Namco: Microsoft bought Tales of Vesperia exclusivity rights

June 20, 2011 / 12:01 AM EDT / (@salromano)

The PlayStation 3 version of Tales of Vesperia, only released in Japan, has been requested by fans time and time again, and publisher Namco Bandai has not responded. Now, we know why. According to Namco Bandai Europe Junior Community Manager Charlotte Toci, posting on her public Facebook account back in April, Microsoft bought out exclusivity rights for the title in the west.

“Microsoft paid for the exclusivity, the same way as Sony paid for having Heavy Rain only on PS3,” said Toci, writing in response to a fan request. “It’s just one way the business works, sadly.

“Those decisions are made really high up y’know, we do try and give them the max of fan feedback, but sometimes its just out of our hands.”

Toci feels for PlayStation 3 owners, however.

“I want Alan Wake and something like Kinect on PS3,” she wrote, adding a sad smiley to convey her emotion.

The PlayStation 3 version of Tales of Vesperia is generally considered the “complete” version of the popular role-playing game. It features full voice acting, new playable characters, non-playable characters from Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike, new subplots, skits, main game quests, and side quests, new songs, remodeled towns, new towns and dungeons, new bosses, abilities, and more.

Thanks, RPGSite.

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  • whiteferrero

    that suxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! when’s the exclusivity gonna be over then? 20 years???

  • Kkdog4Sado

    So it took 1 year and a fucking half for Namco to tell us this? Fuck Namco.

    I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

  • DjangoRaijin

    WTFH is this shit I did not want to see this at 12:32 this is why I don’t like to many developers these days namco is doing bullshit like this Microsoft is being a bunch of fagots all about the money square sucks ass and announces spin offs that look better than the main games(I’m talking to you final fantasy vs xiii) and never release them and atlus won’t give us a single shin megami tensei game I want a good rpg with anime like characters and a deep story and progression system with lots and lots of numbers. Now I might not get one I dont feel like(and probably can’t) save up to buy a 360 just to play one game with all the other $60 masterpieces coming out so middle finger to you Microsoft. Now I’ve got a headache(carry on sentences are not cool kids don’t copy me and don’t rant.) end of message

  • Jackle

    I thought that since there’s a PS3 version, Microsoft’s exclusive rights expired, but I guess their exclusivity is still intact in our region…? Either way, I’m more upset that they took this damn long to say anything regarding Vesperia. At least FUNimation is releasing the movie.

  • LovesJapanManga

    That is fine with me. Their decisions. However, I am truly disappointed that they DID NOT COME FORTH WITH THIS INFORMATION. Much like what Sony did with its PSN Outrage back in April. I am aware that both matters are ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FROM ONE TO ANOTHER. However, I am simply pointing out Namco-Bandai’s decision to come forth with this knowledge to LET THE FANS KNOW, so that way, we can put our “infamous requests” to rest back in April. Is it too much to deal with? Ridiculous.

  • Revorse

    This could be some of the most disheartening news of my day. Lol.

  • Jrukia

    So they couldn’t have told us this last year? Fuck Namco, & Microsoft lots some more points in my book. I don’t give a Scott Shelby if it sounds like I’m hating.
    But that’s ok my freind bought the Jap vers. I’ll just play that again.

  • barklight

    it suck yes , but i have played in my xbox tho :p

    • Sal Romano

      @barklight: Me too. Twice. But being one of my favorite games this generation, it’s hard to know that there’s a “complete” version out there that I can’t play.

  • Zero

    So, it was a timed exclusive in Japan, but outside of Japan it’s not? That still sounds pretty odd to me. We already know that some of the voice actors did in fact record new lines.

    So, please tell me, what the hell is going on lol. If they did in fact record new lines for the PS3 Dub, then what happened after that?

    I’m not buying this excuse, sorry.

  • Kain81

    The funny part is, that Sony has Published Heavy Rain, unlike Tales of Vesperia, which was published by namcobandai…There is always a way to bring it on the PS3, if namco want to make money and make the fanbase happy… look at Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 as an example

  • xMCXx

    Damn you Namco, damn you to hell!
    All my hate….
    I mean, look at this screenshot, I want this fucking game! -_-

  • maikel19

    played the demo when it was relesed, was pretty good but never got the full game……..i wonder if i can find it cheap today.

  • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

    I only like playing rpg’s on my ps3 though =(

  • zakou

    Guys dont be angry, Namco can still release an English patch for the Japanese version.

    There is no exclusivity rights for an Engish patch with Menus, Subbs and other stuff in engish text, Or they can just add fully english voiced patch in the japanese version so we can import.

  • Blackmage456

    Sony published Heavy Rain though, that’s a poor example, also this can be worked around if they put in english options for the game and menu’s and stuff, that way people can import and still enjoy it, let’s use those region free capabilities.

  • Faize RoughKnightz

    Damn it to hell man! What if they release it as Tales Of Vesperia F or something like that? Technically it isn’t the same game right? I mean they added all that stuff! Its so much! How can it possibly be the same game as the 360 version!?

  • manasword0

    *Sigh* And so the drawn out day by day wondering ends in disappointment. Very disheartening news indeed. However the fan translation patch reaches completion as each day progresses. I am in the middle of the PS3 Version myself. It really is something else. It just really hurts that fans of this series, who may be the most passionate fans I’ve seen, are being screwed over time and time again.

