Bandai Namco Shamelessly Lied to Xbox Testers


Bandai Namco has been caught in a rather embarrassingly brazen lie to upset Tales of Vesperia beta testers, adding further to the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s efforts to secure Japanese exclusives for its console.


The Xbox 360 beta version contained a mysterious room in which a girl’s pirate hat could be found in a drawer, “with the barely legible name Pa… written on it.”

When the PS3 version was announced to have pirate loli character Patty Fleur, Xbox 360 testers quickly remembered the room and its incriminating contents.

Confronted some months ago, Namco replied “There is certainly such a scene, but it has no connection whatsoever with Patty.”

Players visiting the room in Perfect Tales of Vesperia were however greeted with this sight:


Yuri: “Hmm… So you were staying at a place like this?”

Though nobody really expects them to come clean about the pile of money they received from Microsoft in order to develop what they secretly planned as a beta version of the full PS3 release, they might at least be expected to exercise more finesse in placating the understandably irate testers…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm so angry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't give a SHIT !

    ONLY kids would cares.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha! True that.

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    Comment by Ero-Kurage
    04:35 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is like a movie: foreign console company with big $ lure a Japanese game company to help them out, at first the Japanese company didn't want to betray and help out foreigners more, but $ talks, so they agreed with the deal but keep the best part to themselves, or for the other Japanese console company. A foreigner can't fully understand or imagine the loyalty and "we are Japanese" mentality can be strong. I am glad that they do that secretly and fxxk up MS, and for the Japanese owners of 360, too bad, this is a valuable lesson to them not to buy/trust a foreign game console. Buy Japanese !

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, it's still all about the money if you think long enough. There is no loyalty or patriotism involved there. They just want to earn more from a game that is exclusive for a good amount of time on the other console.

    Partly you are true in the sense that the Japanese will still buy their own products(even if it is now made in China) so Bandai-Namco ported the game to the console that the 3rd-largest-market-for-video-games likes. Then, they earned again without putting much effort. In short, it is just a marketing decision masked by their "patriotism".

    And I think the cycle will just continue. Make games (and earn from the donation) and port them to the other console to earn again (because the main target of these types of games are Japanese).

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    05:30 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Arrrrrr...I'd like to swab her poop deck...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, I thought Karol was kind of annoying. So I'm not sure adding another tiny, obnoxious character to the mix is really a move in the right direction.

    Maybe I'm way off base, but the loli pirate just seems... inexplicable and out of place to me. Now, if they had added an inexplicable, busty kunoichi character, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

    But this? Pass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can bet your ass we'll NEVER see Magna Carta 2 on the PS3 after this debocle.It is also supposably a 360 exlusive in (Japan and NA at least)and only being published by Namco/Bandai, not developed by(Softmax is the developer).I seriously doubt even Namco Bandai would dare double cross MS again.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:40 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If MC2's sales are high enough in Japan (while it is plausible, I wouldn't really bet on it), you can rest assured that it'll most definitely be ported to PlayStation 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No smart move of Bandai Namco to fuck with MS again. Losing the right to develop for 360 and getting no more extra cash from MS, leaving them with the wii (casuals, low sales) and PS3 (no Sony support, no extra cash, massive work to develop on).

    Porting Vesperia was already pretty dangerous. Are they blank or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So anyone knows the contact address of Bandai Namco? Maybe I could ask to produce Idolm@ster for the PS3 then (yeah, I have a xbox360 too but I'm too pissed at all the "complete" versions right now and I don't feel like importing another 360)...

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:37 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can try these:

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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    02:19 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmfao...i was pissed of once but i dont care im over it lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact, my psychic powers tell me that you bought the 360 version of ToV day one for full price, perhaps the ToV 360 bundle. And now after getting burnt crisp by PS3 version's Patty Fleur's ultra moe moeness, you just can't stop writing on this backstabbing.

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    Comment by Takata
    01:48 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was refering to Artefact, THE ps3-console-boy who makes this shitty "news".

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    Comment by ドラゴン
    03:55 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't blame artefact because your console failed miserably in the format war.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    07:40 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What, you mean the PlayStation "third place in global sales" 3?

    Surely, you shouldn't blame Arte for that, he's actually cheering for the underdog here. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +9999 Critical HITS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mind as well rename the site PS3Complex.
    This is the exact same article has 30 ones before it. What, does japan have nothing else interesting going on? Or is he too stupid to realize companies don't give two shits about anyone, so whats the point in being loyal. It's like opening your mouth to a hot girl's asshole. It doesn't change the fact you're eating shit.

    He could have announced some new releases or updates on upcoming games. Persona 3 PSP maybe. But no, of course he has to talk about vesperia again. Nothing new either, no gameplay footage, nothing. Just "LOL PS3 VERSION IS BETTER. I NEED TO JUSTIFY IT BECAUSE IT CAME OUT 2 YEARS LATER"

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:16 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what, while Arte's way of covering the news strikes as horribly fanboyish, I still think it's a somewhat interesting tip.

