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Microsoft Takes Aim at Japanese Market With Role-Playing Games

| 10 Jun 2008 19:00
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Xbox 360 sales in Japan have been abysmal so far, but Microsoft is aiming to turn that around with a barrage of role-playing game releases this year.

A slew of Japanese role-playing games are due out in Japan, including those from well-known developers Square-Enix and Namco Bandai.

They are:

  • Tales of Vesperia
  • - August, Japan and North America
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • - September, worldwide
  • Fable 2
  • - September, North America (TBD, Japan)
  • Mass Effect
  • - TBA, Japan
  • The Last Remnant
  • - December, worldwide
  • Star Ocean 4
  • - TBA 2009, worldwide

Microsoft still faces an uphill battle, however, as it typically only moves a paltry few thousand units of Xbox 360s in Japan each week. Further, the console is heavily associated with first-person shooters, and there is no shortage of role-playing titles on other, far more popular platforms in the country, such as the Nintendo DS handheld and the PlayStation 2.

Source: Ars Technica

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