales were from overseas. So your “message” interpretation seems to be off. If I import, I’m sending the message that yes I do want the game, it’s worth buying, and I’m going to buy it. So if the game ends up bombing in the US, it’s not due to gamer’s faults at all.

            I remember Bayonetta also being fully localized but I waited for the US release due toe the gap only being 3 months I believe, and there was no world wide released ever mentioned or implied.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            You’re missing the point entirely. What you are doing by importing a game that is going to come here is damaging the chances of future localizations. Do you want a reason why they won’t do a world-wide release? You are giving them one!

      • puchinri

        I feel like this situation is like Xenoblade (except we knew for sure earlier on that this was coming). I don’t think it’s a company’s fault if people get impatient. It’s a somewhat entitled attitude to take.

        Personally, I don’t really prefer or enjoy being kept waiting, but if I can support a release in my region and show the companies that I appreciate the work, with or without delays, I’m glad to give them the money (supposing they don’t sabotage the game in localizing it).

        Importing is very tempting, but if the game is being released here, is it that hard to wait for it? Is there really no backlog of games or something coming out between then and now to hold one over? If not, then that sucks (and I wonder how), but if so, isn’t that problem solved?

        • Solomon_Kano

          This. A thousand times this. Not to mention that importing the game is also guaranteed to cost more. Patience conserves money! And we all know that’s something necessary in this hobby.

          • puchinri

            Yes~! The more money, the better. >u<

            If I can save $10-20 at least on buying the game in
            my own region rather than importing, that’s already money saved up for a
            new game. And that money adds up surprisingly fast.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Indeed. I can’t count how many $10-20 PSP games I’ve bought digitally since I got my Vita. And if I hadn’t bought them, I’d have had several new games. Definitely adds up.

    • I can wait and hope people will too. Next time they don’t localize a game, they’ll blame us.

  • Andrew Austin

    Wow. Uh…guess I’ll just be importing it then.

    • Testsubject909

      If you like the game, be sure to double dip and purchase a copy of it when it gets localized as well, as close to day 1 as possible.

      After all, when they count up the sales in a region, they then determine how much of a demand there is for such a product, and from there determine if they will supply more of it. If you don’t make your demand clear to them (via money), then they’ll have a lower interest in providing such supplies.

      And again, there’s no guarantee that further titles in the same genre or whatnot will have the available English options which are far from mandatory in Japan, very far from.

      • Nyandroid

        I do wish people wouldn’t be so impatient when it comes to games they already know are coming here. Its like they are cheating themselves. And others.

  • Alex Sargeant

    In just Europe, there are absolutely no games I’m going to be buying on the PS3 at retail until August 7th, and that’s when I’m probably going to have to import Persona 4 Arena. They have a window of almost two months where literally nothing else of note is coming out.

    That gap feels suddenly an awful lot wider.

  • Klaus00

    doesn’t matter already pre-ordered my import

  • Josh Strange

    it’s all good, personally i have like 10 games i need to beat so i don’t mind waiting and seeing how this fall there are a ton of BIG titles, they wouldn’t dare release the game during that prime time.

    • Yeah, but Q1 2013 is arguably worse. Ni No Kuni, Aliens:CM, DmC, Beyond: TS, Dead Space 3, Metro: Last Light, South Park: SoT, Crysis 3, God of War: Ascension, and Metal Gear Rising. We’re still only half way into 2012!

      • puchinri

        I can see some of those. For Ghibli and/or L-5 fans, Ni no Kuni is definitely fair competition, and DmC has a very split fanbase right now (almost Sonic level!?), and I don’t know how many people are looking forward to South Park.

        Some of those other titles I can see being fair competition too, but I wonder how the potential buyership and fanbases for them interact and if it’d really be hurting the sales?

        I kind of feel like no matter when they choose, there will probably be something that might serve as competition, but then again, is it really about worrying for other games?

        • Solomon_Kano

          It is rather true that no matter what date they’d picked they’d have had some competition. That said, the original release date was pretty much the most sensible it could’ve had.

          It’s alright though. We’ll just have to wait it out and hope that Sega knows what they’re doing. I’m sure they didn’t make the decision to push it back lightly.

          • puchinri

            Yeah, I feel like that was pretty the best they could have gotten (I can only think of two titles that’d be out close to then, but one might not be competition at all).

            Agreed~. I hope it all goes well in the end. It’ll be a shame if it ends up with low sales here. I’ll be sure to buy it at least, and tell my friend to.

          • Solomon_Kano

            From the comments here, I’m fearing that it will end up selling poorly. So many people unwilling to wait and not understanding how importing is hurting us in the long run. It’ll support Platinum, yea, but Sega’s definitely not gonna take that well. I’ll be sure to pick it up, at least.

    • puchinri

      Yeah, same. I have a crapton of titles to go through as it is, including a Platinum title (and another I want to get and play). How some people seem to have nothing to play between then and now absolutely amazes me. I wish I could go through games that fast. x’D

  • Muffum

    On a personal and slightly/very selfish level, this delay pisses me off to no end. I leave for college in September, meaning I won’t be able to play the game extensively until summer of 2013. With as niche as this game is, it wouldn’t surprise me if the community was near dead by then. I really do want to import it, since the Japanese version has a full English localization, but a lot of people doing that would send the wrong message to Sega. It would tell them that the game wasn’t worth localizing, and they’d avoid ventures like this in the future.

    • Testsubject909

      Pretty much. This is a moment of us gamers having to bite the bullet and take the appropriate response so to further advantage ourselves in the future.

      edit: *looks at his scores*

      Ah, I see some people really don’t want to bite the bullet huh? Any of you care to explain yourself?

    • puchinri

      If it comes out in Q1 2013, and the community is dead by then, I’d say something is wrong (and/or that’d be very telling of the game).

