From Software's gothic horror RPG Bloodborne will launch early next year in Japan, according to a press conference that took place just prior to Tokyo Game Show last week.
The announcement, accompanied by a short new teaser for Bloodborne, finally sets a release date for what is gearing up to be one of the PS4′s biggest exclusive titles. Unfortunately the February 5th release date is only for Japan, with an official street date for the European and North American versions of the game not yet disclosed.
Some sources believe that a Western release will not happen until a while later, mostly due to localization requirements, pointing to an early spring launch instead, and still others claim the game will be on shelves ‘before April‘. At Gamescom several weeks ago SCEE CEO Jim Ryan claimed that Bloodborne would launch (along with several other titles) within the next six months, which meant mid-February at the latest, and while a March release everywhere but Japan would make Ryan’s statement somewhat misleading, it wouldn’t be an outright lie.
Japanese games releasing first in Japan is nothing new. The practice has been taking place as long as the the industry has been around, but as globalization makes international sales both easier and more desirable, we’ve seen it less and less. Especially with a game of Bloodborne‘s magnitude, having to wait is a maddening prospect.
Bloodborne was playable at PAX Prime last week, so if you were in Seattle over the weekend you may have already seen Yarnham first-hand. If you’re not one of those lucky few, you’ll just have to wait along with the rest of us until this winter at least, depending on where you are in the world.
Oh and while we’re on the subject, make sure you go back and watch the 6 minutes of gameplay from Bloodborne that hid an enormous spider monster directly in plain sight right in the background:
No doubt you will have to kill that thing. Good luck.
Bloodborne launches February 5, 2015 (In Japan) exclusively on PS4.
Images: From Software