Tales Producer Announces Remakes, Talks Localization

Monday, July 9th, 2012

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series producer Hideo Baba has been making waves in a pair of interviews.  In conversations with Digital Spy and JPGames.de, Baba gave insight to numerous issues in the Tales series, including decisions on localization.

On why Tales of Vesperia (PS3 version) and Tales of Innocence R weren’t released in the West:

Actually, the team is working on many titles and they have to release them in Japan, so the timing is very important. And also the localization is a big challenge with many problems for the team. I would love to release those two titles on the western market, but the timing and the feedback from western branches were not very good at that time. So this is the reason why those games did not make it to the West.

On why Tales of Vesperia came over on Xbox 360 but not PS3:

Tales of Vesperia was the first title in the series which was planned to be released simultaneously in Japan, North America and Europe. This was very difficult and it was such a heavy burden for the team. So for the PS3 version, it was decided to reduce this burden and to develop it just for Japan.

But the one issue that has gamers excited was his confirmation that there are remakes to older Tales games being worked on.

“We are planning to re-release old games to other platforms in the future, because the old games have some origin and offer standard features of the Tales series,” Baba confirmed to Digital Spy.

This will not be the first time a Tales game has been remade for newer consoles.  The first remake came in the form of Tales of Phantasia, originally on the Super Famicom and re-released numerous times from the original PlayStation to the PlayStation Portable as recently as 2010.  In this past year, Tales of the Abyss was released for the first time worldwide on the Nintendo 3DS, six years after releasing on the PlayStation 2.

This information also comes less than a week after NAMCO BANDAI confirmed the western release of Tales of Xillia (available next year) and nearly a month after they revealed Tales of Xillia 2 (expected to release in Japan this November; no confirmation on whether it will release in the west).

So, what Tales games do you want to see re-released?

Digital Spy article

English Tanscript of the JPGames.de interview

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  • Destiny and Destiny 2!

  • epy

    I want an Eternia remake and also a Phantasia remake, not an updated port, a remade from scratch new version. I don’t even need HD current gen graphics, I would be glad with high quality sprites and detailed environments as seen in Destiny PS2 and Rebirth.

    • I don’t see the point of a “made from scratch” version. It’s already been remade on PS1 and TWICE on PSP… with high quality sprites a la DestinyPS2.

      Personally, I wish they’d bring the 2D ones into 3D, or maybe make Legendia looks like Symphonia/Abyss/Vesperia/Graces instead of it’s weird-looking state now. Either that or release those PSP games for PSVita here (Destiny 2, Rebrith, Phantasia X)

  • I just want
    Tales of Vesperia on the PS3, dammit!

    • Same here, I was really hoping for an international version like Star Ocean 4.

  • Well it would be nice to see Tales of Rebirth on any system in the west. Or Tales of Destiny 1 & 2.

  • I’d like to see a remake of Tales of Phantasia, the original one, without the 2-hit combos, just the dash-up, swing, dash-back mechanic, for the Wii U. Namco Bandai lost so much money trying to force the playstations last generation that it’s about time they abandon them and start supporting the guaranteed winner for a while. They can go back to supporting those other consoles once they have some money back in their wallets.

  • Tales of Rebirth or Tales of Hearts.

  • Release whatever the US doesn’t have. Bring Destiny 2, Rebirth, Hearts. That Innocence R just needs to be localized. I would like Legendia as well but maybe that’s asking a little too much. Oh yeah and Destiny.

  • Tales of Symphonia HD.

  • I want a remake of Tales of Destiny 1, Eternia and Phantasia!

  • If the whole timing thing doesn’t work for a retail release, maybe Namco can do what XSEED’s doing with Unchained Blades and just offer it digitally for less than the retail price.

  • chrispen9

    It can’t be that hard to release Tales of Vesperia and Innocence R on the PlayStation Store, can it?

  • Maura K

    I hope to see Tales of Symphonia on 3DS!

    • lets hope its the ps2 port though the gamecube version was amazing but i want everyone to have their mystic artes

  • Damnit! Give us Vesperia PS3!!

    ALSO: At least give us the original Innocence if I:R isn’t that good.

    Personally, Re-release? HOW ABOUT TOD:DC, TOD2, and TOR?

  • I wanna see ToV PS3 localized! I’m that crazy person who’d go out and buy a PS3 just for that game (GracesF and Xillia too lol)

    Personally I want to see every Tales game ever made be localized 😀

    I’d love to see ToS remade (and not just a copy/paste job like ToA 3DS) like actually remade.

