Switch owners who decided to skip out on Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition following this morning’s reports of a required download, have no fear: Bandai Namco’s American Twitter and the official Tales Of European Twitter have confirmed that won’t be the case. For those who missed it, Bandai Namco initially tweeted an ad showcasing the game’s Anniversary Bundle, with the Switch version plastered with a banner indicating a forced download; in other words, you’d have to download this Day One update to play the game. Gamers didn’t react too kindly to this news, but thankfully, Bandai Namco took to Twitter to dispel the confusion.
Apologies for the confusion, that is not the final box art for the Switch version and it WILL ship on a 16 GB cart, NO additional download will be required. Pre-Order AWAY!
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) September 17, 2018
Some of you may be asking, “what’s the big deal?” — actually, until this morning’s debacle, I had no idea myself! Turns out it’s a multi-layered answer: for starters, it’s a major inconvenience for players living in low-bandwidth areas, subject to monthly data caps, or possessing a lower-end SD card, as those folks can’t simply navigate around money and location to play one game. Furthermore, others raise ethical concerns with the process: not only do some believe the game is launching unfinished, but it immediately renders a game’s preservation value defunct once its respective system’s online services go down (imagine hunting down a used copy years afterward only to find out this bitter truth!). Indeed, many gamers are unhappy with a recent trend of Switch games enforcing required downloads, such as Wolfenstein 2 and LA Noire.
Of course, skepticism persists in that Bandai Namco is simply saving face and made a quick turn-around following the backlash, but regardless, we appreciate the company for coming forward so quickly on this matter.
What do you think of all this nonsense surrounding Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition and the epidemic of required downloads on Switch? Let us know in the comments below!