To stop masses of people from R4 (and R2 when the trilogy is released in September) from ordering it from R1, thereby denying the local distributors revenue
But if you were to release it worldwide at the same time woould that not also accomplish this task?
But if you were to release it worldwide at the same time would that not also accomplish this task?
You are asking a major studio to behave in a rational fashion - that would set a dangerous precedent (after all, it was the studios that wanted region coding, that device that now only provides a convenient abbreviation for the country a title comes from - at least it does for people outside R1).
It's nice to get something first in R4 for a change.