More Tales remakes planned, confirms producer
posted on 07.09.12 at 01:53 PM EDT by (@salromano)
And why Vesperia PS3 and Innocence R didn't make it overseas.

Namco Bandai is planning to release more Tales remakes in the coming future, series producer Hideo Baba has confirmed.

“We are planning to re-release old games to other platforms in the future, because the old games have some origin and offer standard features of the Tales series,” Baba told Digital Spy.

“We want to give some opportunities to current fans to play the old titles.”

Speaking to JPGames.de, Baba touched on why two notable Tales updates, Tales of Vesperia for PlayStation 3 and Tales of Innocence R for PlayStation Vita, didn’t make it overseas.

“Actually, the team is working on many titles and they have to release them in Japan, so the timing is very important,” he said. “And also the localization is a big challenge with many problems for the team.

“I would love to release those two titles on the western market, but the timing and the feedback from western branches were not very good at that time. So this is the reason why those games did not make it to the west.”

Baba also touched on the subject of his favorite video game. (Super Mario Bros. confuses him.)

“There are way to many games that I really like and so, like a lot of other video gamers, I cannot decide which one I like the most.

“But, as an example, I can take Super Mario Bros. I loved it as a student, although I hate mushrooms and it was very shocking that the hero eats mushrooms and gains new powers from them. Also, I was very confused that he could eat flowers that made him throw fire.”

The latest entry in the Tales series, Tales of Xillia, will launch for PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe next year.

  • DarthBrian

    “I would love to release those two titles on the western market, but the
    timing and the feedback from western branches were not very good at
    that time. So this is the reason why those games did not make it to the
    West.”

    Huh?

    Tales of Innocence R came out only a few months ago. I’m sure they can find a way to release it…like…eventually? o_O

    Also, what feedback from western branches are they talking about? I’m pretty sure we fans have been asking for both of these games quite aggressively. *shrug*

  • RyougaZell

    Note to Baba. Filthierich is a terrible source. I can understand vesperia not coming. But innocence? Thats BS!

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      I agree, I really wanted to see Innocence R release for America.

  • vertical09

    So now that the demand for vesperia grew we have a chance at getting it?

    • http://www.yazuka.net Yazuka

      You can always hope they’ll reevaluate the situation. But sadly, I think that ship has sailed.

  • neku

    it seems a bit too soon to dismiss innocence r

  • Revorse

    So this pretty much kills Vesperia PS3 anywhere outside of Japan. Well, now that I’ve heard it officially, I’m “satisfied” I’ll leave it at that.

  • Rock Raiyu

    Well at least the good news is that if they do commit to Tales in the west, we might be able to get the games we never got such as Destiny remake, Destiny 2, and Rebirth…

  • Gaara D. Dragon

    i don’t see why that rules out a Vesperia for the PS3 in the west.

    i’d say this is great news and gets me hoping again !

  • FaithlessMr

    It’s great to see that Baba and the (now disbanded) tales series team (and whoever’s in charge of the series other than Baba really) is FINALLY opening up to the rest of the world. It’s about time this series finally tries to find it’s way into the hearts of western games, assuming NB will be okay with game sales never ever in a million years match those the series manages to achieve domestically; Reallistically speaking, anything above 100k in the US and 60k in EU and the PAL regions, for a niche title is a great sucess (I just hope NB realizes that).

    Also, not gonna eat up the whole “feedback from the western divisions” argument, as there are tons of people asking for Vesperia PS3 and Tales of Innocence R; perhaps not as much as those asking for Xillia sure, but the reason why they won’t release them is simply because they have an exclusivity contract with MS (no idea if it is still in effect, just throwing it out there) and because ToI:R didn’t sell that well domestically, and they fear a western release would hurt them more than they’d want to, as they wouldn’t have the domestic sales profit to prevent possible lackluster western sales (on a handheld which is still frankly struggling to find it’s way into gamer’s hearts, a somewhat niche title…it’s quite a risk they simply weren’t willing to take).

    That being said, got Tales of the Abyss, getting Graces F day one in August, and I’ll get Ni no Kuni and Xillia. Doing my part to support this amazing series in my territory :D

    • PrinceHeir

      well if worse things worse they could always release them digital.

      despite not liking digital not one bit :(

      • FaithlessMr

        I don’t like digital releases as much myself, but hey, it’s better than nothing, right? :D

  • neku

    fingers crossed for symphonia remake

    • Miranda Lawson

      I would love to have a Symphonia remake! Symphonia is my all time favorite Tales game! It’s what got me into the Tales series in the first place!

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      Interesting tidbit of information I recalled reading your post.

      They actually released an enhanced version of Tales of Symphonia. Most people don’t know about it.

