PlayStation 4 launches in Japan in 2014

Sony launches its PlayStation 4 console in Japan on February 22, 2014, as the company confirmed in its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. That’s more than three months after the console’s U.S. launch on November 15, 2013. The delay reportedly stems from the need to localize many of the launch titles – 19 in all – for Japanese consumers. In the U.S., Sony will sell both the standalone console and a console bundle that includes the new PS Eye camera, and both versions are packaged with the game Knack.

Sony also confirmed a launch lineup that, in addition to Knack, includes Assassin’s Creed 4Battlefield 4Call of Duty: GhostsDoki-Doki UniverseDream Club: Host Girls on StageDriveclubDynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme LegendsFIFA 14Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (the beta), HohokumKillzone: Shadow FallNatural DoctrinePuzzle 4 SudokuTottemo E Mahjong PlusResogunStrider, and Watch Dogs.

Dynasty Warriors 8 and Natural Doctrine were both announced during Sony’s pre-TGS event. The former is the latest “beat up entire armies with a stick” brawler from Koei, and it’s also coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Natural Doctrine, from Lollipop Chainsaw developer Kadokawa Games, is a strategy role-playing game that supports both solo play and multiplayer. Like DW8, this one is also coming to all three Sony platforms.

Sony confirmed last week that the press conference would be livestreamed with English translations. It’s over now, but you can re-watch it right here, if you’re looking for additional game announcements and trailers.


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