Tales of Zestiria confirmed for worldwide release
posted on 12.12.13 at 11:09 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Discover the “zest” of adventure in 20th anniversary title.

Following it Japanese announcement this morning, Namco Bandai announced it will launch Tales of Zestiria, the 20th anniversary entry in the Tales series, worldwide for PlayStation 3, including North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.

The game offers a “grand storyline” that will let players discover the “zest” of adventure with new characters, “magical lands,” and “action-packed” gameplay. It returns to the series’ roots of a fantasy setting, and features character designs from Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Ufotable will also return to create the game’s opening animation.

“2015 marks the 20th anniversary for the Tales of franchise in Japan and I would like to thank all the fans who have supported us for the past two decades from the bottom of my heart,” said Tales of chief producer Makoto Yoshizumi. “In recent years we have received anticipation for the series not only from Japan, but from overseas fans as well. Because of this I feel that the Tales of series has more potential than ever before. For this reason we are taking this opportunity to announce Tales of Zestiria as a worldwide release. This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world ‘this is Tales of!’”

Tales series producer Hideo Baba added, “Over the past few years the Tales of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe. To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales of series together with Japanese and overseas fans.”

A release date for Tales of Zestiria was not announced. But in the meantime, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is coming in February, and Tales of Xillia 2 in 2014.

For more information and a trailer, see our earlier report.

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  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Apologies for the raw release. This post will be updated as soon as I get home.

  • Astrid Huang

    OMG I’M SO HAPPY!!
    I’m hoping for silmultaneous release though!

  • Alkhan

    “I feel that the TALES OF series has more potential than ever before”

    So then give us Tales Of Hearts and Tales Of Innocence R. If the series has so much potential now, I don’t see what the risk would be with so much “potential” the series has now.

    • Anime10121

      Potential doesn’t mean they want to throw away money… I want Innocence and Heart as much as anybody, but even I know they’d be losing out by localizing those games. The series just isn’t big enough in the west to warrant the risk of such a small user base of a series that barely sales more than a couple 100k on a system with a MUCH larger install base.

      I know its sad, but the truth is usually harsh :(

      • Elvick

        I think that you’re way off base.

        Tales and Persona are similar in popularity. Persona 4: Golden sold very well on PS Vita, and we already had P4 at one point.

        Where as we’ve never had Hearts or Innocence. Plus, there are absolutely no JRPGs on the PS Vita like Tales and people are dying for more quality JRPGs.

        I believe word of mouth would bring in good sales for the games on Vita. There’s literally no competition, even though I enjoy niche content like Sorcery Saga and the like, I would drop them all for Tales. As I’m sure everyone would if they had to make that call.

        While I don’t believe it’d sell Uncharted numberes, I think they’d sell well. Especially Hearts R after Innocence R establishes the foundation of Tales on Vita.

        • Guest

          On the handheld side, Tales Of Innocence/Hearts R are never going to match up to Persona 4 Golden’s popularity. It’s the sad truth. Both titles were given to external sources to develop with their fair share of problems, while Persona 4 Golden was the complete package developed for the Vita by Atlus themselves.

          • Bobby Jennings

            Truth here.

            • Budgiecat

              Explain Falcom & NIS then

              • Rogerrmark

                They have balls.Namco doesn’t :P

                Still happy we are getting some games,though. Even if not all of them.

          • Budgiecat

            Legend of Heroes SC & Y’s say hi

            • Pyrofrost

              SC is XSeed’s way of coming through on a promise to their fans. The fact that it has taken so long was more due to priority than to script size (though that was a contributing factor). And the reason it wasn’t a priority is due to FC’s piss poor sales. IIRC XSeed confirmed FC’s week one sales to be about 15k. That is absolutely horrid.

              Ys on the other hand, has been very profitable for XSeed. Which is why you’re seeing so much of it.

        • Anime10121

          Persona shipped 700k WW, however, how much of those sales come from the west is anybody’s guess.

          Also to more legitimate thing is the fact that P4 Golden was a port of an already previously released game with added dialogue. Hearts/innocence would require full on translations and the marketing budget of a full on entry in the series, whereas Persona 4 wouldn’t require as much for marketing considering the game had already been released.

