Tales of Symphonia Chronicles announced for PS3
posted on 06.01.13 at 05:28 AM EST by (@salromano)
Coming to Japan later this year, west in early 2014.

Namco Bandai has announced Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (known as Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack in Japan) for PlayStation 3 at Tales of Festival in Japan.

The game, a compilation launching in celebration of the Symphonia series’ 10th anniversary, includes high-definition remasters of Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.

Added content includes newly-illustrated cut-ins for Mystic Artes and series’ character clothing for all of Symphonia‘s party characters (shown below). New arranges of theme songs “Starry Heavens,” “Soshite Boku ni Dekuru Koto,” and “Ninin Sankyaku” will be also be featured. The Japanese package art (shown above) is drawn by Kousuke Fujishima.

First-run bonuses for the Japanese version include a Ufotable-illustrated “10th Anniversary Greeting Card,” which contains a serial code to download a video greeting message from Lloyd and Emil voice actors Katsuyuki Konishi and Hiru Shimono, a PlayStation 3 custom theme, and Tales of social content.

Lalabit Market and Famitsu DX Pack limited editions are also being planned.

The Lalabit Market edition, for 9,980 yen, includes five “Chibi Kyun Chara” figures of Lloyd Irving, Colette Brunel, Emil Castagnier, Marta Lualdi, and Tenebrae, an original novel called “Kibou wo Tsugu Mono,” and a Ufotable-illustrated special box.

The Famitsu DX Pack, for 7,980 yen, includes includes four special visual clear posters, three of which are illustrated by Ufotable.

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will launch in Japan on October 10 for 6,980 yen, and in the Americas, Europe, and Australasia in early 2014. Watch the Japanese and western announcement videos below. Visit the official Japanese website here.

Japanese Announcement Video and Trailer

Western Announcement Video

  • Alos88

    Oh My GOD!

    • fyi1191

      Oh My GOD!!

      • Raian Targino

        Oh My GOD!!!

      • Budgiecat

        you called?

  • DichaTesoro

    US release, maybe? Please?

    • Alos88

      Symphonia is one of, if not maybe THE most commercially successful Tales game overseas. It’s pretty much in the bag.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Only because the games were virtually unknown before then, lol. I started with the first one we got, Tales of Destiny on PS1, then they localized Tales of Destiny 2 (which was actually just Tales of Eternia), but that one slipped under the radar for a loooooooooooooot of people.

        So, Symphonia was actually the first Tales game that most people were exposed to, thus giving it the most popularity, despite Tales of Destiny actually being their best selling title.

        • Yuri Meitzen

          i think it’s actually because it have the best Storyline and all the party characters are well developed and all.

        • DichaTesoro

          Could be because Nintendo actually put some effort in promoting it. If I had never seen the Symphonia cover in Nintendo Power I’d have never know about the game.

          • Elvick

            Ding ding.

            Something Namco has never realized, and apparently never will.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Yeah. It’s just a little weird they didn’t bother bringing it over until it was ported to Gamecube, THEN they even took out the anime cutscenes from the PS2 version. Derp.

            • DichaTesoro

              Wasn’t it on Gamecube before the PS2 port? The NA Gamecube version released before the PS2 port…or at least, I think so.

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                Ah, you’re right. My mistake. My memory is a little off since I heard about it on the PS2 first, then got the Gamecube version later, but never played it, lol.

  • Raiyu

    So I guess that the rumor from before may be true? ToS Remaster PS3 getting localized along with ToX2?

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      I didn’t hear anything about the ToX2 getting it’s localization confirmed =o? That’d be a good blessing.

      • Raiyu

        I didn’t say it was, it was part of the original rumor before that Gemetsu reported earlier.

        “Also according to Koi-nya’s sources, both Tales of Symphonia: Perfect Edition andTales of Xillia 2 are being planned for North American releases.”

