Tales of Hearts R announced for PS Vita

Due spring 2013 in Japan, adds new character.

October 24, 2012 / 09:19 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Namco Bandai’s next Tales remake after Tales of Innocence R is Tales of Hearts R for PlayStation Vita, this week’s Jump reveals.

Due spring 2013 in Japan, the game is full 3D, includes a fully voiced scenario, new events, and adds new party character Calcedny Arcome (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya).

Thanks, Tale Tale Source.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Jennings/100000158197173 Bobby Jennings

    Too excited! Man I tell you I’m too damn excited.

  • RmanX1000

    Cant wait for this to be trademarked in America, and then abandoned! :|

  • Vampiric

    who cares? we didnt even get the first vita remake

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      And it’s the company’s fault you can’t read Japanese, so you didn’t bother to import it for your REGION FREE console HOW exactly…?

      Calm down, man. We didn’t get Innocence on DS or Hearts localized either, so you’re basically beating a dead horse here.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

         And everyone should have to learn Japanese why?

        I know there are a lot of reasons to learn Japanese, but there are other languages to learn that will suit someone’s chosen career in life more closely.

        Well, if this is in full-3D that will be the first step to making this a better game. I just couldn’t get used to how…retro it felt.

        • Vampiric

          exactly, they are brining xillia over

          why not bring a new portable one over too?

          • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

            Mmmm… Xillia is also for PS3. Vita hasn’t really taken off enough in North America for them to invest that much money into localizing a series that’s JUST NOW getting back on its feet thanks to the localization of Tales of Graces F this year, and Tales of Xillia next year.

            It’s the same reason why we never saw Tales of Destiny 2 or Tales of Rebirth PSP ports, despite missing them on PS2. The PSP never really did well enough in North America for them to think that taking the risk was worth it. For all intents and purposes, they could very well localize Tales of Innocence R since we never got the DS version and the same goes for Tales of Hearts R, but I just honestly don’t see them doing it.

            Sadly, the Tales series doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves in North America. There is a strong following, but Namco Bandai doesn’t seem to think it’s large enough to basically bring over EVERY Tales game, so they are making their choices count (i.e. choosing to bring over Tales of Graces F instead of Tales of Innocence R).

            • Vampiric

              we wont get higher sales without games 

              • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                But there already ARE games. Just because you don’t agree with their tactics doesn’t mean they aren’t selling well…

        • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

          I’m not saying everyone should HAVE to, but I always think it’s kind of funny how people with a region free console complain when they don’t get a game localized. The only thing preventing them from playing it is a language barrier and that barrier only exists because they put it there.

          Yes, I’ll admit. Even as a heavy importer such as myself, it sucks when my fellow NA friends get shafted when not given the opportunity to enjoy a game in their native language. However, I hardly think the company is entirely to blame.

          You have all of the tools at your disposal to play the game yourself on a region free console. Anybody who actually gives a rat’s ass about imports can already read some or a decent amount of Japanese, so they don’t have to worry about matters such as localization any more. It would really just save yourself from all the bitching and headaches if you just learned some Japanese (even a LITTLE).

          I realize not everyone has enough free time in their days to study a lot, but even studying just a little bit each day will be better than not doing anything at all and just constantly complaining whenever you miss out on ANOTHER import title because they decide not to localize it.

          • TerrenceG9

            Expecting people to overcome a language barrier just to play a video game is bizarre, and learning a language just to play a video game is kinda sad. There are way better things to do with your time, and paid professionals to translate the games. It’s hardly anyone’s fault that the people who happen to play JRPG’s don’t know Japanese.

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              “Bizarre” ? Is it bizarre when someone wants to learn more about Chinese culture after eating at a Chinese restaurant for so long? Is it bizarre when someone wishes to learn the native language of a friend, despite that friend knowing English? Is it bizarre for someone to learn how to speak Japanese in order to watch anime, drama, etc. without needing subtitles rather than wait for them to be subbed (or never subbed at all in some cases)?

              I do not believe it is bizarre if you have such a passion for your hobby. I have a passion for gaming and I have for over 20 years now. I soon realized that a lot of the games I liked, which were being localized, were coming from Japan. It was then I realized how many BETTER games there were that we were completely missing out on.

