Video games have to deal with a lot of regional restrictions which can prevent a release. However, it seems like Gears of War 4 might have broken through to Japanese market and will be releasing soon in the region.
Released last year, Gears of War 4 never made it to Japan due to rating it received from Japan’s CERO system. The game acquired a CERO Z rating, which made it impossible to release in the region without heavy censorship and cutting of the game’s content.
Due to this, Microsoft originally decided to cancel the release but yesterday, the official Xbox Japan Youtube page published the “Tomorrow” cinematic trailer for the game.
While there has been no confirmation from Xbox Japan or Microsoft, the sudden publishing of the trailer suggests fans in the region might finally be able to play the game pretty soon.
The trailer doesn’t come with any release window either however the CERO Z rating mentioned, which is the 18+ equivalent of other regions, means the censor board might have given the game a green light in some form.
It is currently unclear exactly what type of content, if any, will be cut from the game to make it possible to release in the region.
CERO Z is a rather rare rating given to games in Japan, since it is the only rating that is heavily enforced to make sure games aren’t sold to anyone under the age of 18. For this very purpose, publishers try to censor their games before delivering them to the censor board for review.
Launched in October 2016. Gears of War 4 was met with great reviews with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 version sitting at above 80% Metacritic score.
Although, many people, including original creator Cliff Bleszinski, still felt that the game played it too safe and should have taken more risks.