Namco Bandai announced that Tales of Xillia will be released in Europe on August 09th. Several versions of the game will be available such as the Collector’s Edition for 100€ which includes an audio CD, an artbook and a figure of Milla (presumably by Banpresto). This version is limited to 10.000 copies for Europe and only available via a special Namco Bandai site.
The Day One Edition for the price of a regular copy is basically the same without the figure and a stripped-down version of the artbook (50 instead of 100 pages and no hardcover). Pre-ordering either of these versions will grant additional costumes and a custom PS3 theme.
It hasn’t been really clear up until now, whether Tales of Xillia, which is going to be released on August 6. in Nothern America, will feature the original voice track or not. Here is what Hideo Baba had to say to this previously:
“I receive so many requests from foreign players for Japanese voice tracks in the Western version!” and “I’ve been making efforts to include both Japanese voice-overs and English voice-overs. [… We] are making efforts to resolve this problem.”
The following article contains some quotes and sale figures for two different and still unpublished JRPGs – in Europe and Northern America that is.
Will you be able to guess which JRPGs are referenced and which one of them you actually might be able to play rather soon? Continue reading
It’s nothing new that Atlus isn’t really fond about Europe and its European fanbase (which will be the topic of a later article). In regards to Persona 4 Arena, the beat ’em up spin-off based on the popular Persona series, that meant that the game didn’t get published at first and also couldn’t be imported because of region-locking – unprecedented for a PS3 game and a new low point for Atlus.
After that it came clear the European publishers Zen United and pQube would publish the game in the neglected realm. And after numerous delays it seems that the already previously fully localized title will finally be in stores on May 10, a whole year after its original release.
To make up for all this trouble and the long wait Zen United and pQube promised something special as an extra exclusive to the European market. Turns out it is an “arrange” soundtrack, which basically means that it’s not the complete soundtrack. It’s not even clear whether the soundtrack will be included on a CD or if it is just a cheap, inconvenient digital version only.
What is clear is that the cover has been reworked, so that the soundtrack, which also will be available only for pre-ordered copies, is advertised and thus ruining the front cover of the game (fear not, as usual the German version.had already been ruined beforehand). What’s also absolutely clear is that the game has been out for almost a year in the U.S. and can now be bought on amazon.com for 23,46€ and it will be more than twice as expensive when it will finally reach Europe.
Once again thanks for absolutely nothing Zen United, pQube and especially Atlus.
And while we already know that the game will be coming out with texts in five different languages and first gameplay videos of the localized version have been put up by every major gaming website, the question whether the game will feature the stellar japanese voice track still remains a mystery.
Read everything we know so far on jrpg.eu:
Tales of Graces f will be released in two different digital versions next week as Hideo Baba, the producer of the tales of-series, announced on the Playstation blog. Additionally Hideo Baba promises “a lot of surprise announcements” regarding the tales-of franchise this year.
But you don’t need to look any further to be in for your first surprise when you look at the price of the digital versions. The regular version of the game will cost a European customers 44.99€ or 36.99£ (43.36€), whereas American buyers will only have to pay 34.99$ (26.96€).
That means European customers have to pay a premium of 66% for the same digital product. If you have more surprises like this for European customers in store Mr. Baba, no thanks, we don’t want them.