              I started off with baby steps by importing stuff VERY import friendly such as fighting games, racing games, and rhythm games. As I began to memorize the characters for menus and noticed a lot of games used similar characters for their menus, I finally dove headfirst into RPGs by importing the PS2 remake for Ys I&II since I had previous experience with those on PC.

              As I slowly adapted to the foreign territory, I found myself wanting to study Japanese to learn more menus and whatnot. After a while though, I became lazy unfortunately (thus is the disadvantage of self-teaching, I suppose, lol) and my knowledge began to dwindle. Eventually, I reached a point where I basically knew enough to get through games, but not much else.

              Now, this isn’t to say I know EVERYTHING that happens in games because of what I learned, but my accuracy is about 80 – 95%. It decreases the more kanji are added to descriptions and subtitles since I never really got too far into those. Anyway, putting all of that aside though… If someone is really passionate about playing video games and they are getting tired of publishers not picking up these Japanese games to localize, then they should do something about it rather than just complain every time they miss out on a potentially great title.

              You are in no position to really judge as to what would be a “better” thing to do with someone’s time, as you can only speak from your own perspective. I’m willing to bet the people around here may believe you TOO should find “better” things to do with your time if we knew what activities your daily schedule consisted of. So, yes… While I do still believe the company is to blame on one hand for not localizing it, I also believe the player holds responsibility as well on the other hand.

              After all, these games are made for a country different than your own and you are so selfish that you wish to complain when it isn’t given to you? You should be grateful you get any games localized to begin with. They don’t HAVE to do it at all, you know.

    • KingNigma

      That kind of attitude doesn’t get anything localized.

    • KingNigma

      That kind of attitude doesn’t get anything localized.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Fuck Yes!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Gale Glory

    …..yeah…..cool???

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    Saw this coming, lol. Surely you didn’t think they’d stop with just Innocence, right? After this, I bet they’ve got a new Tales of the World game in the pipeline for Vita and it will release between Winter of 2013 and Spring of 2014.

    You can quote me on that.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

       I’d rather have a new Tales of the World than this. But oh well. This should make quite a lot of people happy!

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        I would too, honestly. I heard from a couple of friends that played ToH that it was pretty much garbage anyway… One of the worst in the series. What I wish they would do for the next ToW installment though is make it for PS3/Vita with crossplay so we can finally have full online capabilities instead of this ad-hoc stuff.

        • InternatlGamer3

          agreed

        • http://twitter.com/GodlessPlugs Bobby Jennings

          ToH is amazing, but I guess they dont enjoy the CC style-like system.

  • epy

    YES! I was worried the whole reimagination of the DS Tales games would be cancelled because of the state of the Vita.

  • Wing Beelezemon

    For Vita? :/ Buuuuu … I am very interested in this game, but I wouldn’t buy a Vita just for it. But why should I care?, it won’t never reach to America, I know xDu

  • Angel wing

    My reaction ?
    Another remake of old handheld.  …. ok

    But why not remake of console version ?

    Vesperia, Graces, Xillia ????

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces F say “hi”. Xillia just came out last year and has a sequel coming out soon, and you’re already wanting a remake?

      Wow.

      • Kazziyan

        Besides, why remake something already on the console lol.

        • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah. That would be a step down, lol. Why would a company do something like that?

          • Angel wing

            Just because I want to play console quality Tales title on my Vita

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              Sorry man, but you’re not going to get a “console quality” Tales game on the Vita. If you want a console quality Tales game, play it on console.

  • Zuhri69

    Well, what are the odds of we not getting it.

    • InternatlGamer3

      It’s called bug the shit out of NAMCO to get it here. 

  • InternatlGamer3

    People already bitching about wether or not it’ll come to AMERICA. 

    Listen lets bug the shit outta NAMCO.
    We Got Tales of Graces F to come to America. 
    Tales of Xillia will be arriving early next year as it is. 
    TALES OF HEARTS R wouldn’t kill them to bring it here as long as we make sure the sales are good like Tales of Graces F.

    BTW PS VITA games cost developers the same cost as PSP. Not very much.

  • An chan Yumi

    Great !
    Day one for japanese version.

