Microsoft has reached a barrier of sorts in Japan and will not be able to release Gears of War Ultimate Edition in that country.
Xbox Japan made the announcement on its official blog. They weren’t able to fix the game enough to get a rating for it. Therefore, the game will not be released in Japan.
Xbox Japan said they are sorry for the disappointment. The Japanese market didn’t feel the game was suitable. However, other Xbox One games are still coming out including Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, Fable Legends and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Microsoft has always found it hard to penetrate the Japanese market and something like this puts even more obstacles in front of them. It may even impact on the release of Gears of War 4 next year too.
This is why Microsoft is looking towards China recently instead. China has recently lifted its ban on video game consoles, so the Xbox One could fill that void.
China has over 1 billion people so any fraction of that market will be big. Some Hollywood movies have benefited a lot releasing in China such as this year’s Furious 7 and more.
For any Japanese gamer out there, they might have to import Gears of War Ultimate Edition overseas in order to play it.