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          Ah, there we go, that’s what I wanted to see (the source for the rumour). Probably true at this point, question is when will ToX2 and Smyphonia get released.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    If someone like Hideo Baba cheerfully denies a rumor, I should believe regardless…

    • fireemblembeast

      I didn’t buy it when he denied it. I was like “Yeah, okay Baba-san, mm-hmm, nice try.” :P lol

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        lol… I learned my lesson… Never take Baba-san seriously when he denies something… :P

        Hopefully, this is the last time I will get trolled by him….

  • Pyrofrost

    The “Tales of” Festival is for Japanese news unless things suddenly change this year people. There will be separate events and press conferences for NA and EU releases.

    • Pyrofrost

      And it looks like they decided to change things, I’m pleased ^_^

  • Duc PC-QB

    A HD port yet the graphic isnt better than PS2 ver.

    If so why not make it multi platform ?

    Oh man just pathetic

    • fireemblembeast

      I hope the graphics are better, but maybe the trailer didn’t show any footage because they aren’t that far yet. Don’t jump to conclusions so fast- Baba likes to surprise us!

  • Pyrofrost

    On another note, if this is an HD version of the PS2 version, I really hope they fix the issues that game had.

    If they just take it as is and remaster it, I’m gonna be pretty pissed off.

    • Nanashrew

      They better up the framerate as well! PS2 version ran at 30fps while the Gamecube version ran at 60fps.

  • Alos88
    • Raiyu

      Well there it is.

      Hopefully ToX2 is next on the list.

  • Hatsuaki

    Why are so many games being released October? *cries* I don’t have money for all of them…

    Still, I’m not too sure what to think of this. Symphonia is one of my favourite titles, but I was hoping for an entire remake and not only a HD upscale a la Tales of Graces f with extra bonuses… I guess I’ve got to see more.

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    How do we sent Baba our love letter?

  • Zetsy Mei

    I love everyone.

  • ddsfan2

    So he denies the existence of the game, then shortly after announces a release date?

    Why is it that rumors as of late have been so frequently… true?

    (Edit: My mistake, missed that in your article, need to sleep)

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      It’s coming west, read the post. ;D

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Think I’m done updating the post. Great Saturday morning, everyone!

  • Pekola

    Omg it’s happening. Now can you please remove the level caps in the symphonia characters for DotNW? That was so unnecessary. The worst possible way to “motivate” you into the use of monsters.

    In fact, give us the grade shop option to have Richter as a permanent party member. Same as Alice and Decus. Do all that and I’ll be a happy camper.

    • Bec66

      I’d also like them to put in an overlimit system more like abyss for the first symphonia. But yah that would be pretty awesome if they did that.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yeah, it would be great if they touched up DotNW a bit, and added those features. From what I’m reading, it doesn’t look likely.
      But still, would be really nice.

  • MrKappa

    Golly, being the negative person I am I only clicked on this to post that we are never getting this and for the first time ever Bamco is ahead of the curve.
    Well done Bamco, well done.

  • http://chaosraiden.blogspot.com/ Chaos Raiden

    English version next year? Instant day one buy.

  • LETS PRAY FOR LOCALIZATION

    They cant come up with a new tales of so they rehash older title.
    Tales of rehash.

    • Ritsujun

      Byebie.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Silence! I’d love to have a HD version of the Director’s Cut for Tales of Destiny, more than likely, over a newer Tales game!

    • Ladius

      This accusation is kinda hollow once you consider how the Tales series is probably the most prolific in terms of new entries, there’s nothing wrong with revisiting Symphonia in its 10th anniversary.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Added a link to the just-launched Japanese website.

  • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

    Really starting to love Hideo Baba wholeheartedly.
    Thanks to staying up all night, I’m tired as hell but this announcement and Hideo Babas wish to bring it over to America and Europe was well worth it.

    Thank you for those exciting news! This is one of the best days this year! :3

  • dez-e-ray112

    Awesome! I can’t wait to get this!

  • DesmaX

    Oh, now I wonder if they are going to license the opening songs for the west

    • fireemblembeast

      One can only hope…

  • kenshee

    Oh jeez, I’ve never even played symphonia and I was already planning on getting a ps3 pretty soon, lucky me.

