Sony Computer Entertainment held it’s second Tokyo Game Show press conference, this time with a focus on announcements for the Asia Pacific region. While many of the games announced were not entirely surprising, there was an increased emphasis on simplified Chinese and Korean localisation for upcoming titles.
Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain will be receiving a localised version in both simplified Chinese and Korean. This was not entirely unexpected, but it will lead a number of other titles which are also being adapted for the Chinese market.
There was also an emphasis on releasing localised versions at the same time as the official launch date of the titles. Upcoming titles like Dragon Quest Heroes II and Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness both promises localised Chinese version from the very first day. As does the newly revealed World of Tanks for the PlayStation 4.
Most interestingly, the highly anticipated Call of Duty Black Ops III will also be receiving a localised version in simplified Chinese and Korean. This is a first for the most American game since Madden NFL. Although, at the rate that games are being targeted at the Chinese market, it is only a matter of time before American Football games also feature Chinese subtitles.
China had recently lifted its ban on the sale of consoles, which has opened the world’s second largest economy to Sony. The new focus on localised titles is to be expected as developers begin looking to China to expand their user base.