Tales series “special announcement” tomorrow

HIdeo Baba hosting stage event at Japan Expo.

July 5, 2012 / 05:36 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Namco Bandai is planning a Tales series “special announcement” at the Japan Expo in Paris tomorrow, its YouTube channel is teasing (in silhouette form, via MizuMikomi).

Tales series producer Hideo Baba will hold a stage event at 3 p.m. Paris time (find your local time), where the announcement will be made. The stage event itself will be live streamed below.

The announcement is widely believed to be news of a Tales of Xillia localization. Namco Bandai begun teasing big news surrounding the role-playing game series on Twitter after the announcement of Tales of Xillia 2 in Japan. Furthermore, the game was trademarked in the U.S. and Europe earlier this year.

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  • RyougaZell

    Xillia or Innocence R? Both preferably.

    One can hope

    • Rock Raiyu

      Also hoping for both

  • DarthBrian

    Keeping my expectations low just in case Namco is trolling us again.

    Never forget: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Vesperia-Peach-Comparison.jpg

    • RyougaZell

      Amen to that. That trolling is what left many bitter. Without it everybody, if not most, would have been happy.

      Of course if anyone complains about it someone will probably come to insult you and tell you to be grateful.

    • PrinceHeir

      ehh namco is not atlus, were despite the trolling they walk the talk.

      i see it when i believe it namco :P

      • RyougaZell

        Atlus has fun trolling. And they never dissapoint.

        Unlike namdai, sega and squareenix :(

    • Revorse

      Never forget the evil that is Namco. But maybe it’s something good. I mean, as long as expectations are set low we can’t be hurt.

    • Bec66

      That doesn’t even look like the vesparia logo, i mean some colors don’t even match

      • AdamBoy64

        Yeah, the image was deliberately warped – like the other images during that week.

      • Hinano

        It does. It clearly shows. :(

        • AdamBoy64

          Yes, it is quite noticable. No doubt about it.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Damn I hope Xillia is coming to NA. Another feather in Sony’s far superior exclusives cap!

    • Kougeru

      Superior is an opinion but it is a fact that PS3 has far MORE exclusives than 360. 360 barely has any at all, and has even less when you look at how many of their “exclusives” are also on PC. I bought a PS3 for the RPGs, and was disapointed in how few there are (compared to ps2, and of course handhelds)…so I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope it’s about Xillia in the US. Even better would be a Xillia 1-2 Combo pack to reward our patience…but I think I’m getting a bit too excited there lol

      • LordKaiser

        You’re right but there’s 1 exclusive i want from 360 and it’s Lost Odyssey.

        • Anime101210

          and Tales of Vesperia (Thats the ONLY game I really miss from my dead and gone 360:(

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Superior was an opinion 3-4 yrs ago when that other non gaming console attempted to release exclusives. Now there might as well only be 1 console on the market. Actually as far as exclusives are concerned there really is only 1 console ont the market.
        Hint: its not got any green in the logo.

        Oooh, why are xbox game cases green?

        Theyre green with envy of the competition!

        Yessir. I R Funneh!

  • Zero

    Please announce Tales of Xillia localization! Please!!!

    • FaithlessMr

      And Innocence R, so I have my main reason to get a Vita! Please!!! :D

      I’d be fine with just Xillia either way. Heck, any tales game from Japan would be amazing, love ‘em all.

  • talesoffan

    Will party all day if Xillia is announced. Particularily since it will be the first thing I see since it’s at 6am PST.

  • Anime101210

    These teases are getting much too big to be something small. Trying not to get my hopes up as Namco has left me disappointed time and time again when it comes to Tales of announcements, but Namco keeps hyping things up. The whole Xillia background thing (I mean watch the interview, EVERYTHING in the background was Xillia related) in the latest interview looks like a big tease too.

  • LordKaiser

    Bring Xillia over seas dammit!!

  • Miranda Lawson

    Still hoping for a Tales of Vesperia localization. It probably is Tales of Xillia, but that’s okay because I want Xillia too!

    • syaznifaiq

      Tales of Vesperia localization is not gonna be happen . Its the truth guys. Bamco has a deal with Moneysoft to publish exclusively for Xbox 360 .I don;t know how they allowed Bamco to released TOV in PS3 at Japan but . they are not like Nintendo and Sony which support each other literally. that why ToG for wii can release for PS3 as ToGf and ToA for 3Ds.

