After suddenly releasing the “Tomorrow” cinematic trailer on Sunday, Microsoft Japan confirmed today via press release that the game is coming to the archipelago of the rising sun on May 25th, with pre-orders starting today.
The game will come in a physical standard version for 5,900 yen for Xbox One, a digital standard version (including the PC version via Xbox Play Anywhere) for 5,463 yen, and the Ultimate Edition including the Season Pass for 9,167 yen.
Pre-orders will grant the Vintage Del pack.
Initially, Microsoft had declined to publish the game in Japan, citing problems with complying with the local rating system. In fact, previous Gears of War games were all heavily censored in the country.
The announcement mentions that after rigorous verification, Microsoft managed to obtain a CERO Z rating for the game (18+, legally enforced) without any censorship.
The game will come with English voices and Japanese subtitles, and below you can check out the multiplayer trailer and the local box art.