Yesterday, Microsoft announced its launch plans for the Xbox 360. The game will ship first in North America on Tuesday, November 22, and will of course ship for $299.99 in a Core package and for $399.99 in a Premium package. Europe will be the next region to receive the console, on Friday, December 2 with both the Core package at €299.99/£209.99 and for €399.99/£279.99 in the Premium package. Last, but not least, is the Japanese version which will launch on Saturday, December 10, and will only be available in the Premium package at the cost of 37,900 yen (Approx. $342 Usd). The consoles will be region coded, making things tougher on those who enjoy importing.
This will mark the first time that a console has launched across three regions during the same timeframe. Microsoft also announced that they are working hard on being able to reach demands for the console and mentioned that facilities are already busy at work, preparing the consoles for its launch. Microsoft has mentioned that 15 titles are expected to launch with the game in North America and that seven will be available in Japan, with six more scheduled through January.
"This holiday season, gamers in Japan, Europe and North America pining to experience jaw-dropping high-definition graphics, unmatched online play and compelling digital entertainment features of Xbox 360 will finally have the chance," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer for Microsoft. "Renowned development studios around the world are busy putting the finishing touches on their Xbox 360 games. We expect a strong portfolio of titles on launch day and through the holidays that will appeal to fans of every genre and gamers in every region, and with more than 200 games currently in development, continuous new additions to the library are on the way."