System 3 is proud to announce the huge success of its debut Japanese game release.
Going straight in at #2 in the Japanese download charts, the officially licensed Ferrari The Race Experience marks System 3’s first independent foray into the Far Eastern marketplace.
After launching on December 15 2011, Ferrari The Race Experience managed to outsell other juggernaut titles such as Metal Gear Solid HD, Metal Slug and King Of Fighters in a race to become the Christmas No 1.
The famously realistic Ferrari racing simulation appeals directly to the Japanese hardcore racing fans, who have found it hard to satisfy their highly technical desires outside of an expensive PC set-up. Ferrari The Race Experience provides exactly what they’re looking for.
Ferrari The Race Experience spearheaded System 3’s commitment to bringing high quality PlayStation 3 titles directly to the PlayStation Network. It is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli (The Official Game from System 3) and builds on the highly accurate simulation engine with more cars, tracks and racing modes.
System 3’s Japanese office, headed up by Takeshi Shimizu, was opened in early 2012 in preparation for an onslaught of quality digital releases via the PlayStation Network. Ferrari The Race Experience is the first title to be released from the fold, with other classic System 3 IPs following later in 2012.
System 3 is one of the last remaining independent UK games publishers, having been first formed in1982 by industry stalwart Mark Cale. “I’m hugely proud and honoured to be able to share this success with everyone,” beamed Mark.
“2012 marks System 3’s 30 th anniversary and you can’t get much better than our first independent Japanese release doing so well. I can’t recall any other western company entering the Japanese market and doing so well in any charts. No other independent publisher has ever been able to move into a completely new territory and have such a success, so quickly. Takeshi Shimizu and his team have done us proud in making our entry into a new and exciting marketplace so smooth.
I would also like to highlight the efforts of our close and talented friends at Eutechnyx, who we have now worked with on 3 racing titles. It's thanks to their hard work that we have such a great offering for Japan and the rest of the world.”
Ferrari The Race Experience is available now in Europe, North America, South America, Japan and the emerging territories.
About System 3
2012 marks the 30 th anniversary of System 3, a landmark occasion in the company’s long and successful history. System 3 stands proud as one of the only remaining, truly independent videogames publishers.
Formed in 1982 System 3 is globally renowned for its groundbreaking videogames that formed the very foundations of the modern videogames we know and love today. From the behemoth that was The Last Ninja, to the platforming brilliance of MYTH: History In The Making, to the legendary status of International Karate and the joyous simplicity of Putty Squad, System 3 has been responsible for some of the greatest videogames of the past 30 years.