Namco claims Microsoft exclusivity deal on Tales of Vesperia

Sunday, 19th June 2011 23:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A Namco Bandai spokesperson has claimed Microsoft purchased a Western Xbox 360 exclusivity contract for Tales of Vesperia.

Promoting the Xbox Live Arcade download of Tales of Vesperia on her Facebook page, Namco Bandai community manager Charlotte Toci said the decision not to release the PlayStation 3 version of the game outside Japan was made for business reasons.

“Microsoft paid for the exclusivity, the same way as Sony paid for having Heavy Rain only on PS3. 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”.

Tales of Vesperia released on both consoles in Japan, with the PS3 versions sporting extra content yet to see Western release.

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  1. xino

    so when the ps3′s version was released with extra content, they didn’t want to port it over. Microsoft ALWAYS deal in Timed Exclusive not forever exclusive.

    I bet they were waiting for Sony to pay them so the could ship the game outside of Japan.

    I don’t give a damn anyway, any games being made in Japan, I don’t care, if there’s word about the game coming outside of Japan then I would put it under my radar. If not, move that sh..out of my face.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Clupula

    Bull. Heavy Rain was a first party title. Microsoft didn’t release Vesperia in the West. It was released through Namco. This is bull, plain and simple. Don’t pee on my leg, Namco, and tell me it’s raining.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Kaufer

    Why is it Namco has a different deal with Tales of Vesperia than what SE and Tri-Ace got with Star Ocean 4 or their very own Eternal Sonata?

    Eternal Sonata was released and ported to the PS3 BEFORE ToV was released on the Xbox. SO4 was released on Xbox AFTER Tales of V with just 6 months apart but that too was ported a year later. Why the inconsistency when it seems MS looks like its operating with the same deal before and after Tales of Vesperia?

    Then theres also Tales of Graces which continues the trend. And i wouldn’t be surprised if Tales of Xillia was ported later to either WiiU or Xbox.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2, Heavy Rain is a second party title, it’s not a first party.

    Heavy Rain was just published by sony computer Entertainment.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Comparing to Heavy Rain is stupid, seeing as Sony fully owns that IP, unlike here where what MS really did was pay to not have the game release on any other platforms for a fixed amount of time.

    But anyway, in the end MS was sort of robbed

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    People are really surprised at this? Of course they bought an exclusive, how else would this have ever come about?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. RyougaZell

    Namco wanted their localization to be paid by Sony. Comparing it to Heavy Rain is idiotic because Heavy Rain never released on another console, whether Vesperia released on PS3 at Japan.

    Blinded Namco-fans are even saying contracts can’t be broken. But we’ve seen big titles like Final Fantasy or Mass Effect, or even small titles like Star Ocean 4 and Eternal Sonata break this ‘contracts’.

    Namco is just damn lazy. Just look at Graces F. It ‘probably’ will be published on 2012… while Japan already gets Xillia this year.

    #7 4 years ago

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