This week’s publishing news

  • Tales of Symphonia and its Sequel Dawn of the New World will be coming to European PS3s in 2014
  • SEGA announced that Hatsune Miku Project Diva F will be coming to the European PSN in August and a demo will be available next week. A little bit of sad news is that only North America will see a physical release of the game.
  • Final Fantasy IV is now available for Android. The price tag is 14,49€
  • As announced previously, Ace Attorney Trilogy HD is now available on the iTunes Store. The first cases are free to play, the whole game will cost you 14,99€.

This week’s bad publishing decisions

Let’s take a look back at everything that went wrong with video game publishing this past week:

  • Deadly Premonition (digital) has been delayed from April, 26th to May, 1st.
  • The European version of Black Rock Shooter (digital-only) had been delayed only to be released one day later
  • No localized Tales of Vesperia for the PS3
  • Europe will be the only region in the world without a Project X Zone Special Edition
  • NIS America will publish Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers in Europe, alas without the Japanese audio
  • The German Soul Sacrifice demo requires a Playstation Plus membership

Everything a “Tales of filled year” doesn’t mean

Hideo Baba promised to make this a “Tales of filled year” for the fans in the west with “a lot of surprise announcements”. A part of this is the upcoming localized release of Tales of Xillia on August, 9th in Europe. But with the recent announcement that there will not ever be a localized PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia, despite being up quite high on the fans most wanted list and even spawning a campaign for a western release, the list of possible surprises continues to get shorter and shorter.

Let’s take a look at everything that we won’t get:

And opposed to that, the announcements we got so far:

  • Digital version of Tales of Graces f which is more expensive than the retail version
  • Tales of Xillia Collectors Edition with a mediocre figure of Milla and an incomplete OST

That leaves as possible candidates for future announcements:

Quite an exciting prospect, isn’t it?

Tales of Xillia release date, Day One and Collector’s Edition

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.

As reported previously no version of the game will feature the original Japanese voice track, despite Hideo Baba raising hopes repeatedly.

Confirmed: Tales of Xillia won’t feature dual-audio

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.”

But today he clarified in a new interview with Kotaku that we won’t see any dual-audio option in Tales of Xillia and none of the PS Vita titles are going to be localized either.

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Will Tales of Xillia feature dual-audio or not?

The eagerly awaited newest entry of the tales of-series to be made available in the west, Tales of Xillia, is going to be released in just a couple of months.

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.

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Tales of Graces f available on PSN: Almost twice as expensive as in the U.S.

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.