      I think the wait will definitely be worth it. It’s hard to say for sure, yeah, but at least we’d be sending the right message, and hopefully, the community is still around and thus making everything 100% worth it. :’)

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    Wow, that’s a GREAT delay, and Japan version comes translated into various languages, including Spanish… I might consider importing it before the end of the year.

  • Cephrien

    Yeah no. FUCKK you Sega. I’m gonna just import.

    • and that will (in the long term and with multiple franchises) ultimately lead to SEGA thinking that their IP’s are unmarketable in the west.

      If you Truly like this game what’s 6 extra months gonna matter?
      There’s more to be released in fall anyways.

      • Relam

        Never know what can happen in those 6 months. I’ve personally waited 4 months for a game only to have my 360 conk out on me and the loss of a family member which threw my life into a loop. I personally feel that if I can afford an import I will import, nothing in life is guaranteed.

        • True, as they say sh!t happens.

          But key is how to deal with said sh!t.

          • Sevyne

            How I deal with companies is that I don’t support them if they don’t support me. I’m sure they feel the same about the customers, but the customers are the ones who can speak with their wallets.

            Their really is no reason for that big of a delay and if people want to import due to it then that’s just how it is. Sega really hasn’t been very good to Platinum Games at all. Hell even they are hinting at people to import it.

          • Testsubject909

            There is one problem though. If you don’t support the purchase of the game here, you’re not just hurting Sega but you’re simultaneously hurting Platinum Games and further interest in localizing such games.

          • Sevyne

            See I don’t see it that way. I see it as Sega is hurting them by making stupid choices like this. Why should I have to either buy a game twice or wait 6-8 months for no reason at all? They have nobody to blame but themselves and in no way can you blame anybody else for being tired of it.

          • Testsubject909

            That is true, Sega is hurting both themselves and Platinum games, for what reason though is what’s confusing here… What exactly is causing them to be unable or unwilling to publish this game sooner rather then later? What exactly?

            But in the end, you can’t deny that ultimately you are hurting both developer and publishers in some way when not purchasing the localized version.

          • Asura

            We’re not hurting the developer if we can get the developer to get a new publisher by sending them messages and importing.

          • Sevyne

            Actually I can deny it. I’m still importing and therefore supporting the developer. As far as the rest goes I am in no way responsible for Sega’s idiotic business decisions and nobody who chooses to import or not buy at all should have to be accused of it. It’s actually quite offending to try to pin even a fraction of that on the people who waited so patiently all this time only to be bent over in the end yet again.

          • Asura

            If Platinum tweets to us that their game is region free and has multiple language options, I think Platinum is being very obvious about importing. And I think Platinum knows what it wants for itself more than you do.

  • ArcadiaSymphonia

    I can’t believe it! Im just overwhelmengly shocked!

    • We all are believe me, But it would be in your best interest to still wait for the game and buy it when it’s available seeing as that sends a clear message to the company itself.

      just sayin’ that if you were lookin’ to import srry if it offends

      Edit: Damned Typos! in my head the sentence is typed correctly, and afterwards is suddenly see I forgot words (>_< ;)

      • Testsubject909

        I’m amused how people keep on downvoting those who say “you guys should wait for all the right reasons”.

        Ah well, impatience will screw us all over and there’s really no changing the minds of those who can’t be arsed to wait a short while.

        edit: Yes. I consider something like 6 months to be relatively short comparatively to some highly demanded sequels and other games that took ages to come around.

        • Yes my friend I can even wait for 1 year or even 2 year as long as it’s confirmed I’ll wait.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, looking at all the other games I’ve seen complaints about on this site, what’s 6 months?

          What’s 6 months to Type-0? To Versus? To KH3? To The Last Guardian?

          6 months is a coffee break, that’s what it is.

        • Nothing compares to the the wait for a new Skies of Arcadia.

          …Yes, I’m still waiting. I can dream. ^_^

          • Testsubject909

            Sometimes they’re all we have…

            Breath of Fire 6…

        • z_merquise

          Yes. I consider something like 6 months to be relatively short comparatively to some highly demanded sequels and other games that took ages to come around. ”

          You mean like Valkyria Chronicles 3, right?

  • I’m surprisingly alright with this. Even though I’ll be in College, I’ll at least have enough time to save up the money! Summer 2012 is REALLY killing my wallet… :'(

    Plus, the Japanese version is in English, isn’t it? If people can’t wait they can always import it. I may hit that point myself…maybe.

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    This hurts so much…

    • Testsubject909

      It does.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist


    That’s the only thing I can say…


    • Don’t be!

      There are more games to look forward to!
      Believe me, I’m just as dissapointed but the fact that there’s more to look forward to makes this a bit bearable

  • Paradox me

    I don’t know what Sega is thinking, but Q1 is incredibly crowded as is. Not a bunch of smaller games that might pull some of the niche gamers’ money either, but more than a few blockbuster releases.

    What’s coming out on home consoles in North America next month? Releasing this game any other time but July, and without an actual marketing push, seems like sending it to its death.

  • Fidelis

    This is crazy

    I mean..PS3 is region free. Push comes to shove, might get that.

    • Linhua

      … I’ve been reading everywhere that the XBOX Version is Region Free as well.

      … not sure how true that is but take it with a grain of salt if you will.

      • Code

        Yep regional free confirmed, check out the bottom of the news article >o>;

        • Linhua

          … wow. I like how I missed that.

          … b-but I have an excuse!!

          … this isn’t the first article i’ve read about this news so I kinda stopped halfway through after catching drift of similar descriptions so stop looking at me like that, Code Taokaka… >.> …

          • Code

            No it’s alright, I made similar the mistake a bit ago, and got stabbed square in the heart T3T; It was easy to miss, and word was most 360 games were getting regionally locked, so it is a little surprising >w3<~!

