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Freedom Wars Launching October 28th for PS Vita

Ken Chan's Avatar + Posted by Ken Chan on Aug 19, 2014 // Product Manager, SCEA

Earlier last week, Justin from PlayStation.Blog was kind enough to share his personal experiences with the 4-player co-op mode with Freedom Wars. While most of you really enjoyed the video, some of the repeated questions and comments from the thread included:

  • What’s up with the release date?
  • Where are the pre-order DLCs?
  • How do I get the pre-order if I purchase from PlayStation Store?

Well, we’re here to answer those questions today!

To begin, we are incredibly thrilled to officially announce that Freedom Wars will launch in North America on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 for $29.99.

Freedom Wars on PS Vita

For those looking for a head start in reducing your sentence within the world of Freedom Wars, our participating retailers are offering the same pre-order DLC as the original Japan release. These items include:

  1. Limited Edition Costume – Personalize your Freedom Wars character with Formal Wear
  2. Powerful Starter Weapons – Upgraded melee and long range attack weapon.
  3. Limited Edition Sticker Set – For in-game use
  4. Combat Pack Item – Medical Supply Set

Freedom Wars on PS VitaFreedom Wars on PS Vita

Lastly, for those that want the same pre-order items for the digital version, simply purchase Freedom Wars between Tuesday, October 28th to Tuesday, November 11th. After that, the pre-order items will no longer be available.

Stay tuned for much more on Freedom Wars!

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+ RendangSapi2 on August 19th, 2014 at 8:58 am said:

Late october huh? Ok, i’m gonna pick this along with Tales of Hearts R ^^


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 9:55 am said:

    I’m right there with you, Rendang! Thanks for the kind words!


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+ Sharingan_itachi on August 19th, 2014 at 9:03 am said:

^,Cant play with japanese owners? I have japanese version also, and well that sucks. I can do with JP SSD US SSD. Why not this too?

Im not buying if no SSD decals, all I do is wait, and wait for information. just wait on Vita games…wait….wait..until last minute….wait. the fate of vita owners – wait for everything


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+ FifthDream on August 19th, 2014 at 9:08 am said:

I preordered back in June already, but i’m glad to know i’ll be getting some bonuses. I’m really excited for this to come out.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 9:56 am said:

    Really excited for you to play it, FifthDream! Thanks for your comment!


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+ RoII_chan on August 19th, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

AWESOME!!! I´ve been waiting this game so long! Im so happy im gonna finally play it <3

Also, thanks for the pre-order DLC =) are there any other pay DLC, Im interested in those too =)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 9:56 am said:

    You’re very welcome Roll_chan! Let me know what you think once you get your hands on it!

    (Is Rock_chan somewhere around too?)


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+ DivineTrinity on August 19th, 2014 at 9:41 am said:

Finally a release date! October is going to be a great month with all these releases.

Also have a question, any idea if Freedom Wars will have dual audio?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 9:57 am said:

    Hi DivineTrinity,

    Finally! So glad to bring you the good news! :)

    The game will be sticking with JP audio with subtitles. We’re really proud of the Japanese voice cast (and I think it suits the game incredibly well), so I hope you enjoy their efforts as well!

    Thanks for your support!


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+ kosovar-prime93 on August 19th, 2014 at 9:43 am said:

How long would it take so we can test our ability against Japanese players


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+ ArchAngelMai on August 19th, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

Thank you Nick for the confirmation that it will work with PlayStation TV, you have cemented my preorder of it digitally!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 9:58 am said:

    Love hearing that, ArchAngelMai! Love to hear what you think once you give it a try!


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+ Souledge94 on August 19th, 2014 at 9:51 am said:

Skip for me. No dub no love. Hope you guys add a patch later on.


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+ xClayMeow on August 19th, 2014 at 9:53 am said:

So I can pre-order the retail version on Amazon and get all the pre-order bonuses? It’s not listed on the Amazon page yet, so can you confirm and/or have them update it? That’s awesome if it is though!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

    You will indeed get the pre-order bonuses through a purchase at Amazon, so please preorder away!

    And thanks for your support!


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+ GattsuWolf on August 19th, 2014 at 10:31 am said:

OMG OMG OMG!!! This totally made my day!! This is one of the best games ever for psvita and hopefuly a good system seller too :) Thank you so much for localizing amazing jp games like this one :)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 10:50 am said:

    You’re very welcome GattsuWolf! You’re the type of fan that makes all of this worthwhile! :)

    Let me know what you think once you try it!


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+ Fireproof438 on August 19th, 2014 at 10:33 am said:

Dat $30 price tag…Love the cheaper price, but does that mean it’ll be slim on content?
Also, been hearing mixed things from Japan. Have the developers made adjustments since the Japanese launch for the Western release, or will it more or less be the same build just in English?

