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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:36 pm 
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ARC SYSTEM WORKS NEWS.

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PlayStation 3 has been the import gamer's console of choice this generation, thanks to its lack of region-free games. Whether you're a US gamer looking to play Japanese games, or a gamer that owns a snazzy Japan-only special edition console, you knew that any game from any region would play in your system.

Of course, someone had to screw that up. Surprisingly, it's Atlus. Persona 4 Arena is the first region-locked game on the console.


"Yes, the PS3 version game will be region-locked. I certainly can't offer details as to why, but there might be an official response at some point," an Atlus representative confirmed on its official forums.

It's an odd decision on Atlus' part, considering all versions of the game across the world are "nearly identical," according to The Escapist, with text and voice options in both Japanese and English regardless of which version you pick up. Still, it's a good thing to know--especially if (like me) you don't use a North American system to play games on.


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The article is actually error-nous. ArcSystemWorks most likely decided on the region locking, NOT Atlus, as Atlus had NO programming development with this game, at all. 100% of development was handed to ASW. Atlus only helped with creative/design development.

Also, Persona 4 The Golden, Atlus' latest game, is NOT region locked. So... LOL. CONGRATS ARC SYSTEM WORKS. For saying fuck you to your overseas fanbase.

Of course I'm sure there's a completely looooooogical reason for this.... wait, no, seemingly not. Huh.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:40 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:47 pm 
Isn't Zen doing the local's? if so, long shot but i wouldn't be surprised if it was Zen who asked ASW to do this because they noticed how much money they lost with people importing the JP copies coz of their crap and late localisations.

if not then idk


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:49 pm 
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It's region locked between JP and US as well though. ASW don't care about ZU's opinion that much... xD

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It was done to prevent japanese fans from importing cheaper American copies of the game.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:50 pm 
Its going to be patched so meh.


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It was done to prevent japanese fans from importing cheaper American copies of the game.

This.
Why don't you guys read the official release from Atlus on it?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:42 pm 
If its region locked than will we not be able to play online with Japanese gamers?


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Eh?
You probably will be able to.

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