          • Elvick

            And P4 on PS2 needed that. Atlus was on the ball. Namco wasn’t. What’s your point? So you’re saying, we’ll get Vesperia PS3 then?

            and lolmarketingbudget

          • Pyrofrost

            Persona 4 Golden received far more marketing than the original P4. received an updated translation, and was re-voice acted. They even made the stellar “Solid Gold Edition” which included the P4 HORI accessory kit (only released in Japan); and made a limited 10k of them.

            Before the anime, P4A, and P4G; Persona 4’s promotion was purely word of mouth outside of Japan. At least, that was the case in NA. I can’t imagine the situation being any better in European regions, with how Atlus handles releases there.

            When it comes to Innocence/Hearts R, NB just doesn’t feel that it’s in their best interests to make that jump with Vita releases of Tales in the West. Considering the amount of western Vita owners, I don’t exactly blame them. Companies don’t want to bring games out or localize them because people aren’t buying Vitas. People aren’t buying Vitas because there are not games to entice their tastes. Good thing I’m an importer :3

            • Anime10121

              Oh did it? I’m kinda a new fan to the Persona series, so I was just going off of the usual assumption that ports (even if they have expanded features) tend to have smaller marketing budgets…

              On Innocence/ Hearts, I agree wholeheartedly

              • Pyrofrost

                It’s no problem matey. The realization of not knowing is where learning begins ^_^
                Kudos for getting into Persona as well. It’s an excellent series.

                The amount of marketing really just varies from game to game. Some ports receive expansive marketing (ike P4G and KH 1.5); while others see ninja releases (like Atelier and Disgaea).
                Companies pay analysts boat-loads of money to figure out which games justify gargantuan marketing expenses and which justify nothing (well, everyone except SEGA).

                The only reason I know about P4 is because the original came out during a time I worked in VG retail. During my time in retail, I not only got to see the promoting I always see on the internet, I also had the opportunity to see retail promotion and daily customer to sales associate interaction.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        I feel the same way, it’s probably for the best unless they decide to remake them yet again.

      • Budgiecat

        What risk…they threw Tales of Hearts R onto iOS for cryin out loud.
        Plus look how well Persona4Golden did for Atlus…
        And why would they be afraid, if NIS and Falcom localize their games which are even more niche?

        • Ladius

          In one of his many interviews, Baba explained how the Tales team only has a small number of programmers that can be devoted to text insertion and other localization duties (those tasks aren’t handled by the translators, and this is the reason Vanillaware ended up cancelling GKS’ western release even if XSEED had already finished the English script). Considering how many PS3 localizations they’re working on, it makes sense they consider the Vita releases a lower priority, and believe me when I say I would be the first to rejoice if they announced the R games in the west.

          Also, Tales games have tons of dialogues and voiced texts compared to most jrpg series, they’ve some of the biggest scripts in the genre alongside the Legend of Heroes games (which are probably the biggest) and Ar Tonelico series. This makes them a bigger localization effort than lots of smaller, less dialogue heavy jrpgs you see translated by small publishers like Aksys or XSEED.

        • Anime10121

          Yeah they threw Hearts on iOS in JAPAN. Releasing it in the west on any platform would require actually localizing the title.

          Falcom doesnt actually localize their games, XSEED does, its completely different in that regard as Falcom isn’t taking the risk…XSEED is.

          And on NIS, their games cater to a very small (and very loyal) niche, and they arent really that expensive to make anyway considering their usual graphical quality. Their fans usually scoop up almost anything they put out, and arent as “fickle” as Tales of fans who beg for years for games but refuse to buy them because of silly things like lack of dual audio.

          Persona 4 did well, but there’s still no indication of how many of Goldens sales are from western users. I’m guessing a vast majority of its 700k sales are from Japan, I mean hell Dragon’s Crown outsold Persona 4 in the west and it sold the same amount of copies…

          (note, I didnt down vote ya)

    • Pyrofrost

      In my opinion, the best possibility of a localization of those would be a PSN release, with a text only translation and JP audio. However, I don’t even see that happening.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      We will never get those unfortunately, no matter how bad we may want them.

  • bldudas

    So, I guess this means no long wait for a localization?