    Awesome news is awesome.

    Now that I think about it, 3 of the biggest reasons I’m now excited for my ps3 are basically ps2 remaster packs >.> (ff X + X-2 HD, kingdom hearts 1.5 HD and now this)

    i’m a slave to nostalgia I guess.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Maybe not day one buy (mostly b/c I already have both games) but Definitely intend to get.

    Maybe as a birthday gift.

  • http://dorhen.irilys.eu/blog/ Dorhen

    I really hope for dual audio in this one !

    • Yuri Meitzen

      me too or else i’ll be buying the japanese version =x

    • fireemblembeast

      We’ll have to see… I’m importing because I don’t want to wait to see. Even if it doesn’t I’ll get it but if it does I’ll be happy to not import the next time.

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Yes I been waiting for this game to be remade ever since my crappy gamecube wouldn’t play it.

  • Rafael Martines

    Early next year for western release? hmmm sounds like they will just translate the game, if so, only japanese audio? :O

    Here comes my first Tales game :P

    • Bec66

      There’s also Xillia coming out this year and graces F has already been released.

    • Archvile

      the game’s already been dubbed when it came out here on GC 10 years ago i doubt they’ll re-dub it. If anything they’ll record lines for the extra dialogue found in the PS2 version.

      • Silver Citizen

        Nintendo supposedly owns the rights to the localization and I doubt they’d let Namco use it for a PS3 rerelease. The game will most likely have to be redubbed.

        • Archvile

          Hmm we’ll have to see about that then.

        • AdamBoy64

          Yeah. If there was a deal like that still in place (eg. if it hasn’t expired), it would most likely be a lot cheaper for Namco to buy the rights to it then to revoice the whole thing.

          • Silver Citizen

            I’m sure the voice actors themselves have a say in the matter. Seeing as most of them are union, it might not be cheaper to reuse the old voices or even possible.

            • AdamBoy64

              Yeah, they might have a say in the matter – if they wanted one. I’m sure if money was on the table they would.

              I don’t know the ins-and-outs about voice actors having rights to the work, but I have a feeling that Namco have already sorted out the legality of the localisation rights, which is why they’ve been able to announce it so soon.

    • Silver Citizen

      Early next year could mean as much as 8 months from now. That’s plenty of time to record a new English dub.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Awesome! I’m glad the first part of the rumor was true! =)

    Let’s hope the other part comes true as well.

    I never actually got the chance to play Dawn of the New World, so I’ll be looking forward to playing it, along with the complete version of the first game.

    Thanks for bringing this to the west!

  • bloodiOS

    I’m starting to associate the name Hideo with trollmaster…

  • Budgiecat

    Stop waving bye bye like that Baba….

  • Van Sora

    Baba said: “there is no such thing as a tales of symphonia HD remake coming” Now this… Fuck yeah.

  • OverlordZetta

    Still mad about the Vita games, but this…certainly makes up for some of that.

    • Elvick

      I don’t know about makes up for it, for me, but it’s certainly nice to have something to look forward to after Xillia.

  • Bec66

    So basically Hideo crushes our hopes for the game only to actually give it to us, clever a bit mean spirited but clever.

    • fireemblembeast

      You didn’t really take his word for it, did you? He just wanted us to be surprised but he knew it to be true. He loves us that much; he’ll lie to us to make us happy ;_;

      • Bec66

        No I understood what he was doing when he denied the rumor to surprise us I was just saying that it was clever.

        • fireemblembeast

          Oh lol I thought you believed it because you said it was crushing…

    • Elvick

      I never believed his statement to be “crushing” just typical PR evasiveness. It was basically, “Don’t believe rumors, wait for announcements.” Which is… so obvious.

    • Ladius

      There has never been a spokeperson who gave away a secret reveal just because someone asked him about it, it would be unprofessional and kinda stupid since they have far better venues like the Tales of Festival to announce the game.

  • DarthBrian

    Whoa.

