The Tekken team's virtual reality tech demo/game about giving cute girls language lessons may be coming to the West. According to the European Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, Bandai Namco has filed for a trademark (opens in new tab) on the term "Summer Lesson" as it relates to video games.
Summer Lesson is already a confirmed PlayStation VR title (opens in new tab), but I had just assumed that its two primary mechanics meant we'd never see it outside of Japan: mechanic one being nodding or shaking your head in response to the girls' questions, many of which are about the Japanese language, and mechanic two being ogling said virtual girls as they stare at you expectantly.
Doing Japanese tutoring may be slightly less approachable for people who don't speak Japanese, but since the only responses are "Yes" or "No" you'd still have a 50 percent shot at giving the right answer. Or hey, maybe they could let us play as the girls and get tutored by the Japanese players, one nod at a time! Now that's exploring the true potential of VR.
The trademark application was just received on Tuesday, and I haven't found any matching application in the US yet, but I have asked a Bandai Namco representative for more information. I'll let you know if I hear anything back.
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