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Wow. That was fast. Lol yay!

  • Anime10121

    Now this is the type of ish I like to hear :)

  • Tetsu

    What a great day for Tales fans :D

  • Budgiecat

    Obviously this game is coming out 2015

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Yes, yes it is. At least in Japan.

    • EX+

      Which is kinda long. Just in time for the Persona 5 localization though.
      I’m not sure though. I can see this game being released in Summer 2014 for Japan. That’s just me though.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Yo, Australia.

    Trying to get confirmation for you. Can’t find your country in any of the press releases.

    • AdamBoy64

      Thanks for your efforts Sal.
      If need be, I’ll import it from another region.

      But I always like to support local business when I can.

    • articuzwolf

      as long as it was confirmed for Europe release, you don’t need to worry about Australia…they will get it as well

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Good to hear! :)

  • Arcana Gear

    =D so glad to hear it! even though tales of now are getting localized i was kinda wary cause that it is a very late game and i could see namco saying that they wouldn’t localize cause of it…. hype train launched!

    • Anime10121

      Late game is the best time to release product! Larger install base + development experience with the console = better games all around. :)

      • Arcana Gear

        yes, but tell that for the psp devs… anyway so happy! :D

        • Anime10121

          But PSP was plagued by piracy that anyone could see effected its sales.

          Ps2 got Kh 2, FFXII, God of War 2 and many other games after the start of last gen.

  • ayb_91

    Wow. Thanks again Namco Bandai for allowing us to play such great games. <3

  • Elvick

    Sucks we still can’t get the Vita titles. *sigh* Importing them next year though.

    Really want to see more of this, anyone know when we might see more? Glad it’s confirmed quickly, it’s better than waiting to know.

    • Arcana Gear

      jump festa, or famitsu.

  • $83030187

    More JRPG developers need to act like this.

    Looking at you, Square Enix.

    • 罪罰

      http://twvideo01.ubm-us.net/o1/vault/gdc07/slides/S4672i1.pdf
      Square likes to take their localization really serious, as of now they like to redo the lip synch of all their FF games to suit English.

      • Astrid Huang

        They sort of abandoning the localization for Type 0 though, which makes a lot of FF fans disappointed.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Not like Namco Bandai is the shining beacon of localization either.

          • Budgiecat

            At least they’re starting to listen now. Cmon, who saw Saint Seiya and JoJo localization coming?

            • Lelouch Vi Britannia

              I didnt, but still hoped and they answered my prayers

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I was saying the exact same thing not even 5 minutes ago.

  • Raiyu

    I’m honestly quite surprised. Worldwide release? Good on you Namco.

    I mean I know Baba said he wants shorten the localization time between releases but I didn’t think it would be so soon.

    • Budgiecat

      Tales of Vesperia came out the same month in both regions

      • AdamBoy64

        And then everyone in European regions had to wait 10 months, because it’s fun to delay games for no reason.

        I went and imported an NTSC X360 though.

  • fyi1191

    Time to get some loan.

  • Pyrofrost

    Damn, I’m impressed, that turn-around is really quick.
    I wonder if that means a possible international release!

    • MrRobbyM

      Eh, I sure hope so but I wouldn’t expect it. Baba has said before that the staff working on the Tales games isn’t the largest so I’d expect it a lot closer to the Japanese release this time around instead of a year or so. So, maybe as close as 1 month or two?

      Either way, I’m excited :)

      • Pyrofrost

        Yeah, I was more or less just mentioning the possibility. It could potentially happen, but I’m not counting on it.

        I’m quite excited for this as well though. I’ve been starving for a new mothership Tales experience since Xillia 2!

      • Budgiecat

        They did it with Vesperia…

        • MrRobbyM

          Yeah. JUST Vesperia.

          • Pyrofrost

            Indeed, but that one is evidence for future possibilities ^_^

            • MrRobbyM

              I guess that’s possible. Sure hope that’s the case.

  • Anime10121

    Before people get too excited and read into this the wrong way, WW release does not mean a simultaneous WW release. They’re basically just confirming the game will come to the west and that we won’t have to play the waiting, guessing, and hoping game that it’ll release in the west.