    So we’ll get this before Xillia 2? o_O

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      I lol’d. Typical localization errors. We’re getting an HD pack for a game that was just recently announced over a game that has been out in Japan for over a year. It’s still funny how it took them years just to bring Tales of Graces F over.

      • DarthBrian

        But we’ll still be getting Xillia 2.

        • Bobby Jennings

          Hasn’t been announced that we will yet, but I’m sure we will.

        • Ladius

          Baba said its localization will depend on Xillia’s sales, which is somewhat obvious in terms of economics. If we all support Xillia I imagine it won’t be hard to convince them, though :P

      • AdamBoy64

        Yes. Although it’s probably a lot less work to bring this over – they won’t need to do any voice work.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          That’s not entirely true. They could hire new voice actors for whatever reason.

          • AdamBoy64

            Yeah, that’d be nice. But I don’t think they will. I think they’ll keep all the voices the same and any new text they’ll leave unvoiced.

            The reason I say that is because it doesn’t seem like they’re adding or changing much at all. I think they didn’t have any problems announcing the localisation as it will be a fairly cheap game for them to port.

            Here’s hoping for a few surprises.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Pretty much.

  • Yuri Meitzen

    i hope they add something like the arts ball to the remaster… after playing vesperia and xillia i can’t get used to using only 6 artes xDDDD

  • Adol Christin

    Hopefully if this sells well in the west, Namco will localize the Vita Tales games :)

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      I don’t even think Baba will make the correlation between sales of PS3 releases as interest in the Vita releases. The only way those Vita releases are going to happen is if a fan campaign gets done AFTER Xillia release day.

    • Archvile

      Not until Vita sells more here.

      Also the way i see it, Xillia sales + the HD remasters sales will determine whether or not we get Xillia 2.

    • Ladius

      There’s no correlation between the sales of a PS3 games and Vita games getting localized, especially when Baba already said that platform’s poor sales make it difficult to work with (also, the Vita Tales games are the lowest selling in the franchise).

      Xillia 2 is a far more realistic localization target, and I bet if we all support Xillia as it deserves its sequel will have a chance to come here.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Ripped the package art from the video embeded in the post. Amazon Japan has yet to put up its listing for ToSC, so until then, we’ll have to deal with this crappy quality package art.

    http://abload.de/img/tos-ps3_001yojf7.jpg

    http://abload.de/img/tos-ps3_002gdkmh.jpg

    • AdamBoy64

      Wow, I really like that art.
      Thanks Sal.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    great news,so who think about xillia 2 not coming in usa or uk.so look

    i hope or i think tales of symphonia coming early sound like January or February ,and xillia 2 will coming in summer 2014.im not sure but i hope.

  • DarthBrian

    Who is the female host on-stage cosplaying as Cheria? O_O

    • Yuri Meitzen

      her seyuu? Shiho Kawaragi(i’ve googled it)

      • DarthBrian

        Thanks. :)
        Man, she really pulls off that costume well. Dem thighs. <3

        • Yuri Meitzen

          sadly onosaka masaya doesn’t look that good on zelos outfit

          • DarthBrian

            lol. this is true.

  • new_tradition

    Baba, you troll xDDDDD

    I never played Symphonia, so it’ll be a new experience for me either way ^^

  • fireemblembeast

    Wow, I knew it would come true! ^_^ / Yaaaaay~
    I’m gonna import it on day 1, lol. Not waiting to hear the no DA stuff. Anyways, I can’t wait to see some footage of the new version. By the way, anyone else think genis as Luke is super awkward? I would have prefered it on Zelos, to be honest. The nendoroids look super cute, and I like the box art on everything! So nostaligic… I can’t wait to see the stuff they have planned, like the DLC and any additions, etc. I especially liked how Baba-san talked to us personally! He seems so happy and excited about giving us games quicker, and he’s starting here. This must be what he was refering to when he said it would be a tales-filled year for us! I’m staying tuned tomorrow, as well, to see if there will be any other exciting news! :3

  • PrinceHeir

    im actually surprise they also announced a western release since the is a JPN event :D

    glad Baba-san is thinking of everyone!!!!!!!

    getting this Day 1!!!!!!

