Additional Oriental/Asia Regions. [HK], [TW]
Noting the [CN] China region as well as [KR] Korea, but it is worth adding that releasing in mainland China is and has been EXCEPTIONALLY difficult for western publishers, which is why most devs have historically opted to release in [HK] Honk Kong or [TW] Taiwan and let those sales be an "in" to the region.
This is interesting, so even though TW or HK release are a way to enter the Mainland market, they are actually different? in terms of content and/or release dates?
Sounds like we need to investigate this further.
If you happen to have example of some titles please share them in a comment in here as that would help.
Oh, I forgot the other content check for these and Japan was no characters (or hands in general) can have 4 fingers. Disney gets away with this buy paying out HUGE permissions for games like Kingdom Hearts, but they are the exception. And in that vein (at least recently), I'd assume anything concerning Winnie the Pooh would also be cut from titles that would be released in these regions.
So, I can't say there are direct and distinct differences in a CN title versus HK/TW other than the default language on first boot, but I can tell you I have never worked on a direct CN release in 8 years for the stated reasons, only overall Asia releases (SCEAsia/SIEJ-Asia), HK, or TW.
For posterity, titles on PS3 did not go off the system language when deciding what language to display on first boot. Each region had a "default" for their SKU. (HK - Simplified CN, TW - Traditional CN, KR - Korean, etc.) This of course changed on PS4 where they looked to mirror your system settings rather than what region the disk was. (At least I think I'm remembering that right).
Sure. They are different, but only in their official release region data. HK's required languages are CN Simplified, CN Traditional, and English. TW is mostly Traditional Chinese and English, and sometimes either may include Korean as well. The biggest difference you'll encounter though is many games attempt to minimize things that are taboo in China, such as exposed bones or skeletons. Those in particular were removed from our game's HK version, as well as what delayed WoW Wrath of the Lich Kings release in those regions. This content check is now virtually required for any title released in those regions, and I can confirm that most of the titles from Sony include an HK version at minimum.
Immediate examples that come to mind are ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting (both of which I worked on) as well as the Southeast Asia version of Phantasy Star Online 2. You generally won't find entries for these versions on sites like Wikipedia due to the high western audiences of the site, but you can find their PSN releases on the PS Store. The only requirement is having an HK or TW PSN Account to log onto and access them.