Iwata again comments on region-locking
Posted on October 31, 2014 by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News
During the Q&A portion of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, president Satoru Iwata was asked about region-locking. Nothing was really said either way with regard to disabling it for future hardware, but Iwata did share some encouraging comments.
Here’s the complete response:
Q4: At present, your company’s hardware and games make use of region-locks, by which games purchased in one region cannot be played in another region. Are there any plans to unlock this restriction?
A4: Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locks have existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
This is the second time Iwata has discussed region-locking in the span of about a year. He also talked about why Nintendo implements the restriction for its systems while speaking with IGN last June. You can find those comments right here.