Thanks and can’t wait to play!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 10:52 am said:

    Nice price tag, huh?

    And trust me, tons of content – I’ve put in about 80 hours on the Japanese version and I feel like I’m just getting started!

    We’ll be incorporating both major updates from the Japanese release into our Day 1 release, so you’ll be getting the most balanced, up-to-date version.

    Hope you enjoy, and thanks for your support!


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+ honkayjeezus on August 19th, 2014 at 10:54 am said:

Any Vita news is good news, thanks.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 10:59 am said:

    You’re very welcome!


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+ Elvick_ on August 19th, 2014 at 11:03 am said:

I can’t wait. So happy it’s retail.

Will amazon.ca get the bonuses?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:14 am said:

    Hey Elvick – I’ll check on that for you – don’t see why they wouldn’t!

    Thanks for your support!


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+ PrinceofXIII on August 19th, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

Definitely getting this day 1!!!

Thanks for bringing this game and it’s in JPN audio as well :)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am said:

    You’re very welcome PrinceofXIII! Thanks for supporting Freedom Wars!


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+ Ryumoau on August 19th, 2014 at 11:18 am said:

This game looks kind of generic. I’ll have to wait till i see some reviews and feedback before i even think of getting this.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:28 am said:

    Hey Ryumoau – I can promise you that Freedom Wars is anything but generic!

    Do you play a lot of games where you start off as a sinner with a 1,000,000 jail sentence and have to fight your way to freedom by battling gigantic people-stealing creatures? (If so, let me play with you!)

    Hope you check the game out when you get a chance!


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+ UltimateI911 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:18 am said:

Can’t wait for this game, had it preorder pretty much the moment it went up on Amazon.

Also, I’m glad there are still support out there for the PSVita because it’s by far one of my favorite handheld and certainly deserves more attention than Sony is giving it.

So thank you Nick for promoting Freedom Wars.

Will the NA copy include the patch for online multiplayer?

And will NA and EU be able to play with each other?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:29 am said:

    You’re so welcome, Ultimatel911! Yes, the game will have online multiplayer from the start, and NA and EU will be able to play with each other.

    Thanks for your support, and let me know what you think once you get hands on!


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+ JamalVita_91 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:23 am said:

Glad that we finally get a date for this. I Have a quick question, Nick. Will there be a chance of us being able to buy some of the DLC later down the line in case we miss out on the chance of pre-ordering & the bonuses?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

    Hey JamalVITA -

    There’s always a chance that the costumes will come later as well, but I’d strongly encourage you to preorder if you have the means!

    Sorry I can’t provide a more clear answer at the moment, but thanks for supporting Freedom Wars!


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+ madmanwithabox12 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:25 am said:

Since nobody’s answering questions on the EU blog, I’ll ask again here.

What are the “participating retailers” in the UK? GAME? Amazon?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

    Really don’t have information about the European stores over here, sorry!


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+ BlackNIndian on August 19th, 2014 at 11:25 am said:

I can see that this will be a big hit for The PS Vita for the holiday if its a success maybe there will be a sequel or a Prequel I cant wait to play!!!!!!!!! Thanks Sony


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

    You’re very welcome BlackNIndian! Let me know what you think once you play the game!


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+ madmanwithabox12 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

Thanks for the reply Nick.

Is there anyone that would know though? I mean, not to sound rude or anything, but it’s getting ridiculous how much of an afterthought Europe is. Nothing’s ever as clear-cut as it is for North America, not to mention the lack of price parity between regions.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:46 am said:

    Hey madmanwithabox – I’m sure Thad or Flo will respond to you, it might just take a little time.

    My ability to get to questions over here does not speak to their commitment to you or your region – we all do our best to answer questions and be as clear and concise as possible, and I’m sorry they haven’t gotten back to you yet.

    I really appreciate your patience and thank you for supporting Freedom Wars.


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+ OsitoViolento on August 19th, 2014 at 11:36 am said:

yay!!!Finally!!! thx for this surprise realease date.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:46 am said:

    You’re very welcome! Thanks for supporting Freedom Wars!


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+ JamalVita_91 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

Thank you for your reply, Nick. I wasn’t planning to get it as a day 1 purchase, but I’ll definitely try to do so now. really appreciate it. =-)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:47 am said:

    You’re so welcome JamalVita – and thank you for your support!

    Can’t wait to take on some Abductors online with you!


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+ mancub194 on August 19th, 2014 at 11:44 am said:

Thanks So Much for this!!…It was a day 1 buy since the moment I saw the JP trailer!….keep up the good work!!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

    Thanks mancub! Hope you enjoy Freedom Wars!


