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Capcom brings GTA to Japan, partners Activision Down Under

The company will localise, publish and distribute the latest GTA in Japan when it releases in January. The title becomes the third GTA title Capcom has brought to the territory, after it struck similar deals for GTA III and GTA: Vice City.

The publisher’s deal with Activision in Australia represents the end of a similar partnership with THQ. Over the past year, THQ has distributed Capcom titles including Dead Rising in the territory.

THQ’s PR and promotions co-ordinator in the US, Drew Taylor, told IGN: “All good relationships eventually come to end. We certainly enjoyed working with them - with [distributing] Dead Rising, for instance. But at the end of the day, these things happen - and they happen quite often in this industry. Capcom are also buying up in UK, so the company is obviously going in a new direction for a while. We wish them the best of luck in the future.”

The first product of the new agreement will be Capcom’s Lost Planet: Extreme Condition on Xbox 360, which Activision will distribute in Australasia next year. Future titles likely to be distributed by Activision also include Okami and God Hand, which are both due for release in February.

“This region is extremely important to Capcom and with Activision we have found a partner with unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the Australian and New Zealand markets,” said Hiroshi Tobisawa, president of Capcom US.

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