Tales of Xillia 2 Announced For Western Regions

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

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Tales of Xillia 2

Earlier this month, Tales of producer Hideo Baba, stated he would have two surprise announcements for Tales fans in the West. The first beingĀ Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the HD compilation, would have dual-audio — an option fans have been begging for in the franchise for a long time. With the first one being that, many had already guessed what the second surprise would be — and look at that, they were right.

At this year’s Japan Expo in France, Tales of Xillia 2 was announced for localization in the same way Tales of Xillia had last year, surprise trailer and all. Not only that, Namco Bandai are hoping to release this PlayStation 3 exclusive next year.

Tales of Xillia 2

While not too surprising, it is strange that they decided to localize a sequel before the prior game even got released. When announcing Tales of Xillia‘s localization last year, Hideo Baba said that they also wanted to localize the sequel, but it would all depend on the sales of the first Xillia. Either plans have changed, or pre-order numbers are looking favorably for Tales of Xillia and Baba got the green light to announce it. All in all, great announcements by Hideo Baba.

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  • Cruxis

    Great news!

  • Jonah Rosen

    I really love this. Now we have every PS3 Tales game coming to the PS3! (EXCEPT for the greatest one, Tales of Vesperia. T-T)

    • Pyrotek85

      Eventually it’ll get re-released on some future console (probably beyond PS4) and they would likely base it off of the PS3 version when they do, just as they are basing the Symphonia HD release on the enchanced PS2 edition. Where I’m having my doubts is with the titles we’ve never seen, like Hearts.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Oh yeah, for sure. I’d definitely hope for Hearts R & even Innocence R because of how unlikely we’ll get them for. Maybe if we ask for it hard enough and Buy a Vita to boost Vita sales, (there ARE good games coming out for it, like Ys Celceta, Valhalla Knights 3, Dragon’s Crown, Muramusa Rebirth, and Ragnarok Odyssey ACE, to name a few.) they’ll see it as a viable console to localize for.

    • Or the remakes

      Hey, at least it was released at all. Where are the DS Tales games?

    • Jonah Rosen

      On the Vita, also not released in NA & EU

  • Red

    Releases Tales of Vesperia for 360, dosnt release any of the other ones for it >_> i would love to play these as well XD

    • Jonah Rosen

      There’s a reason for that, and it’s called ‘Japan hates the 360 (and for good reasons)’.

    • Red

      if thats the case then namco wouldnt have released Naruto storm 3 for 360, or koel wouldnt have released DW7 xD they still have a small fanbase and im sure they wouldnt mind the extra money. its just too late in the console cycle for me to get a ps3. maybe when ps4 gets backwards compatibility or some way to play ps3 games.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Yeah, but the teams that created those games probably look at the NA & EU demographics too, meanwhile Hideo Baba and his team focuses solely on the Japanese demographic for the Tales series, so your point is kind of moot in that regard. You have to remember that one or two teams in a company doesn’t reflect the opinions of every team in a company as a whole.

    • Mantiskilla

      Whats so bad about the 360? I find it to be a pretty good console just like all the rest. I’ll tell you this…my PS3 sure as hell doesn’t play my Cave, Moss, G-Rev, Qute, etc. shump games I truly enjoy. .

    • Jonah Rosen

      And there lies the problem, there’s too many shmup & bro-shooters and not enough (exclusive) RPGs, platformers, action adventure, etc.

      I’d rather play a ‘bit of everything’ box over a ‘bro-shooter box’ any day of the week.

    • Mantiskilla

      I think your getting “Shumps” mixed up with “FPS” games. If you want to complain about the “bro-shooters,” etc. at least know the difference first. I’m referring to the bullet-hell shooter genre (Raiden, Ikaruga, etc.) which honestly is an even more niche market than JRPGs, plaformers, and action/adventure games. I personally don’t have a problem paying for the live service, but yeah I can see where other consumers might feel salty towards it.

    • Jonah Rosen

      I know what a SHMUP is. A SHMUP is like Gradius. A Bro-Shooter is like Halo. There, I shown the difference. Now don’t waste my time by telling what I do and don’t know.