  • Traveller

    This is a good thing. Now when we DO get ToH, it’ll probably be this version here, which is bound to be badass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marwan-Al-Hemairi/100001912824664 Marwan Al Hemairi

    Tales of Innocence R haven’t came out yet for NA/EU and there is already a new Tales game for vita coming out.
    So far I imported Dokuro, P4G and yesterday Ys! Why can’t there be a good western Vita game? All we get is cross-over games, ported games, etc.

    Japanese games are always the best, I believe. If you like em just import! It’s not like you have to  completely understand Japanese. I can only read alphabets and some common kanji that appear on games and the other can be figured out. Plus I find it more fun to play games in Japanese … kinda feel nostalgic.

    • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nathan Britt

       ”If you like em just import!”

      I’ll import something like a Gundam game or a Fighting game. But a rpg is too hard. You won’t understand what the items do, skills do, or whats going on and where you have to go to next.

      • http://twitter.com/GodlessPlugs Bobby Jennings

        I disagree. If you play Tales on the norm, you’d know what each item does. All the items have been the same since the first game.

  • Oside

    Tis a sad day, i really want to play more tales of games. And if this one does make it oversees, the chances of me getting it are .0001%. If it was for the 3ds i would so get it, but i wont get a vita to play this only. I got a ps3 just to play graces f and xillia (also some exclusives i wanted to try for a while) but i wont do it for the vita. Only if a friend would give me one, but i dont have a friend who has it, or would gift it to me. So :(

  • fireemblembeast

    Let’s be honest…we all saw this coming. This makes it more likely for the west to see Tales of Innocence R, I guess. I want a 3DS remake, though. I mean, it was originally for DS. I’m not getting a PS Vita.

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      You mean like how it was more likely for us to get Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 localized in North America once Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 was announced? :D

      Oh wait…

      • fireemblembeast

        lol

        • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

          Sorry, lol. I really want to believe they will localize these games, but I just don’t have any faith in them doing so, honestly ><

          At least they're localizing ToX though and will localize ToX2 if ToX sells well.

          • fireemblembeast

            It’s fine. I have faith, if only because I haven’t been playing this series for that long. I only started playing Tales of Symphonia this March and I beat it twice over the summer, and I’m in the middle of Graces f now. Over the course of a few months, I have become obsessed with the series, but I’m lucky because I haven’t been through what you long-time fans have been through waiting for games to be localized, except th wait for Xillia and Vesperia PS3 >:  I’ve had to go through this for Fire Emblem, though, so I know where you’re coming from. All we can do is appreciate and enjoy to the fullest what we have and hope for the best, I suppose.

            • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

              Yeah, I go WAY back, man. My first Tales game was Destiny (PS1), then it just kind of snowballed from there. Tales of Phantasia Full Voice Edition (PSP), Tales of Rebirth (PSP), Tales of Destiny Director’s Cut (PS2), Tales of Destiny 2 (PS2), Tales of Eternia (PSP), Tales of Legendia (PS2), Tales of the Abyss (PS2), Tales of Phantasia Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP), Tales of Graces F (PS2), Tales of Xillia (PS2), and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 1, 2, 3 (PSP).

              I’ve missed a couple here and there, but not intentionally. I guess I COULD have imported Tales of Symphonia for PS2 at some point, but eh… ToS just never looked interesting enough to me (yeah, I know… This is coming from a guy who actually went all the way through ToL, lol). At this point though, it doesn’t matter if the title is localized. I’ll just import it like anything else, if it interests me.

              • fireemblembeast

                Woah, that’s a lot! But you should really get ToS; don’t you have a Gamecube or Wii? It’s really fun and the plot is great and has likeable characters. I understand if you have a long waiting list, but you should check it out sometime. I initially didn’t have any interest in ToGf, but I decided to get it after the price drop, and I love it. I still like ToS better though, and not just because I played it first.

                • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

                  Yeah, I’ve been with it for a while, but Destiny has always been my favorite (I suppose Director’s Cut would be more appropriate though since it’s a nice update. Playable Lion makes me hhhhnnnnnnnnggggg~<3). Something about ToS just rubs me the wrong way. I thoroughly enjoyed ToGF when I played through it a couple of years back.

                  I guess because of ToGF, my expectations were high for ToX. I wasn't too impressed with ToX, honestly. I'm still not quite sure why, but whatever it was… It made me not even want to consider buying the sequel.