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+ KaL-V3 on August 19th, 2014 at 12:02 pm said:

So excited for this. Played the demo on the Japanese PSN and loved it. I’m picking up 2 copies since it’s down to $30. One digital and one physical and keep it sealed for the collection. :)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 12:31 pm said:

    Love the sounds of that! Thanks KaL-V3!


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+ LightOfValkyrie on August 19th, 2014 at 12:05 pm said:

Definitely a must-buy, especially at only 30 bucks.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 12:31 pm said:

    My thoughts exactly!

    Thanks for your support, LightOfVakyrie!


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+ BlankShell on August 19th, 2014 at 12:17 pm said:

No digital pre-order, huh? It’s cool, I’ll download at release (for some of them pre-order goodies). Any word on final download size?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 12:32 pm said:

    Hey BlankShell – we will have the game up for digital pre-order, but just not quite yet.

    Final download size will be around 1.4GB.


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+ FlameScythe on August 19th, 2014 at 12:49 pm said:

@Nick I’ve got two questions; 1)Why was this game ignored by Sony during the E3 and Gamescon live streams and main conference? Crappy indies got more attention! 2) Will Freedom Wars have a bigger presence at PAX? One can’t expect a product to sell without promotion. That’s marketing 101! This applies to the Vita as well!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 2:11 pm said:

    FlameScythe, my friend! Thanks for your great questions!

    1.) Ya know there’s always a ton of content to talk about at press conferences – between first party, third party, hardware and services, it’s really rare to get time on stage in the first place. I would have been honored to have had Freedom Wars included, but I was also really excited for all of the other games being shown. (Gotta love that stealth Silent Hills announcement!) We’re all one family over here, and I loved pretty much everything that was there. :)

    2.) Oh yes my friend – will you be at PAX? I’ve got something pretty special planned, so I hope you’ll be in attendance!

    Thanks for supporting Freedom Wars!


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+ chris_giordano95 on August 19th, 2014 at 2:01 pm said:

YESSSSS FINALLY


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 2:11 pm said:

    Yesssss! :)


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+ Karsing on August 19th, 2014 at 2:46 pm said:

Are there currently any plans to release a collector’s edition of the game internationally? There were quite a few extras that came with special editions in Asia territories.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 3:53 pm said:

    Hey Karsing – not at the moment, sorry! Different distribution channels make that kind of thing a lot easier in other parts of the world, and we just weren’t able to do it for Freedom Wars over here.

    Stay tuned for more announcements of Freedom Wars items, and thanks for supporting the game!


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+ cman199 on August 19th, 2014 at 3:42 pm said:

Finally I have had this preordered for awhile plus $30 for it is a steal!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 3:53 pm said:

    Absolutely it is – glad you agree!

    Thanks for the kind words, cman199!


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+ Gamerzlimited on August 19th, 2014 at 3:49 pm said:

Thanks for the answers Nick. I had a bit of a questions such a download size and the JP release’s negative reviews, but it seems as most of those have been answered already. I have officially got my hype back for this game, can’t wait to get my hands on it! :)


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 4:32 pm said:

    You’re very welcome! Happy to clarify and glad to hear that you’re willing to give it a shot!

    Let me know what you think once you get a chance to play!


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+ Kamieater on August 19th, 2014 at 4:47 pm said:

No my wallet! But worth it.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 5:07 pm said:

    Absolutely worth it, Kamieater! Thanks for your support!


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+ GodLike_C on August 19th, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

Will we get demo to help my thirst for this game


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 5:08 pm said:

    Unfortunately can’t confirm a demo at this time, GodLike_C. I can promise an awesome co-op session though if you come find me at PAX!

    Thanks for your support!


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+ rusher25 on August 19th, 2014 at 5:28 pm said:

I really wanna go digital with this for my vita but the memory card prices are still too steep. Looks like I’ll just stick with physical copy >.<


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    + Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 5:53 pm said:

    Well I’m glad I could give you that option, my friend!

    Thanks for your interest!


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+ macross_green on August 19th, 2014 at 5:59 pm said:

Wow, that’s a lot sooner than the ‘December 31st’ that Amazon had up as a place-holder! And also awesome since that’s the day after my birthday. It’s awesome to see that it’s getting a retail release, there’s fewer of those going on these days for the Vita and my imported 64GB memory card thanks Sony for giving it a chance to not have to load another game onto it for a while longer. Much more of that and they’ll really need to bring a 64gb and a 128gb card out some day.

Can’t wait to play it!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

    Well then a great birthday present for you, macross_green!
    Thanks for your support!


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+ Nick Accordino on August 19th, 2014 at 6:15 pm said:

Well then a great birthday present for you, macross_green!

Thanks for your support!


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+ SeshiLord on August 20th, 2014 at 12:16 am said:

My Vita needs games like this, so THANK YOU!

