Tales of Xillia is on track to outsell the previous two Tales series entries on PlayStation 3, if trends on a pre-order chart are to be believed.
Pre-orders for Tales of Xillia are in red, Graces F in yellow, and Vesperia in blue. The horizontal axis shows the amount of months before release; the veritcal axis shows the amount of copies pre-ordered.
We’re 11 weeks before release. Xillia pre-orders are already at 80,000. At 11 weeks before release, Vesperia and Graces F were only at just under 50,000 pre-orders.
By release date, both Vesperia‘s pre-orders were just under 150,000 while Graces F were at 150,000.
After 11 weeks, Xillia‘s solid red line turns dotted. This is Namco Bandai’s projected pre-order amount in the weeks leading up to release. As PlayStation 3′s first original Tales game, expectations are pretty high. By release date, they expect the game to gather over 250,000 pre-orders.
A separate chart compares the PlayStation 3 ports of the previous two Tales titles with their originals. Tales of Vesperia sold 210,000 units on Xbox 360 in 2008. It sold 420,000 units on PlayStation 3 in 2009. Tales of Graces sold 220,000 units on Wii in 2009. It sold 345,000 units on PlayStation 3 in 2010.
This pattern in mind, Namco Bandai believes Xillia can outsell its predecessors.