Xbox 360 users, stung by being the paying beta testers for Tales of Vesperia, a game touted as an Xbox exclusive and the sole reason many own their consoles, are launching a petition for redress from Bandai-Namco Games, who they accuse of “underhanded” and “unfair” tactics for daring to release the game on the PS3 in massively upgraded form.
Their petition lays out the following demands:
The games should not be dispersed across multiple platforms, they should be consolidated onto one platform [i.e. Xbox 360].
The games should be complete and properly made.
From now on, the porting of titles like Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Vesperia should be abolished.
An official apology should be made to Xbox 360 users for the abnormal number of additions made to Vesperia only a year after its Xbox 360 release.
The traces of the later additions found in the Xbox 360 edition should be explained.
Further bizarre product linkages should not be undertaken.
Elements of the Tales series [i.e. Patty Fleur] which cannot be enjoyed by all users should not be added.
Characters and the Tales universe should not be toyed with any more than necessary.
Certain platforms should not be favoured over others.
We wish to see user complaints acted upon.
We wish to see more consideration given to the effects of official actions on the fanbase.
The petition, launched on Japanese petition site Shomei.tv, has a closing date of January by which to amass 1,000 signatures, but looks set to easily meet this deadline, having already accumulated 560 signatures.
Distressed Xbox 360 users can join the bellyaching rabble here.
The game itself is nearing release; Tales fans have no choice but to buy it.