Release date for Japanese version of GTA IV announced

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By Chris | 15th Aug 2008 at 12:19 GMT in GTA IV | 13 Comments
Good news for readers in Japan still waiting to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto IV. A press release from Take2 today announced that the localized Japanese version of the game would be released on 30th October, 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

New York, NY – August 15, 2008 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today an October 30, 2008 release date for the localized Japanese version of Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360┬« video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION┬«3 computer entertainment system.

Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto IV was released in North America and Europe on April 29, 2008, selling 3.6 million units on the first day of release, and 6 million units in the first week. Critics from across the globe have showered the game in unanimous praise for its immersive storytelling; culturally eclectic soundtrack; an unparalleled level of detail in Liberty City; and sixteen player multiplayer with more than a dozen online modes for endless replayability.

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MrLlamaLlama 15th August, 2008 @ 12:24 - Permalink
Oooh... good news for japan...

Any news on how 'refined' it'll be...? I can only assume it'll be more restricted than the AUS version was...
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Hansui 15th August, 2008 @ 12:42 - Permalink
that sounds good :D
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GTA Don 15th August, 2008 @ 12:45 - Permalink
The AU and NZ version of GTA IV did have some content censored, but then they changed that, I think?
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Tomern 15th August, 2008 @ 14:41 - Permalink
I wonder when they'll get the PC version.....on mid 2009?
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MrLlamaLlama 15th August, 2008 @ 17:04 - Permalink

The AU and NZ version of GTA IV did have some content censored, but then they changed that, I think?



NZ wanted uncensored games, so got them, the vast majority of their game stock came from AUS, so I'm assuming that's how they ended up w/ them.
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Chris 15th August, 2008 @ 17:42 - Permalink
Yeah. Main problem in Aus is their videogame rating system I think. Only goes up to MA15+ IIRC, while film goes up to R18. It would be fine if they brought R18 into the videogame system and just gave all the GTA's that. No need to censor then.

There's no word on any censorship taking place for the Japanese version though, so unless we hear otherwise we can just assume it's the full uncut version.
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GTA Don 15th August, 2008 @ 18:27 - Permalink
Why do Japan get it before us? I bet Jackie Chan had something to do with this...
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MrLlamaLlama 15th August, 2008 @ 18:28 - Permalink

Why do Japan get it before us? I bet Jackie Chan had something to do with this...


Only for PS3 and 360, doesn't say anything about a PC version...
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GTA Don 15th August, 2008 @ 18:30 - Permalink
Oh, sorry, must have not read it properly. :blush: *Kicks self in the balls* I wonder if Japan will get the PC version though...
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Chris 15th August, 2008 @ 19:28 - Permalink
Yeah some months after everyone else I expect.
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Kitsune Inferno 15th August, 2008 @ 19:30 - Permalink

Good news for readers in Japan still waiting to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto IV. A press release from Take2 today announced that the localized Japanese version of the game would be released on 30th October, 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

Excellent for Japanese gamers, but I ask just one thing. Is any of our members actually from the Land of the Rising Sun?
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Chris 15th August, 2008 @ 21:09 - Permalink
Nope, not that I know of. I was actually just looking at our country stats... says only 2,600 visits per month come from Japan, or 0.39% of our total monthly visitors, lol.
So yeah, they're way down in 52nd place on the list of countries we're visited from :P
Explains why we have little to no members from Japan.

Still, it's news for those couple of thousand people.
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Huckleberry Pie 15th August, 2008 @ 22:42 - Permalink
Yeah, and it will be like "わたしは GTA IV がすきです" or in English, I like GTA IV, for the Japanese-speaking gamer, if he approves of it... :lolbounce:

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