Digital-only claimed another victim, as Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name was not physically released outside of Japan. It’s unknown if the Japanese release will also come with an English language setting, meaning anyone outside of Japan will likely have to buy it digitally.
This is a disappointment for fans who are hoping that publisher Sega will reverse its decision before the game’s release on November 9. Unfortunately, The Man Who Erased His Name is in good company, as another Summer Game Fest highlight, Alan Wake 2, has also been digitized. – only.
This disappointment was noticed by fans on Twitter who noticed that The Man Who Erased His Name did not receive an ESRB rating for the physical release in North America. The same goes for Europe as only the digital edition of the game is available for pre-order.
Like A Dragon fan account KamurochoBros says it learned from Sega that it will actually be digital-only outside of Japan. TheGamer has contacted the publisher to confirm this and will update this report with any response we receive.
If The Man Who Erased His Name remains digital only, it will limit the options when it comes to purchasing the game, so we’ll have to go through official storefronts instead of picking up a boxed copy at various outlets. It also threatens a game’s availability in the long term when current-gen showcases aren’t connected – as we’ve seen with games that have become lost media in recent years.
While there’s still time for Sega to sort out a physical presentation, we shouldn’t be too surprised if it skips one entirely. Not only are most games bought digitally these days, other games have also opted to go digital only and don’t seem to fear a significant loss in sales. Alan Wake 2 will be the last major game to skip a physical release, with other games before it such as Stray and Sifu only being released in a box. We’re also increasingly seeing physical releases reduced to nothing more than a digital download code in a box, especially with switch ports.
It remains to be seen if Sega will comment publicly on the matter, as they have not responded at the time of writing
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