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Tales of Xillia Westward Bound, More News From Namco Bandai Expo

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For a long time, fans have been unsure that Tales of Xillia, the latest entry in the long-running JRPG series would be coming to the West. At yesterdays’ Namco Bandai Games Japan Expo 2012, that question was cleared up with the confirmation that it will be available sometime in 2013, exclusively for the Playstation 3 platform. Previously, it had been rumoured that Namco Bandai would only look into the possibility of a localisation if sales of Tales of Graces F showed that there would be demand for it. Even if it didn’t, logic won out in the end as Tales of Xillia has been the highest selling game in the series’ history in Japan and a direct sequel has already been announced.

The release also means that each of the current generation consoles has received an exclusive Tales of entry since 2007. A strange tactic for Namco Bandai, given the way that most publishers seek as wide an audience as possible for their games, but if it works for them, who am I to argue?

In addition to this, four new characters were announced for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. These are Alex, P-Jack, Forrest Law and Tiger Jackson. The game is currently set to launch on the PS3 and 360 in mid-September, while the Wii-U version will be coming shortly after the system’s launch.

There were also a couple of announcement related to Dragon Ball Z games. The first was that DBZ for Kinect will feature a new episode of the anime previously unseen in the West revolving around Bardock, Goku’s father. The game will also include the first time that Bardock will be seen in Super Saiyan form. The publisher has also announced their next HD remaster effort, with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai and Budokai 3 being updated and bundled together for release on the PS3 and 360 at the end of the year.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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