Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is taking a big step in making a significant number of CERO Z games available for digital distribution in Japan. Apparently there will be a new section in the PlayStation Store which will feature these games opening on the 31st of October.
Contrary to popular (read; dumb) opinion on the net, Japan is quite serious about what it considers mature content and whether minors should be allowed to access it. Case in point is the CERO Z rating given to videogames. CERO Z games cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18, and they can’t even be displayed on shelves, only kept under the counter.
The big problem is that it applies to digital distribution as well and since there’s no handy dandy counter to hide under, a lot of CERO Z games such as God of War and The Last of Us are not available for purchasing online in the country.
The list of CERO Z games that will be available when it opens are as follows:
- The Last of Us
- God of War: Ascension
- Killer is Dead
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Sleeping Dogs
- Hitman Absolution
The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension will be on discount for 3,980 yen until November 13 as part of a launch promotion. PlayStation Plus members will be able to purchase the titles for 3,480 yen.
You can only purchase CERO Z games with a master account and a credit card. This should at least make it so that only adults can buy the game.