20th anniversary Tales game to be announced next week
posted on 12.03.13 at 10:25 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Eight days remaining until the Nico Nico live stream.

The teaser site for the next mothership entry in the Tales series has closed, and a countdown to the the series’ 20th anniversary title announcement has begun.

Next Thursday, December 12 at 19:00 Japan time, the title will be announced in a live broadcast on Japanese video site Nico Nico.

The Tales series first launched in Japan in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia for Super Famicom. Assuming the 20th anniversary title will release by the series’ 20th anniversary year, it should be safe to expect it by 2015.

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  • Jesse

    Well, that was silly to just reveal a countdown. Should have just had that from the start. =O

  • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

    I hope they can complete the whole game this time, unlike the issues with Xillia.

    • Pyrofrost

      What issues exactly? Both Xillia and Xillia 2 were complete games when I played them. I don’t recall seeing any ‘half-produced’ versions.

      • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

        Xillia 2 is considered to be the completed version of Xillia regarding the system and content. Namco admitted that Xillia was rushed to meet the anniversary FYI.

        • $83030187

          I’ve heard this as well. Based on what I’ve read from importers, Xillia 2 is supposed to be the superior game.

          Makes me wonder if this game will be rushed as well.

          • Pyrofrost

            I’ve mostly read importers and people in general bitching about Xillia 2 in comparison to the first tbh

            *though I personally consider both to be great games, having played and beaten them both*

            • $83030187

              As long as the protagonists aren’t as bad as Luke from Abyss, I’d consider it a step in the right direction, nevermind the other issues.

              • Pyrofrost

                WHAT?! I seriously thought me and one of my mates was the only people who hated Luke xD this is pretty funny :p

                It wasn’t big things they were bitching about though, it was all pretty petty. Reused zones, reused music, and an exponentially increased grind (if you plan to plat). The latter was the only thing that bothered me, as I loved the zones and music anyway.

                Besides, with a sequel taking place two years later, in the same exact world, you would expect to run into lots of familiar stuff. So yeah, any bitching about Xillia 1 or 2 was petty imo.

                • $83030187

                  At least he got better. It’s weird that I couldn’t stand him at all when he was in douchenozzle mode, but Neku from The World Ends With You didn’t bother me much when he was all like “I hate everything and everyone”.

                  • Pyrofrost

                    I think it’s because Luke reminds us all of a spoiled little bitch we know and would like to beat the shit out of; but we don’t, because we don’t want to serve time.

                    • Samsara09

                      well,his initial characterization is quite precise,if you are indeed aware his actual,biological age…and not the one his apperance suggests.I think banco kept up the charade for too long.But they broke him quite well.

                • Samsara09

                  Sequels usually reuse stuff.Well,if they didn’t,perhaps it wouldn’t be a sequel,perchance?Man,really think these guys who bitch about reused content should hear it..

              • Samsara09

                Well,Luke is one of the reasons I resist so much to replay the game…and one of the reasons I just can’t resist it.Ah,shucks.

              • MasterSensei

                Both Luke and Assbel (I spelt his name like that on purpose) were bad characters in my opinion. Although I liked Luke when he was a douche at least he was a different main character compared to the usual “Best friends forever!” main characters. Although I did still hate him with a fiery passion.

          • Anime10121

            Nah, this one had FAR more time to bake in the oven than Xillia! When Xillia had released, the series had basically become annualized and there wasnt much room to breath. It’ll have been 2 years if they release this next year and 3 years if they release it in the actual anniversary year of 2015. They’ve only done an HD remaster in the time between Xillia 2 and this game, and I’m sure that was far simpler than doing a full on mothership game, so yeah, I’m thinking this new title will have all the time it needs to bake :)

        • Gariya

          Yes. Baba admitted it in an interview that Xillia was rushed, and Gaius and Muzet(and if I remember it correctly, the Chimeriads too) were suppose to be playable at some point in the game.

          That’s why they put in the things that were cut out in ToX1 to ToX2.

          • Samsara09

            well,I did some reserch on this…it looked like they were gonna do a three path route for the last part.One where Gaius joined,one where Muzet joined…and the one where both didn’t…supposedly.
            I HATE when this happens,so I am actually happy they rushed it.I would rather have both them none.

        • Pyrofrost

          That may be the case, but Xillia didn’t feel like any less of a game though. At least to me they didn’t. They both felt and played like full games, whether the first was rushed or not. They both honestly have things in each that I prefer over their counterparts.

          • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

            I’d compare Xillia’s content to Graces’s without future arc. Still, I mean no malice in what I said, I’m glad Namco chose to do a magnificent sequel without barely compromising what made Tales series great. Anniversary means a deadline to meet, I only wish to have a completed version to be localized, unlike the Vesperia’s issue, which forced me to import to enjoy it.

            • Pyrofrost

              Oh your fine, it’s really no problem. I was just stating my feelings on the games personally. You’re cool to me :)

              I would agree with the amount of content though. It was refreshing to see this again though. It was honestly a reminder of how much I love Destiny 1 and 2; which I <3 very very much. OH LEON <3

              But the good news is that Xillia 2 is being localized as well ^_^

    • Samsara09

      well,when a company releases a game…it is complete.Everygame has dissed content.If they wanted,they could have revamped symphonia and it’s sequel for the PS3 pack…but,for simplicty’s sake…and on respect for the team of the game,they didn’t.

