Capcom expands Down Under

Dead Rising publisher teams up with Activision to release Lost Planet Extreme Condition in Australia and New Zealand.

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Aussie gamers sometimes feel they get a raw deal--the region is often last in line for new console and game launch dates, and the country's rating system means that any games deemed to be suitable only for those over age 15 are automatically banned.

But now, there's finally a little bit of good news for gamers in the southern hemisphere. Capcom and Activision have teamed up with a view to expanding their operations in what they describe as "the growing markets of Australia and New Zealand territories."

Capcom will be releasing the action game Lost Planet Extreme Condition in early 2007, followed by two former Clover Studio titles--arty adventure Okami and beat-'em-up God Hand for the PS2.

Hiroshi Tobisawa, president and acting CEO of Capcom USA, and president of CE Europe, said of the collaboration, "This region is extremely important to Capcom and with Activision we have found a partner with unparalleled knowledge and expertise of the Australian and New Zealand markets. This will prove invaluable for the launch of Lost Planet Extreme Condition and the rest of Capcom's 2007 line-up."

Capcom also expressed its desire to continue to strengthen and expand its operations in other regions outside of Japan, which it said so far had proved "favourable."

Discussion

35 comments
zixarga
zixarga

thats such a good news

alcarazo9
alcarazo9

good for the Aussies they are always missing on great tittles

Svenice
Svenice

Yay for the Aussies getting more games.

nimmow
nimmow

I think the editor is a little confused about aussie ratings, we get everything the americans get no matter what the rating. Sometimes the OFLC will prevent a game from launching if it really is violent such as manhunt. I'm still waiting on okami.

d-suhiti
d-suhiti

Awesome, although I will probably never buy Lost Planet.

Nuke_trooper
Nuke_trooper

Hmmmm, i don't know weither to believe that. It's not like a game's company not to screw over Australia and New Zealand. But hey!, i guess crazier thing's have happened before..so, we'll see..........

cjharr
cjharr

Im an Aussie and I can't think of a single game I wanted that got banned. Maybe comparatively its easier to get a MA15+ rating over here. All i know is all the GTA's are for sale as well as dead rising. Actually I think manhunt was banned, so I don't know how I've played it. That game was crap anyway.

PeteInDigital
PeteInDigital

Automatically banned?! Huh? ...target and EB must be "smuggling" those copies of Resi 4 and Dead Rising onto their shelves huh? ...maybe you meant to say "18+"...

sizzlemebacon2
sizzlemebacon2

I lost all respect for capcom ever since it killed Clover, F@ You Capcom but good news for the gamers who get to play Clover's awesome games

KamaKase
KamaKase

Hurrah for "favourable".

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

good news for the gamers over the other side of the world.

Mikeplus2
Mikeplus2

"triache" you are very right :D

killroycantkill
killroycantkill

DAMM YOU CAPCOM!!!! you get rid of clover and now you cash in on there two best games!!!! I dont like capcom right now...

tricache
tricache

sweeet!!!!!!! bout time too :P

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

well im sure the aussies will be happy..

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Telling adults what they can and cannot play is unacceptable ! Hopefully this news will cheer you Antipodean gamers up a little !

Zonelezz
Zonelezz

hmm i can't wait for this new game... i hope capcom pumps out some more X series games too

walter_k
walter_k

Alright, never been to Australia but it seems to be an untapped market. Just gotta get around those pesky suits.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Yes our ratings system is screwed, but it doesnt mean we dont get games like GTA or RE4, it means games like Larry get banned and other games get "modified" We just dont have an R rating for games in Australia, as all our politicians think that games are for kids. Any game that is deemed as suitable for over 18s only is either modified or banned.

Gerg1988
Gerg1988

Thank you Activision for all Aussie Gamers! I think the Gaming Companies are starting realise our market since the Xbox 360 Growth and the disproportionate amount of games bought by our small population of just over 15 million :)

jesusrocks
jesusrocks

We do get all those games though, RE4, GTA, Dead Rising, GEOW - All of them - the only I can remember getting band in recent is San Andreas, But it got re-released 1 month after banning.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Any game not suitable for 15 year olds...that's like half the games over here in the U.S.

OmegaArchetype
OmegaArchetype

Damn I feel sorry for the aussies having to deal with all the banning stuff. That means they've never gotten RE4 or GTA or anything like that. I think it's bull**** actually.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I hope Okami sells well that was one awesome game.

TatsuSuou
TatsuSuou

'and the country's rating system means that any games deemed to be only suitable for those over 15 are automatically banned.'' "Is that for real?" Yes, but most games are still released here even though they're M in the US or 18 in the UK.

Schillinger
Schillinger

The title of this news story makes it sound like Capcom has an erection. Anywho, good to hear Australia getting some love. In either sense :P

Heat_Guy_D
Heat_Guy_D

''and the country's rating system means that any games deemed to be only suitable for those over 15 are automatically banned.'' Is that for real?

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

I should move to Aus. jk, can't wait for lost planet though.

Dace67
Dace67

Australia and New Zealand not getting shafted? Wow. That's nice of Capcom and Activision.