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"No Plans" To Bring Tales Of Vesperia PS3 To North America

Role-playing fans will be disappointed but by now, they probably saw it coming.

Tales of Vesperia was originally released exclusively for the Xbox 360 way back in August of 2008. Over a year later, the PlayStation 3 version finally launched in Japan and ever since that time, American PS3 owners have been wondering when Namco Bandai would give us a shot at the solid RPG. Well, don't hold your breath. According to GamePro, the publisher has "no plans" to bring the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia to the US. They'll be releasing an anime movie on Blu-Ray, DVD and UMD - "The First Strike" - that is based on the game, which will be available in Japan on May 28, and it might see the light of day in this country. But as for the game itself:

"As for First Strike, it is possible that an anime publisher in the US may pick up the license as there have been Tales anime releases in the US, but NBGA have no details regarding this issue at the moment."

Many assumed we'd eventually see the game here in the US because Namco Bandai gave us Eternal Sonata after originally making it available only on the Xbox 360 in 2007. The PS3 version that came later did come to North America and featured a host of extra content; Tales of Vesperia on the PS3 boasts bonus content, too, but unless you want to import it, you're gonna miss out. As for the anime movie, Namco Bandai reminds you that while the games are region-free, the movie is not; you'd need a Japanese PS3 or PSP. Bummer.

Related Game(s): Tales of Vesperia

1/28/2010 10:35:33 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:49:21 AM
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WTF!

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Sol
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 12:47:09 PM

What Vertigo said...

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godsman
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 12:57:18 PM

Yea. I've been waiting for the US version for PS3 like eternity. I am actually looking forward to this more than FFXIII.

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hellish_devil
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:43:37 PM

Same as godsman

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shadowpal2
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 12:38:40 AM

(sigh!) quite depressing actually...I would take this over the Liberty City episodes IMO.

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Deleted User
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:52:34 AM
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Sad. Well, I guess I'll have to import it someday.

Of course, GamePro Magazine isn't a source I'd trust.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 12:42:28 PM

Gamepro is actually one of my most trusted places (they're not new either)

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Warukyure [Power User]
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:53:04 AM
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That's a very unsmart move. Even if the number of PS3s VS X360s are very unbalanced and favour more of the Xbox, the numbers of PS3s aren't that low. As they should have seen when the PS3 version was released, the PS3 version vastly outsold the Xbox version in Japan even after they had to wait an extra year. While the PS3 version in North America might not outsell the Xbox version, it should still be a worthwhile investment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 5:33:35 PM

mm, not "very" unbalanced I think.

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shadowscorpio
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 10:43:12 PM

The Xbox 360 version didn't sell well. Its difficult to even find it on 360 now.

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sonic1899
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 5:29:18 PM

The PS3 version would outsell the 360 version here, mainly because the majority of Tales fans and fans of rpgs in general are with PlayStation. You've all heard it before, but it's a fact, just like the majority of Xbox fans mainly buy shooters.

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Oxvial
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:09:51 AM
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played the demo...it was kinda cool.

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coverton341
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:15:07 AM
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DAMMIT!!!!

I downloaded the Japanese demo and really enjoyed it. I can't believe they are just going to cut out the potential sales of NA. Is there any word at all of this game making it out of Asia at all on the PS3, say getting a European release?

Sometimes life kicks you right in the junk and smiles about it.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:40:40 AM

*If* they do a European release, import it, the European release would have to include English for the UK market. If they do a release outside of Japan in Asia check the Asian release, some Asian games actually include an English localization as well as the other languages.

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NightHawk17
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:26:02 AM
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:(

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Highlander
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:39:37 AM
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Oh good grief, what a bunch of BS.

They already localized the game with the 360 version, so it's not like they don't already have 90% of the things required to localize it.

Sounds like we all need to start sending short, sharp emails in the general direction of Namco demanding that they release the game here. No amount of gnashing our teeth here will make it happen, about the only thing that will is consumer pressure directly on Namco and indirectly through Sony, so write to Sony as well.

If you decide to contact Namco to request that they bring this game t the US and/or Europe, here is Namco Bandai Games America's email address. Don't spam them, just send them a polite request.

support@namcobandaigames.com


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piratedrunk
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 3:22:29 PM

email sent thanks for the address!

