Hideo Baba talks Tales of Xillia 2 reception, series future
posted on 11.17.12 at 06:32 PM EST by (@salromano)
Tales producer details reception, travels, and teases the next Tales.

Two weeks after the launch of Tales of Xillia 2 in Japan, series producer Hideo Baba has taken to Famitsu.com to file a producer report.

Tales of Xillia 2 was officially announced in June this year at the Tales of Festival 2012. The game debuted almost half a year later on November 1.

“Many people said they were very moved by the story and ended up crying, many also seemed to be a bit concerned about their ‘choices,’ they recall making some corrupt ones,” said Baba on players’ experiences with the game. “I realize that everyone interprets the theme we wanted to convey in a variety of ways.”

He continued: “Regarding the battle system we’ve designed [in Tales of Xillia 2], it’s even more profound, refreshing, and easy to play. I’m very happy it seems to be well received.”

Baba has traveled a lot this year. From June, he toured Europe to promote Tales of Graces F, visiting countries such as England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. In France, he participated in the Japan Expo, where he announced Tales of Xillia for a western release. And in San Diego and New York, he became part of Comic-Con. After that, he went to Germany a second time, where he attended Animania. Because of these activities, Tales series sales in Germany increased in a big way. Fan communication is important, according to Baba.

In Japan, Baba toured all around to promote Tales of Xillia 2. He went to Sendai, Ibaraki, Tokyo (Ikebukuro and Akihabara), Chiba (Tokyo Game Show), Kanazawa, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokushima (Machi Asobi), Hiroshima, Kokura, and Fukuoka. Because some cities were first-time affairs for Tales-related events, Baba was worried whether or not people would show. But the turnout was pretty good. In Mie prefecture, at the Suzuka Circuit, Baba met with F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who uses an Asbel figurine (Tales of Graces F) as his lucky charm (he calls it Tomita).

Finally, Baba touched upon the future of the Tales Series.

“We have already begun working toward the next anniversary. How do we approach the 20th anniversary, what kind of theme and playing will we propose? It’s still in the planning stages at the moment, but I started thinking about it early on,” he said. “During this last half year, I’ve gone to many countries and regions, but when I’m in Tokyo, I was having meetings regarding the next title. Before we reach the 20th anniversary, we are starting Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita. I am thinking I want to release multiple titles, so please anticipate it.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    Very well then.

  • http://twitter.com/frokenok3 frokenok3

    Keep them come Baba-san! I have all the money you want waiting in my Wallet! just keep them coming! :D

  • Speedo Redempteur

    game is crazy fun … except when you’re paying this damn debt ….

    • Oside

      hope you can answer this, or someone else whose played.
      The only thing i kinda dont like from what ive heard in tales of xillia
      2, and correct me if it is not true, is that before you leave a town you
      have to select which party members you want to be with and you cant change them until you get back to town to switch party members.
      Cause
      if its true, then that sucks, i switch party members a lot, like make
      it a more offensive type, or get more healers cause im dying, stuff like
      that.

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

        Well, what you’ve heard is actually correct.
        You can only bring 3 more characters with you in dungeons/fields.
        And also, in towns you can only control Ludger as the leader. The other characters are scattered all over the town, so you can talk to them as you wish.
        Though you can switch Ludger off with other member as a leader when leaving towns.

        • Kazziyan

          That kinda sucks. :x Only controlling Ludger in town, I mean. Kinda bizarre.

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

            Well they want you to feel like you’re him, this is the only reason why they did this. I’m like 60 hours in the game and I’m starting to understand why they chose to do this. It’s not as bad as it may sound though. You can teleport from city to dungeon whenever you want.

            • Kazziyan

              Oh, I know. But I always like to play female characters right off the bat, haha. I’m guessing it’s also cause the debt quests are handled in town?

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

                Well you can pay the debt anywhere. She’ll annoy you with that until you pay it too, she being Nova.

                • Kazziyan

                  Oh well. At least she’s cute! xD

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

                    Yeah, I just love the little spin she does in the game’s opening, makes me want to do it too….sometimes xD

                    • Kazziyan

                      Yes! and does she always say, “Jajan!” when you pay up? :O

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

                      Yeah XD

        • Oside

           Thats good, at least you dont have to back track. Can you teleport right back?
          Another question though, do the characters you leave behind still get experience points? Cause if it doesnt, well, that does suck indeed.

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

        That’s true. You can only control Ludger in towns, other characters outside. BUT since you can teleport to town no matter where you are, it shouldn’t really be a hassle.

  • new_tradition

    F1 driver using a video game figurine for good luck, d’awwwwww :3

    I gotta admit, the Tales of series tended to be a little too all over system wise for me, so I never really got into beyond Tales of Abyss. But now that they’re at least focusing on the PS3, I’m starting to get into it. Already grabbed Graces F and I’m looking forward to Xillia and Xillia 2, and I can see myself getting Hearts R too for the Vita ^^

    (Were there any upcoming games for the 3DS? I know there was a TotA port/remake, but that’s all I recall…)

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Only upcoming Tales game in Japan as of now is Hearts R for PS Vita, I’m pretty sure.

  • Kazziyan

    Hopefully, I’ll enjoy ToX a bit more with me understanding everything.

    And I look forward to a completely new Tales.

  • EspadaKiller

    Oh yes, keep the Tales series coming Baba!

  • fireemblembeast

    Tomita <3 So cuuute! I looked at all the pictures in the gallery. It's so awesome that a racer like him exists. If I ever talk to some racing fan, I'll talk to them about this guy to make it seem like I know stuff XD
    Keep the games coming, Baba-san!

  • YangTerlupakan

    OMG Baba must lucky meet tales fans like Fernando

    I dont know if u already found this or not Sal hope u like it :
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbg0yjjfE71qjww1wo2_500.jpg
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbg0yjjfE71qjww1wo1_1280.jpg

  • FaithlessMr

    He’s amazing. His dedication and efforts are showing up, don’t give up on this series Baba-san. THIS my friends is catering to the western audiences with JRPGs. By keeping in touch with the people, by showing off the game to new audiences, instead of changing it around for people who couldn’t care less about the series in the first place.

    I take my internet hat off for thee, Baba-san.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      Very well said. =)

  • PrinceHeir

    his like the Harada san of Tales Series :D

  • http://runicfencer.deviantart.com/ Mistral

    If the game industry had a Nobel Peace prize, he should get one. Oh my god this dedication.

  • margherita mastropaolo

     can’t wait to play xillia 2 pal