gamrReview: "Ultimately, if region locking the game helps Atlus continue to make games that their fanbase loves, then this decision is a good idea, and it's something that gamers should understand and accept."
They're only region locking it because they know if they don't Japanese gamers will import it. It's a lot more expensive to buy games in Japan than it is in the US and since Atlus included the Japanese audio it would be very tempting for them to import the US version, thus hurting domestic sales.
Still a bit weird that this is the first time that they have done that. I mean, it actually seems to be following the anime industry's current trend with blu-rays. Companies don't want FUNimation releasing blu-rays right away due to reverse importation. Guess they are really concerned about the market at home... though at least a NTSC region locked game really isn't too much of an issue.
This response from ATLUS shows that they just don't get it. The very fact that any company is assigning different prices for what's pretty much identical content in different regions is a problem in and of itself. The usual claim, that price differences are based on differences in distribution costs, is completely irrelevant in this case, distribution costs in Japan would be lower if anything. Without that usual bullcrap excuse, do they have any justification for the region lock other than wanting to boost profits by artificially boosting game prices in a region?
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