Microsoft announced this morning that the Xbox One will (finally) be launching in Japan on Sept. 4. The company did not say how much the system would retail for when it is released. It is pretty surprising that Microsoft is waiting until almost the end of the year to bring its current generation system into Japan.
Some would argue that the company does not have a strong following or brand loyalty there, because the company is competing with the likes of Sony and Nintendo on its home turf. It's also odd that China will see the release of Microsoft's latest consoles well before Japan does.
On the plus side, games confirmed for Japan include Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquistion, Need for Speed Rivals, Battlefield 4, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Strider Hiryu, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kingdom Hearts III, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Thief, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy XV, Madado Soul, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Psycho Break (The Evil Within), Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Killer Instinct, Quantum Break, Crimson Dragon, Sunset Overdrive, Zoo Tycoon, D4: Dark Dreams Do Not Die, Powerstar Golf, Project Spark, Halo on Xbox One, Halo: Spartan Assault, Below, Forza Motorsport 5, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Ryse: Son of Rome, LocoCycle, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Wonder Flick, Dying Light, and Batman: Arkham Night. Specific release dates for these titles are to be determined.
Microsoft also revealed the companies that are working on game content for Japan. Around 48 companies have committed to creating games for the system in Japan, including:
Arc System Works
Bandai Namco Games
Bandai Namco Studio
GungHo Online Entertainment
Nippon Ichi Software
Warner Entertainment Japan