          • Linhua

            … k now THAT confuzzled me.

            … I JUST read from another article that although Microsoft leaves it to the developers… lots of games are region locking in the 360.

            … @[email protected] … either it is or it isn’t…

            … I feel like this is the case… but I know I can’t infer such a thing from just one game that I personally wanted to come state-side… >.> … *coughOnechanbaracough*

            … this has probably opened my eyes though… as I have now realized that I do not have enough trust-worthy sources in my arsenal.

            … sorry, Google Reader… you’re taking the blame this time.

            EDIT: FALSE ALARM. I read your post backward somehow. XD … my sincere apologies.

  • Linhua

    … Sega Sega Sega… you broke broke bastards. I knew this was going to happen though.

    … for Sega… I don’t think it’s even about Advantageous Launch Windows… I think this move was more out of necessity as opposed to choice. I believe they simply chose the earliest time possible according to what they could afford while minimizing their risk of bankruptcy.

    … they have dropped the ball time and time again… and according to what’s supposed to release in the first quarter of next year… they may very well be dropping the ball yet again.

    … I do find myself wondering just how they got into this financial fix in the first place… totally missed that event.

  • Istillduno

    If I do grab this game, which is becomeing less likely with each announcement I’m importing, **** helping “do your bit” for Sega of Europe/America’s, figures whilst they screw you in the ass like this, don’t be a fan, don’t be a supporter, be a lost for the region customer because Sega can’t be arsed to do this right in the west.

    • JusticeRider


    • Testsubject909

      So basically:

      “Screw them for localizing this and doing pushbacks for reasons we don’t know. Screw any future localizations, let’s import ALL the games!”

      Well, I’m guessing you’re importing this in the first place because you can’t speak Japanese and that the game has an English option right? Also, you do understand the message you’re sending isn’t just to Sega, but also to Platinum Games as well right? Publisher and Developer.

      Now if we’re lucky, they’ll understand the context, if we aren’t. Well, thank you for being on the side of screwing us?

      • Istillduno

        The develope specificly tweeted to tell us all it was refion free on both consoles so yeah not worried abot platinums actions but **** sega and people bending ober to let them screw you in the ass.

      • Asura

        The message he is sending to Platinum is “Drop Sega as your affiliation. I will import your games if I have to.”

        Which is a good message at this point.

        Sega ****ed up. Sega has been ****ing up for ages now.

      • malek86

        Considering that Platinum Games specifically went out of their way to mention that even the 360 version is region free, I guess at this point they are expecting people to import.

        I can’t imagine importers being too many anyway. The price barrier is very high. The game will still see the vast majority of its western sales with the US/PAL versions… if those don’t sell much (which is likely, given the genre and appeal), I doubt one could just blame the importers for that.

  • JusticeRider

    Well, that settles it. Import a go-go baby! I’ll be sure to tell all my XBL friends to do the same thing.

    I’m really angry at Sega for delaying the title, especially after playing the excellent demo. I met tons of like-minded individuals on the demo(Platinum fans are the coolest!) and nearly tripled my friends list with awesome people with similar tastes. We stayed on that demo for WEEKS, and it was only 1 map(for team deathmatch) and 6 characters. This game is the very definition of fun, and delaying this game in the US is a crime!

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      And by doing that, you ensure that the Western sales are low and the next time a game like this comes along, Sega will not just delay it, but just not bring it over at all.

      • JusticeRider

        Eh, whatever. I’m sure if another game like this comes along it won’t be by Platinum and it won’t be as good. This is the kind of online game I’ve been waiting for since I started gaming with friends over long distances, and it’s one of the only upcoming games I’m excited about. I’m not about to wait another half a year for it when it is fully in my grasp(I’m 100% sure my friends feel the same way). I can live with just this, and if Platinum ever does come out with another it will probably be reigion free as well. If not there’s always the PS3 version.

        • Testsubject909

          So you’re sure that another fun action packed ambitious quality game is not going to be coming out by Platinum games if another game of it’s type comes out again?

          …I’m confused…

          • JusticeRider

            I meant as in online brawler. I honestly don’t think we’ll see too many of those in the future.

      • Asura

        Then **** Sega. With every import send them an email telling them they lost a customer and that they can go shove it. Done deal.

        • puchinri

          Would we really want to **** Platinum as well though?

  • I was fine before, because they were pushing it back for legitimate reasons. More content is good.

    But there’s no reason now and it kinda pisses me off. I briefly contemplated importing it when I read it, but TestSubject makes a good point: I want to support this game, which would mean spending $120+ if I were to do both. At this point, I just want to know something solid, because there’s no logical reason I can see for pushing it back from the prime month of July where there’s virtually NO competition.

    • yeah that last thing you said does strike me as odd,
      But then again does anybody know what kind of financial crisis they are having?

  • AnimeRemix

    Eh… I don’t really care, just glad it’s coming to America/Europe in the end. While I can see why a lot of people are very upset because of all the other delays, in the end when we get this game, it’ll very much be worth the long wait. Luckily for me, I have other games to look forward to and play to keep me occupied until it releases.

    • Maybe because the game is done for both regions and we have to wait that until new year to play a game we could have easily got on the release (sure Sega’s problems and such i know about but cmon) IDK maybe that’s why people are upset

      • AnimeRemix

        I confused as to why you replied back to me with a comment like that… No where in my original post did I ask for someone to explain to me why people are upset.

  • Just import it, SEGA is sending this game to die by releasing it during Q1 2013. Are they aware that almost everything is coming out in that quarter? Something tells me that’s when GTA5 will come out too.

