Sony Computer Entertainment America will be launching an imports service for the PlayStation Store starting next week. The first few games to be imported are Japan's very own Cho Aniki and Gaia Seed.
The imports shop is expected to open on September 21, offering games imported from Japan. The catch is that they will not be localized or offer any form of translations. In essence, said games will be available in their "pure, unadulterated form." Perfect for the hardcore.
MonkeyPaw Games, a newly established company, will be handling the publishing for both Cho Aniki and Gaia Seed as well as future titles. According to them, they will be focussing on bringing over "titles that are easy to navigate" so that non-Japanese players can have a good time without worrying about all a language barrier.
"You may wonder why some of the great Japanese titles you hear about in the press never make it to Western markets," explains MonkeyPaw president John Greiner. "There are numerous reasons, but the biggest is translation."
"A lot of cost goes into translation thus profitability becomes tenuous for many titles. Remove that barrier and a world of Japanese wonder comes rushing to your screen."
In addition, a game like Cho Aniki presented too much and was considered "just too weird for publishers to gamble on," especially with the bucket loads of homoerotic themes that laid rampant throughout the entire game.
"We reckon there's a pretty good appetite for these classics and we've priced them at a reduced rate to keep your impulsive curiosity piqued," adds Greiner.
Import games will be available for purchase at a humble price of $5.99 each.
Now let's hope Sega hops on the bandwagon as well and releases Project Diva in the west.