Koei Accidentally Published the Wrong Game

Koei Accidentally Published the Wrong Game

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Customers thinking they were buying Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII for PSP got VII instead.

Koei recently re-released Sangokushi VIII (Romance of the Three Kingdoms as the series is called in the West) for the PSP as part of their "Teiban" classics series. At least, they thought they did. The game's box had Sangokushi VIII printed on it, as did the manual and the UMD. What was actually on the UMD however, was Sangokushi VII, if a recent report from Andriasang is to be believed. It's an easy mistake to make; those roman numerals are tricky.

Koei has since apologized to users for accidentally selling them the wrong game and has promised to replace the misprinted UMDs with the game they actually ordered. Sales of the title's special edition have been put on hold.

While no doubt frustrating to gamers who spent their hard-earned Yen on the game, the gaffe does provide internet snarksters with some cruel chuckles. Sangokushi titles do tend to be rather similar to one another, and many commenters have suggested that Koei's replacement plan actually just involves stenciling an extra "I" onto the game's title.

Source: Andriasang

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Yeash. That is somehow worse than CAPCPOM misspelling its own name.

You misspelt 'Koei'.

That's some great QA work there. /sarcasm

Grey Carter:
While no doubt frustrating to gamers who spent their hard-earned Yen on the game, the gaffe does provide internet snarksters with some cruel chuckles. Sangokushi titles do tend to be rather similar to one another, and many commenters have suggested that Koei's replacement plan actually just involves stenciling an extra "I" onto the game's title.

So people are going gaga over a...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Bad Romance?

Curses, the wah-wah music machine is in the shop!

I think this deserves a simple, "Lol".

Wait, wasn't Romance of the Three Kingdoms a novel?

OK, I can't even make a joke about this. Seriously this is just hilarious on its own and I can't for the life of me make up a joke that is bigger than this. Thanks a lot for giving me the laugh I needed Koei.

T'vin:
You misspelt 'Koei'.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's the joke. Then again, with Carter's track record of spelling, you may be right.

saintdane05:
Wait, wasn't Romance of the Three Kingdoms a novel?

These games are adaptations of that novel.

Just like nearly every other video game, TV series and movie set during the Three Kingdoms era.

The Dynasty Warriors games are also based on the novel.

OT: Well, considering how many games Koei publish and release every year they had to make a mistake at some point.

TheMadJack:
That's some great QA work there. /sarcasm

What's even funnier is that Koei games are almost always bug free when released in the west.

Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

Hey! That's not a fair comparison at all!

at least EA changes the roster each year...

Scars Unseen:

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

Hey! That's not a fair comparison at all!

at least EA changes the roster each year...

well Koei games they do add new things. EA hasn't added anything new to Madden since 05 and if you want a new updated rooster why not make that DLC. Keep the same game but buy the DLC for like 5 bucks instead spending 60 on the same game again.

Devoneaux:

DVS BSTrD:

Grey Carter:
While no doubt frustrating to gamers who spent their hard-earned Yen on the game, the gaffe does provide internet snarksters with some cruel chuckles. Sangokushi titles do tend to be rather similar to one another, and many commenters have suggested that Koei's replacement plan actually just involves stenciling an extra "I" onto the game's title.

So people are going gaga over a...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Bad Romance?

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-A-A-A-A-AH?

Question mark? Did you click the link?

Probably for the better, VIII wasn´t that good, and waaaay too shallow for it´s own good. Sounds cool that you can take on any role, be it Vassal or Emperor. But every role tends to boil down to the same excrusiating busy work. Every other game i´ve tried in the series have been a hell of a lot more interesting, especially IX.

But how do you publish the wrong game anyway? :D

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

You obviously never played a game in this particular series... Unless you also think the kessen games look alike...

MrBaskerville:

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

You obviously never played a game in this particular series... Unless you also think the kessen games look alike...

I did play one kessen game along time ago. I remember liking it

I loved this RTK more than the others, so the idea they screwed this up just pisses me off.

VIII was drastically different from most of the rest of the series, people buying it were likely going specifically for that game. It's pretty irresponsible of a company to let a mistake that big happen.

ForgottenPr0digy:

MrBaskerville:

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

You obviously never played a game in this particular series... Unless you also think the kessen games look alike...