    • Testsubject909

      “SEGA is sending this game to die in Q1, so everyone, kill it by not showing any support to the Q1 release!”

      Yes, because that’s the sensible thing to do.

      • The game was never going to fly off store shelves, but it has a better chance coming out this summer. There isn’t a ton of games coming out now, so it could have sold a few extra copies. But in Q1 2013 it’ll just sell to the hardcore PG crowd. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if SEGA just decides to never realese it here.

        • Testsubject909

          Screwed either way huh?

  • kazdamaz

    (sigh) Played VS mode with my 3 friends at Eurogamer and fell in love (I even got them into monster hunter). Good demo. Promise of Bayonetta. Delay wasn’t too long. Now this insanity.

    With Dead Space 3, Bioshock Infinite and DmC in Q1, this game might have to wait for a hefty price drop for me to care now. Tired of being dicked around. Tomb Raider, Watchdogs and the Last of Us on the horizon too.

    My body, my wallet’s body, my friends’ bodies(going to university so now they will never get this game), my PS3’s body, we were all ready…

    • Testsubject909

      I don’t honestly see DmC as being all that competitive…

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        yeah, I was agreeing with his post until I saw Dmc.

      • puchinri

        I really don’t understand why people are thinking that it would be significant competition. (I’m not sure if DMC5 would have been either, really.)

        • Testsubject909

          Brand name recognition, though anyone who looked deeper in the matter knows that it’s the reason why DmC is bearing so many deep scars before it even came out of the gate.

      • kazdamaz

        Due to the controversial nature of the game it would steal the limelight that could be used for this (better) game. Just because you don’t like it does not make not competition on a much lower scale but still there no the less… More so when there are those who still haven’t(who somehow till this day don’t know what Anarchy Reigns is) to found out about it. DmC is not a launch day buy anyway, rent, preowned or bargain offer :P

  • z_merquise


    I’m happy that they finally made an official release date for worldwide release. Yeah, the wait would take a while but if this game would be release in the same period as Metal Gear Rising, then that just mean I can get some Platinum Games goodness for a short period of time, and that’s awesome for me.

    So yeah, I read the comments below, looks like some of the people here had reasons on why they preferred to release it the same time with Japan (first week of July). No one is going to stop you if you decided to import it but I hope that people would still support the game in it’s Western release.

    But me, I’m still going to get this day 1! I like arcade-style beat-em-ups, I’m a huge fan of Platinum Games and I freakin’ love the demo. So this game deserves my support. Okay, so delay was too long and questionable, I know, it sucks. But hey, it’s better than nothing, aye?

    • Testsubject909

      It is. And I’m going to get it day 1 as well.

    • puchinri

      The demo was a lot of fun~! It helped seal the deal for me. (Well, Bayonetta did first, but the demo put the stamp on the envelope! Or something like that~.)

  • Disappointing news, but I can wait for the North American release next year, after all there is plenty of great games releasing this year (at least that I want to play). However, if there’s another delay… I think that importing will become a very, very tempting option.

    I don’t want to do that (it’s more expensive and I’m money strapped as is), but this game is just to appealing to pass up.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    And sega kills whatever hype this game had… just wow sega

    • Testsubject909

      I’m still hyped for it.
      edit: The game is excellent and delightfully fun. I have no problem waiting for it. Yes, even with the knowledge that if I import it, the game would already be prepared in full English due to multi-language options.

  • Solomon_Kano

    So long as it’s coming I’m cool. That said… the Japanese release has English? Yea, Sega, I don’t think I’ll be waiting til 2013…

    • Testsubject909

      Try to if you can. If you can’t. I won’t blame you, the game is excellent so it’s only natural for most gamers to just want to immediately get the game.

      Though if you can wait for the effects of immediate gratification, you would be helping in the long term and sustained interest in the western market.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Hm… that’s a good point. Sega would surely point to this as justification for any future actions regarding localizations, and I definitely won’t make myself a factor in that situation.

        Ah well, there’s enough coming between now and then that I can wait. I’ll stick with the demo for now, then. Once the ZOE collection hits I’ll probably forget about the game til next year anyway, so it’s all good.

        • Now that Sega has critically damaged their relationship with Platinum Games and due to Anarchy Reigns concluding their gaming contract, I doubt Platinum will continue to do business with Sega. You may as well import the game. Sega knows that their poor decision to release the game later is going to cost them some US/EU sales due to importation and that’s their issue.

          Support Platinum Games by contributing to early sales of the Japanese version. We probably won’t be getting any more games from Platinum through Sega anyway, so support Platinum so we can see more from them elsewhere. Depending on how Metal Gear Rising does, Platinum will likely stick close to Konami from now on.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, not gonna sway on that. I could care less if this is Platinum’s last game on contract with Sega, I’m thinking of long-term localization decisions that would be affected here. The loss of sales is Sega’s issue, yea, but what follows becomes our issue as gamers. If this game does poorly due to people having already imported it, whether they blame Sega or not, I won’t be surprised if it has a long-term effect that pisses those very same people off.

            I’m not worried about Platinum, I’m worried about Sega’s future localizations. I’ll support Platinum and Sega’s future localization efforts by getting it when it comes out in 2013. Considering that Platinum’s next game is Rising, as you mentioned, I don’t think we have to worry about them. Hell, I’ll support that later too.

          • British_Otaku

            I have yet to hear of a game doing poorly as a result of people importing. Imports leads to people hearing about and hyping the game more in English, French, Spanish or whatever other languages than Japanese.

            It leads to people putting up footage of the gameplay in advance and hyping up the product’s gameplay, features and such while the publisher is still sorting out distribution. And people will be even more aware of the game when it releases than just advertising (especially if there is none).