  • shogunknight

    Yosh, cant wait. Heres hoping it may be a PS3/Vita game, If possible, PS4 (but its unlikely for now)

  • $83030187

    I have only ever played Tales of the Abyss (and like 20 minutes of Vesperia), but I will always keep an eye on this series in case the next entry grabs my attention.

    I hope to see some good stuff.

    • shogunknight

      Try Graces F and Xilia, good games

      • Pyrofrost

        I would more suggest Xillia.
        The only thing that carries Graces is the battle system imo.

        • $83030187

          From the videos I have seen of Graces f, it all looked a little too bubbly for me.

          I love Nier, Drakengard and Dark Souls. I need my shit dark and full of angst.

          I do want to pick up Xillia though. That game just has a more appealing look to it, IMO.

          • Bobby Jennings

            That Battle system tho

          • Pyrofrost

            That battle system in Graces was truely amazing and fun as hell though, I would face-roll shit as Hubert all fucking day. The system with the Arles Pot was also boss.

            However, all around, Xillia was a far superior Tales entry, imo.

  • AdamBoy64

    8 days to go. Man.

    The anticipation is going to be fantastic.

  • Pyrofrost

    Man, super hyped. I’m so looking forward to adding another mothership title to my collection.

    • Bobby Jennings

      You and me both! Group pic? :D

      • Pyrofrost

        For sure! ~.o

  • bloodiOS
  • bloodiOS

    Might this be part of the logo of the upcoming Tales?

  • Gariya

    Late 2014 for PS3. You can count on it.

    Persona vs Tales face to face. Final Fantasy not invited.

    • $83030187

      X is supposed to come out around that time too.

      And some big western RPGs like The Witcher 3 and possibly Dragon Age Inquisition. Maybe even Fallout 4 if rumors are true.

      Holy fuck .____. Ain’t nobody got time for all that.

      • bloodiOS

        Time? I’d, personally, be worried about money first xD

      • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

        I’d hated to buy a whole console dedicated for one game. Though X is charming as hell. The Witcher 3 might force me to purchase a PS4, too.

        And with the whole RPG’s collection coming in 2014, I’m not sure if I have to compromise….

        • $83030187

          I’m just grateful Dark Souls II isn’t come out around that time as well, or I’d have a fit. I’m also crossing my fingers that Drakengard 3 hits in the summer in the west.

          I’ve told myself I’d wait a bit for a PS4, but the combo of The Witcher 3 and a possible Fallout 4 would force me to get one.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    PS4 & PS3 coming in Fall 2014.

    Now let me see people down vote this comment.

    • Gariya

      lol PS4.

  • Anime10121

    I knew it! Dont know why so many people disagreed with me when I said that the next title would be its 20th anniversary title, when all signs pointed to the next title being the 20th anniversary mothership title after Xillia 2. Just because Japan has recently had yearly Tales games doesnt mean it cant take a break somewhere and miss a year (or at least release in December 2014). But man I’m hyped as hell to see what comes of this! Wonder what type of game it’ll be, will it be geared towards Symphonia/Abyss/Vesperia styled presentation, or will it take the Graces/Xillia route? Only one more week!

    • Wolf Star

      Yeah when I mentioned Tales of “title” on PS4 everyone thumbed me down.. Idk why? But 20th anniversary is a big deal. They did this count down clock for a reason. This is it!! :)

  • Samsara09

    So…just as I was expecting.It really was the 20th.wonderful.Shit,8 days…oh well,patience is a virtue….maybe,each day they will give us a hint.

  • Samsara09

    oh!Well,xillia was expected for 2010 and was release hte last 1/3 of 2011…maybe namco will release this by end 2014/beginning of 2015,so as to put things back on track.take note on that book,and it’s symbol…it could be way important.

  • Zuhri69

    Okay, I am honestly excited about it.

  • LunarHaven

    Fan side of me: AHHHHHHH!!! *head explodes*
    Casual side of me: Oh… cool…… sounds nice *puts sunglasses on*

    …… and jumps into the ocean to cool down from overheating due to excitement……

  • Hatsuaki

    I literally cannot wait. I just hope it comes to PS3! Aaaah, Tales!!!!

  • perrandy

    still havent played xillia yet but more tales the better.i’d say

  • mesul6anme

    Y E S

  • Jesse

    It seems the site updated(only the Japanese text is there on the actual site; someone added the translation):
    https://31.media.tumblr.com/1f9ba09fef75a84bf6c844cbf73a1810/tumblr_mxah0yWsBk1rsj89go1_500.jpg

    • MrRobbyM

      The teasers make me think the next Tales game will feel like older Tales games. I am excited.

  • FlareKnight

    At least there’s a few days to get recharged. Atlus practically killed me with the trolling in their livestream.

    Hopefully this is more straight forward awesome announcing XD.

  • fireemblembeast

    This is much better than that countdown clock I had for NA release of xillia >_>;
    Anyways, so much hype! :D
    On one side I have no time to play games anymore but I also don’t like waiting forever. Hopefully this will be out next year.

  • MasterSensei

    Hopefully there’s no more forced relationships in this game. The gameplay is fun but when it comes to relationships it just halts to a screeching stop.