I did play one kessen game along time ago. I remember liking it

The third one was pretty good, the first two takes a lot of patience. But there was a lot more change and evolution to the RTK series and Kessen series than their other series. Especially in the last couple of games^^.

I think it's just kind of a really funny blunder. If I bought one of the affected copies I'd probably just laugh it off due to "can you believe this shit?" and call it a day.

This reminds me of that time when my dad bought "Lord of the Rings 3" from a chinese DVD salesman BEFORE it actually came out...........

Unsurprisingly, it was some strange movie....starring Tom Cruise.

WTF I don't even ... =_=

I wouldn't complain. This means you get two games for the price of one.

Keep it sealed, sell it in a few years for a few hunderd dollars :D

The funny thing was that VII was better than VIII. I would know - I played both on the PC. To be honest they were pretty similar but VII felt more fluid and fun than VIII to me.

But imagine people who loved VIII but hated VII bought it to relive some fond memories..only to find out it was VII. Their expression must be priceless haha.

ForgottenPr0digy:

Scars Unseen:

ForgottenPr0digy:
Well according to the internet and Xplay Koei just ships the same Dynasty Warriors,Samurai Warrios,Dynasty Gundman and Romance of the Three Kingdoms over and over you can't tell them apart just like with every EA sports game.

Hey! That's not a fair comparison at all!

at least EA changes the roster each year...

well Koei games they do add new things. EA hasn't added anything new to Madden since 05 and if you want a new updated rooster why not make that DLC. Keep the same game but buy the DLC for like 5 bucks instead spending 60 on the same game again.

You have NO idea how sports titles or DLC work at all, do you? Besides... the problem with making one game with loads of DLC is... what about those who only want NFL 2012, and don't want 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, and '11 as well? Furthermore, EA reinvents the engine behind each game every year, graphically and mechanically. Just because the end result is the same doesn't mean the games themselves are.

Furthermore, the reason they don't change the game between releases is because they don't want to require players to reacquaint themselves with the controls: Stick with what works.

They don't make additional years DLC not only because of my aforementioned reason, but also to keep players on the same page: As comical as having the 2006 Bengals go up against the 2012 Patriots might be, it's a temporal catastrophe!

You're trying to force reality-grounded sports games that are an adaption of a different game and its genre conventions to conform to the conventions of fantastic games that are built entirely for their own medium.

Scow2:

ForgottenPr0digy:

Scars Unseen:

Hey! That's not a fair comparison at all!

at least EA changes the roster each year...

well Koei games they do add new things. EA hasn't added anything new to Madden since 05 and if you want a new updated rooster why not make that DLC. Keep the same game but buy the DLC for like 5 bucks instead spending 60 on the same game again.

You have NO idea how sports titles or DLC work at all, do you? Besides... the problem with making one game with loads of DLC is... what about those who only want NFL 2012, and don't want 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, and '11 as well? Furthermore, EA reinvents the engine behind each game every year, graphically and mechanically. Just because the end result is the same doesn't mean the games themselves are.

Furthermore, the reason they don't change the game between releases is because they don't want to require players to reacquaint themselves with the controls: Stick with what works.

They don't make additional years DLC not only because of my aforementioned reason, but also to keep players on the same page: As comical as having the 2006 Bengals go up against the 2012 Patriots might be, it's a temporal catastrophe!

You're trying to force reality-grounded sports games that are an adaption of a different game and its genre conventions to conform to the conventions of fantastic games that are built entirely for their own medium.

I'm not sure how accurate that is. I've heard that (dated info mind you) that EA actually had a HUGE paperwork process for implementing new features, because they didn't want to change any code. That way they could just update the new stats and ship it. I think I heard a few years ago (2010 maybe?) that they did end up reworking a lot of the game. I dunno, I don't play them. Still, DLC would have been a much better form of delivery than what has been done in the past.

Signa:

Scow2:

ForgottenPr0digy:

well Koei games they do add new things. EA hasn't added anything new to Madden since 05 and if you want a new updated rooster why not make that DLC. Keep the same game but buy the DLC for like 5 bucks instead spending 60 on the same game again.

You have NO idea how sports titles or DLC work at all, do you? Besides... the problem with making one game with loads of DLC is... what about those who only want NFL 2012, and don't want 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, and '11 as well? Furthermore, EA reinvents the engine behind each game every year, graphically and mechanically. Just because the end result is the same doesn't mean the games themselves are.

