Destiny Exclusive to PS3, PS4 In Japan

Sony and Activision reach deal to release Bungie's upcoming shooter only on PlayStation platforms in Japan this September.

Bungie's upcoming first-person shooter Destiny will be exclusive to PlayStation platforms in Japan, according to a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan press release issued today and translated by Kotaku.

The announcement heralds a deal between Sony and Destiny publisher Activision that brings the game exclusively to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on September 11. The PS4 has been available in Japan since February, while the Xbox One launches in the country on September 4.

It's unclear if Destiny will be exclusive to PS3 and PS4 in Japan for the life of the title, or if Sony and Activision have agreed to a timed exclusivity deal. We have reached out to an Activision representative for comment.

Activision and Sony already have an established relationship for Destiny. The game was featured front-and-center at Sony's E3 press conference last week, during which Sony even announced a special $450 Glacier White PS4 bundle that includes a 500GB system and a copy of Destiny. On top of that, the PlayStation versions of Destiny will receive a series of "exclusive" digital bonuses. Further still, it's rumored that Sony will even bundle copies of Destiny with PS4s later this year.

Destiny launches September 9 in North America for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. A beta for the game kicks off on July 17, first on PlayStation systems. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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114 comments
blackace
blackace

Sure Bungie loves their Xbox fans. LMAO!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

No surprise there. Probably would have been a bad move otherwise.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

first I was like exclusive how? We're also going to have it, but then I remembered Xbox oh...it's like it's never existed to me lol

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

I wonder if MS will try something like this too now ?

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

Wow good move there Sony

edant79
edant79

I hope they didn't put themselves out to much...no one in Japan would buy a game like that for xbox anyways.

jasongm
jasongm

I don't know why, but why am i not hyped for Destiny?

I was never into the Halo series tbh, could that be the reason?

billzihang
billzihang

Since when do the Japanese play non-Japanese games?

lostn
lostn

Japan won't play the game anyway.

DarkReign2022
DarkReign2022

I love Sony's determination to constantly jump out and yell "Hey guys! We got the developers of Halo! It doesn't matter if it's still coming out on 360 and XB1. We finally got a good FPS on our console after only 4 console generations."

gottago42
gottago42

First Person shooters don't do well in Japan example Call Of Duty, Halo, Killzone and the Battlefield franchises don't do well in Japan and Destiny is a online only first person shooter with a touch of rpg/mmo elements tossed in , the Japanese are more interested in playing Train simulator and dating simulator games, the numbers don't lie

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

they must had it with micro$oft.

wizardjenkins
wizardjenkins

Its not like Xboxes sell in Japan anyway, lol

xantufrog
xantufrog

Is this game expected to be a big seller in Japan?

golden1elite
golden1elite

This only makes sense.  The install base for Japan with the XBOX has always been very small.  They are also probably still pi$$ed with MS America, since the XBOX changed the gaming market from consoles releasing months in advance in Japan, and NA customers getting the left overs.  To NA customers getting the console first and the rest of the world getting it second.  I still remember when mario 64 first came out and I had to wait forever to play it, while easterners were basking in the "EEtsa MeEE Marriiooo" glory.  :-D

Or the Sony playstation releasing in Japan December 3, 1994 and almost a year later North America September 9, 1995.  I will never forget who changed the market and allowed me to get the console first or at least the same time as other countries.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

This game is like crack. I loved bringing my gear and upgrades into the PVP. Going to be crazy addictive.

Acquire
Acquire

They need to put this on the PC.

tommynj
tommynj

No worries Xbox fans in Japan, you aren't missing anything special. The game really isn't that good to begin with.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@billzihang ever since video games were invented?

jameston80
jameston80

@Aaronp2k another win for sony? You are on crack, this is a fps game basically, japan won't buy this, activision is wasting their money in japan on this title!!!

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@DarkReign2022 you think bungie is how old? last time i check MS bought them in 2000 (same year the ps2 came out) they made no games for consoles before then. last time i checked many of best fps's we have today originally were before the xbox was even made and only on the ps1/2 or pc, hell MS only had 2 good fps's and they only came about because they throw money at every studio that would accept it and crossed their fingers (which btw was halo and gear of war)

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@gottago42 you really dont know about Japanese gamers do you? Japanese gamers also enjoy MMO games and they do actually play FPS games

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@xantufrog who knows, maybe for those that have a PS4/PS3, but not a system seller

gottago42
gottago42

@jake198624 well Battlefield 4 had a lower resolution on the PS4 compared to the PC version so your comment doesn't make any sense,

gottago42
gottago42

@freedom01 dude the Japanese play their MMO on PC the fact is console fps don't sell well in Japan check the numbers for yourself

yankeeallstars
yankeeallstars

@gottago42 Source? Stop referring to these so called "numbers" as evidence when you don't provide where you found the numbers.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

@gottago42 I never mentioned if its console or PC. I was correcting you on the type of games they play. And they actually do play a lot of FPS games on their PC, Battlefield and CoD being the popular

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@shinjuki @neowarrior793 @wizardjenkins dude i have an original xbox to play them on with a 360, i already have halo 1 remastered and i didn't even buy it. they aren't worth buying twice over (or 3 times) for the odd texture and a bunch of scream 5 year olds who moan when they lose.