Last week it was revealed that, back in April, a member of Namco Bandai’s European community team responded to a fan’s question on Facebook about when Tales of Vesperia on the PS3 was going to see the light of day in the West. That response said that it would not, because Microsoft had purchased exclusivity rights to the title in Europe (and North America), and that it wasn’t limited like it was in Japan. I have no idea why it took two months for that to become news, but it certainly disheartened many fans of the franchise, as the PS3 version is widely considered to be the “complete” edition of the game.
Today, however, news broke that this same community team member clarified her statements, saying, in essence, that she was wrong and Microsoft did not hold exclusivity on the title.
“A few months ago I replied to a fan who asked me while Tales of Vesperia wasn’t localized in Europe on my Facebook page. I replied that it was because of a Microsoft exclusivity, thinking that that was the reason why, even though I didn’t have any official information on that.
I was wrong to do so, and sadly my reply was relayed on may websites, thus sharing a false information to fans around the web.
I would like to send my sincere apologies to all the Tales Series fans I have wrongly informed, and Microsoft & Namco Bandai for any damage that might have been caused with this.”
So, it seems that there is no longer exclusivity on the title for anyone, which is certainly good news. The only question that remains now is directed to Namco Bandai – what on Earth is taking so long to localize this title in the West? Shouldn’t it have been done before Tales of the Abyss 3D or Tales of Graces F?