Tales of Xillia North American Release Date Announced

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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Not too long ago, Namco Bandai announced that Tales of Xillia is looking towards a Summer 2013 release, at least in North America. For Europe, it was “coming soon,” from what their EU Twitter had also recently stated in regards to the series as a whole. Also taken account the Gamestop computer listing of its possible release date that was also discovered in the same time frame.

While all vague, it was something – that quickly changed today! Namco Bandai has announced, at a media event in New York yesterday, that Tales of Xillia will be heading to North America this summer on August 6 of this year.

In related news, Kotaku had caught up and had a recent interview with series producer, Hideo Baba, and one of the questions that was brought up was the fate of localization on the two remakes for the PlayStation Vita, Tales of Innocence R and Tales of Hearts R. For now, it’s not looking good I’m afraid, as he states below:

Unfortunately, at this present time we don’t have any plans to release any of the Vita titles.

Following up with the current condition of the Vita in the West:

One of the main reasons is, unfortunately the PlayStation Vita is doing relatively poorly in North America, so it’s one of those things that if the numbers increased considerably, then it’s something we could consider.

He also added that in time there will be more Tales related news coming out of the wood work; he guarantees that. So, we got some exciting news, some disheartening  news, and more good ol’ teasing. Tales of Xillia is a PlayStation 3 exclusive that will be heading our way soon. Hopefully, the PAL region announcement is not too far off from the North American release date.

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  • Do you know WHY the Vita is doing poorly in NA? It’s because nobodies releasing any good games for the thing! I bet if companies release more good games for the system, it would raise the sales for the Vita.

    • Pyrotek85

      The only Vita game I’m looking forward to at the moment is the next Ys game, and that’s not until September.

    • Me too, I LOVE the Ys series and have bought the Premium editions of every game from localized by XSEED . I’m also hopeful for SEGA to localize Project Diva f. (and/or the PS3 Project Diva F)

    • Lightthrower

      Tons of Vita games in Japan, they just need to be translated.

    • Well yeah, I meant localized, sorry.

  • Ace

    August 6 can’t cum soon enough.

  • Seriously Jonah is right. Over here there is basically few games that are currently out that people want to play on the Vita. If they actually release more games for that system then you’ll see the Vita fly off the shelves. Once they understand that minor concept then they’ll get the results they are looking for.

  • I bought Vita when Gravity Rush came out, and I don’t regret it, but I’ve only picked up two other games since then; P4G and Zero Escape. There are maybe 2-3 others I’m mildly interested in.

    Most people are not going to buy a console that only has a handful of quality games more than a year after release.

    Not enough good games out, Vita doesn’t sell well, companies don’t release Vita games, Vita continues to not sell well, companies continue to not release Vita games.

    Are they seriously that dumb? What an idiotic statement. Until someone starts taking a chance, it’s NEVER going to sell well.

    • cirE

      I think Vita owners should just cross their fingers and wait. Look at the 3DS. It was released in March 2011, and I personally didn’t consider it worth buying until I just recently picked one up the day Fire Emblem came out (February 2013).

      and now we’ve got a whole list of great games either on the system, or announced for NA within the next few months or later in the year. FE: Awakening,SMT: Soul Hackers, SMT IV, Project X Zone, with rumors of Bravely Default and Fantasy Life coming over as well. and that’s not even counting the much better first-party games Nintendo is starting to put out (Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, etc).

      Compare this to 2011 when the system came out and the only game I had even a bit of interest in was the remake of Ocarina of Time, which I decided wasn’t worth the price of a system, even after the price drop.

    • madmofo145

      I think there is a difference though, while the 3DS had a week first year, there were games that we knew were in the works that had the potential to be system sellers. Kingdom Hearts, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, etc, were all announced long before they came out. The Vita just doesn’t have enough currently confirmed releases to get people to shell out the money now, plus the 3DS had it’s price cut in time to give it a good holiday, the Vita didn’t.

      Trust me, as a Vita owner I’d love it to take off, and I still have some hope that it will, but if companies keep refusing to bring games over due to poor sales, I know I have to keep my hopes tempered. Hopefully at E3 we get a worldwide price cut and some key games, but Sony has disappointed before.

  • $249 are you outta your mind

    This is what you get for witholding the NA price drop Sony.

  • Ugh!!!! No tales games for the Vita!!!! Thanks alot Baba, you just ruined my hopes of playing hearts R and innocence R in English. Now im going to have to import them.

    • Pyrotek85

      That’s the worst part, there are Tales games for Vita already made, but they can’t be bothered to localize, and then they wonder why the series isn’t as popular over here.

  • I would buy a vita just for Hearts and Innocence. But as it stands, no vita for me.

  • StarWallace

    I’m betting that the Vita sales will go up nicely once the PS4 is actually launched… since the PS3/Vita integrations sucks because of 7 y/o hardware limitations, but the PS4 looks like it will integrate much better with the Vita. Full remote play, second screen features etc.

    The Vita just needs the PS4 to hurry up and get here before it’ll really sell well.

  • Xillia 360 or Wii U port, please. PLEASE. Geeze.

  • I bought a vita just to play Persona 4 Golden
    and am currently waiting for Soul Sacrifice to come out

  • I have only 3 games for Vita so far, If they would bring out more games for Vita, It would help. I would love to have Tales of Hearts R and Tales of Innocence R.

  • august 6th isnt the actual release date namco bandai has not confimed this date yet so may actually be in july or hopefully not september oh god plz not september!

  • August? That barely leaves me with any summer to play it before I start teaching. Phooey.