  • I just want Vesperia for PS3 as well ;-;

  • VESPERIA PS3!!!!!!!!!!=p

  • I want Tales of Symphonia with a complete graphical overhaul to have the same graphical presentation as Tales of Xillia or even BETTER!!!

  • tales of vesperia ps3 needs to be localized man…the amount of extra content on it is worth it.

    on a sidenote, tales of destiny director’s cut PLEASE!!

  • release them all on ps3/psp download and ds/3ds and 360/ps3 for the respective games…final fantasy is exclusive and has had soooooooooooo many rereleases and ports…tales should do the same…low response is usually because ppl have lost hope…give em back some hope and they’ll buy…oprainfall is proof…case closed…]xD…

  • Matt

    Tales of Symphonia wii-u. :p

  • Youareallcryingmorons

    I really really really really really want Tales of innocence R. I would adore it if they gave us anything but I really want Tales of innocence R. I am so happy we got Graces and Xillia though. I just wish it was easier for them to bring them out.

  • Quest for Glory Gamer

    Let’s see: Tales of Vesperia for PS3, Tales of Hearts and the Tempest for DS or collection for 3DS, Tales of Innocence R for PSVita, and lastly Tales of Destiny 1 and 2 plus director’s cut, Tales of Rebirth, Tales of Symphonia for the 3DS. Make that Happen and I’ll be happy.

  • I’d love to see Tales of Symphonia get an HD rerelease.

  • For Remakes, Hearts.
    For Ports, Destiny Remake.

  • I want tales of Xillia 2 and innocence R for the EU and US

    • RyanOPR

      At the show where Xillia was announced, the representative specifically stated that Xillia 2 would happen if Xillia sells well.

  • So he basically says that the reason we don’t have Vesperia on PS3 is because the staff was tired localizing it for X360. This is just insulting! And of course no one asked WHY the 360 got the priority! Namco has some nerves really…

  • I want Tales of Symphonia Re-released for Xbox360 or any other system but definitely for Xbox. 

    I miss that game with all my heart!

  • Localize Innocence R. The Vita needs some good games dammit.

  • TALES OF SYMPHONIA!! I want lloyd, Genus, and Colette <3 

  • diaeitsch

    Tales of Phantasia 3DS without random encounters and a little bit better fighting system (a little bit annoying is that if you cast a spell, the time holds on). Release this in the west and I’d be happy. 🙂

  • Herlyteamfairytail

    what next game tales in 3ds

  • Zoda22

    I would kill to be able to play Tales of Symphonia again on a newer platform. By far the most epic and inspiring game I’ve ever played. So much nostalgia when I listen to the game OSTs. It would just make my life if they re-released this game!

  • Timetopretend1

    I would buy a few copy’s of Tales of Vesperia if  they would re-release it for the PS3!! LOVE that game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • UtterlyGutsy4Life

    Tales of Symphonia on the 3DS? OMG YES! Symphonia was the first legit JRPG i ever played and that game is my childhood right there!

  • theclumsyknight

    a possible remake for Tales of Symphonia? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Genesis

    I want the original tales of destiny remake localized to NA!

  • that makes sense, but i hope innocence and hearts come over as well as tempest for the 3DS say what you want to try and convince me on tempest but i still want to give it a shot.

  • Joseph

    Destiny and Destiny 2! Love the remakes but I would love a western release for both games.

  • Joshua Miller

    I’d just like to see all the games somehow get a re-make/re-release on digital markets(like psn and such) or even the ps now so i could go back and replay phantasia and the games after it had that first one on gba but never finished it before I lost the game…and haven’t gotten around to being able to get it off ebay or something…

  • Frank58$

    I really want Tales of Symphonia on 3ds

  • Francisco

    I really want Tales of Symphonia for the 3ds.

  • Raymond

    Holy shit my heart just stopped………..oh god how i would love a tales of rebirth for ps3 or wii u 3ds anything….i don’t care…

  • jacks

    Tales of Phantasia the original super Famcom version. Make it look like destiney II/eternia but keep the dark feel and adult content. The game was awesome the first time around it would be even better with some good tweeks

  • Taylor

    I’d really like to see a remake of Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut and Tales of Destiny 2 and for them both to be localized in NA

  • Emil378

    Tales of Legends please and Tales of Eternia and both Tales of Destiny these are the only 3 I dont have access to without paying hundreds of dollars for it on amazon!!!! ^-^