Tales of Symphonia Chronicles has dual audio
posted on 07.04.13 at 09:29 AM EDT by (@salromano)
English and Japanese voice overs confirmed.

Tales series producer Hideo Baba has confirmed dual audio for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles at Japan Expo in France.

That means there will be both English and Japanese voice overs.

The upcoming RPG set combines Tales of Symphonia and its sequel Dawn of the New World, both remastered in high-definition for PlayStation 3. It’s out this October in Japan, and early 2014 in the west.

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  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Oh, no! What has he (or they) done! He has just opened Pandora’s Box.

    The expectation for future titles to have dual audio is upon us. I fear for the sales figures for future Tales of titles.

    Any ways, I’m happy to hear the news, though.

  • Selcca

    Super stoked now.

  • Rafael Martines

    Ok… I’ll buy it :D thanks Hideo Baba o

    but if it is the surprise I’m sad at same time, I expected he would announce dual audio on Xillia as DLC or something but well..

    • Alos88

      I’ve heard there may be a second announcement on the 6th.

  • whiteferrero

    This just shows Hideo Baba listens to the fans!
    He’s a great video game maker and marketer! Cheers to you!

    • OverlordZetta

      My Vita begs to disagree.

      • wayt0dawn

        lets face it, from a business standpoint,why would they even develop a game for a console thats not selling well.Its not profitable.(for the west atleast)

  • Jesse

    Hope that wasn’t the only surprise he had in mind, otherwise, that’s kind of “eh”, since I could care less about dual audio, though I guess it’s nice for those who do care…or threaten not to buy a game that doesn’t have it.

    • Impressionnant

      You mean you couldn’t care less.

    • Anime10121

      He said there will be a second surprise on the sixth.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Baba-san said 4th and 6th, so it’s possible there’s more to come.

      And even if not, I’m perfectly happy with this. =)

    • CeroSuerte

      Although i care about dual audio very much, i still agree with the “eh” part, i mean there is vespeia that we are never gonna get, xillia thats already with the english dub ☹ & even xillia 2 that we dont know if we arw gonna get..

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  • Carabutifarra

    Fuck Yeah, but I will buy the JP version.

    • Anime10121

      Why? They are giving you everything you people asked for and you STILL wont support the western release? It’s almost like some of you don’t even want the games to be localized. :(

      • Carabutifarra

        Because I have all Tales of from Japan and I prefer to play with Japanese sub

        • Budgiecat

          But it’s DUAL AUDIO you idiot

          • Carabutifarra

            And what?

          • LordKaiser

            Unless he means with Japanese Subtitles IDK.

            • Carabutifarra


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        • LordKaiser

          So are you Japanese?

          • Carabutifarra

            I’m not japanese.

    • Nitraion

      Man hideo baba’s move already useless….
      That was fast….

  • kenshee

    So, as someone who’s never played either of the symphonia games but will happily get this version, are the Japanese dubs that much better, or should I just stick to English? (with how much the Tales VA seem to be idolized at fan events, I’m guessing they’re good? :p)

    Note: I don’t fully understand Japanese, but it’s not strange sounding anymore either. Can’t help but start to understand parts of it after thousands of hours of subbed anime after all, lol.

    • CeroSuerte

      Yes it is much much better, once you buy it you can compare, the english dub almost always sucks!! Its awafull, the actors are beyond bad and dialogue are soooooooooooooo childish & corny, check out any of the previous tales and compare it on youtube or wherever.. The last tales: Graces F i played it on mute most of the time!!

      • kenshee

        Ah but here’s the thing, I’m not a native English speaker either. English dubs don’t sound nearly as stupid to me as they do to many others ‘^^

        Which is why, when I just compare the first 5 minutes I can’t really tell. (so I’m looking for as many people’s input as possible ^^)

        If this would mean the actual script will be altered to be a translation instead of a localization (which would mean the English sub would deviate from what they’re saying, I understand enough to have that bother me sometimes) then I’d choose Japanese without really thinking about it…

        • Anime10121

          I liked em, ESPECIALLY Kratos, his English VA was spot on! The english VA in most Tales games is fine, there are a couple bad standouts (ToE/ToDII psone) but for the most part, the English Voice acting’s fine. Even Graces VA was fine, the dialogue itself is what really killed that game.

          Some people just prefer Japanese audio and English subtitles and are EXTREMELY vocal about it. I am glad we have Dual Audio for that particular side of the fanbase, but I will gladly play my copy in English, a language that I fully understand.

    • Rebellion14

      Well, I personally preferred the english version of TOS than Japanese. Scott Menville made Lloyd for me, he was phenomenal as was the rest of the cast. I felt the Japanese version wasn’t as good.

      Though that’s just my opinion, you should see some videos from YouTube and see which one you prefer.

    • Carabutifarra

      The original voices of evey Tales of are fucking awesome, in every Tales of you will listen Top Tier AAA+ Seiyuus, the voice acting is like 10000000 times better, all sound more epic… etc, like the most of JP voice acting.

      • CeroSuerte

        Exactly, wither its during the fighting, the story or even the jokes it all sounds better.

    • Elvick

      I loved the original Symphonia’s dub. I hate, HATE, the dub of Dawn of the New World though. Emil is so annoying, and the changes in voice actors were something I couldn’t get used to for the returning cast of Symphonia.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Hope they can get Scott Menville to reprise his rol for the original “Tales of Symphonia”.Aling with Crispin Freeman, Jennifer Hale(Sheena,Naomi from MGS1&4)

    • KingNigma

      They’re not recording anything new are they?

  • OverlordZetta

    If this is all he’s got for us, then, well…

  • PrinceHeir


    though i was also expecting Xillia will have one instead.

    well maybe future DLC?

    i wonder if Xillia 2 will also be dual audio?

    gonna pre order now Baba san!!!!!

    thank you sooo much!!!!

