Work on the next Tales game has begun
posted on 11.01.12 at 10:47 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Baba considering ideas for 20th anniversary title.

Work on the next Tales game has begun, series producer Hideo Baba has confirmed in a PlayCommu staff interview.

Baba was given two signs, labeled “Yes” and “No.” Asked, “Have you started work on the next [Tales] title?” Baba held up the “Yes” sign.

“Within the basic flow of making sure we complete one game at a time, we are always thinking about the concept of the next title,” Baba said. “As a matter of fact, I’m thinking under the surface of various ideas for the [Tales] series 20th anniversary title.”

Tales of Xillia, released in September 2011, was the series’ 15th anniversary title.

Baba went on to add that, besides the 20th anniversary title, he is thinking about various ways the series could develop.

The latest entry and thirteenth mothership title in the Tales series, Tales of Xillia 2, was launched today for PlayStation 3 in Japan.

Thanks, Game Jouhou.

  • refrain

    Maybe Tales of Xillia 3, lol

    • Mura

      Trying to make his own version of the XIII series? It’d be better for sure.XD

      • AuroraXIII

        It wouldn’t surprise me. The Xillia logos have a suspiciously similar colour scheme as the FFXIII logos. Also, no. None of the Tales games are better than XIII-2.

        • Blaz

          Are you serious?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

            Everyone is entitled to their own opinions ==;

        • refrain

          Lol, are you sure? After played XIII and XIII-2, I thought that XIII is a very bad game in both story, characters and gameplay. XIII-2 is a little better but still an average game to me.

          • Lele Mett

            Well average…I hope you dont think the Tales games are “not average” because they are. 13 was weird in every aspect of the word..but each FF is different.(LOOK AT 9! I mean really SE. How can you go FF 7 then 8 and then what ever the hell 9 was suppose to be.)

            At least they keep changing the story…Tales games always give me that “played one played them all ” feeling. And Ive played 7 of them…

            • http://www.facebook.com/zidane1341 Dylan Harris

              9 was one of the best, fool. also, vesperia and symphonia easily rivals the best ff

        • Willgaea

           Chrono trigger did a better job of the whole dimension/time travel gameplay/story. But hey that game only came out like 40 years ago. I think you should stick to comparing game of similar stature (turn based games). I do however think final fantasy does make the best turn based games. I really want to play type-0.

        • Lele Mett

          No Tales game is better than a single FF period. Hell, Tales of games use things FF all the time…shoot so do WRPG. FF will never be replaced.

      • refrain

        Tales of Xillia 3 – Milla Saga

        Spoiler about Xillia 2 ending here – http://pastebin.com/c6LmTZs5

        [Mod Edit: considering we have no spoiler block right now, and the fact that 1) the game just released today, and 2) most of our readers are still awaiting the first game, let's try not to discuss the ending without ensuring people won't read it. Especially because, in this case, someone could have accidently read it.]

  • Duc PC-QB

    Tales of PS4 Launch Title

  • vertical09

    No break for the Tales team XD
    I hope it’s another mothership title~

    Well whatever it is. It can take it’s time. We still need the first Xillia AND Xillia 2 =P

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Baba must not sleep

    • YangTerlupakan

       once again is japanese industry, just remember what keiji-sensei says!!

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Woah… Looks like Baba doesn’t like to stop thinking about sequels…. Not that I’m complaining…

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Baba-sama never sleeps, I swear it. Think about it:

      2010 – Tales of Graces F (PS3), 
      2011 – Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 (PSP), Tales of Xillia (PS3)
      2012 – Tales of Innocence R (PSV), Tales of Graces F Localization (PS3), Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (PSP), Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
      2013 – Tales of Xillia Localization (PS3), Tales of Hearts R, Next Tales of (Likely)

      And you have to remember: he’s working on each of these titles likely at least a year before their release dates (maybe excluding Graces F, since it’s an HD update).

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Man… Is he human??? It’s like Baba-sama doesn’t need “Sleep”…

  • Kazziyan

    Just star Miyuki Sawashiro and Kana Hanazawa in the next Tales and all is right in the world.

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

    The next Tales of Game will likely be PS3 EXCLUSIVE!!!

    • Luna Kazemaru

       lol.jpg

  • MrRobbyM

    Wow. Baba never really rests, does he?

    I just hope the next tales goes back to the more cartoony, more colorful look. Not necessarily Graces-like, but more Symphonia-like. I think they hit a good balance there, including the story.

