If that were the case, then they shot themselves in the foot in the western market because they're delaying it for too long. Are they even marketing this game at all now? That's what worries me.
I was a little interested in this game, though. Has anyone here imported it and/or played it? Is it worth waiting on?
I imported, platinumed and reviewed it (even posted my opinion earlier), so I can tell you it's not worth 30. The gameplay is fun at first, but it quickly gets old. The story is simply awful and doesn't even make a lot of sense. The campaign is only around 5 hours long. The platinum can be done in 3 days. Most of the side characters have virtually no role in the story. The game sold poorly, so the online is slowly dying.
Not likely. The game was originally planned to sell for 60, so the delay has nothing to do with the new price point. If I was to take a guess, I would say that Sega has no faith in it. The demo was released around the time of E3 and it wasn't there. By a stark contrast they were giving away Hell Yeah! buttons, plus it had a 2+ hour long demo there. Additionally when you consider platinum games sells poorly here, they're not trying to market it AT ALL (Bayonetta wasn't even confirmed for preorder back when Japan was...) or anything at all. Being completely honest here, I can see them scraping it all together.