  • Sal Romano

    Exclusivity deals expire, no?

    • Zero

      @Sal Romano:

      After a long time maybe, most stuff these days are timed exclusives. It just costs way to much cash to buy out a title to only release on one console.

      I remember back before GTA 4 released, people suggested Sony should buy the rights to only sell the game on PS3, and rumors spread that Rockstar even had a meeting about it with Sony, and that Sony said nothankyou okbai.

      Then people freaked out because MS got timed exclusives on some of the DLC.

      (Considering how big of a game that was, and the worldwide sales were impressive at launch even, I bet the contracts drawn up made Sony’s head spin.)

      Another better example is FF13 on 360. Microsoft probably offered to sell a special edition of the 360 that includes the game, and pay to advertise it in america, on prime time stations like abc, espn, etc. Chances are they called and asked sony if they had anything to offer, and they were like….FF on xbox? LOL! Nah, we don’t care, everyone will buy it on PS3 anyways.

      This is where the idea of Vesperia in the west only playable on the 360 is questionable, and just sounds absurd. Considering they could only get the exclusiveness for a few years in Japan, you have to figure the price was pretty high.

      Now think about how JRPGs don’t always sell huge numbers in the west, and how they have always sold better on a Sony Console.

      Would that not be shooting yourself in the foot? To accept a full time, perhaps, 20 year exclusive contract for a Tales of game in the west? And considering how gaming is a business, that would be one hell of a pay off, and if you expect me to believe Microsoft spent big bucks on locking up Vesperia in the west, a Japanese Role Playing Game…you have to be kidding.

      No offense to Charlotte Toci, but I just think you are misinformed, or given the same stupid ass, please shutthefansupaboutthisjpgamelolwernamcobandaiinwest excuses they have been feeding to the PR and press for the last few years now.

  • RyougaZell

    I actually saw that chick’s facebook back in april. She gave a very poor example mentioning Heavy Rain – published by Sony – vs a game that wasn’t – published by Microsoft -.

    Some of the blinded Tales fans even went as far as badmouth me for mentioning that contracts aren’t eternal. And that contracts CAN be broken, like Final Fantasy XIII or Mass Effect. They argued this games are ‘big’ and whatever… but I specifically spoke about the Japanese 360 FFXIII which was supposed to be ‘exclusive’ to PS3.

    Then we have Eternal -not so fun- Sonata.

    Funny thing? As of today I own an original Vesperia 360 (or as I call it… Vesperia Incomplete)… more funny? I don’t own a 360 and will never own it. Why did I bought it then? It was part of a lot of games I bought in Ebay.

    • Charlie

      @RyougaZell:
      What are you on about? Eternal Sonata is an amazing game.

  • Charlie

    Namco…
    WTH were you thinking!!!?

  • celestria

    http://www.talesofgraces.com/vesperia/ you guys shouldn’t lose hope^^

  • Sal Romano

    Came across this Twitter account yesterday – http://twitter.com/vesperiaps3 – which is trying to get Namco to hear the fans and release Vesperia on PS3. It’s a stretch but it’s worth a shot. Give the account a follow and maybe Namdai will lighten up.

    • Jackle

      @Sal Romano: Thanks, I’m following!

    • Faize RoughKnightz

      @Sal Romano: I’m gonna create a twitter account just to support this! Everyone please support the release of Tales Of Vesperia PS3 in the west! We did the impossible with Tales Of Graces F so we can make them bring Tales Of Vesperia to the PS3, a game thats more or less half localized already.

  • Blackmage456

    i say they just give the ps3 its own exclusive Tales game.

    • Sal Romano

      @Blackmage456: Tales of Graces F, Tales of Xillia.

  • celestria

    @faize sadly yes u would but that’s why i own 2 ps3′s

  • Gaara D. Dragon

    point 1.
    Vesperia sold relatively poorly, is out of print and not even released as a best buy edition (outside japan)

    point 2.
    Graces f and xillia are not even mutliplatform on the 360

    verdict
    Microsoft DID drag into oblivion a very good title and Capcom is not pleased with that.

  • Gaara D. Dragon

    i’d like to hear the reasoning behind the thumbs down please

    • todr06

      @Gaara D. Dragon: The community and the webmaster do not care about Namco Bandai as a business. They refuse to realize that a Vesperia localization, at this point, is not profitable. They would have to remarket the game, and, even still, an old port likely wouldn’t warrant the money spent on localization. Graces F was the right decision for localization. Xillia would have been a smart choice, as well.

      I posted something akin to this awhile back, and was met with the same response.

      I’d also like to see someone try and provide a counterpoint to what I just said, instead of simply downvoting my comment.

      • Gaara D. Dragon

        @todr06:

        Vesperia is considered to be one of the best rpgs of this generation. the name alone would do the marketing itself but that is NOT our case since the rights have been bought. That’s the deal breaker.

        It is OUT OF PRINT on the 360 + they are not even considering Xillia on the 360. That means their vesperia business venture with MS short of failed.

        Should i receive the thumbs down as a criticism from 360 fans for talking like this about MS ?

  • celestria

    Gaara the ps3 version sells out often too from play-asia