  • Finalshoryuken

    I’ve always wanted to try this series out. This is probably a good starting point. I’ve always heard that Tales of Symphonia was one of the best tales in the series.

    • Bobby Jennings

      It’s like Final Fantasy 7 for the Tales series. It’s majorly overhyped..but it’s still good.

      • Yuri Meitzen

        actually Xillia is overhyped… symphonia isn’t

        • Bobby Jennings

          Symphonia IS overhyped and overrated. That’s not to say that its a bad game.

          Xillia was overhyped as well, but after looking at how much the game was changing, you can’t be surprised. Like I said, same thing goes with Symphonia. First game to go 3D in the Tales series.

          • Yuri Meitzen

            i know you didn’t mean it was a bad game, but it’s not overhyped when it’s actually better than tales of games released this gen, xillia is so overhyped because a lot of people think it’s better than vesperia, but it isn’t, it fix some “problems” the other games had? sure… but brings out a LOT more… the only good thing xillia Has is graphic and a fairly good story except for th ending… that was WAY TOO RUSHED

            • Bobby Jennings

              Well it is better than Vesperia in some spots. For one Vesperia is utterly broken and barely provides challenge for experienced players. Bosses barely fought back and be comboed infinitely. Xillia was wayyy too short, but I enjoyed it more than Vesperia. Symphonia is pretty good too, but seeing as how my last time playing it was about 7 years ago, I’m treating it as a entirely new game. I look forward to playing this HD remaster.

              • Yuri Meitzen

                did you play 360 vesperia? or ps3 vesperia? because as far as i know(didn’t play the 360 one) the ps3 is way harder, and the only “fought back” i saw in xillia from the bosses was that “!” that happens everytime and broke your combo, the secret boss is a joke… the final dungeon you can finish in less than 10 minutes… @__@ seriously every boss fight on xillia was pretty easy… some on vesperia like, Alexei, Yeagar, Duke at least have me retry a couple of times… but on xillia i didn’t even get a game over @__@ and yeah i played on Hard… i thought Graces way more challenging since i could play on evil in the first playthrough

                • Bobby Jennings

                  Yes, infact I own the games. I didn’t disagree with you, it’s just a matter of which I prefer. The game was rushed to the extreme but I enjoyed it more than Vesperia honestly. Is that wrong?

                  • Yuri Meitzen

                    no it isn’t xDDD i was just answering your comment xD
                    anyway i wasn’t trying to change your opinion or anything, i did like Xillia too but was disapointed with it… and i think a lot of people will too, and since… their future title’s localization depends on it’s sales…

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Yeah not gonna lie, I was disappointed with Xillia a bit too. But Xillia 2 fixed everything for me.

                    • Yuri Meitzen

                      i’m yet to play it… i was going to buy it… but then i saw some fanservice in it U_U I “lost hope”

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      aww D:

                    • Willgaea

                      Personally I believe Graces F has the best battle system for single and co-op play, but Abyss had the best art system. The FOF was and still is awesome.

                    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                      I agree with you about FOF.

                      I loved that in Abyss.

                    • Bobby Jennings

                      Agreed 100%

    • Ladius

      While it’s indeed one of the most appreciated Tales games, it still is an old game and it isn’t representative of the current quality of this franchise in terms of presentation and battle mechanics. I strongly suggest you to give a chance to Graces f and the upcoming Xillia, they’re both great and you will have lots of time to complete them before Symphonia is out.

  • talesoffan

    Wow at cheering crowd in the announcement trailer. Pre-ordering this as soon as possible.

  • PrinceHeir

    also can we have dual audio now :D

    “We’ve definitely heard this feedback from a lot of our fans across the world,” Baba said. “I can’t promise anything at the moment, but we’re definitely looking at the option. I can’t say which title it might be in the future, but hopefully, eventually, we might have that option available in one of our titles.”

    please you can start now!!!!!