Furthermore, the reason they don't change the game between releases is because they don't want to require players to reacquaint themselves with the controls: Stick with what works.

They don't make additional years DLC not only because of my aforementioned reason, but also to keep players on the same page: As comical as having the 2006 Bengals go up against the 2012 Patriots might be, it's a temporal catastrophe!

You're trying to force reality-grounded sports games that are an adaption of a different game and its genre conventions to conform to the conventions of fantastic games that are built entirely for their own medium.

I'm not sure how accurate that is. I've heard that (dated info mind you) that EA actually had a HUGE paperwork process for implementing new features, because they didn't want to change any code. That way they could just update the new stats and ship it. I think I heard a few years ago (2010 maybe?) that they did end up reworking a lot of the game. I dunno, I don't play them. Still, DLC would have been a much better form of delivery than what has been done in the past.

DLC's only good for those who bought the game that it originally came for. If I want Madden 2012 (I don't, because my old Blitz 2000 for my N64 gives me all the virtual football fun I need: I heard the Blitz series lost the NFL endorsement but still makes games for non-dinosaur consoles, but I can't find them.), I want to buy Madden 2012, not go out and buy Madden 2005 and have to then spend EXTRA on the 2012 Roster, find a way to implement it, and hope it doesn't have matches/seasons that can't decide which year they want to take place in.

Scow2:

Signa:

Scow2:
You have NO idea how sports titles or DLC work at all, do you? Besides... the problem with making one game with loads of DLC is... what about those who only want NFL 2012, and don't want 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, and '11 as well? Furthermore, EA reinvents the engine behind each game every year, graphically and mechanically. Just because the end result is the same doesn't mean the games themselves are.

Furthermore, the reason they don't change the game between releases is because they don't want to require players to reacquaint themselves with the controls: Stick with what works.

They don't make additional years DLC not only because of my aforementioned reason, but also to keep players on the same page: As comical as having the 2006 Bengals go up against the 2012 Patriots might be, it's a temporal catastrophe!

You're trying to force reality-grounded sports games that are an adaption of a different game and its genre conventions to conform to the conventions of fantastic games that are built entirely for their own medium.

I'm not sure how accurate that is. I've heard that (dated info mind you) that EA actually had a HUGE paperwork process for implementing new features, because they didn't want to change any code. That way they could just update the new stats and ship it. I think I heard a few years ago (2010 maybe?) that they did end up reworking a lot of the game. I dunno, I don't play them. Still, DLC would have been a much better form of delivery than what has been done in the past.

DLC's only good for those who bought the game that it originally came for. If I want Madden 2012 (I don't, because my old Blitz 2000 for my N64 gives me all the virtual football fun I need: I heard the Blitz series lost the NFL endorsement but still makes games for non-dinosaur consoles, but I can't find them.), I want to buy Madden 2012, not go out and buy Madden 2005 and have to then spend EXTRA on the 2012 Roster, find a way to implement it, and hope it doesn't have matches/seasons that can't decide which year they want to take place in.

We're getting a little off-topic here, but your image of what we are discussing here seems off. The idea that guy you originally quoted and I share involves building a base game (let's say Madden 2013). Once the next iteration comes along (Madden 2014), instead of building a whole new game from scratch, you just let the owners of the original base game download a spreadsheet with the new player stats. Nothing from the base game changes mechanics or features wise, but you get all the new stats that buying a whole new game would offer.

I'm not sure what you are trying to say about playing dudes from the future or past. It sounds like you would be against offering more simulation options to players. I certainly would be interested if I owned a sports game to know what it thinks about the current top team and how it would fair against an older, but more skilled team that may not have had a glamorous record during its season.

EDIT: ok, maybe you're not that far off from what I'm talking about, but you wouldn't buy "Madden 05" you'd just buy "madden" as it was current the year it was made. It could include stats from multiple years up to that point, but you'd just be buying a base game. THEN if you wanted to play 2012 games, you'd buy the 2012 stats from the DLC. You'd have control over what stats you wanted attached to your game. Of course that's the ideal. We can never hope to see EA doing something that practical. Instead it's what, $60 per year for a spreadsheet?

The old saying, "They don't make things like they used to.", definately rings true here. Just yesturday I saw the largest newspaper in town misspell adrenaline on the front page! And now this? Its actually pretty sickening to watch.

I don't understand how this is even possible.
It's like their incompetence defies physics.

 

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