  • Elvick

    Nice, but not really something I’m overly excited for. And I like having the option. Here’s hoping the next announcement on the 6th is another game we’ve been waiting on…

    I wish they’d retroactively release Japanese audio as DLC for Tales of Graces ƒ and if they’d do the same for Xillia. DLC is better than not at all, IMO.

    God I hope the next announcement isn’t dual audio for Xillia. D: I mean, it’d be nice… but lack luster.

    • Guest

      DLC is unneeded with this game and even less audio separated as DLC.

      • Elvick

        That doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m saying.

    • LordKaiser

      Sorry about the other message. I’m too sleepy from fighting Super Falz in PS02 JP yesterday. Ok about Graces f DLC IDK about the audio as we don’t even have the Code Geass costumes yet..

      AND I want Xillia’s double audio announcement won’t be lackluster just for saying that I’ll down-vote you.

      • Elvick

        I said it’d be nice to have dual audio for Xillia. But like this news, would be lackluster. So you thumbed me down why? Oh right. No reason.

        People like you are why thumb ratings have literally no meaning what so ever.

        Never mind how ridiculous you sound. Arguing away my desire for Graces ƒ to see Japanese audio in DLC, but then thumbing me down for your delusion of me saying Xillia having Dual Audio is somehow a bad thing. Two things which do not fit together. They are directly opposed. (and one of them is in your imagination)

        • LordKaiser

          I disagree that it will be lackluster news and I doubt it will be the only news if that’s the case.

          About Graces f I’m still waiting for my Code Geass costumes. At least the English cast is quite good and double audio is not that needed unless someone really hates Hubert voice.

        • Pekola

          Don’t bother looking for downvote reasons. As Mr.Kaiser just demonstrated…they’re given out because of petty reasons.

          At the very least, they had the courage to actually say it.

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

    Yay, I guess? Onwards with the announcement on the sixth then.

  • fireemblembeast

    …..what? WHAT? WHAT?!!!! WHAAAAATTT?!!!! OMG I’M GONNA CRY THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!! T_T NOW I DON’T NEED TO BUY TWO COPIES AND OMG OMG I NEVER THOUGHT THE DAY WOULD COME SO SOON!!!!! Now I get to hear Nana Mizuki as Colette and maybe this means TOX2 will also have dual audio and omg I’m so happy right now…
    I think I just died and went to heaven…Oh man, this is unbelievable. They finally did it, finally! I might just buy two copies to support it! I love you, Baba-san. <3 THANK YOU!! I love you all; here, I'll give everyone a hug!

  • Budgiecat

    If they’re willing to go this far…still trying to figure out why Tales of Vesperia PS3 version is still not localized..

    • Nitraion

      Hmm many theories behind that….
      my favorite is M$ Conspiracy money lol
      That aside for me is maybe NA Xbox version not doing so well?

    • Elvick

      Because Namco + Tales = Disaster

    • bloodiOS

      Bamco: “That ship has sailed!”

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    While dual audio is a nice addition, I sorta hope the next announcement is something bigger. I was going to buy Tales of Symphonia Chronicles either way.

    • Nitraion

      Waiting next announcement…. when? soon?

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero
        • Nitraion

          hmm this news is already rumored before right?
          honestly i’m not surprised so maybe next announcement is really “New” because there is no follow up rumors beside this unless they just simply announce release date for symphonia HD

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            It might be something simple like that. Best to keep expectations low imo. That way, if Baba-san does announce something awesome, it’s even more of a pleasant surprise. =)

            • Archvile

              I wonder if it will be related to the extra contents

  • MrRobbyM

    That’s good for people that love the Japanese voices. I myself love the English voice acting so I’ll stick with that. Hope to see this feature in future Tales games!

    • Archvile

      Can’t get tired of that Cam Clarke!

  • MrKappa

    Please don’t tell me this was our big Tales announcement… :

  • Eclipse

    You’re the man, Baba-san!

    This is a great step for the series, and I’ll continue to give my support.

  • Yggdr5

    I can’t believe how much better the comment section of gematsu is than siliconera’s. Here most people are happy, there most people are complaining about what people might be complaining about next, now that dual-audio is finally happening.

    I’m for one am just happy – and not complaining :)

    • Dave Huhm

      This site is a hell of a lot better than siliconera! Better writers, nicer mods and community. This site covers all the best, quality gaming news and isn’t watered down by being filled with the crap no one cares about either.

      Also, dual audio – awesome! Having heard from otherpublishers complaining about how difficult it is to secure the rights to bring the Japanese voice over work to the west it’s great to see Namco Bandai go all out, it looks lie after years of disappointments about certain localizations not happening they’re finally making up for it this year and next. Now let’s hope Xillia does well and they bring Xillia 2 over!

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Thanks for the compliment. =)

  • Barrit

    So awesome! I was going to wait to buy this, but I’m definitely going to pre-order in hopes that this becomes a normal practice.

  • BlinkWinkel

    Finally! It’s about time we can finally enjoy a Tales game without having to look for undubs! I guess this will be my first Tales game I will buy!

    • Dat Walrus

      You don’t HAVE to look for undubs and pirate the game :/

      • BlinkWinkel

        Those of us who want to enjoy the original voices shouldn’t be forced to listen to a dub we don’t want. I won’t have to look for an undub this time to enjoy the game since Namco finally did their job properly.

        • Dat Walrus

          Boohoo, mute the voices then or import it. There’s no justifying piracy.

  • James Howard

    Wow i was thinking of getting an 360 back when this came out the first time…now I don’t and it’s just like Ni No Kuni great game in either language, I can skip the vespira import as well :)