    • Yuri Meitzen

      this comment …. *–* dreaming it’ll come true… i would even pay for it as DLC like Soul Sacrifice if it’s possible(i know it’s wrong and the game should come with it since a lot of nippon ichi games does it, but at least they wouldn’t have the excuse of using the japanese dub would cost more)

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah even a paid DLC anything as long as there’s an option to get it!!!!

  • Warboss Aohd

    so iz Symphonia 1 da enhanced PS2 version?

    • Bobby Jennings

      Yes it is.

    • Pyrofrost

      I wouldn’t exactly call the PS2 version “enhanced” to be honest. Hopefully they take the time to fix its issues it had instead of just throwing the package together.

      • Ladius

        It has lots of improvements in terms of contents, and there’s no reason to believe the frame rate issue won’t be fixed. It has its issues, but it’s clearly an enhanced version, even more so in regards to this remaster.

        • Pyrofrost

          I was speaking in terms of technical issues, not in terms of in-game content provided. It is clearly superior in content provided; however, technically it’s not.

          Also, “remaster” does not equal “remake.”

          • Ladius

            I never made that equation, so I’m not sure why you would btring that up. Or are you suggesting a remaster doesn’t involve working on a game’s code and is simply an upres port with no modifications whatsoever?

            Because that can be the case some times, but it is all but a rule set in stone, and we already have the Square Enix remasters to show us how little improvements can be introduced in a remaster.

            The fact that they’re actually adding contents to Symphonia (preorder costumes, hi ougi cut-in, and probably something more they will announce to build up hype) means even this remaster won’t be a simple port and, again, there’s no reason to think they won’t fix the frame rate.

            • Pyrofrost

              I am suggesting the latter, and I know it’s not 100%.

              I’m not bashing this remaster, I’m actually very happy to be getting it. I am simply mentioning little improvements I would like to see that would make a huge difference.

              At least I’m not one of the people demanding JP voices or dual-audio here. I just want the game to be what it should be technically, ^_^

    • bloodiOS

      It has more contents and bug fixes but err, it has other technical issues (imagine porting an Xbox 360 game to the PS3.) The HD-remastering process will fix those issues though, so I wouldn’t worry.

  • whiteferrero

    I’m happy about what Baba and Namco Bandai have been doing for the series lately! Kudos!

    I’m also glad they didn’t have Baba cosplay. hahhaha. but damn that Cheria. rarrr

  • Haruya

    What I’m wondering right now is (counting on the fact that we’ll get a US/EU release): Are we still gonna have unvoiced skits for Symphonia 1? The US NGC version only had text and no voice during the skits, which was a total bummer, to be honest.

    Hopefully that delayed 2014 release date (seeing how Japan will get it this year) means they’ll look into this matter.

    • AdamBoy64

      Just looking at how much effort they’re putting into adding new content / remaking the game – I highly doubt they’ll have any new voice work for the game.

      Would be nice to be proven wrong, but I’m not counting on it.
      But I agree though – having voice-acted skits adds a lot to the game.

  • Krimson4eva

    Where is Tales of Hearts R and Tales of Innocences R??

  • http://www.facebook.com/micheal.scott.315 Micheal Scott

    Tales of Symphoina Pack Yhea!
    this game was my first Tales of game i ever play :D
    day one hands down XD

  • Gilgamesh2025

    So the rumors are true … hmm … good for those, who are going to get the game(s).

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

    Whenever a new Tales development like this comes about I noticed alot of backlash in terms of wishing for new features, or complaining about how it’s not a “rework” instead.

    I say count your blessings. We’re getting this in English already and this is a big step.

    • Pyrofrost

      It’s fair to say this will not be a reworking or have additional features. It’s a remaster, not a remake. However, this is the PS2 version and some technical issues with that game need to be resolved.
      People aren’t wrong for expecting at least that much. Just because they are bringing a game West doesn’t mean an inferior product is acceptable. It should be technically on par with the GC version at least.

      Even though I say this, I will be getting it day one :p

      • AdamBoy64

        Yes, you would hope that they would work out the issues the PS2 version had. But, like you, I won’t be expecting anything more than the extras the PS2 version had.

