Tales of Symphonia PC Rated by the ESRB

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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An update to the Tales of Symphonia ESRB page now includes the Windows PC as one of the platforms that the game is available on. This follows a now-altered listing on the Steam database of a possible PC release of the newest entry in the series, Tales of Zestria.

Tales of Symphonia is one of the most popular titles in the Tales series of games. It is largely responsible for the series’ growth and is arguably the most successful title in the West so far. According to producer Hideo Baba, its popularity in the West has influenced the development of subsequent Tales games in order to retain its appeal in our part of the world.

It remains to be seen that, if it were to be released onto Steam, whether this will be simply the original entry, if the game and its sequel Dawn of the New World will be separate releases, or if it’ll come in the form of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles.

It has to be said, though, that the ESRB page also lists an Xbox release, which never happened. So there is no definitive proof that this will come to pass. Be that as it may, we have been seeing more console-only games getting their chance to shine on Steam, so there is at least more of a chance than there was before.

Stay tuned to our site for any further developments on this listing.

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  • Draco Breach

    I love Tales of Symphonia. It was my second favorite GameCube game. That said; I would buy it again in a heartbeat if Bandai Namco released Symphonia Chronicles on Wii U. Despite it being in my PS3 collection. I just feel the GameCube controller offered the superior interface, and there are GameCube-like controllers available as Wii Remote extensions. By Hori to be precise.

    I’d also vote for Lloyd and/or Collette in a heartbeat for Smash4 if Symphonia makes its glorious return on Wii U!

  • Ragnawind

    For those who are unaware, here is the original source of this information and it turns out that the rating is old:
    http://nichegamer.com/2015/05/tales-of-symphonia-is-rated-for-pc-by-the-esrb/

    It is from back when Namco Bandai Games America was known as Namco Hometek, Inc. That makes this rating at least 10 years old and nothing came from it..

    • amreese

      It would be a shame if nothing come of it, but maybe the rumors swirling around it might inspire Bandai to follow through on it. Who knows.

    • Ragnawind

      Unfortunately, 10 years with nothing done on it basically means it is not happening. Even 5 years it wouldn’t be happening. The PC rating was made a minimum of 11 years ago when the game was originally released in North America. Buzz on a rumor like this never made a company come back to do a game for another system. If Namco made a new PC rating under their new name, then it would be a possibility, but not an ancient rating like this one.

  • I loved Symphonia so much on the GameCube. It was pretty much my favorite game for that system. Even though I have the PS3 collection, I’d probably still get this if they released it on PC.

  • TRUndercover

    It’s really happening…. (very cautious hope maintained). The Tales series being seriously considered for the PC. Is this part of the big news being teased for the upcoming “Tales Festival”? Reworking my gaming budget now.

    • Ragnawind

      Unfortunately, no. The game was rated for Gamecube, Playstation 2, Windows PC, and Xbox (the original console) back in 2003 or 2004 by Namco Hometek, Inc., the company that eventually merged with Bandai and became Namco Bandai Games America, for the NA branch. If this was new, it would have been rated by Namco Bandai Games America, but it is rated by Namco Hometek, Inc., instead, which is over a decade old.

    • TRUndercover

      The original ESRB entry that the story alludes to shows this clearly? Then why is this even a story to begin with? I suppose all roads lead to the Tales Festival for any worthwhile news then.

    • Ragnawind

      It was a misunderstanding on the part of the person who originally got the tip at NicheGamer, which inspired this article. The original author, and the ESRB link used in both this article and the original on NicheGamer doesn’t give the key info, like the company who had the game rated. If you do a search on ESRB’s ratings list, it lists this missing info, which has Namco Hometek, Inc., as the company who had the game rated. Namco Hometek, Inc hasn’t existed for about 10 years, now, since they merged with Bandai. You can’t really link to the search results, either, which is why they use the misleading 10+ year old rating.

    • TRUndercover

      Thank you for explaining this to me so clearly. It would seem that all this speculation on whether Bandai Namco will bring ANY Tales game to PC is still woefully unconfirmed. Personally, I’m truly waiting on news from the upcoming Tales Festival before really buying into anything.

  • Another_Unknown

    Sad to see only Vesperia in Xbox 360.

  • Noble Alfred

    Why Tales of Symphonia, I absolutely hated this games story and characters(they are so freakin stupid, annoying, and stolen from typical anime), for me probably the worst Tales game. Would have much rather had Tales of Vesperia or Tales Xilia or even a high resolution version of Tales of Destiny which was amazing, this is just.. … .. whatever.