    • Arcana Gear

      yeah pretty much this :P

    • Pyrofrost

      That’s why I mentioned “possibly” when I made my post below.

      I would hope for it, and it is entirely possible; but I’m not counting on it.

      • Anime10121

        I wasn’t directing that at you, but some people seem a little too hopeful.

        • Pyrofrost

          Oh, I know, I was more or less echoing your statement and providing my thoughts.

    • MrKappa

      Based on how the past games went Japan will get this next year and the west will get it in late 2015.

      • Pyrofrost

        They can get on the ball when they want to though. We got the 360 version of Vesperia in less than a month after the JP release.

        • Lelouch Vi Britannia

          True that

        • Bobby Jennings

          Yeah but sadly Namco went into crazy debt after that due to the horrible sales

          • Pyrofrost

            I’d say that was largely due to the console of choice, rather than any other reason.

            • Bobby Jennings

              Especially that.

              • Pyrofrost

                If anything, I’d say the 360 was a great teacher to JRPG devs though. Every last one of them got burned on that console except for SE.

      • Anime10121

        More than likely, either that, or Japn’ll get it early 2015 while the west will get it in the fall.

  • bloodiOS

    So, when is the game going to be released in Japan?

    • Pyrofrost

      That’s still unconfirmed. Given the timing of the debut announcement though, my best guess would be sometime around August.

      • MrRobbyM

        If it does release in August, that would mean we could get it sometime between then and November. I don’t think they’d release it here during the holidays so maybe really early 2015. Jan-March?

        • Pyrofrost

          That was just a guess, but it all depends on how fast they decide to get on the localized release. It could be international, or we could even see it in an ‘international window’ like Vesperia on 360.
          Then again, he could have just told us this to let us know the West is getting it, and we will have the usual year to near 2 year turn-around.

          It is entirely possible that we could see 3 PS3 Tales titles released in the West for 2014; and I would have no problem with that :p

          • MrRobbyM

            That would be phenomenal.

            • Pyrofrost

              I couldn’t agree more.

  • Astrid Huang

    Hideo Baba is a great person. He always stay true to what a Tales game is about.. And he always listen to all the feedbacks from fans.

    He quickly became one of the people I respect the most.

    Thank you Hideo Baba and Namco Bandai!

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      Square-Enix its time to take notes and take from the example “Hideo Baba” is doing. Listen to fan feedback and stop getting your head up your arse. Then Square can be good again.

      Regardless though still im excited for TOX2, FFXV, KH3, and Tales of Zestiria(TOZ)

      • Bobby Jennings

        This isn’t about square though?

  • Audie Bakerson

    Just to spoil everyone’s mood, I’m going to remind them that “we planned an international release of the 360 version from the start” was the reason we never got ToV PS3 in the west. It didn’t make any sense, but that was their reason.

    • Ladius

      This has nothing to do with Zestiria, though, not to mention Namco has completely changed its policies regarding western Tales releases in the last years. Negativity based on years-old mistakes makes little sense considering the way they’ve handled Graces f, Xillia, Xillia 2, Symphonia Chronicles and this new mothership game.

  • MrRobbyM

    I haven’t been this excited for a Tales game in a while. ToX and ToX2 are doing nothing for me but this, this looks great. I’m most excited for the return of the Fantasy setting and more focus on exploration.

    • KingdomPersona

      I hope that you don’t think ToX and ToX2 are bad games just that it’s wasn’t your cup of tea but I’m with you I’m excited for this to. :)

      • MrRobbyM

        Yeah. I don’t think they’re bad. I just don’t personally like them.

        • KingdomPersona

          Understand to each they own but I’m glad you are hype for this tales game. :)

        • Ladius

          If you like the series I think you should give them a chance, Xillia has lots of unexpected twists that may make you change your mind about the setting and characters, and Xillia 2 being the first steampunk Tales (well, Innocence did try something similar) is awesome enough.

    • $83030187

      This is exactly how I feel. I have no interest in any of the other games on PS3, but this one looks great.

      • Ladius

        If I remember correctly you were looking for darker, more mature Tales storylines, and Xillia provided exactly what you were asking for considering the way its main story and character arcs were handled. It still has a lot of funny bits, especially in the skits, but some scenes hit me exactly because I wouldn’t have expected them in a Tales game.

