With less than a month until it comes out, Sega distributed a promotional movie for Initial D Extreme Stage. The video doesn't expunge much on gameplay details, but I think Initial D fans know what to expect. Well, except for PlayStation Network connectivity. The official site settles the score explaining there is no two player mode in Initial D Extreme Stage. Ghost data is the closest thing you get to racing against an actual human. Other PlayStation Network features include a national time attack mode and downloadable content. Extra cars, my character parts (costumes?), and an original comic will be available on the PlayStation Store, probably for a price.
With this information it looks like the Asian version isn’t missing as much with its omission of “online play”. It’s still up in the air if Sony is going to actively IP block importers from trying to compete in the National Time Attack mode, if Sega removed the features from the disc, or if this simply means the downloadable content will not be on the Asian PlayStation Store. Importers beware!
Images courtesy of Sega.