Sega has confirmed the games which will be playable at its E3booth next week, and Platinum Games' Anarchy Reigns is troublingly conspicuous by its absence.
Parent company Sega Sammy is restructuring its loss-making videogame business, warning of layoffs across its western operation as it focuses on its more commercially viable IP likeSonic, Total War and Aliens. In a blog post, the publisher confirms the games it is taking to E3.
Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines will be playable on the show floor, as will Super Monkey Ball's Vita debut, subtitled Banana Splitz. There's also Ron Gilbert's new game, The Cave; downloadable brawler Virtua Figher 5 Final Showdown; the HD remake of Jet Set Radio, recently announced for Vita as well as the console download services; and Hell Yeah! Wrath Of The Dead Rabbit.
But the absence of Anarchy Reigns further suggests that Platinum's ambitious multiplayer brawler will not see the light of day in the west - at least, not for some time, given that two of the games confirmed for the show, Aliens and The Cave, aren't due until early 2013.
Platinum admitted over the weekend that, while Anarchy Reignswas still on track for its July release date in Japan, the western launch was now "to be confirmed". Worryingly, the studio advised western players to import, pointing out that the Japanese release would be fully localised in multiple languages.
The news will also raise concern over the prospect of a western localisation of Yakuza 5. Due in Japan in December, the fifth game in Toshihiro Nagoshi's RPG-brawler series is the most ambitious since the original, with five playable characters and a greatly improved engine.
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