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Alienange
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 7:03:01 PM

Great idea TheHighlander. I'll do that for the games I actually DO want.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:32:27 PM

OK, So I wrote to Namco, here's their reply.

"Unfortunately, we do not have any information regarding a release for this title. For more information on upcoming titles, product announcements, and release dates please continue to visit the Namco Bandai Games website for any new announcements or updates once it becomes available: http://www.namcobandaigames.com/news"

The do not say that this game is not coming to PS3 in NA. The simply say that they don't have any information regarding the release date for the title. They don't even say that the title doesn't exist.

Wishful thinking perhaps, but if a large enough group of PS3 owners actually indicate their desire for the game, perhaps Namco can be persuaded to release it. However if they do release it, it will need to be something that people actually purchase and play. We don't want to send the wrong message to Namco by badgering them into releasing a game and then ignoring it.

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WolfCrimson
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 8:30:36 AM

Actually, Highlander, they (Namco-Bandai) are adding alot, and I mean ALOT, of extra content. Full vocalization of script (which is more than double vocalzed script than that of te 360 version), new dungeons, fixed bugs, new characters, optional bosses, a new Team arena. I don't remember all the things they added; you can check Tales of Vesperia's wikipedia page, they listed all the additions there.

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piratedrunk
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 3:47:49 PM

Yeah there would be a fair bit of work for them to do especially in the voice acting.

on an off topic note.. Highlander how do you feel about Monolith Soft bringing Xenoblade to the Wii?

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Highlander
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 12:32:24 AM

@PirateDrunk

Not sure what to make of it. It looks nothing like previous Xeno games, and I think that the only'Xeno' connection is that the creator of the Xenogears and Xenosaga games is working on it.

Xenoblade wasn't always the name, it was originally known as Monado : Beginning of the World. Nothing I can find or read suggests that the game shares a connection with Xenosaga or Xenogears beyond one of the people working on developing it.

If this were a Xenosaga Episode 4 we were talking about, I guess I would have to start looking for a used Wii, but since it's not, I won't.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 12:06:28 PM
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Fracking lame.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 12:43:06 PM
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Can't believe this crap -_-

Namco-Bandai is going the same hill Square-Enix is...

DOWNHILL!

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:15:44 PM
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Those....son of a....

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vicious54
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:40:05 PM

For some reason I thought of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dillion! you son of a...

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hellish_devil
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:47:00 PM
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Man, I really want this game, but I really think this game will come eventually. I don't care if it is in a year, I really don't as long as there is a PS3 release.

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sonic1899
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:48:50 PM
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...and thus this is one reason why SCIV is the last game i'll buy from scamco. I did buy Magnacarta II, but i refunded that sh*t [timed-exclusive] the next day. There is no reason for them not to release it here. did they forget that most tales-of fans here are with PlayStation? Even if the game gets released here in 2010, it'll still sell because of that (plus with the fact that the ps3 is in need of rpgs). I'm guessing its because the Xbox 360 version only sold around 33,000 within its first month. But that's what happens when you release it to a fan base that cares less about rpgs. But its cool; with Resonance of Fate, Final Fantasy XIII, Last Rebellion, Star Ocean 4, Ar Tonelico 3, White Knight Chronicles, Trinity: Zill O'll Zero, and Atelier Rorona coming around the corner, who gives a sh*t?

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b3mike
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 3:18:42 PM

Just take out those 2 Square_Enix games

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sonic1899
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 5:24:56 PM

they're anticipated rpgs; they still count

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 2:07:21 PM
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That's okay, there are much better RPGs coming.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 2:14:26 PM

With the same art style and 'feel' as Tales?

A lot of people want this game because it brings a different style and mood to the party.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 5:34:03 PM

yeah, the boring kind where all you do is hacknslash on a 2D plane.

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Alienange
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 7:05:43 PM

*CHEERS*

The Tales games are terrible. In fact they, along with Star Ocean, are the primary suspects in destroying turn based battles in my jrpgs. To hell with Tales! Convoluted, messed up stories that go nowhere with a heavy emphasis on twitch battles.