      In Japan, the game was ported to the PlayStation 2 with additional content and was released on September 22, 2004. (Only in Japan.)

      I’m still not exactly sure what all was new about it. I presume it included a great deal of new content like Graces f and PS3 Vesperia. Or as some fans would call it, the “complete version” of the game.

      The site for the game is actually still active, and although my memory when it comes to Symphonia is rusty, I do believe some of those pictures contain new stuff. (Check out the link below.)

      http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/cs/list/talesofsymphonia_ps2/

      If they don’t want to do a full remake of the game, they could remaster the enhanced PS2 port and bring it to the west, at the very least!

      • Miranda Lawson

        Yeah I know that Tales of Symphonia on the PS2 exists. I know because when I looked up all of the Tales games on Gamespot it showed up on their list. I was dissappointed when I found out that it only came out in Japan though.
        I read that the PS2 version of Symphonia has new costumes for all of the characters, all of them have “mystic artes” (before only colette, genis, and lloyd did), extra dialogue and voice work (I believe.) I think that about sums it up.
        So far Symphonia is my favorite Tales game, but after what I’ve seen of Vesperia it looks like that it could become my new favorite (if I play it someday.) I have given up on a Tales of Symphonia remake because it has been too long, but not a Vesperia remake, not yet at least. Thanks for the link to the site Zero!

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          No problem. Tales of Symphonia, was my favorite by a slim bit, it was just ahead of Abyss. Then I played Vesperia, and it easily became my favorite Tales of game.

          Sounds like the ToS PS2 version was pretty awesome. They should release it on the Vita or something.

          • Miranda Lawson

            Well…I would like them to make a remake on the PS3 if they could because I don’t have a Vita. I might get a Vita in the future when they release more JRPGs onto the system, and they drop the price. If they did make a Symphonia remake and managed to get extra voice work onto it from the original english VAs, then I would really consider getting it at that point!

          • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

            If it happened, its chances of coming west are super slim.

            The script in the English version of Tales of Symphonia, which was released only for GameCube, was translated by Nintendo of America, IIRC.

            • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

              @salromano:disqus

              Yeah, I remember reading about that. It would certainly cause some problems.

              @gematsu-bc9c8c705927bf419147ab7491c54896:disqus

              I don’t have a vita yet either, I only mentioned a portable because of how much easier it would be to make. Honestly, I would love to see more HD PS3 remasters for older games, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Someone should inform Baba about the Vesperia fan project. Perhaps he could convince the western offices to support the ft team. If not, perhaps he would admire how far fans are willing to go, to make PS3 Vesperia happen in the west.

    He said the localization is a big problem, but that is mostly done. They are in the process of checking for mistakes and errors. I think it would be awesome if NB contacted them and wanted to work together, help them finish.

    That still leaves voice work, but I think fans would be just fine with only JP voices and english subtitles.

    The fan translation team could be listed in the games credits, and the Tales fans would have Vesperia for PS3. Win-Win?

    (It would kinda depend on the fan translation team, but I think they would be willing to work with NB. Perhaps I’m wrong though.)

    • PrinceHeir

      would love that :D

      i think Mangagamer had a similar situation were the “Kara no Shoujo” was actually a fan translation and they just payed the team and gave them credit :)

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        That sounds pretty awesome. I suppose all we can do is hope for the best in this case.

    • Miranda Lawson

      That sounds like a good idea! I wouldn’t mind Japanese voices not one bit. I just want to play Vesperia on my PS3 in the only language I understand…ENGLISH!

  • barklight

    Personally i want Tales Of Phantasia remake because that’s my very first Tales ever, and as you know my user name come from one of Phantasia character. Love that game.

    • http://twitter.com/Shinky24 Shinky

      You realize that that Tales of Phantasia has been redone like….5 times right?

      • barklight

        Yeah, like in PSOne, PSP? Isn’t that just a port and not a total remake?
        I only got a chance to play it on SNES though.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          And the only version to come to the west was GBA, right?

  • Fantasytales

    i had to borrow an XBOX 360 just to play and beat Tales of Vesperia, i refuse to buy one, but i would love to own the PS3 version of Vesperia.

  • http://twitter.com/Astearica Astrid Huang

    Well I at least hope those remakes will be localized.
    Tales of Hearts R is possible.

    • Traveller

      That would be a great test for Baba’s big ” Localization ‘ Test. This’ll be the real test for him to surpass Sakaguchi as a JRPG Developer.

  • whiteferrero

    VESPERIA!huhu.
    Still, i’m happy about the good news for Xillia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    I hope they focuses on the game that haven’t released in west yet.

  • zakou

    Give me Tales of Vesperia and i will shut up and give you my money, as simple as that xD