        Xillia 2 is apparently the darker Tales ever released in terms of themes, going even further than the first game, and its steampunk setting is a nice twist to the usual shounen fantasy aesthetic of this series.

        • $83030187

          Nothing about Xillia seems dark or mature to me.

          Zestiria, while clearly not a dark game based on it’s artstyle, looks to be embracing old-school fantasy.

          Dragons, swords, magic and epic landscapes. I’m all about that.

          • Ladius

            They’re definitely darker compared to previous Tales games, both because of their themes and the way they’re conveyed. Saying more would be going into spoiler territory, but it’s a shame you aren’t willing to give them a chance since you would probably end up liking them if you wanted something different from this series.

            I don’t know if you were put off by the game’s art direction or by the presence of a little girl in the playable party, but that character has a fairly surprising story arc and the setting itself has some nice twists in store (you may have already saw something if you noticed the changes between the first Xillia and its sequel).

            • $83030187

              Well, not everyone is going to be interested in everything.

              I’m not much for JRPGs anyway. While I am interested in Zestiria, there is always a chance other things could come along where I have to either put it off or not pick it up all.

              Drakengard 3, Bravely Default and Dark Souls II are the only upcoming JRPGs I’m 100% on board with at this point.

            • MrRobbyM

              For me, well, I’m always up for Tales. I love the series. Everytime a Tales game was announced, I always got super excited. But the more I saw of Xillia, the less excited I got. Even more so for Xillia 2. They just..do nothing for me. I wanted a dark Tales game, sure, but I don’t like how Xillia/2 looked or felt. Yes, I have haven’t played much of Xillia and none of the sequel, but nothing about the trailers or gameplay videos interest me other than a few character designs. I love Tales games for the charming essence and visuals the series is known for but that really didn’t transfer well in the Xillia games imo.

              • Ladius

                Not liking the games because of their art direction is one thing (though Xillia has some wonderful locations, especially regarding cities), but their atmosphere and the quality of their narrative and setting is a completely different matter.

            • Pyrofrost

              I honestly found Rebirth and Vesperia to be the darker and more mature.

              Though I also like Xillia 1 and 2 as well.

              • MrRobbyM

                Vesperia was a nice balance between dark and usual Tales fare. Pretty much why it’s one of my favorites.

              • Ladius

                While I loved Vesperia, I think it’s really overrated in that regard.

                Vesperia could have done a lot with Yuri’s attempt to uphold justice regardless of law, but the game ultimately never brought that conflict to the final stage, and he became a traditional hero by the end of the game without resolving his conflicts or facing any serious opposition from other party members (even Flynn basically let him do what he wanted despite their underlying opposition, and that’s apparently even more marked in the PS3 port since he helps you throughout the game and finally joins your party). Being a badass without having to bear your responsabilities is far too easy.

                Xillia, on the other hand, has far better writing and puts characters like Alvin, Rowen and Milla in grey area situations where they stand their ground to defend their ideals while still having to bear the burden of mistakes and contradictions, and in Alvin’s case this is brought to a whole new level compared to everything the series showed so far (especially if you followed the Xian Du side events).

                • Pyrofrost

                  ****My apologies for such a long post

                  Well I wasn’t making a judgement call on better writing; I was simply saying I found the overall story and tone of Rebirth and Vesperia to be darker and more mature.

                  While I will agree the pacing of the writing in Xillia is better. I don’t necessarily feel the story itself is any better than either of those two.

                  What you were mentioning with Yuri though, is something that EVERY Tales game does in its own way. In my opinion, it is really the only major flaw in the series, and they just can’t seem to let it go.
                  That is, one or more of the characters is following this epic and relatable plot device. Suddenly this end of the world event takes precedence and earlier plot devices are forgotten. I’m not bashing the series or any game in any way, so please don’t read too much into this. I’m just sharing my experience

                  While I still enjoy the journey in every game from beginning to end. There are always things that I wish were expounded upon. No Tales game is exempt from this.

