However, a 2ch denizen who just happened to be browsing the compiled code for the game with a hex editor (let us not enquire too deeply as to why) has discovered evidence that she was in fact in the game from the start, in the form of mentions of her name alongside those of other characters.
This plainly casts doubt on her “new” status, and possibly suggests that all this was planned from the start?
EST (Estelle), RIT (Rita)… and PAT (Patty)?
A variety of reasons seem plausible, such as development schedule, disc space, etc., but a marketing tactic on the part of Namco, for use after Microsoft’s bribe wore off, seems most plausible.
Once again, PS3 owners are thanking Xbox 360 owners for participating in the fee-paying beta test…