Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike Blu-Ray Bundled With PS3 DLC

By Spencer . January 27, 2010 . 9:58am

imageOn May 28, Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike comes home. The animated movie preludes the events of the game and focuses on Yuri’s life as a knight.


Namco Bandai is releasing Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike on UMD, DVD and Blu-ray. Tales fans will probably flock to the Blu-ray version since it includes Fedrock uniforms for Yuri and Estelle. Players can get these costumes by using a code included with the first print of Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike.


Blu-ray and DVD discs also include a trailer collection, audio commentary, and a new video connecting the game with the movie. The UMD version only has Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike and trailer collection.


Retail prices for each format follow.


UMD – 2,940 yen ($32)
DVD – 6,090 yen ($68)
Blu-ray – 8,190 yen ($91)


Before you call your favorite importer please note PSP/PS3 games are region free, but not Blu-ray discs or UMD movies. You’ll need a Japanese PS3 or PSP to play these. Correction: North American and Japanese PlayStation 3s read the same Blu-ray region. European PS3s do not. Sorry about that!

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  • malek86

    As usual, japanese movie prices are insane. Why?

  • vi3tprinz

    I played Japanese Blu-ray movies on my NA PS3 it just all depend on region for blu-ray.

  • thebanditking

    Umm Spencer last time I checked America and Japan share the same Blu-ray region code so American PS3’s can play Japanese games and movies on Blu-ray. Still doesnt change the fact that Namco Should have announced something by now about bringing this state side. Namco’s lack of proper PS3 support is confusing at best and disgusting at worst. Namco this gen = complete failure.

    • You got that right. This is an outrage I tell you I have never seen a company screw its fans over so much. I’m very disappointed in them for not releasing at least one Tales for the DS in the states while Japan has three now. God I wish I could understand Japanese but I just can’t at this point.

      • thebanditking

        Yeah I just dont get it. Namco use to be one of my favorite developer/publishers but they are so low on my list this gen it shocks me. In my opinion they should release as much as possible on all platforms because they are flushing thier fanbase down the toilet. Tekken 6 stinks(and I am a big Tekken fan) I thought SoulCalibur 4 was an unbalanced mess that stripped most of what made 1&2 so great. Timed 360 exclusive BS, and total lack of Tales support on the systems its available on. Its just bad business.

    • justinslot

      Right–for blu-rays North America is in the same region as Japan, Korea and Hong Kong (but not mainland China.)

      • malek86

        And for DVD, the region is the same as Europe, so I guess we could at least import that one.

        Not that it matters. For some reason, japanese movies are almost always devoid of subtitles. Sometimes, not even japanese subtitles.

        • Aoshi00

          Yeah, that’s why I never get anime on Jpn DVDs, they don’t even have the decency to include Jpn subtitles.. well, for some movies they do, but never anime TV series. I’m glad I didn’t get the new EVA movie and now the US ver. would have Eng. sub and dual track (not to mention $20 instead of $60)

          • malek86

            I don’t understand the japanese though. Region locking, no subtitles… are they really so afraid of people importing their stuff? As a neo-mercantilist country, shouldn’t they be trying to encourage it?

          • Aoshi00

            DVDs were locked for years, but there were ways to unlock most DVD players, I thought it was stupid UMD movies are region locked while the games aren’t. As for no Jpn subtitle for most Jpn anime, I think it’s laziness or they just don’t like the idea of including the script.. one thing I don’t like about Jpn DVDs is that the subtitles are not what’s being said on screen, meaning for a hollywood movie it’s the subtitle for the English dialogue, but never the verbatim “closed caption” for the Jpn dialogue, for the hearing impaired so to speak. I really wish they would have two kinds of subtitles.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, UMD movies are region locked (it’s a dead media for movies anyway, no extras no nothing..), US and Jpn share the same region for Blu-ray movies as well as games, I have the Jpn Blu-ray for the movie “Gattaca” and Resident Evil/Biohazard Degeneration, maybe Spence meant DVDs.
      I got the Jpn Beowulf UMD just for fun, since my PSP-2000 is from Jpn..

      Why ToV International PS3 is still not announced for the US is just puzzling.. nothing more disgusting than their DLC costumes though..

  • Kris

    Whenever I see a ToV article, I hope that it’s announcing a US release. :(

    • Aoshi00

      I thought we are getting the game bundled w/ the blu-ray movie!

      • Same… I wish Siliconera would stop posting ToV news, that isn’t “ToV announced for North America”, because it’s always so exciting to see the ToV image, and then a big disappointment to read the headline and see that it isn’t a North American announcement.

  • bobhoskins

    The irony. Anything with “bandai” in it’s name stateside has been reeking of fraktarded failure for a while now.

    Bandai Entertainment’s anime releases have been delayed one after another; Kurokami holding the torch for being delayed NINE months.

    And Namco Bandai’s lack of support for…well. Just about everything.

    Its high time Namco Bandai gets disappeared, and let someone else release this.

  • tales of vesperia will get a sequel before we get it in english

  • Soma

    May 28th? Darn! Too late for my trip to Japan.
    Looks like I will be importing this, unless a North American release magically gets announced in the near future.

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