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Cross Buy restricted to Europe for now, says Yoshida

Monday, 20th August 2012 01:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida has said Cross Buy – a scheme which awards a free Vita version to those who purchase a PlayStation 3 game – is currently only confirmed for Europe.

Speaking to Famitsu, via Andriasang, Yoshida couldn’t commit to the scheme’s release in Japan, the US, or beyond, stating only that it’s only been announced for Europe – for now.

The Cross Buy initiative was announced during Sony’s gamescom presentation as a formal initiative backing up past efforts with games like Motorstorm, wo players need buy just one copy of the game to enjoy it on both systems. Sony has approached third-party publishers about Cross Buy participation, and EA has said Need for Speed Most Wanted could be a Cross Buy title.

Elsewhere in the interview, Yoshida wasa sked how the Vita is doing in Europe, and seemed optimistic but realistic, noting that the hardware is popular but users want more games and better system functions. He said hardware bundles are part of the company’s future strategies.

The executive proved cagey on the topic of Japanese releases for new games revealed at gamescom, confirming only the Studio Japan-developed Rain and Puppeteer for local release.

Thanks, CVG.

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  1. WFMMK

    Weird this post on the official blog says otherwise
    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/08/15/sly-cooper-thieves-in-time-gamescom-trailer-cross-play-details/

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ejams

    Whaaaa?!?!? I was looking so forward to being able to get Playstation all-stars for both. Why would it only be in Europe as of current?

    Sony seems to be doing this sort of thing consistently with announcements in relation to the Vita; make an amazing, shocking announcement that’ll blow everything out of the water, then a few days later the strings attached are revealed.

    I cannot wait for more info on this.

    EDIT:

    @1 – After reading that (especially on the US blog) it seems as if though the promotion still stands there, or at least maybe just for Sly.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    It will probably be worldwide, but rolled out in phases.
    But my region falls under eu, so couldnt be happier!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dean

    https://twitter.com/yosp/status/237383719147683840

    “PS Vita-PS3 Cross Buy price promo is coming to both Europe and North America. My quote by Famitsu was meant as “not decided for Japan yet”.”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    It’s almost as if SCEE has someone competent working there for a change ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ejams

    @4 – Thank you! Hope has been restored :D

    #6 2 years ago