Tales series producer Hideo Baba weighs in on PS Vita
posted on 10.24.12 at 04:32 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"I want to consider the possibility of developing the series on PS Vita."

Like Final Fantasy Type-0, Tales of Xillia took the Gold Prize at last year’s PlayStation Awards. In a creator’s interview for this year’s show, Tales series director shared his thoughts on the latest PlayStation platform, PlayStation Vita.

Gravity Rush and wipEout 2048 are both works for PlayStation Vita. What sort of impression do you have of PS Vita right now?

Baba: It’s hardware that I want to become more and more exciting. It’s equipped with a lot of attractive functions like the touch screen and motion sensor, but you can also grasp the buttons firmly and play that way which is very important for gamers. If I were to make a game for the PS Vita, I would base it on these properties. I’d want to make an RPG that cleverly made use of the PS VIta’s functions like the touch screen, etc.

For example, it might be fun to use the touch function to solve the puzzles in a dungeon, that’s the kinda idea. Action characteristics are one of the selling points for the Tales of series, so it’d be fairly difficult to implement the PS Vita’s touch function there. In one form or another, I want to consider the possibility of developing the series on PS Vita.

The Tales series has already seen one PlayStation Vita title, Tales of Innocence R. Its second title, Tales of Hearts R, was confirmed this morning. Considering that, Baba’s last statement might be referring to new mothership titles, but can’t be entirely sure.

  • DichaTesoro

    I would really like for Tales of Innocence R to have a US/Euro release, would buy a Vita for it. Hearts too,
    As for future Tales games releasing on the Vita, as long as there’s not touch control for movement or battle, I wouldn’t mind, just keep it to puzzles and such…also, give them a US/Euro release.

    • http://twitter.com/Prinnylink Prinnylink

       well ther hope at the lite of the end  of the tunnel these 2 could be come along withthe rest if we  just make sales good on the  games that mean  buy them preorder push push push

  • Oside

    Yaaaaaa no. Hopefully he wont develop new tales of titles for the vita. I would be sad, cause i wouldnt be able to play them… :(

    • InsaneChronos

      Then go buy the Vita :P

      • FaithlessMr

         I don’t think that’s the problem here. I think the problem is that there’s a very high chance that any tales games released on the Vita simply will not be ported over.

        • sherimae1324

          what do you mean will not be ported over? haha its region free oni chan ^_^

          • FaithlessMr

             Oh, absolutely. I said in another newspost that the best way to play these games would be to actually import them and play them in japanese.

            I was talking about actually seeing these games localized as in, translated and published in western countries.

        • DrForbidden

          I’m afraid I disagree. If Sony wants the Vita to succeed, they have ample incentive to encourage and push for the localisation of any Tales games on the Vita.

          • FaithlessMr

             Sure, and I wish Sony would do just that. I don’t see ‘em doing it though. It’s one of my main gripes with Sony concerning the Vita. I just get the impression that at times, they don’t even care and just want to focus on the PS3.

            • DrForbidden

              I certainly get that impression at times, but after investing so much in developing the Vita and seeing the rather dismal sales, I don’t think they have much of a choice in the matter. The Vita hasn’t failed yet, but it WILL fail if Sony doesn’t get off their arses and get more third party games on it. The localisation of ToGf and ToX is evidence that a Tales franchise market still exists in the West.

              • FaithlessMr

                 Not only does it exist, it’s perhaps one that can turn in some profit to NB. Sure, the tales market will never turn out as much profit as a Call of Duty does turn out for their publishers, but it will certainly show NB that they’re stupid by not betting more and more on their own franchises.

  • http://twitter.com/Prinnylink Prinnylink

    i have 2 vitas sadly a  jap one anda EU one  when i relazie it was region  free i was pissed i blew money a scoend  one T<T oh well tottoal worth it now thoe

  • http://www.facebook.com/klaudkil Alex Cattaneo

    Awesome,now please bring the tales of innocence R to the west in retail!

  • LordKaiser

    If every RPG series move to portables then I won’t be able to play anymore. I don’t have a need for such device.

    • Skerj

      Wouldn’t that be a reason for you to get a portable system?

      • LordKaiser

        Well if Sony was kind enough to release a version that can hook to tv. and display in 720p like the Dev Units they used on past E3 Publisher I may consider buying 1.

  • Fantasytales

    If any of the Tales games release on Vita in the US that would be reason enough for me to get one, as soon as they localize Tales of Innocence R ill go in buy one. i wouldn’t want new mother ship titles to be coming for the Vita but if remakes like innocence and Hearts i would definitely play them on a Vita. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    The Vita is a very nice and powerful device if Japanese devs want to stick to making JRPGs on it its all good with me. FF7 remake on vita instead of PS4?.. sure as long as we get it (example).

  • fireemblembeast

    I actually prefer handheld because I play on a TV that’s not HD (forgot what it’s called) so I always have trouble reading small ps3 font, even with glasses on. I’d play on the big HD one I have, but my parents won’t move it from the living room, and I don’t want them to hear my games. They’re so annoying about it. Handhelds are nice because everyone has the same screen.  I don’t have a Vita, but if some non-remakes are made and brought to the US from the series, I’d have a reason to get one, and who knows, it might cost less by that time.

    • Hidayat246

      “……….. but my parents won’t move it from the living room, and I don’t want them to hear my games…”

      same with me T_T

  • Hidayat246

    “……….For example, it might be fun to use the touch function to solve the puzzles in a dungeon, that’s the kinda idea…..”

    Are u never touch 3DS Baba-sensei????????????

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      PS Vita might be more responsive than the 3DS and they don’t have to worry about two screens.

      • YangTerlupakan

        i just wonder why baba-sensei speak like that?????

        • sherimae1324

          “Baba: It’s hardware that I want to become more and more
          exciting. It’s equipped with a lot of attractive functions like the
          touch screen and motion sensor, but you can also grasp the buttons
          firmly and play that way which is very important for gamers. If I were
          to make a game for the PS Vita, I would base it on these properties. I’d
          want to make an RPG that cleverly made use of the PS VIta’s functions
          like the touch screen, etc.”

          dont you have read the above article oni-chan?

          • YangTerlupakan

             i forgot about that, heeee……. my bad english T_T!!!!!!!!!!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Even Hideo Baba know third party developers should be supporting the PS Vita.

  • http://twitter.com/matthewn4444 Matthew Ng

    This is great, it’s too bad Tales of Innocence R and soon Hearts have horrible graphics compared to what the vita can do (even Tales of Innocence on DS had better gameplay and they moved Hearts into 3D with the same graphics as Innocence R).

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Well Baba, you did said we should go play Tales of Hearts after all… Why not bring it over here???

  • Budgiecat

    Once the PSP eventually dies , the Vita should take over but who knows. PSP is still running strong in Japan with new games while Nintendo has pretty much all but abandoned the NDS over the 3DS

  • PrinceHeir

    definitely a cool guy :D

    im getting Xillia ASAP to support the series more!!!!