      • Miranda Lawson

        I know that it probably will never get localized but I still haven’t lost hope. And about Vesperia being an Xbox exclusive it’s not true, it was a rumor that people spread around that was proved false.

  • talesoffan

    ENTHUSIASM!!

  • Chaos Raiden

    Tales of XIllia and Tales of Vesperia PS3 in English, please.

  • Bec66

    I try to think namco is going to disapoint again but I can’t help get my hopes up for Xillia localization

  • RyoonZ

    Don’t tease us!!!
    Just announce the localization goddamnit. I swear if this just to advertise some random merchandise or action figure.

  • Zuhri69

    Is it bad that even though I told myself not to hype myself, i end being excited myself? Damn it Bamco, don’t do this to me. My heart can only take so much of beating.

    • whiteferrero

      I know right. I can actually feel my heart beating loudly… they better do this right…

  • MizuMikomi

    Oh look, Neogaf using my image and not even citing a source. Nah it’s not like I totally wasn’t the first to post that anywhere or make the connection– nope. I’m just a nobody.

    Here’s the original link from my DropBox if anyone is curious: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6478375/Tales/special_announce.png

    Posted on NISA Forums first: http://nisamerica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=461174#p461174

    Meh, whatever, not the first time– definitely won’t be the last. Looking forward to whatever the announcement may be though ~

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Hi Mizu,

      Sorry about that. If I had any idea you were the original source, you’d have been linked in the first place. I’m changing it now!

      • MizuMikomi

        Alright, thanks!
        I guess when you show it to a bunch of friends, it spreads around like wildfire. *shrug*

        Sorry if my comment sounded rude, I don’t particularly care for NeoGAF so I tend to act a little– rude when talking about it. ^^;

        Anyway, thanks again, I appreciate it.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Nah, not at all. Even so, it’s definitely understandable!

          • MizuMikomi

            Alright, happy to hear ~
            Thanks again.

    • FaithlessMr

      Thank you for taking the time to put that together.

  • Hinano

    Hope and believe its Xillia! :D

  • AdamBoy64

    I don’t expect this will be a game localisation. I think it’s more likely to be the announcement of some online service for Tales fans, or merchandise.

  • vertical09

    I hope this is xillia, then we’ll have a chance with xillia 2.As for now, i’ll leave vesperia behind….

  • manasword0

    *Holding Breath*

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Thought this was interesting:

    https://twitter.com/Domstercool/status/221196928120135680 (Dominic Sheard from DarkZero): Tales of Xillia coming to Europe! More great news on this soggy, raining day. @TalesofU

    https://twitter.com/TalesofU/statuses/221198130425761792 (TalesOfU): @Domstercool take this tweet down.

    • RyougaZell

      Interesting. Who is that guy ? A bamco worker?

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        First tweet runs a site. Second tweet is the official Tales UK account.

    • Anime101210

      Well its basically confirmed now:)
      Thank you sal for providing that AWESOME tweet:)

      Can you provide a link for the live conference? Its supposed to happen in like 6 minutes right?

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        It’s embedded above.

        • Anime101210

          Oh thanks dont know how I thought that was just a picture! Excitement has me doing stupid things!

          Thanks Sal:P

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    BTW – the conf starts at 2:30, apparently. According to the TalesOfU Twitter, that is.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Live event starts in 1 minute!

    Edit: “A few moments.”

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    The live stream has begun!

  • RyougaZell

    Live stream not supported on my phone. Oh well :(

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      That’s odd. Most smartphones support YouTube live stream, as far as I know.

      • RyougaZell

        Browser not supported. Safari Will wait for your update Sal. Thnks

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Kind of odd that they’re still recapping yesterday’s stage events. You’d think a recap would take like 10 minutes, tops. This has taken 50, so far.

  • DarthBrian

    So they showed a trailer for Xillia. Does that mean we’re getting it? :p

  • Bec66

    I saw the xillia logo with 2013 under it that should mean Europe is getting it!

  • Anime101210

    Had to comment on this too! New Sailor Moon anime coming next year! This week cannot GET more awesome!!!