Xbox One has some “full Japanese games” coming, to be announced in 2014
Microsoft's Phil Spencer has been talking up the Japanese support for the Xbox One.
Of course, the Xbox brand has traditionally performed poorly in Japan but the Xbox One is starting on a good footing with Panzer Dragoon's spiritual successor Crimson Dragon as a launch title and Swery65's D4 in the pipeline too.
He stated, "I've been a big fan of our partnerships in Japan. Futatsugi just finished Crimson Dragon, and I'm proud of what he was able to do. We're talking to him about what we might want to do next with him. There's some interest out there in some older [intellectual property]. Phantom Dust has come up around whether we would want to reboot that franchise. It's a discussion right now; there's nothing's signed. But we're talking. It does seem like there's a lot of interest around that. And we have a good long relationship with him and I think that would be good."
Microsoft reckon they've done quite well in Japan recruiting a few studios when they launched ID@Xbox indie developer programme at this year's Tokyo Games Show.
Spencer added, "We kicked off our independent developer program when were at Tokyo Game Show and saw some top talent walk through the door, so I think you'll see some indies too... I'm committed to the development there."
Could this be third time's the charm for Microsoft's ambitions to conquer the Japanese console market? Only time will tell but getting their development community on board is a step in the right direction.
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