        I think I read somewhere that the PS2 version fixed the multiplayer camera? Like in the original GC version, the camera stayed focus on P1 rather than zooming out, and the other players couldn’t see anything.

        But I think in the PS2 version it zoomed out when a player left the screen so all players would be kept in the screen. I’m not sure if that was fixed or not.

        That’s the biggest one for me. Having working multiplayer would be so brilliant.

        • Pyrofrost

          I’m not really sure about that, because I only play single player. The most major issues with the PS2 version are the following:

          -increased load times
          -lower frame-rate
          -downgraded textures

          The first two issues are so bad it actually affects gameplay. Though not to the point of unplayability or anything.
          A simple “HD Remaster” won’t fix any of these things.

          • AdamBoy64

            Ah, thanks for the info man.

            Yes, hopefully they will fix those issues up. It seems to be more technical issues with a port than anything. If it’s a good port, it should be right.

            I’m confident they will. If they didn’t put in that effort, it’d be pretty poor. I’m expecting that, but not anything new in terms of content.

            (New cut-ins are great, but replacing images is pretty straightforward in terms of content)

            • Pyrofrost

              You’re welcome bro.

              That’s pretty much all it was, just a bad enhanced port. I’m hoping they will do things right though. However, whether they do or not, I’m a sucker for Tales and I will end up buying anyway. xD

              • AdamBoy64

                Ah, so they added features and fixed a few bugs – but the loading times and a few other technical issues held it back, if I’ve got that right.

                It would have been a tough port, as the GameCube is considerably more powerful than the PS2. But the other way you could look at it is – ToS wouldn’t exactly be maxxing out the capabilities of the GC either.

                I think the slow loading times (and frame rate) will be fixed by the port – that is, transferring to greater hardware, they should be able to get the loading times close to zero, really. (That, depends on the effort they put in – which I think is what you’re concerned about). But I think they’ll fix it up.

                It seems like they’re redoing all the textures as part of the remaster, so that should be okay.

                On another note, I’ll be interested to see what they do with DotNW. I guess they’ll probably base it off the European release (Skits gallery, image gallery and other additional items).

                • Pyrofrost

                  I missed DotNW on the Wii. So I don’t know much about it.
                  I pass on the escort titles; however, since it’s being included in this collection I will have it to play now.

                • Yuri Meitzen

                  just answering your question about the zooming camera on ps2… it wasn’t fixed in the ps2 version… but i’m pretty sure they’ll fix it since very tales of after TOS they did it… also i don’t think the ps2 version was a bad port… there was a lot of new things… like the hi-ougis for every character, some even got 2, i couldn’t play the GC version O_o… anyway a thing i’m hoping they will add… is more slots for arts D; since vesperia and xillia have 16 playing with only 6 will be hard to get used to X_X

    • Ladius

      I fully agree with you, the Tales fanbase is far too prone to negativity and whining for its own good. It was understandable some years ago, when we had no localization announcement and the series was dead in the west, but nowadays it strikes me as a really ungrateful, sometimes even unrealistic behavior considering Namco and Baba’s efforts to make the series relevant again outside Japan.

      Some days ago Namco announced they will upgrade every retail copy of Xillia in the US to a limited edition (which means losing money on every copy, since the extras have a cost). Every other fanbase would have been grateful, but since DLCs were mentioned only for this regular edition the CE buyers made such a ruckus some people started a boycott against the game (and, in the end, it’s fairly probable the whole DLC thing is just a misunderstanding, since Europe’s CE are getting them despite them not being shown in any ad or promotional picture).

      Now, Symphonia HD gets announced for Japan and the west the same day, and lots of people are already whining because they fear the PS2 version’s issues will transfer to the remaster (you can bet they would have whined if Namco had chosen the GC version, too, since that would have meant skipping on the PS2 exclusive features), others who won’t buy it if they can’t buy only ToS, others claim they will buy it only with dual audio, others still are bringing up Vesperia PS3, and so on. We can hope this is just a vocal minority, but it’s really depressing considering the series’ future may very well depend on Xillia and Symphonia’s sales.