            Quite a few people are willing to double dip too.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Quite a few might say they’re double dipping, but we have no idea if they will. And you’ve never heard of a game doing poorly as a result of importing because… what company would share that? “Our latest title has failed to meet sales expectations because everyone imported it.” No company would give out that information.

            In any event, the idea is that most people who import probably WON’T buy it a second time upon its western release. In this string of comments there’s a good 3 people who’ve said they’re willing to double dip and we’ve no way of knowing if they will or not. The more people who skip the western release to support the Japanese release, the worse the western release will do. That’s straightforward. While importing can generate hype for the later US release, it’s unlikely that it’ll generate enough to counter all the people who supposedly are going to import.

          • British_Otaku

            Looking at other cases of games being released with two languages in Japan first, we have the Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban franchise which on the DS. The first three were in English as an option and released in Japan with months of waiting time, every game got localised into English up to Gyakuten Kenji 2 which is the third game not to have an English option in Japan in a row, so if importing was something that made distribution a poor use of money, it would have been the case before Gyakuten Kenji 1 or Gyakuten Saiban 4.

            There is also the example of every time that a game releases in the United States or Japan months earlier but publishers still consider it to be a good idea to take Catherine or other projects over to PAL regions. I guess I’m only counting examples of success where importing or piracy may have been more frequent, but since we can’t count information that a publisher wouldn’t give out, that’s my defense for the most part.

            Also, I’m one of the poor souls who claimed interest in double dipping. I can’t say for sure whether the others will buy again or that even I will remember my promise (even if I’ve bought 3 Okami copies and two Okamiden copies). However, I’m sure that this video here has much more value to Namco Bandai than the sale lost from us waiting till we forget about the game completely or buying from Japan and forgetting.


            This video earned over 200,000 views in three months since the game released. His walkthrough and many other people who imported (often because they just wanted the limited edition) has increased awareness of the project (including DLC, features, combat system and story content) more than a few canned trailers will. People on GameFAQs discussing how it isn’t just another Musou project and it respects the license, confirms that they will be there waiting.

            The explosion in attention when it was announced that it was going to reach Worldwide albeit the US is getting a DL only release was much greater as people had been waiting on the game, discussing the trademark “Pirate Warriors” and such for months in advance.

            Is Anarchy Reigns a big manga/anime? Nope… It does have enough of a pedigree that people are interested and people being more aware of the game (unless it sucks) won’t hurt in the least.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Fair enough. Though you yourself made an important distinction between Pirate Warriors and Anarchy Reigns. In this industry, we’ve seen how much brand names do — even for terrible games *cough* ORC *cough*. Still, it is a good point that the hype generated by importers can be beneficial. At the same time, that’s one particular success story (Demon’s Souls is another, to grant you further support), and there are many cases where importing has done nothing in the game’s favor.

            I’m just saying that, long-term, all of these people skipping the western release probably won’t have the payoff that you’re hoping for. You’ve taken a rather optimistic outlook on this and I hope that your expectation rings true, but it seems unlikely. Platinum’s created something with a limited appeal here already, so I don’t know that taking sales from it to try and bring more is the best idea. We’ll see though.

          • JusticeRider

            agreed dude

      • Patrick Lawson

        What makes you think its going to sell? Look at it from SEGA’s point of view.

  • amagidyne

    Just.. why? I don’t get it. What release would this be up against in the summer?

    • Testsubject909

      That is the missing key here that’s bothering a lot of us.

      Why? Why the wait? What’s troubling them right now? Production issues? Stability issues? Legal rights? Censors? Monetary issues? Marketing issues? Discouraging statistics? What?

      • amagidyne

        I suppose it is a little naive of me to expect transparency from a video game publisher, but I’d settle for a hint. Just a tiny hint! It doesn’t even have to be a Sega spokesperson yelling “ALL OUR MONEY HAS TURNED TO FLIES” at a press conference.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Delaying a game shouldn’t sway anyone’s decision to purchase it….I don’t see how several setbacks would make me not want to purchase a game; in-fact it would make me want to buy even more, because unlike most publishers that cut content to make deadlines only a select few push them back to ensure the product they’re delivering is what they had originally envisioned. Hats off to the decision, can’t wait for the release. And just because it’s being released in Japan in a month doesn’t mean they don’t have changes planned for the US release of the game. There’s been several localizations that have received huge boosts in content.

    • puchinri

      I was thinking the same actually. I mean, for all I know, nothing may come of it, but we’re getting Ni no Kuni somewhat late, but we’re also getting all the additional, new content that JP is getting in one package, so I don’t mind waits. Even if nothing new comes of it, it doesn’t hurt to wait and support the Western release.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    Dumb move by Sega, but I’ll be picking up the Western version anyway. It is a shame, though, that this delay is going to cause so many people to import, since the sales for this are already going to be low and Sega will use that as an excuse to just altogther not bring any more Japanese niche titles this way.

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    *sigh* We’re never getting this. :(

    • Testsubject909

      Well, we are. They just gave us a release date period.

  • thaKingRocka

    Folks, the solution is simple: double dip.

    • British_Otaku

      Probably going to double dip… even though my PS3 isn’t working now.
      Don't judge me.

      Platinum deserve it.

    • Sevyne

      That is not a solution. That is called being a sheep to Sega’s idiocy.

      • thaKingRocka

        Then don’t do it.

  • venomz09

    lol @ fully localized an delaying the usa release til next year ?

    that’s dumbass sega for u…lmao.

  • puchinri

    Yay, I’m glad we have some form of an official time frame again, now. I got my friend really excited for the game with the demo, and I’m still very excited to get the game. I’m sure the wait will be plenty worth it~.

    Importing is terribly tempting though, but I’d still definitely want to support it when it gets released here~.