    • hoez

      You’re missing out, but I don’t really care if you’re gonna be stubborn about it lol.

      • fireemblembeast

        Well I’m not gonna get it until more games come to US for it and it has a price drop is what I meant.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    The sad part is, if this comes here, it’ll probably be over a year after its Japanese release. This gap between Tales localizations and their original JP releases (when we actually get them) bugs me. It’s especially troubling when you’re reading about newer games all the time. By the time the localization comes along, you’ve been hyping an even newer release.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    The sad part is, if this comes here, it’ll probably be over a year after its Japanese release. This gap between Tales localizations and their original JP releases (when we actually get them) bugs me. It’s especially troubling when you’re reading about newer games all the time. By the time the localization comes along, you’ve been hyping an even newer release.

    • FaithlessMr

      Eheh, don’t even get your hopes up mate. Baba san has already said there are no plans to bring Innocence R over because of the low vita sales. If Innocence R didn’t come, then I really don’t think this one will, for the very same reason.

    • DichaTesoro

       The wait for localization can be a pain, but at least we know a title will be available soon unlike those newer games which may probably never get a US release date. I’m excited for ToX but am not even bothering reading up on ToX2, because who knows if it will be localized and, if so, when, plus, spoilers.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish Demolish

    i Still Waiting Tales of Innocence R :)

  • Clou

    OMG I’ve been waiting for this for years :’D
    ToH is one of my fav Tales (even if many people think it’s just usual). I heard this rumor after ToI R release, and they really make it (so happy). They still think about me after all NamDai after make me disappointed about Xillia 2 (that we can’t see Ludger real emotion or character).

    And when the first time I here about this rumor I heard that they also planning on The Tempest remake :)

  • FaithlessMr

    Guys, you’re better off doing like I will: learning japanese and importing this one and Innocence R. NB has already made clear they don’t intend on publishing these “R” titles over because the game underperformed domestically and because they don’t believe there’s a market for the series amongst the Vita users outside of Japan.

    Hopefully I’m very, very wrong and you’ll be able, one day, to point out this comment to me and show me how wrong I was. But yeah, I’m not even getting my hopes up.

    • http://twitter.com/WarbossAohd Warboss Aohd

       oh yes, cause learning japanese iz so easy an’ not time consuming at all.

      • FaithlessMr

        I never said that.

        You can do that, or you can just pass up on this game. I was just saying that to actually play this game, you can do it, because fat chance, it’s never ever being released outside of Japan.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        Dude, like… You could just learn katakana and hiragana, and be fine. That would probably take you a month or so. It’s only once you reach kanji is when it starts becoming difficult to keep track of and very time consuming to study.

        Like I said in one of my comments below though… All it takes is practicing the characters 30 minutes a day or so. Even that is better than just sitting idly by and doing nothing. Would you rather at least TRY to make things easier for yourself or do you want to always sit on the sideline and complain when they don’t localize another game, despite knowing you could have done something about it?

        Ultimately, it’s up to you, but personally… I just think it’s pretty silly for people to complain about language barriers when the only reason they exist is because of themselves. So, you have some options here:

        A. Learn some Japanese, import the games when they come out in Japan so that way, even if it never sees NA shores, you still got to play it and enjoy it anyway
        B. Sit back and complain about learning Japanese being pointless or time consuming since you’d only use it for games
        C. Complain when you realize the game you’ve been looking forward to playing isn’t getting a localization, then throw all of the blame onto publishers for not picking it up
        D. Pray for a miracle and hope someone localizes that totally awkward game that probably only has a 5% chance of making it to North America

        I know a LOT of people right now through Facebook that want to play E.X. Troopers, but Capcom doesn’t have ANY plans whatsoever to bring it to North America, so they’re just sitting back complaining about it. I’m like, “Wow… Really guys? You complain about not being able to play the game, but oh wait… You CAN. It’s on the Playstation 3, which is region free. The only reason you won’t import it is because it’s in Japanese.”