                  If you liked the plot devices used with Millia, Alvin, and Rowan; then I think you would absolutely adore Tales of Rebirth. If you have a PSP lying around, I would highly suggest importing it and finding a text translation of the script online to follow along. Rebirth on PSP can be found pretty cheap now days.

                  If anyone was to ask me about which Tales game is overrated though, I would say a toss-up between Symphonia and Abyss. I love all the games, but I didn’t find those two to be as good as the masses believe them to be in comparison to the others.

  • DarthBrian

    Huzzah!!

  • kirby755

    This keeps getting better and better, Our voices are heard and appreciated.

  • MasterSensei

    “Over the past few years the Tales of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe,” does that mean that we will finally get Tales of Hearts R and Tales of Innocence on the Vita? I guess not…

    • Ladius

      As much as I would like to see those games localized, I think there’s plenty to be happy with the way they’re treating the series.

      Fast western announcements, good marketing, limited editions, European localizations and dual audio (at least for ToSC) are a far cry from the years before Graces, when people thought the series was done for in the west.

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

    Will i got some time to kill till 2015
    2014 is for me the year of RPG

  • $61526767

    .. 2014 will keep me busy. I can wait for this game. But damn, its awesome to be a Tales fan!

  • DarthNemesis

    Is the world map returning?

    • AdamBoy64

      I don’t know much about Xillia and Xillia 2 yet, which is good.
      But did Xillia not have a World Map? I heard Graces didn’t.

      • DarthNemesis

        No it has none and it ruined the game for me. No vehicles or exploration just linear pathways backtracking like FF.

        • AdamBoy64

          Ok, so neither Graces or Xillia had world maps?
          Hmm.. yeah, I understand what you mean.

        • Ladius

          Again, there’s a really noticeable difference between FF13 and what Graces and Xillia did. Mixing them up just because they lack a traditional world map makes little sense considering how different they are in lots of other regards.

      • Ladius

        Graces has a network of roads and fields that link cities and dungeons like in the Legend of Heroes games, it isn’t a traditional world map but it’s far less linear than FF10 and can’t even be compared with FF13. Xillia has the same setup, but has larger areas than Graces and more detours.

  • MrFinalgamer

    i can’t believe this’ll be the first tales game we don’t have to spam Namco about localizing!

    • Ladius

      Tales of Symphonia Chronicles was announced for the west one or two hours after the Japanese reveal, too :)

  • fireemblembeast

    And all the Tales of fans lived happily ever after

    • DarthNemesis

      Only if they go back to Tales of the Abyss

      • AdamBoy64

        Well, they’ve moved on to new games. But the good thing is you can always go and play it again.

        • DarthNemesis

          I meant the game design bringing back the world map and vehicles. They should have not went the FF route with linear design. Forgot I have to be clearer.

          • British_Otaku

            Being vague doesn’t help your case, it sounds more like you wanted a sequel or the characters than similar game design.

          • Ladius

            They never went the FF route, while Graces and Xillia don’t have a traditional world map they have nothing in common with FF13’s corridors and lack of cities and detours. Graces had roads that linked every major location and let you travel freely in a rather big world, while Xillia has larger fields with optional dungeons, loot and some interactive elements.

            If you meant linear narrative, then previous Tales games were exactly the same since they just required you to follow the story by moving from one location to the other in the overworld instead of having you travel directly through the fields.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      And remembered that we will never get the R games for Vita.

      • MrRobbyM

        Someone likes being a negative Nancy.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Not at all.

          • MrRobbyM

            Judging by the entire comments section for this article, I’d say otherwise.

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              If you say so.

  • AdamBoy64

    What a day.
    This is fantastic news.

    A new Tales game, then announced to be coming to the West.
    So happy.

    Better make sure I get my Symphonia Chronicles and Xillia preorders down soon.

  • Alkhan

    Completely unrelated but, developer Terminal Reality has just shut down. They are known for the Bloodrayne series. I never cared for it but it always sucks to see studios shut down..

    • MrRobbyM

      Considering we haven’t seen a good game from them in a long time, I don’t think anyone is surprised. Yeah, it sucks, but it was inevitable.

      • Alkhan

        Yeah that Walking Dead FPS they did was absolutely terrible. It still sucks to see them go though.