      • Pyrofrost

        I’m almost sure that you are referring to me since you also addressed me below. DID YOU MISS THE PART WHEN I SAID I WILL GET IT DAY ONE? If you must now, I get both the imports and the localizations, just to tell you how much I love the series.

        However, should people not expect quality products now? Should we just be grateful that we are getting products from the glorious Nihon, regardless of the quality?

        If we would have gotten only the original Wii version of Tales of Graces, should I not complain at all? Should I bow down and except the broken mess because it’s from the glorious Nihon?

        I’m unrealistic and ungrateful for expecting reasonable fixes? Would I be ungrateful and unrealistic if I complained if the game was even further inferior than the PS2 version? (recalls ZoE HD collection)

        We aren’t talking about a company without flaw here. They made a “mothership title” that sucked to bad, it’s the reason that the term “escort title” exists today. Don’t forget that.

        • Ladius

          If I wanted to address you specifically I would have answered your posts, which I did below when I wanted to debate the “a remaster of ToS PS2 won’t improve on its flaws” part.

          Since I was answering another user and didn’t name you, I’m not sure why you felt the need to bring up personal agendas and write up a rant. My post was actually made thinking on the fanbase at large and of some of the most extreme reactions I have seen in the last week (you aren’t the only one who brought up the point about ToS PS2, if you are wondering, and I don’t know why you felt involved with the paragraph about the Xillia DLC flames).

          I would advise you to be less confrontational and quick to judge other people’s intentions, even more so considering I never said Namco never did anything wrong: in fact, my whole argument is based upon their improvements in the last two years, and they were able to improve exactly because they were mostly horrible toward their western fans in the 2008-2010 timeframe.

          • Pyrofrost

            My bad. However you made a whole post about Tales fans in general being critical. Then you addressed me personally below for being critical, so I thought I was part of the group you were referring to above.

            • Ladius

              I don’t know you, so I wouldn’t attack you personally for the flaws I perceived in other people seen around the web.

              Again, I feel the issue about the fanbase’s negativity goes far beyond single points of criticism (which can obviously be valid and worthy of being discussed), and when that kind of behavior completely ignores everything positive about the series or Namco and Baba’s many attempts to foster goodwill in the west I think fans should really question their fairness, or the consequences of their behavior on the series’ survival in the west.

              • Pyrofrost

                It’s no problem man, and my apologies on taking things the wrong way. I do understand what you mean about gamers and entitlement complexes, especially so-called “niche gamers” who do nothing but bitch about every menial thing in every game. Those people will be the death of JRPGs in North America.

                Over 90% of my game library is JRPGs, so believe me when I say that I take the good with the bad. I just know what NBGI is capable of quality wise. That’s why I mentioned that stuff from the PS2 version.

                So everything is all good? *passes a beer*

                • Ladius

                  There was nothing bad in the first place :)

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    Release Tales of Vesperia (PlayStation 3) outside of Japan for f*#k sake (hiccup)

  • Frank Doomrider Johansen

    People that have ANY complaints about this release do not deserve to play it imo. So what next, you gonna complain about the graphics if we are HEAVENLY LUCKY to someday get a HD collection of Destiny directors cut, destiny 2 and rebirth as well?? To that I say WTF!!!!! is wrong with you!?

  • Loveli

    I want this so bad it hurts and makes me want to cry… I have the original game in Gamecube, but I have no Gamecube, I played it on my Wii, one of the first ones that was still backwards compatible, some months ago my Wii broke and I almost cried, no more Gamecube games for me TT_TT, but this is the one that hurt me the most I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this game… Now I can buy this version for my PS3 and be happy once again!!! I may even be able to let go of sentimentalism and sell my copy to the only game store that sells old gems in my country… Maybe out there is another person desperately wanting to play this too and he/she so happens to be lucky and still have a Gamecube or maybe some collector may find it. I can’t play it anymore so there is little point in keeping it… I just love it too much to let it go, but if I get this version I may be able to. :D This made me so happy :’)