        And really… After following it for a few months, I can tell you right now, it looks rather import friendly, so you wouldn’t even need to know “high level” Japanese to get through it. Even a moderate level of understanding would be fine. In any case, the way I see it… If you don’t even bother putting forth the effort to learn Japanese to prevent yourself from going through these “localization crises” again, then that just tells me you didn’t care enough about the game in the first place.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        Dude, like… You could just learn katakana and hiragana, and be fine. That would probably take you a month or so. It’s only once you reach kanji is when it starts becoming difficult to keep track of and very time consuming to study.

        Like I said in one of my comments below though… All it takes is practicing the characters 30 minutes a day or so. Even that is better than just sitting idly by and doing nothing. Would you rather at least TRY to make things easier for yourself or do you want to always sit on the sideline and complain when they don’t localize another game, despite knowing you could have done something about it?

        Ultimately, it’s up to you, but personally… I just think it’s pretty silly for people to complain about language barriers when the only reason they exist is because of themselves. So, you have some options here:

        A. Learn some Japanese, import the games when they come out in Japan so that way, even if it never sees NA shores, you still got to play it and enjoy it anyway
        B. Sit back and complain about learning Japanese being pointless or time consuming since you’d only use it for games
        C. Complain when you realize the game you’ve been looking forward to playing isn’t getting a localization, then throw all of the blame onto publishers for not picking it up
        D. Pray for a miracle and hope someone localizes that totally awkward game that probably only has a 5% chance of making it to North America

        I know a LOT of people right now through Facebook that want to play E.X. Troopers, but Capcom doesn’t have ANY plans whatsoever to bring it to North America, so they’re just sitting back complaining about it. I’m like, “Wow… Really guys? You complain about not being able to play the game, but oh wait… You CAN. It’s on the Playstation 3, which is region free. The only reason you won’t import it is because it’s in Japanese.”

        And really… After following it for a few months, I can tell you right now, it looks rather import friendly, so you wouldn’t even need to know “high level” Japanese to get through it. Even a moderate level of understanding would be fine. In any case, the way I see it… If you don’t even bother putting forth the effort to learn Japanese to prevent yourself from going through these “localization crises” again, then that just tells me you didn’t care enough about the game in the first place.

    • Hidayat246

       if namco dont believe vita why still make Tales R-series for vita?????

      why not 3DS??????

      your comment always make me strange FaithlessMr ;-)

      • FaithlessMr

         They *probably* had some sort of contract with Sony, stating they’d re-release these two games for the Vita just like they re-released Abyss for the 3DS.

        From what I was able to gather, they weren’t necessarily unhappy with the domestic sales, they just didn’t think they could take the risk at actually porting the game over to the west because they predicted the western sales would be even worse.

        Also, I don’t know if you’re complimenting me or not, but if you are, then thank you :)

        • YangTerlupakan

          I love the comments from (some) moderator’s because when they talk using logic rather than with his bullshit, is for u too!!!
          :-)

          after read u comment i want to blame sony because vita bad condition right now is because wrong strategy marketing from sony itself

          • FaithlessMr

             Ahah, thanks! But I really don’t think the whole moderation thing has anything to do with what anyone says…if you’re intelligent enough and you respect others in your opinions, you can post some great and insightful comments, no matter what position you hold in any website you’re a part of ;) In the end, we’re all just here for teh videogamez anyway, so :D

          • FaithlessMr

             Ahah, thanks! But I really don’t think the whole moderation thing has anything to do with what anyone says…if you’re intelligent enough and you respect others in your opinions, you can post some great and insightful comments, no matter what position you hold in any website you’re a part of ;) In the end, we’re all just here for teh videogamez anyway, so :D

  • Hidayat246

    this remake is from CGI version or Anime version?????????

    is nice if namco can give option to see both cutscene!!!

  • PrinceHeir

    shame Namco won’t support this on their best of their abilities/

    why not give it to Xseed and let them publish it??

    give us a chance Namco!!!!!!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I hope Innocent R gets localize as well as this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DKMRFCB Francisco Cruz Badilla

    I don’t think Namco is the kind of company that can take a risk at selling, I mean, you could make this one for 3ds and be more sure of sellings than vita, because in some part with vita, you need to make people more confident about getting a vita, later buying the game. 

    Also.. they need to envisage at posibilities, if they would release it for 3ds it would get more demand at west market (like some facebook pages and stuff, or at least more than vita’s users).