Namco: Microsoft bought Tales of Vesperia exclusivity rights

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.

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