PlayStation 3

Rumored Japanese PSN Import Section Seems Likely



A leaked document found on Sega’s FTP by Objectif-Sega described a “special Japanese import section” for games like Yakuza. Titles would be sold digitally for $9.99 to $39.99 for a full game. The notes, which are allegedly from a meeting with Sony Computer Entertainment America, also explain SCEA could help with marketing if given a period of exclusivity and Sega “might need to localize menus at least with subtitles.” A report from this past weekend stated Yakuza 3 was being localized.


Subtitled PS3 games are coming coming to PSN this year. Aksys plan to release Battle Fantasia and Record of Agarest War, two retail titles in Japan, as digital downloads over PlayStation Network. Both games will have Japanese voice acting and English text for menus and story sequences. Capcom also released an import PSP game, Fate/Unlimited Codes, a few weeks ago.


An import section on PSN could open the door for niche titles that wouldn’t be released in North America otherwise. Are there any games with a low chance of being localized that you would want to see up here?

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