Also, I wish this sells like crazy and someone does something to release Gods Eater 2 as well!!!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

    You’re absolutely welcome, SeshiLord, and I hope it sells really well too!

    Really appreciate your support, and I hope I see you online!


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+ Zal_Yagun_Ryai on August 20th, 2014 at 2:48 am said:

Not sure whether to get it physical or digital..
The idea of having a nice box, or having it on me at all times regardless of the cart inserted???

Games with melee in conjunction with competent shooting controls always gets me riled up.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:25 pm said:

    You’re gonna love this then, Zal_Yagun_Ryai!

    Really appreciate your support! For the Greater Good!


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+ Rnarin on August 20th, 2014 at 4:17 am said:

Hey Nick thx for the awsome news ! Just wondering if you knew if they had pre-orders at EB Games that had the extra dlcs?


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:25 pm said:

    Hey Rnarin – no so sure about EB Games, but I’ll try to find the answer for you!

    Thanks for checking out Freedom Wars!


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+ madmanwithabox12 on August 20th, 2014 at 4:58 am said:

Not only has nobody answered any questions on the EU blog post, I also highly doubt anybody will.

The Freedom Wars post has already been buried under the newer posts. I’m fed up of North America being prioritised all the time. The fact we actually had to fight for a physical release for this game is just ridiculous – now, as ever, we can’t get any information about it. We don’t get spoken too or addressed, we just get copy/pasted blog posts from here (the EU post originally came with the NA pricing and the EU ones!), we have to pay way more for the same games, we’re always waiting on information or game releases and we apparently don’t get physical releases without fighting for them.

I know this probably isn’t the place and I know you’re probably not the person to vent to Nick, but I feel like there’s nowhere for people like me to be heard about these kind of things. I just want it to be known that myself, and I’m sure many others, are very dissatisfied with these issues.

Sorry for ranting. I’m looking forward to Freedom Wars all the same, I’d just like a little more enthusiasm in all regions instead of just North America all the time.


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+ Rainwater on August 20th, 2014 at 8:05 am said:

Day one purchase! Been looking forward to this one!


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:

    Really look forward to you getting your hands on it, Rainwater! Thanks for the support and kind words!


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+ UFOChaser on August 20th, 2014 at 8:23 am said:

Time to hype. Day 1 buy for me !


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:

    Awesome UFOChaser! Thanks!


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+ Rainwater on August 20th, 2014 at 9:07 am said:

Also wanted to thank you for being upfront about how digital purchasers can obtain the preorder bonuses. That information is usually not provided so quickly.


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    + Nick Accordino on August 20th, 2014 at 2:27 pm said:

    My pleasure! However you pick up the game, I promise you’ll enjoy it!


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+ Kaseladen on August 20th, 2014 at 4:53 pm said:

Why was there a decision made to not dub the game? Its the main thing holding me back from getting this, and I can’t say I like the recent trend of not dubbing vita games.
And thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions!


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+ solidkratos963 on August 20th, 2014 at 5:50 pm said:

Hi Nick I didn’t see it in the post or if it was and I misread it but Will the game be Dub? and there is a Physical Copy of this right its not only digital?


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+ neogeno on August 20th, 2014 at 6:09 pm said:

Wow. Waiting for this game was (and still is) a task. Glad we’ve finally got a release date to look out for. I’ll be picking this one up for sure. There some real care put into this. Tell that dev team and all involved thanks for working so hard to bring this game overseas. Hope it gets some real good exposure. It deserves it.

Anyways, keep up that great work guys.


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+ Rika673 on August 20th, 2014 at 8:50 pm said:

I am really liking the graphics in this game. It really is showing what the vita can do and how high the graphics can go on it. I love the vita and I hope that game companies will still try to create games using the vita’s full potential. Now question, will there be a demo for this?


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+ omega1301 on August 20th, 2014 at 10:34 pm said:

Between Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Gravity Rush 2 announcement, I think the vita has secured its true place at the top! thank you Japan Studio, thank you Sony for justifying the hell out of my purchase!


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+ yawnawn on August 20th, 2014 at 11:24 pm said:

I’m on the line of getting this game for sure!


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+ oversevethousand on August 21st, 2014 at 12:14 pm said:

Well, no demo means I probably won’t be getting it. After reading up on it, I’m not particularly keen on getting this based on good faith alone (Toukiden and Soul Sacrifice were both made after great times spent on their demos), and the fact that the demo wasn’t a priority is rather unsettling. This isn’t some cheap game, this is a first party Sony title that’s been in the works for years, supposedly. I’m glad it’s getting a physical release, but $30 goes a long way, especially for Vita stuff, and considering a demo can and apparently might someday exist, I don’t think it’s worth it to not release it beforehand.


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