  • SLick123456789111

    Must be prep’n that P-100 Wii U.
    I ain’t mad at them.
    I’m getting both games anyway , & if I can wait for Bioshock Infinite I can wait for Anarchy.

  • Ty Arnold

    This still makes no sense to me. The game, as far as I’ve seen, is already fully voiced in English. The text can be switched to English, too. What exactly will they be spending the next six to eight months doing?

  • Bio_liquid

    This reminds me of all the Brawl hype. And if this is very similar to the hype Brawl got from its constant delays, the this game my friend will be really great

  • isfuturebright

    So japanese version has english? I’m up for that :)

  • isfuturebright

    So japanese version has english? I’m up for that :)

  • British_Otaku

    It feels like everything is moving the date to 2013… >_>
    At least the Worldwide release is confirmed now, I’ll be waiting.

  • Delayed to 2013, like EVERYTHING ELSE!

  • Göran Isacson

    All I’m saying is that they better be using that delay to prepare a full-scale marketing campaign, because if they’re releasing this gem in a season FILLED with competitive titles and don’t even bother to market it? I just… don’t even know what I’ll do. Probably weep for Platinum Games and their bad luck and wish and hope upon a star that they’ll find a better business-partner.

    • Solomon_Kano

      If you read a few posts up… I’m afraid that’s not what will happen.

      As for Platinum, I’m not too worried about them. I dunno who’s publishing their Wii U game, but they’ll probably establish a good relationship with Konami following Rising’s (presumed) success. I’d imagine that Konami would be more than happy to work with them in that event.

      • puchinri

        I got the feeling that Nintendo themselves would be publishing, but that’s a good point. Building a good relationship with Konami and/or Nintendo would be very nice for them. And us, if it means more titles.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I don’t know that Platinum’s usual sorts of projects would jive well with Nintendo, but if Ninty was willing to publish a Platinum title like Vanquish or Bayonetta down the line that would be great for both of them. Nintendo has shown that they don’t care much to attack the so-called “mature” crowd, but that would be mutually beneficial (even if it would mean no more Platinum greatness on my PS3…).

          I do hope something good comes out of their work on Rising though. Platinum and Konami seem like a good fit to me.

      • Göran Isacson

        On the one hand, I’m glad they’ll find another partner.. but considering that Konami doesn’t seem to handle it’s own marketing much better, I wonder if maybe Nintendo would be the better partner… although that WOULD make them Wii U exclusive, too.

        Eh, maybe there’s some magical third option that will show up and be awesome instead.

        • Solomon_Kano

          The problem with Nintendo would be that… well, look at Platinum’s current library. All mature games (in terms of rating) except for one on DS and their upcoming Wii U game. While a partnership with Nintendo would be greatly beneficial, I don’t think they’d mesh well enough for Nintendo to want to sustain that partnership. Platinum’s usual sort of games don’t really fit Nintendo’s image. If they head back to the sort of stuff they were doing tonally as Clover for Capcom they’d be a perfect fit, but their present style doesn’t seem like something Nintendo would be willing to put their name on.

          You’re right about Konami though. My hope would be that, following Rising’s pending success, they would make it a point to market Platinum’s titles. If they can show themselves to be a profitable partner, I can’t imagine Konami opting not to promote their work.

  • KingGunblader

    UPDATE: Platinum just confirmed on Twitter that they are “done with all international versions of the game” and that the delay is “not due to further development”. (via Joystiq:

    • Patrick Lawson

      The game was actually completed 3 months ago.

  • Patrick Lawson

    This is what is going on for those concerned. First of all, this move has nothing to do with SEGA’s finances. This is a move by the investors at SEGA. The move is related to the fact that SEGA is changing their entire worldwide multiplatform business structure after 11 years.

    SEGA will shift focus AWAY from 3rd party console gaming, by November 2012, SEGA of Japan will cease publication of 3rd party published and developed packaged content in Japan, America and Europe will follow suit in February 2013. Which is why Aliens Colonial Marines and Anarchy Reigns are both being published in February.

    In place of SegaSammy will be a new brand called “Sega Orbi Enterprises” which will handle 1st party home consumer gaming products like game consoles,Android Mobile game devices e.t.c Sega Orbi will also handle multi-franchising for all sorts of non gaming brands.

    In other words, Kabushiki Kaisha Sega will OFFICIALLY return to the console hardware business with reinforcements.

    • puchinri

      Whoa! Is that for real? 0_0
      When did this happen?

      It’d be very nice if Sega returned to consoles, but I’d miss Sonic games on the Wii. . . .! Er, Wii U. . .? ;u;

      I guess we’ll wait and see what’s happening? @[email protected]

      • Patrick Lawson

        Sega filed the trademark at the beginning of this year. They’ve spent 3 years re-forming their first party division and in 2009 they renewed their license to sell game hardware:

        SEGA will still have a 3rd party division. But it will be limited down only to digital downloadable content, plus PC games,social network titles,mobile and portable games.

        • puchinri

          Oh, wow. Well, they really do mean business then.

          That’s kind of great, kind of sad and sucks just a little bit. I will miss some of the games that appeared on other consoles, but that’s good for Sega (I think). Of course, it’s going to suck for my wallet to have to buy another console aside from the Ninty pair and probably the next Sony console.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Dear fudging Lord, if Sega returns to the hardware business… I don’t know if I’m excited or angry just yet, or maybe even both.

      Having been a 3rd-party publisher for the last decade, they’ve had a good enough opportunity to observe the console business and give them a nice point to get back in but… still. That’s risky business. Especially since they’d need a launch that absolutely SHTS on any console that came before, and that would require 3rd-party cooperation. Considering that Sony, Nintendo, and MS are so entrenched in this business, I’d be mighty surprised if they can manage to get any significant 3rd-party support outside of Japan. And even in Japan that sounds iffy.