  • PrinceHeir

    okay i’ll be the guy.

    hopefully it’ll be dual audio, they already mentioned that they plan on doing dual audio from now on(starting with Tales of Symphonia Chronicles) so hopefully they stay true to their word :)

    and i’m glad Namco is stepping up and putting Tales on the spotlight once again!! i was hoping they would localize the Vita games as well.

    guess one step at a time huh :P

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

      So if you’re the guy for dual audio, can I be the girl to complain that it’s NOT on PS4 xD? Actually at this point I’m rather impressed funny enough. PS3 just keeps on giving, now I just want to see how long it gets games for. If it surpasses PS2 (in terms of significant software releases) in its twilight years, well, I’d think my 60GB purchase to be well worth the investment. Glad it got an worldwide release confirmation, news of the day right here. Though…I was hoping they’d use a more anime-esque cell shade, over the Xillia shader, so that it’d look like Vesperia or even better.

      • PrinceHeir

        tbh i kinda wanted another year or two for PS3 before it finally call it quits.

        i really love the system, tons of games i purchased(old and new), custom background, HD Collection games.

        sure the JRPG games may not be as many as PS1 or PS2, but alot of games were really diverse like End of Eternity, Valkyria Chronicles, Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls, and tons of Atelier games, NIS and Idea Factory.

        sure people might not like those games, but you can’t deny at least they tried to add alot of these games that would have otherwise cancelled due to high development cost and such.

        plus PS4 needs alot of fixing, it needs to fix the hardware problems, more games, more content that is compatible on the system etc.

        that’s why i won’t be buying one till after 2 years and so.

        plus i have tons of backlogs, so i’m in no hurry to jump to next gen ^^

        • LordKaiser

          They also made it i a way where the PS4 can be streamed to Vita etc. but it don’t work the other way around… -_- That’s why they had to make the Vita Tv…. Would be cool to stream the PS3 games on PS4 directly from a PS3 than the Gaikai thing.

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

          That’s a pretty understandable stance. I’m not sure when I’m going to make the upgrade myself with more titles being announced for PS3 still. However I realize being a handheld gamer primarily, I probably want things to be on PS4 for the sole benefit of just streaming it to my Vita, otherwise I probably would be able to wait longer than 2 years (never mind backlog, just the list of games I want to acquire is big enough).

      • LordKaiser

        Can you people see now the price of not having backward compatibility?

        • MrRobbyM

          With the Ps4 only being $399, I’m not complaining.

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

          Clearly Sony is unaffected with their recent records. It just means keeping the PS3 connected for awhile yet =( Which is okay for y’all with slim models but I’m still running OG. If it passes away X_X Meh I’ll go grab a slim or a super slim this holiday, too much PS3 games to play and I don’t feel like risking my 60 for much longer. I made it through The Last of Us, that alone is an accomplishment.

    • Alkhan

      Why did this even get down voted?

      • LordKaiser

        Because there’s people that don’t care about dual audio and think that it will delay the release in the west if both audios are included. They’re publisher apologists.

        • Pyrofrost

          Yeah, people are really stupid. It does nothing to delay the release.

          • LordKaiser

            They also think that it will cost the devs or publishers more money if they release double audio in the game. IMO I’m a costumer and I will always want more for less.

            • Pyrofrost

              Consumers will always want more for less, and businesses will always want to earn more in exchange for less. Nothing will change that.

              While there is licensing and money involved in getting dual audio (JP audio), its not so much the cost that prevents this from happening. It’s the license holders who just aren’t willing to share. It’s also the reason many western releases don’t get the opening J-Pop songs, or get entirely new songs all together.
              This is something that is often out of the hands of the publishers and developers.

    • Anime10121

      I dont think Baba ever said that they planned on doing dual audio from now on… Unless I missed something, that was just fan speculation after it being confirmed for Symphonia remaster, and so far ONLY the remaster, as it hasnt been confirmed for Xillia 2 yet…

      • PrinceHeir

        here you go

        “It will also be the first time that a Tales game features both an English and Japanese audio track.”

        http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/12/12/tales-of-zestiria-coming-to-ps3/

        • Anime10121

          Yeah, but that’s just stating fact though, its still not even hinting that any future titles would have DA. All he’s saying is what he’s saying. It is the first time that a Tales of game has dual audio, that says nothing of whether Xillia 2 or any other future entries would…

          Not to say I’m against it or anything, as I’m not, more choices to consumers is always a good thing, but I just dont want people getting their hopes up and jumping the gun just because Symphonia has Dual Audio. That is by no way a guarantee that every entry from now on will do the same.

