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Gears of War 3 Japanese Release Detailed

Microsoft announces the voice cast and packaging, and tells us what's being censored.


Microsoft's September Gears of War 3 release is a worldwide one, and that includes Japan. Players in Japan can look forward to the game on September 22, priced ¥7,140 in standard form.

Similar to the rest of the world, Microsoft will be releasing multiple limited editions and tie-in products:

Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Limited Edition
Priced ¥39,800. This includes a special Xbox 360, two like-designed wireless controllers, and a copy of the standard version of the game with a serial code for download content.
Gears of War 3 Limited Edition
Priced ¥8,190. This includes a special case and other bonuses.
Gears of War 3 Epic Edition
Priced ¥15,540. This includes all the items from the Limited Edition and adds a Marcus Fenix figure and other bonuses.

Joining the game, Microsoft will release a limited edition Gears of War 3 controller (priced ¥5,775) and a Gears of War 3 Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership (priced ¥5,229). The Xbox Box Live membership includes two bonus months and bonus DLC for Gears of War 3.

Microsoft also shared general localization details.

Like the past Gears of War games, GOW3 will get a full localization. The voice cast includes:

  • Marcus Fenix: Kousei Hirota
  • Dominic Santiago: Toshitsugu Takashina
  • Damon Baird: Kenichiro Matsuda
  • Augustus Cole: Takeharu Oonishi
  • Anya Stroud: Atsuko Yuya
  • Clayton Carmine: Keiichi Kuwabara
  • Victor Hoffman: Ikuya Sawaki
  • Chairman Prescott: Hidetoshi Nakamura
  • Queen Myrrah: Yoshiko Okamoto
  • Adam Fenix: Katsumi Chou
  • Jayson Stratton: Kouji Takeda
  • Samantha Byrne: Youko Soumi

While the content will mostly be unchanged from the overseas versions, there will be a few changes in order to comply with CERO ratings board guidelines. These most cover graphical showing of severed body parts.

Players in Japan will be able to play with top players from throughout the world. Microsoft also announced that Japan will make use of GOW3's worldwide servers for online play.

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