      I suppose time will tell. This is terribly interesting stuff though. The Dreamcast, however short-lived, is still among my favorite consoles. If they can recapture some of that magic and actually keep themselves competitive this time, then I wish them the best.

      • puchinri

        Right? Excite or anger? Happy or sad? I don’t know how they managed to confuse me so much.

        Looking back, a lot of their decisions do feel like they could have been leading up to what would be a (potentially and very) magnificent return to the hardware business. And I feel that they gave some good games to each console, and Ninty especially got a handful of good to great Sonic games (and NiGHTS!), so I hope they can count on Ninty for some kind of support.

        There are other companies that could support them as well, however. If Sega does come back into the game and with impressive enough hardware, who knows what second or third party devs would support them. (I would hope for a L-5 title or two, some good Konami titles, and maybe ArtePiazza could make an original title.) It’s really hard to say.

        The more I think about it though, the more hopeful I am of this being true (and that they get some great titles – 1st and 3rd party) on the console.

        Hopefully, they’ve been storing and building up magic all this time, and can deliver on something lovely and promising.

        • Solomon_Kano

          If Sega got Level-5 to make a game for their new system… I don’t even know what I’d do with that. That would sell me on the system right then. With their generous slate on Nintendo systems over the last two generations, I really wish they could count on Nintendo for support, but I can’t even imagine what way Nintendo would be able to support them. Continue the Mario & Sonic series on both Nintendo and Sega hardware? Do a couple more crossovers? Past that, I can’t think of anything else Nintendo could (or would) do for them.

          The most exciting thing here to me, if this ends up being true, is the potential for what first-party titles they’ve been stashing. Y’know, the only Dreamcast-era IPs they’ve touched so far (this gen) are Sonic and PSO. Maybe I’m getting a bit too hopeful, but if they jump back into the console race with a new Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, Shenmue (ehhhh, too hopeful), and others that have been missing since the Dreamcast days, that could be crazy. I know a sequel to Skies of Arcadia wouldn’t be lost on a few members of this site.

          Yea, so I’m with you on hoping they’ve been saving up for this. Imagine an E3 2013 where Sega swoops in, overshadowing MS and Sony. My 90s-born dreams are going out of control now…

          • Patrick Lawson

            Sega Orbi Enterprises’ formation will take place throughout the summer. SEGASammy is projected to publicly confirm its full re-organization either in August or September of this year. Sega Orbi’s first product and first objective: To Jump into the Tablet business, by introducing a gaming,Steam based Computer Tablet called “Sega Notebook”.

            SEGA also plans to bring MANY of its Dreamcast classics to PSN/XBLA for HD revamp downloads.

            As for Nintendo, Sega will still support 3DS. The SEGA/Nintendo partnerships of the past are over. Nintendo is now paired with NamcoBandai for most Japanese partnerships. With Sega Orbi’s new arcade hardware and subsequent console, I’m not sure how Sega will approach Nintendo or sell its new hardware. It’d be nice to see Nintendo return the favor and bring Zelda,Mario over to Sega’s hardware.

          • Solomon_Kano

            That would be nice, but Lord knows Nintendo would sooner die than let their first party staples show up on a rival console. A pity, since it’d be really cool to see them do what Sega did for them this gen. That’s also great that Sega plans to keep the HD Dreamcast ports rolling. Hopefully, they’ll finally get Sonic Adventure 2 and Skies of Arcadia up. And a tablet is should be an interesting way to jump back into the hardware side of things.

            Thanks for the info, man.

          • puchinri

            Same. A L-5 game on their system would sell me day one. I mean, it being Sega would already do the trick, but there’d be no doubt or hesitation if that were the case. That’s also a problem though. I think they’re on great terms now and Ninty support would be great, but I could only see multiplat crossovers or something. Then again, maybe they could lend some of their devs and hands as support for games or something?

            I’m really hoping that we haven’t seen most of their older titles make a comeback because they’ve been waiting for this. I mean, yeah they’ve put them in the public eye again in some (small) way or another (Jet Set with a port, characters and levels showing up in All Stars Racing, etc) but having these titles come back on their own console is their intent – and everything else is just hype and reminding us that they exist.

            Goodness. That would be so beautiful and amazing. ;u;
            It’s fine~! If anything, our dreams may come true. And then. . . the world crumbles under all of the amazing?

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh, that would be even better than any crossover, I think. If Sega had help from some Nintendo devs that could do wonders. Imagine a new Sonic that had some of the Mario staff on hand. I mean, I’ve loved several Sonic games past the originals, but that’d be a great way to bring some good platforming back into the series.

            If everything they’ve been doing with their Dreamcast titles and all of the previous Sega titles they’ve been throwing on PSN and XBLA over the years has just been in preparation for this… I can’t even… Wait. What if this is also why they pushed series like Shining and Valkyria Chronicles over to PSP? Were they putting them aside until their console was ready!?

            Wha- you know what, let’s just not get our hopes up on that one. But still! Dreams!

        • Patrick Lawson

          Sega has spent 11 years out of the hardware gaming business and has watched the 7th console generation drag itself out. They’ve also spent 11 years going over all the missteps they made during the CSK years, from yielding 3rd party partnerships to Nintendo it is domestic market that resulting in SG-1000 Mark III not getting alot of Famicom ports, to the mishandling of Sega of America, poor marketing of Mega Drive in Japan, The miscommunications which lead to the confusion of 32X/Mars and Saturn’s confusing design(SOA developing 32X and SOJ developing Saturn) all the way to tolerating Bernie Stolar and allowing him to ruin 3rd party relations all the way to the poor investing in its core Amusement Arcade market not trying to restructure it after the global Arcade market crashed in 1994-1997.

