A month ago, Namco Bandai's junior community manager sparked a fierce cross-platform debate when she stated that Microsoft paid to keep Tales Of Vesperia as an Xbox 360 exclusive. However, after causing quite a ruckus between Sony and Microsoft fans, Toci has recanted her comments and apologised for spreading "false information." We have the full story below - and we reckon that we can draw a line under it.
After suggesting that Namco Bandai had accepted payment in exchange for maintaining Microsoft exclusivity (drawing on Quantic Dreams' Heavy Rain as a PS3 comparison), community manager Charlotte Toci has issued a full retraction and apology on Facebook.
A few months ago I replied to a fan who asked me why Tales of Vesperia wasn’t localized in Europe on my Facebook page. I replied that it was because of a Microsoft exclusivity, thinking that that was the reason why, even though I didn’t have any official information on that.
I was wrong to do so, and sadly my reply was relayed on many websites, thus sharing a false information to fans around the web.
I would like to send my sincere apologies to all the Tales Series fans I have wrongly informed, and Microsoft & Namco Bandai for any damage that might have been caused with this.
Case closed, though it's worth suggesting that Microsoft does need to secure a few more major exclusives over the coming months. The occasional paid and timed exclusive is all well and good, but here at Dealspwn, we reckon that MS needs to aggressively step up their first party studio base - especially if reports of an E3 2012 reveal for the next Xbox console are true.