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sonic1899
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 5:36:49 PM

@TheHighlander
I'm sure there'll be other games that'll provide a similar atmosphere and presentation. Maybe it'd be a better idea to move on from it altogether. I'm very interested in Last Rebellion's characters and story and about Resonance of Fate's gameplay and environment. I thinking past TOV already :D

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Oyashiro
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 2:43:57 PM
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*Grabs Pitchfork*

Alright, Lets do this!

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Shatterday
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 4:15:06 PM
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Does anyone think that this might hit the PSN?

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mbg77
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 6:47:41 PM

Oh man, I would so welcome it on the PSN.
And it would be a really smart move for Namco.

Take care.

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dbyzforce
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 8:55:07 PM
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Notice they do not into details why the game is not coming to us. To me this sounds like another "secret backroom deal" between Microsoft and Namco to screw NA PS3 users from getting another JRPG for us to play. Or maybe its just me being paranoid. But either way I cannot see why we cannot get the game.

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:37:20 PM
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I played both the 360 (US) and PS3 (JPN) demos, and I don't care for the games battle system. It pretty much consists of mashing the attack button to win, maybe use a potion here and there.

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___________
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 12:27:28 AM
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this is BS!
here is where sony should step in and convince them to bring it here.
50 bucks says if sony said bring it to the US otherwise you cant make another ps3 game ever again they would have it on store shelves in 2 weeks!
im really starting to get sick of this regional exclusivity BS.
why should i have to wait weeks, months, YEARS! for a game just because of where i live?
like paying double what the US does is not bad enough!
games developed in asia released in asia first.
games developed in US released in US first.
games developed in europe are released in............. US OR JP FIRST????????????
WTF???????????????????????????????
LA Noire is being developed 20 minutes away from my door and i bet you 500 bucks it will be released in another region before its released here.
thats another thing i hate about sony.
M$ does not have this problem.
crackdown, gears, gears 2, halo 3, halo ODST, forza 3, mass effect, mass efect 2, bioshock.
every single game M$ publishes is released in the US, Europe, Australia 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the time the same day, if not within 2 or so days.
wish i could say the same about sony.
were not getting MAG till the 11th, i read the launch article on the US PSN blog saying the game releases WORLDWIDE! tomorrow.
so i asked them if thats right because every AU retailer is saying the 11th and surprise surprise silence.
as usual!

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MysteriousMagus
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 2:00:08 AM
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My PS3 is japanese!! MUAHAHAHAH!

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Highlander
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 2:37:38 AM

PS3 is region free, I can has Japanese games too.

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napoleon85
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 2:46:50 AM

The game is region-free!! MUAHAHAHAHA!

lol...

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napoleon85
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 2:53:42 AM
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Well, Namco Bandai can stick their game and a dildo up their asses. In the mean time, I will play some of the upcoming and brilliant PS3 exclusives.

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Hitch
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 3:18:46 AM
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No sweat I'll just play it on my 360 whenever I get the chance to actually play it.

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sonic1899
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 5:32:06 PM

Yeah, and then release that you're playing an 'interior' version while a better, improved one is out there. I couldn't bring myself to play TOV when I heard about the differences between the 360 and PS3 versions. It felt like i wasted money on something I could've waited for.

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orangpelupa
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 8:01:16 PM
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this is weird. why NBGI do this.

most of the localization, tranlsation, voice over. Already there on xbox 360 version. They can just copy-paste to the ps3 version then adding the translatino for the ps3 additional contents.

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orangpelupa
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 8:01:16 PM
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this is weird. why NBGI do this.

most of the localization, tranlsation, voice over. Already there on xbox 360 version. They can just copy-paste to the ps3 version then adding the translatino for the ps3 additional contents.

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Ar_tonelico
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 10:42:57 AM
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This is how it always is with the Tales series. Namco makes a version of a Tales game and then later on remakes it to another system and making it a lot better than the original that America was able to get. Once the newer version comes out they don't bother bringing it stateside along with some other Tales games that never had any release in America at all. It's almost like the only way we can get a Tales game on PS3 in America is if they make a new Tales game that has never been done before and just release it stateside.

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Calixrommai
Monday, February 22, 2010 @ 2:05:31 AM
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Um... I know I'm commenting on an old article, but it says here (and I quote) "As for First Strike..." First Strike is the anime not the game. I'm still hoping for an English release of the game. ^^

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