          The Orbi brand is to offer SEGA extra revenue in being a secondary franchisee for non gaming cottage industries. SEGA feels, it limited its income WAY too much during the 90s and when its primary core brand “Arcades” collapsed in the mid 1990s, they ignored it. That’s basically what Sony is doing now, ignoring its declining and slumping electronics brands. SEGA sees an opportunity in phasing SCEI out of the console business. They’ve learned, Sony has lost close to $25 billion on PS3, its revenue dropped 50% from 2002 which was $50 billion to 2011 which was only $3 billion, and that Sony as a whole doesn’t have money to launch a PS4 anytime soon and only has $6 billion dollars left in budget for R&D. Sega Orbi’s target is the brand that phased them out, and its consumer base

    • Göran Isacson

      Question- why exactly does them moving back into hardware mean they’re delaying the sales of their 3rd party made games? I mean, wouldn’t it be better to just get those suckers out as soon as possible so they could put all their focus on publishing their new hardware come February?

      • Patrick Lawson

        SEGA is planning on aggressively marketing its final batch of 3rd party console releases. SEGA meanwhile also has a new strategy on limiting its 3rd party brand leading up to 2013: They’re going to be unveiling and churning alot lots of “Free2Play” digital and browser titles for various mobile platforms.

        • Göran Isacson

          If that is the case, I shall be very interested to see 2013 come. You will forgive me if I remain a bit skeptical considering what a bomb-shell announcement this is and how it’s being “revealed” on a low-key game site by a virtual unknown, but if it is in fact true… I have to admit I would be very, very excited.

  • AnimeRemix

    Atsushi Inaba twitter.

    Hi all, I wanted to make official comment on the western release of Anarchy Reigns (known as Max Anarchy in Japan).

    First of all, we are done with all international versions of Anarchy Reigns. The delay is not due to further development on the game.

    Also, even though the release dates will be different, the content of both the Japanese and Western versions will be 100% the same.

    Today’s Q1 2013 release news was the first we’d heard of it. Even if we wanted to, we can’t comment as we’re (still) in the dark officially.

    There’s some concern that this will push back the Japanese release date. It will not. The game will be released in Japan on July 5, 2012.

    Finally, I want to sincerely apologize to all the fans worldwide for all the confusion this situation has caused.

    I bet this might hurt SEGA and PlatinumGames relationship…

    • Patrick Lawson

      PG is completely unaware that SEGA is re-organizing and abandoning all 3rd party console game publishing.

      Of course they would be. The public knows nothing of Sega Orbi Enterprises.

    • Solomon_Kano

      That’s alright, the relationship is over anyway. This is their last Sega published game. Rising is up next through Konami, and I dunno who’s publishing that Wii U game they’re working on. If Rising does well, and I expect it will, we might see Platinum work out a publishing deal with Konami for a few more titles.

  • aoihana

    It’s really unfortunate there’s such a lengthy release delay in the west, as long as 8 months! On the bright side, the moment you finally play the full game, kicking your friends ass online, it’ll be glorious! ლ(☆◡☆ ლ)

    Personally, I’d like to import a copy myself, but I’ve quite a few games to get to and actually complete! I just got Kid Icarus, and Senran Kagura will be out soon, too, so this may actually be a blessing in disguise!

    Just think about all the other awesome games that are coming, or that game you just got! I’ve such a difficult time actually sitting through my games and completing them, so this will kind of motivate me to do just that. (^v^)

    Also, I guess this’ll also allow me to support the west, so it’s win-win! (◕‿◕✿)

  • LuciferD666

    If anyone is still here commenting can I ask?I’m an experienced buyer of The region label of Max Anarchy is NTSC-J(for 360).I know this post says both console versions are region free. But playasia seemes to know the region code already. If PA is right. Then I won’t be able to import(for xbox). I’m confused.Please help out.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Hm. Well, I wouldn’t want you to buy it and find that it’s not but Ishaan says they did their research, so I’d trust that it’s region-free.

      • LuciferD666

        Thanks. I’ll  wait for PA thorougly reveal if it works on other Western consoles.

    • malek86

      The PG honcho himself tweeted saying that the japanese 360 release is region free… if it’s not, perhaps you could ask him for a refund :P

      Well, just to be on the safe side, why not wait until the game is out and other people have tested it.

      • LuciferD666

        Eff me(excuse my wording). I thought I replied to you and the comment below.Anyway,Thank you guys for your help. I’ll try your alternate route.

  • Well… English releases – or rather, “overseas releases” in this case –
    would mean lower currency value for a copy compared to JP. But on the plus side: A Japanese company just released their game with European text and voices in the local release. Imports costs aside, why aren’t people more glad about this prospect? I mean, we rarely come across this sort of considerate release.

    • Solomon_Kano

      While it’s a great thing to see a local Japanese release that’s import friendly (hell, it’s better than that, it’s a flat-out invitation!), the muted reaction here (on my part, at least) is due to what this would mean if we import this en masse.

      Had this been a Square Enix game, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But, given Sega’s financial situation and their skipping of several significant localizations (albeit on PSP), I can’t help but wonder if the loss of western sales due to importing wouldn’t send a bad message to Sega. Now I want to support Platinum at all costs, but I also don’t want to do so in a way that’s possibly detrimental to Sega’s future localization decisions. The game has niche appeal as is, I can’t see any loss of sales as anything other than bad.

      Platinum is setting a LOVELY precedent that I would hope to see more of from Japanese developers, but I frankly can’t be as excited as I would be because I have to question what the results of this would mean for Sega. Of course, that’s if this actually does lead to a significant number of people importing over buying a localized copy in the first place. Time will tell, but I can’t see that boding well.

      • [Nod] Yeah, it’s perfectly understandable when you put it like that.

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