    ... Well, that's as much "positive criticism" as I can do. So there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm an x360 & ps3 fan & namco bandai & both sony and microsoft can go fuck themselves cause when all is said & done, none of these companies give a fuck about the gamers, just the money they can get their greedy slimey hands on.
    fuck you microsoft.
    fuck you namco.
    fuck you bandai.
    fuck you sony.
    fuck you fanboy, for not appreciating the other platform & being narrow-minded & stupid.

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    Comment by nocturne
    02:04 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, umm, does anyone remember Eternal Sonata? Also published by Namco Bandai? Originally released for the Xbox 360, then ported a year later to the PS3 with additional content?


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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:18 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wasn't here when it all happened, did Arte make as much ruckus as with this one back then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah i'm seeing a different approach here, Artefact just wanted to flame the endless war of the nerds here between ps and xbox fanboys~ you little kids, entertaining the hell out of us! pfft~

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli are everywere O.O
    let's loli dominate the world and collective mind...
    4fun LOL'I'

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its about the only loli that the PS3 has. Nintendo owns the rest in its money printing machine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do like hearing about news for Tales game since I'm admittedly a huge Tales fan, but really, we get the point now. There are things in the PS3 version not in the 360 version - things that were probably pre-planned. I think there's been enough articles just talking about the small little differences people notice and can RAAAAGE about. At this point I would rather hear news about whether or not the PS3 port will appear outside of Japan. I keep seeing articles on the PS3 vs. 360 version, but no article on how the American ToV voice actors were called back in to do some additional likes for Artes. It's just a rumor and people might just be getting their hopes up for nothing, but at least the console fanboy bashing should be slightly less. <-Me probably getting my hopes up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is how PS3 fanboys make it seem like their console has more games. They keep blabbering about exclusives that they stole from the 360. It really is quite stupid.

    360 got Final Fantasy 13 and MGS5. How would you like it if I posted news about that everyday to make it seem like 360 is stealing ALL of PS3's exclusives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    MGS 5? LOL! Trey 4 Life you fucking 360 weebol!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    trey 4 life? wtf u think this is, youtube?
    Get the fuck out.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:32 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3-boy: "Goog God, I can't wait any longer to play FFXIII (I mean, it was announced on 2006 for Christ's sake!), Tekken 6 and whatever it is Kojima is working on right now. It sure is great to have a PS3, fuck the 360!!"

    News: "All-important system exclusives Final Fantasy XIII, Tekken 6 and Metal Gear Rising Whatever go multiplat!"

    PS3-boy: "Fuck you Square Enix, fuck you Namco Bandai and fuck you Kojima, you dirty, honour-less nips!! I didn't like your crappy games anyways, go suck your dear XRoD 3shitty's American dick!!1!11 >:( >:(>:(" [goes play some random 360 shooter knockoff like Resistance]

    Et cetera...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brooklyn RAGE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus fucking hell. As if it weren't bad enough that we're getting another daily dose of games news, it's OLD news. We're aware of it all, already! Bring back the damn fap galleries and bizarre news!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, and by the way shooter games aren't the reason why people play the Xbox360. What idiotic dumba** thought up that mess. Some people are not thinking straight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    gimme some news on scribblenaut!!!

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    Comment by maxchain
    02:57 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)




    At least one of these things makes for a day in the life at Namco Bandai!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and that is what Japan gets for buying an Xbox. Face it, nobody in Japan or Asia in that matter should ever get a XBox

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry but I don't want anybody dictating what should I do with my money. I'll buy whatever I want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you just trolling or something, because this stupid issue with Xbox360/PS3 crap is getting 2 years too old right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazingly enough I agree with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soooo seeing all the hype on this this game play worthy? dont have either console but looking to get a ps3 though, since it is a sony!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want the ps3 tales of vesperia with all the new extras, then go ahead if you want to. Well since you're getting a ps3, it is obvious you want the game, but the ps3 isn't that much, just few more extra stuff. Regardless both versions of TOV are still good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i only heard of TOV awhile ago, i am mainly getting the ps3 to play movies, and for the upcoming FF13 and mgs4

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought MGS4 was a movie?

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:23 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He said he wants his PS3 to play movies three times. Lol, geddit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    microsofy need to learn not making jrpg exclusive, especially if it gains good reception of the beta version, for sure it'll come later in complete version in sony consoles. just stay with your exclusive fps shooting game, microsoft

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I downloaded the ps3 demo and was kinda shocked to notice the graphics are worse than the 360 version, the resolution is lower

    wow, what a fucking disapointment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    see this dude []

    1:36 = Epic ????
    not really , only screen replacement

    Try this

    1:57 = Overkill Brother
    Yeah, a COMPLETE screen

    Nuff said

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