Listing for Tales of Zestiria PS4 Found Through Dutch Retailer

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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PS4 Zestiria Listing

Nedgame, a gaming retailer based in the Netherlands, recently published a product page for Tales of Zestiria on PlayStation 4. The above image was captured by RPGSite and posted to their Twitter account. If one attempts to visit the product page (sourced at the closing of this article,) nothing will be available to viewers.

Keep in mind that there’s been no official statement on the legitimacy of this listing. Right now there’s no other word or media corroborating such an idea. It’s simply best to wait and see what happens.

But, such an idea is worth thinking about for a number of reasons. To begin with, the platform choice for only (known) version of Tales of Zestiria is somewhat contentious. Some gamers in the West weren’t exactly pleased with the choice of console for reasons including simply deciding to their put PlayStation 3’s in storage (since fewer new games are coming out for it) and for complaints regarding the perceived graphical quality of the game. It’s worth noting that the PlayStation 4 continues to be a strong seller in America according to market research group NPD, while in Japan the adoption for the PlayStation 4 is weaker. This explains why games like Yakuza: Ishin, Yakuza Zero, and Star Ocean 5 among others are/were cross-generation and being developed for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Even Persona 5 was originally announced for PlayStation 3, and a PlayStation 4 version was confirmed a while after the game was officially unveiled. Do note however that the question of Zestiria on PlayStation 4 was broached to Series Director Hideo Baba, who confirmed after the most recent Taipei Game Show that there were no current plans for Tales of Zestiria for the PlayStation 4 at the time.

The relatively weaker success of the PlayStation 4 in Japan could be attributed to a number of factors: the rise and profitability of mobile gaming, the recent implementation of a value-added tax hike, and a lingering recession that makes more costly entertainment purchases less attractive than they otherwise might be (thereby making these games harder to profit from for the companies that develop them.) Generally, this can be a problem for “mid-tier development budget” titles like some of the games listed above. They have the unique and unfortunate perception of being both costly and servicing too niche an audience to make a satisfactory return from localization. So, while on the surface it may seem obvious to keep in mind Western buying habits when developing and deciding to localize games (noted Western success unexpected by companies include Xenoblade Chronicles, Project X Zone, Tales of Xillia and Bravely Default among others,) some companies will feel reticent if for whatever reason the game is deemed to be a risky investment.

It’s worth noting that a while ago, a listing for Tales of Zestiria also temporarily appeared on Steam. While Japanese companies don’t exactly shy away from PC gaming or development (Capcom in particular has produced quite a few PC ports of notable games this past generation, with arguably mixed results,) many of the games specifically developed for traditional gaming consoles are titles that PC gamers have expressed interest in playing too.┬áThis is probably evident with the success of the PC port of Valkyria Chronicles, and Game Arts recently soliciting opinions for PC ports of their catalog of games. As of the last couple of years, Bandai Namco have been increasingly aggressive in placing their games on Steam, though this of course does not apply to all of their titles.

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About Paul Kainoa Vigil

Paul Kainoa Vigil has been playing video games for as long as he can remember. His tastes are varied, ranging from action platformers to RPG's, and even the occasional adventure game or visual novel. His gaming tastes are almost as interesting as his backlog of games, which continue to grow.




  • azariosays

    i’ll buy both versions!!!

  • Tara

    It should be noted that the retailer in question does not have a listing for the PS3 version of Zestiria, either. I’m going to guess someone that was not sufficiently informed, but was adding items to their database, thought it was for PS4 instead of PS3, since it’s coming up at a later date.

    Either way, if it does happen, so long as the PS4 version doesn’t have anything the PS3 version won’t have, then I don’t really care too much. I usually will only buy a second copy of the same game under specific criteria: Either they added a bunch of new content or revamped the graphics… or it’s a portable version of a console game I love. (Though I’m guilty of buying like… 4 versions of Phantasia that don’t really differ that much from each other, so… there is that. >.>)

    • azariosays

      I wonder if persona 5 versions will differ

    • Tara

      That’s something on my mind as well… and same with Star Ocean 5. I’m hoping they’ll be the same games, though. I don’t own a PS4 as of yet, and don’t intend to get one until there’s something I absolutely *must* have on it. As of right now, the only thing I would buy a PS4 for is Kingdom Hearts 3. (But I’m not going to buy a system on speculation of that happening alone, as it could end up on PS5 or whatever’s next at the rate that one’s been going.)