Black Ops 3 is Probably Not Releasing on Xbox One in Japan as Sony Gets Publishing Rights

Microsoft has announced that it will be publishing Call of Duty Black Ops 3 in Japan for Xbox One and Xbox 360 just like Sony is doing it for their platforms.

With the change in primary consoles for Call of Duty Black Ops 3 a lot of other things have changed in the franchise. For example, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia is now publishing the game for Japan themselves.

You might not know it but Square Enix and the Call of Duty franchise have had a connection between them for a while now.

In fact, it has been Square Enix that held the publishing rights for the franchise in Japan and would have done so for Call of Duty Black Ops 3 had Sony not acquired the rights for themselves.

This change also highlights how interested Sony is for really making PlayStation 4 the “new home” of Call of Duty as boasted by them at this year’s E3.

Previously, Activision had given the publishing rights to Square Enix since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The first improvement announced by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia was that they will be providing the choice between dubbed voices as well as subtitles together on the same copy of the game unlike Square Enix who used to release the two versions separately.

Now although the number of Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan is a lot less, this change also means that Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is probably not going to be released on either one of Microsoft’s consoles in Japan.

The reason why I say that is because Sony had done the same when they published Destiny in Japan as a PlayStation exclusive.