        • Guest

          It’s regarding Symphonia…..

  • Alkhan

    Anyone else think the guy in the screenshot looks like HD version of Skyward Sword Link? Without the lips of course.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Oi, guys. If you want to see Zestiria on PS4 as a cross-gen title, don’t forget to tweet @giocorsi about it!

    Pro-tip: you should also mention Persona 5.

    • MrRobbyM

      Just curious, how would he help with that?

    • $83030187

      People are going to be disappointed when everything they have been begging for doesn’t get ported and doesn’t get localized.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        It doesn’t hurt to let any potential demand be known. =)

        • $83030187

          That is true, but I just hope people are realistic with their expectations from this.

          But, that could just be me being bitter because I know the game I suggested way back when this thing started doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting any attention.

    • Raiyu

      Good idea, going to tweet him in a bit.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Sorry but I am a cynicist. His campaign thing simply won’t do anything for anybody. Sure it is nice to let people know there is demand but people do so all the time all over the internet, and it helps as much as his campaign will.

      • $83030187

        While I’m sure some good things will come out of this third party port/localization team thingy, I think a lot of people need to understand that it isn’t going to grant everyone’s wishes.

        Because if that was the case, I’d set up my twitter account to spam them with requests to have Platinum make games based on Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          It isn’t going to do anything. Unless it is some stupid load of garbage that nobody wants. That is all the gaming industry seems to like doing as a whole nowadays. P+ Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann… could be interesting… though I only watched one of those shows, and didn’t really like it.

      • Elvick

        It’s one thing to whine on a bajillion forums, it’s another to tell people/companies directly what we want.

        We haven’t really had this kind of thing before. And while Xseed and Nintendo deny it, Rainfall certainly did it’s job.

        And Borderlands 2 on Vita was because people said they wanted it loud enough.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  • Raoni Marques

    Now that’s good news! Wow…never thought I’d seen a worldwide Tales of release.

  • PrinceHeir

    confirmed dual audio!!!

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/12/12/tales-of-zestiria-coming-to-ps3/

    “It will also be the first time that a Tales game features both an English and Japanese audio track.”

    i told you they would start putting dual audio after Symphonia Chronicles :P

    and lol i don’t care about downvotes, i’m just glad it’s finally confirmed!!

    thank you baba-san!!!!!!

    Day 1 for sure!!

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Edit: Misunderstood.

      He’s talking about Symphonia Chronicles in that line. Not Zestiria.

      • PrinceHeir

        ehh he’s already gonna announce it either way sometime.

        but yeah got too excited there for a second, but i know this will be dual audio and they’ll probably announce it once they have all the cast assemble..

        in other news the JPN version of MGS Ground Zeroes will have english subs

        http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=10823

        Lightning Return FFXIII Dual Audio(they might even start doing this in other FF Games as well) and now this.

        man i hope more companies follow suit ^^

      • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

        It’s all about Symphonia. Baba clearly stated there are no info for Zestiria right now….

  • TheBlackRabbit

    wait….did i miss the release of Xillia 2 ?!

    • AdamBoy64

      Nah, it’s still scheduled to come out next year.
      Zestiria doesn’t have a release date yet.

      • TheBlackRabbit

        oh ok i was about to cry!

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          *gives carrot*

  • HarryHodd

    I’m loving Xillia and absolutely stoked about this announcement and game. It looks like a nice direction. Hoping for vast beautiful areas to explore.

  • Pukar Rana

    YES, I’m really starting to like Namco a lot :) Now just announce a Vita version and it will be PERFECT!!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Just an update on Australia. I got confirmation from Namdai that you’ll be getting it, too.

  • Ryumoau

    I really hope this will be like Tales of Vesperia and release in NA less than a week after the japanese version. I can’t wait for both Xillia 2 and Symphonia HD this year. :)