Big PS4 Announcement at TGS According to Former Famitsu Editor in Chief

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Sep 26, 2013
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Big PS4 Announcement Coming at a Game Show from Major Developer According to Kadokawa Honcho
Former Famitsu Editor in Chief and Kadokawa and Enterbrain head honcho Hirokazu Hamamura is one of the men best positioned to be in the know of what’s going to happen in the Japanese gaming industry, and yesterday he held a special seminar at the YouTube Space Tokyo in Roppongi Hills as part of the the YouTube Gamers’ Day event.

During the seminar Hamamura-san mentioned that the performance of the PS4 in Japan isn’t as good as expected, and while the numbers aren’t terrible per se, it cannot be denied that they pale in comparison to sales in North America and Europe.

He continued by revealing that despite the fact that the Japanese market is by its own nature dominated by mobile games, talking to a major developer he heard that at a game show there will be a big announcement that could help accelerate Sony’s new console’s local performance.

Hamamura-san did not explicitly mention which game show he was talking about, but he used the anglicized version “gemushou,” which in Japan normally indicates Tokyo Game Show. Considering that he’s talking about the Japanese market, it would only make sense for the announcement to happen at TGS.

What will the announcement be about? That’s a complete mystery, and while Hamamura-san’s wording seems to indicate a third party developer, he did not give any further details. The most probable theory is a PS4 release of a very popular Japanese franchise, and there are quite a few candidates there, including Tales of, Persona, Dragon Quest (Square Enix recently mentioned that the possibility of the franchise returning to Sony consoles exists) and more.

Unfortunately we’ll have to wait for the announcement in order to know for sure.

Source: Famitsu

Any guesses? Sounds like it's going to be a title that will move PS4's in Japan.
 

Wazi the pa

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On second thought it might be XV or KH III considering those two games are on the list of the most wanted games in Japan based on what Famitsu said if im not mistaken.
 

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My initial thought was Monster Hunter, but Tri's relatively weaker performance on the Wii, and its subsequent major success when ported to the 3DS seems to suggest that Capcom would rather keep the series on handhelds.

Ah, I dunno. It doesn't specifically state that it has to be an unannounced game. If it is something unannounced, the things that can rupture Japan would be something like Dragon Quest XI for PS4, which I'm not betting any money on. Then watch as Square-Enix refuse to localise it.

EDIT: It's probably going to be nothing that exciting.
 

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so basically the 'BIG' PS4 game will either be Capcom's Monster Hunter or Square's Final Fantasy...... Or an entirely other game we did not expect. Either way, this sums it down better.
 
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I don't really see it being Monster Hunter. Think Nintendo has that on lock. They know damn well how important that game is in Japan as it's a big reason for PSP's success.
 

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Is Dragon Quest a title that can move PS4's? While it sounds 3rd party, can it be a large-scale game from Japan Studio?
 
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Is Dragon Quest a title that can move PS4's? While it sounds 3rd party, can it be a large-scale game from Japan Studio?
Dragon Quest is one of - if not the - most popular video game franchises in Japan. And it's from Square Enix btw, not Japan Studio. So yes, it is 3rd party. =)
 

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Is Persona 5 highly demanded by the Japanese gamers?
Yup.

Well, looking at Famitsu's most wanted games lists, presuming for a moment that it is representative of Japan, Persona 5's consistently been either near the top, or at the top. Not sure whether they'd agree to moving it exclusively to the PS4 though, because I'd imagine Atlus would have cold feet at the thought of exchanging a platform with a relatively large install base for one that's thin on the ground.

But someone will have to take that risk, and fire the initiative shot to help move PS4 units.
 
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