Apparently, Xbox One owners won’t have to wait until April 12th to enjoy Dark Souls III in English. It’s now possible to purchase the game via the Japanese Xbox Store, and it will actually work in English on your console.
Here are the handy steps that you’ll have to follow, courtesy of NeoGAF user bidguy.
- Make a dummy account, set the region to Japan (this is only if you’re scared your main account may get banned). Set the Xbox One as your primary console.
- Buy xbox credit (yen) from microsoft store (set region to japan, search for yen cards on the site. they will be sent to you within seconds).
- Buy the game, enter a Japanese address (you can use a hotel, or the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, for instance).
- Set your Xbox region to U.S. or U.K. or wherever you live.
- Download the game,
Of course, there are no guarantee that this loophole won’t be closed by Microsoft, so you’ll follow the steps above exclusively at your own risk, but if you can’t wait for Dark Souls III and don’t have the ability to read Japanese, now you have a way.
It’s worth mentioning that the same trick does not work on PS4, since the Japanese version of the game does not include English subtitles on Sony’s console, so don’t go grabbing the game from the Japanese PlayStation Store unless you want to play it with a strong Samurai flavor.