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Global Release For PS3 Games?

A lot has been said about Phil Harrison’s claims that Sony are “ahead of the curve” with regards to meeting the November worldwide launch. But one supposed comment that I think has been overlooked is the apparent claim that Sony could be planning global release dates for PS3 games or so says GamesRadar:

As well as a simultaneous global outing for its next-gen console, Harrison indicated that Sony will “hopefully be moving towards a global release date” for PS3 titles – a move that would be hugely beneficial to UK gamers, who traditionally have to endure a lengthy wait long after a game is released in the US and Japan.

If this did turn out to be true then it would be fantastic news with regards to getting games the same time as North American & Japanese gamers. It might even solve the problem of certain games not being released in multiple regions.

One recent game that springs to mind is Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition. I’m a HUGE DMC fan & when I found out DMC3:SE wasn’t getting a release outside North America I was gutted. It’s OK for people who can or are willing to import these games but I’m not one of them.

The downside of getting games the same time as our North American & Japanese cousins is we could miss out on the extras that we sometimes get from game developers who have extra time to polish & add bonus features to a game.

The only concern would be translation problems for text heavy games like the Final Fantasy series. Would they do multiple languages during the development process thus pushing back the release date for all regions or would there be some kind of down-loadable patch that instantly translates the text into your local dialect?

Final Fantasy XII is a game that is already available in Japan but us UK gamers will have to wait until 2007 (so say the rumours) before we got our hands on it. 🙁

So do you think a global release date for games would be a good or bad idea?

GamesRadar – Global Release For PS3 Games