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      Are you referring to the first Symphonia for the Gamecube???

      As much as I would want that, I don’t see it happening soon… unless if it’s on a handheld that is…

      • MrRobbyM

        Oh god yes. Not DotNW even though it was okay and is really an okay game.

        I don’t mean the cel-shaded, super deformed characters, just the overall world and feel. I wouldn’t doubt the possibility though. I mean, Graces came right before the Xillia games.

        • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

          Seeing Baba is taking Tales to the next step with Xillia, I’m having doubts…

          • MrRobbyM

            I agree with that but I’m sure they’ll want to go back to their roots eventually. I think people will tire of all the dull, more realistic look if they keep it up too long. I think they can find a nice balance.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish Demolish

    i Think Next Tales For Wii U 

    • Elfyra

       Tales of Region Locked ^_^

    • MrRobbyM

      Highly doubt that. Especially given Baba’s recent interview.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        And CEO of Namco Bandai’s interview from way back if I remembered correctly…

        I sort of can’t doubt it completely as I recall that every platform has at least one Tales game…

      • Willgaea

         True, He’s all up in that vita’s touch screen and graphics.

    • LordKaiser

      If it gets localized I’ll buy WiiU

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Tales of soon to be yearly releases

    • Claude

      *Soon* to be?

  • http://twitter.com/AceOfCakez Ace

    Still anxious for a release date on Tales of Xillia international release. 

  • MrKappa

    This is what I like to hear.

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

    It will be SOMEONESOMEONE Returns : Tales of Xillia.

    • Lele Mett

      I might be. Tales of Xilla was so inspired by FFXIII my younger sis thinks it jocked. I would just say inspired though(But every JRPG is inspired by FF). They make a Xillia-3 cuz Lighting getting a three.  

  • fireemblembeast

    Good. I like to see something fresh in a series once in a while. Keep it up, Baba-san!

  • Willgaea

     “Baba went on to add that, besides the 20th anniversary title, he is thinking about various ways the series could develop.”

    I hope hes not thinking about online.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q3FZO6V6YZIJVTPY67P5TLHPKY El

      Online like Tales of Eternia online?

  • PrinceHeir

    Tales of Wii U and PS4 please!!!!

    would love if they take the time and make the worlds and places much bigger!!

  • Lele Mett

    When are they going to set down spend some years on a Tales game? Make the Tales of games shine? Why does this dude feel like he has to make one once a year. GREAT games not good games take YEARS to make. YEARS! I want to see a tales game like that not the normal anime chilche games. Try to make outstanding characters and a NEW STORYLINE.

    FF13 Versus might be taking forever but trust me when I say that game will blow many people if not everyone away.

    • http://twitter.com/nozomi429 Nozomi

      I’d have to disagree. Just because a game has been in development for years does mean that it will be a phenomenal game at completion. Duke Nukem Forever, RE6, though not of the same genre as the Tales series, but the same concept applies.

      We shall see how both Versus XIII and this upcoming Tales title will turn out.

      • Lele Mett

        All im saying is each tales game comes out being similar. Even the characters are the simlar. The worlds are even look the similar. I want them…to change a bit. I don’t want to feel like im playing the same game over and over. Maybe its becuase i grew out of anime but…the Tales games just aren’t doing it for me anymore. Im trying to have hope but all im seeing is a Good game. Not a great game or an outstanding game just a good game.

        AND I know the Tales games can be more. If they want stop being niche they need to really THINK about something. Something that will make the next Tales game SPARK! So that everyone will be looking at and saying “WOW! Now that going to be a great game.” Its hard for me to find anyone who even knows about the games. And when I do find someone they tell “They are okay” or “I played TOS…back when i was a child”

        They need to try and stand out! Be more than just an anime game there are thounds of those. Write a great story that is all original. Have us do something other than go to temple to temple or dungeon to dungeon.(I balme FF 10 for starting that)

        look at FF6 then 7 then 8 then 9(whatever that was suppose to be) then 10 then 12, and 13? SEE how they keep trying new things?Thats why FF will always be known (wheather its in a good or bad way) They shine. And so can Tales. Instead of taking the fist idea that comes to mind, work with it and make it great!

        • Xenovelgr

          The Tales series isn’t niche in Japan

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

    ” Within the basic flow of making sure we complete one game at a time”  Take note Square Enix these people are making such wonderful games in such wonderful ways.