      And I wasn’t going by how niche a genre was, I was going to the diversity of genres that each console has.

    • Mantiskilla

      Yeah after re-reading your post i figured that so sorry about that. Listen all I’m really trying to say is that while the system might not have been ideal for you I don’t think that’s a reason to tell someone (your comment to Red) that the 360 sucks, is no good, or whatever. One person’s trash is another persons treasure is how i look at it.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Well I think it sucks because they are only catering to one or two portions of the gamer demographic as a whole, where EVERY other console in existence focused on as many portions as possible.

    • Mantiskilla

      True. I’m sure it doesn’t help along with the fact that they like to support their own products (other than say Apple), I play pretty much any genre of game so I really don’t have complaints. As long as the game is fun, I’ll purchase or at least give it a go at some point.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Yeah, I actually like most genres myself, but the FPS genre is iffy with me unless they actually try something interesting like with Borderlands.

      And for SHMUPs, I only really like basic ones like Gradius & Parodius over Bullet Hells like Touhou or Gundemonium. (I still give the later a shot because hey, the Gundemonium Trilogy is stuck on my Steam account, might as well keep trying once in a while.)

      I dislike sports titles though. And while I like racing titles, I don’t really give most of the a glance with my limited budget unless it’s Mario Kart or Sonic All-Stars Racing or something interesting like that.

    • Red

      meh, dont really want a system to play a few games on. out of all of thes games on ps3. there are less then 10 that i want to play on the system. and any multiplat game i rather do on 360 since they generally run better on that then ps3, from my experience)

    • Mistwalker ran too

      Tales of Vesperia was the last real RPG to show up on the XBox360 – developers fled as fast as they could once Microsoft stopped bribing them for exclusives.

      In the beginning so many RPGs came out, now it’s where RPGs go to die. Why would they ever make a Tales game for it again?

    • Red

      so they can make more money?

  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    I hope they make another special edition like the one for Tales of Xillia with the figure.

    • Jonah Rosen

      I approve of this message. :3
      I love it when games I like get a special edition with goodies like figurines.
      I hope Symphonia Chronicles also gets a special edition similar to the Japanese one shown off.

    • Pyrotek85

      If the collectors editions sold as well as they say, then I’d bet on it.

  • John Ellis

    Wasn’t this already announced.

    • Jonah Rosen

      No, it was just assumed, really.

    • Pyrotek85

      No, and there were some of us (me included) who were afraid the original wouldn’t meet whatever sales criteria they decided and not spend the money to localize the sequel. The fact that they’re announcing now before the original’s release date must mean that the preorders have been very good, so they’re going to go ahead with it now and not wait.

    • Matt

      For those that don’t venture deals sites like CheapAssGamer, I can tell you that it must’ve been positive pre-order data that Namdai are feeling this confident off. First allotment was secured fast by gamers, both regular and collector’s editions. Namdai followed up by producing more, and most people I know were able to get there hands on a collector’s edition pre-order. There might actually be some still available.

      Regardless, it’s safe to say they’ve gotten our message. And it’s great to see that more gamers are voting with their dollars.

  • Clinton Nix

    Great news. Getting Xillia day one. Probably will do the same for the sequel

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Hopefully my and others pre-ordering of Tales of Xilia helped with this unexpected announcement. I’ll be pre-ordering as soon as it appears on Amazon or Gamestop’s schedule.

  • Jack Banks

    I have Tales of Xillia pre-ordered, cannot wait to pre-order this one too.

  • But where isTales of Hearts R?

    I used to be first in line to bash the shit out of Namco for their terrible treatment of the Tales series, but they really seem like they want to release the games now. They didn’t wait until Xillia came out to sell us some bullshit about the sales and why Xillia 2 can’t come over – they announced it before they even released Xillia! Almost like they have confidence in their games and respect for their audience.

    I….I’m not sure what to do, after hating them for this long.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Hey, I know how you feel, though if you feel that you still need to get mad at them for one reason or another, you can do so for the lack of a Tales of Innocence R or Tales of Hearts R release (or for for the lack of a Tales of Vesperia PS3 release for that matter.)

  • HPN

    This is how you win -loyal- fans.