Tales of Hearts R, Sword Art Online, and One Piece PS Vita U.S. release dates set
posted on 07.02.14 at 02:51 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Bandai Namco confirms North American dates.

Tales of Hearts R

Following this morning’s European announcements, Bandai Namco has dated its upcoming PS Vita games in North America.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red will launch for PS Vita via retail exclusively at GamesStop on July 14 and digitally on July 15. The PlayStation 3, 3DS, and digital-only Wii U versions have already been dated for July 8. The ‘Red Stands Alone’ add-on content announced for Europe today will also come to North America.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will launch for PS Vita via PlayStation Network on August 19. In Europe, it will launch a day later.

Tales of Hearts R will launch for PS Vita via retail exclusively at GameStop and digitally on November 11. In Europe, it will launch on November 14.

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

    The release dates sound good to me, I’ll see what I can do to pick em up.

  • Quetzalcoatl9999

    Only interested in Tales of Hearts.

  • BossTuff

    August and November….expensive months that’s for sure…

  • ayb_91

    I’m going to be broke at the end of this year xD. But it is totally worth it !

  • Nightcore34

    Good Sword Art Online is coming westside.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    For Ps Vita?,yes I Will Give you all my money :)

  • Raiyu

    August, September, and November are going to kill me.

  • Unretributed

    Is Tales of Hearts R really GameStop exclusive?

    • KingNigma

      What? Why?

      • Bobby Jennings

        Gamestop’s one of the biggest retailers in the US(In the east at least, can’t talk about the west side)and it’s much cheaper to just send some physical copies to them to sell.

        I mean, you could always get a digital copy of the game as well.

    • Anime10121

      In the US? Unfortunately yes :(

    • Ladius

      Only in the US, and you could still be able to get that version from other retailers like Playasia, or possibly some Canadian outlets like Videogameplus. In Europe, on the other hand, the game won’t be retailer exclusive.

  • zakou

    Long ago i stated how Vita sucks cause there were no games for it, it only had remakes like Disgaea, Persona, Wipeout, Dynasty warriors, blazblue, ninja gaiden, mortal combat, the list goes on and on.

    I was right, however… People defended the shit out of it anyways and told me i was wrong while the majority of the games remained a remakes/re-released of previous PS2/PS3 games.

    2 years later here we are, i can now confirm that Vita has changed and it is really worth buying one, I got myself a Vita and am enjoying it and can’t wait for the game yet to be released.

    The point is, I’m shocked to be honest, i thought that because of the lack of games the Vita was going down, the sales were horrible but suddenly out of nowhere games just kept coming to VIta one after another and good games at that.

    So how did this happen? Not sure if the Vita sale are still bad but i’m really happy for the 180 turn when it comes to games for Vita.

    • Quetzalcoatl9999

      PS Vita is still doing horrible in the west, but yeah, niche japanese games, indies and ports have helped the system.

      • Budgiecat

        the only reason 3DS does well in the West is because Nintendo games…

        Any other handheld is doomed to fail in the West..

    • kiri25

      It’s not that shocking tbh. This is usually how things start out with sony. The psp and ps3 were the same way. Psp had a rough start but about it’s 3rd year it really picked up steam a started to see a nice a flow of games. With the ps3 the most common thing to hear from ppl was “the ps3 has no games” for the 1st 2 years but come the 3rd year and the system really took off!

      It’s for this reason I’m not concerned about the ps4’s future 2015 is looking great and 2016 and beyond will be even better. It’s also worth noting that sony has more than one gaming device they need to focus on so it can take longer to see the full support of a new machine.

      • Budgiecat

        Not to mention PSP has been cannibalizing Vita’s potential…

        finally after 10 years, PSP is on it’s way out…

        But now Vita AND 3DS have to worry about the dreaded….MOBILE PHONE GAEMS…

    • Elvick

      Wipeout 2048 and Dynasty Warriors Next are new games, not remakes. Ugh… Just more evidence that Vitas problem is ignorance.

      • kiri25

        And gravity rush one of the best vita games to date

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    August 19th isn’t tooo bad, will have to juggle that and the Destiny beta

  • Rafael Martines

    Tales of Hearts R… with Japanese Audio.. Oh God YES!!!!

    • Budgiecat

      Whats wrong with English audio? HUH???

      • Rafael Martines

        I don’t like dub… I always in to original audio…

        I don’t like god of war in japanese audio and I don’t like japanese games in english audio :)

      • AlphaSixNine

        Me personally have no problem with VA’s that BamCo does and I wouldn’t mind if it was only English VA, I really liked Xillia’s English VA. I just personally prefer JP VA’s and would love to have the option every time. :)

      • desponent

        What’s wrong with people liking different things?

  • bloodiOS

    The retail version being exclusive to GameStop makes me lose all interest though… I’ll pick this up on PSN once it’s on sales…

    • Luiis Feliipe

      you know about to exclusive DLC of DAY ONE EDITION is available in dígital version of PSVITA?

  • Anime10121

    Namdai…have I ever told you I luvd you? Give me Digimon and I will make your babies ;)

  • Bobby Jennings

    I will be grabbing it from Gamestop then.

    • SOforever

      I would reserve NOW to ensure you get a copy :) they only get _ # of copies per store (of course it VARIES by game title)

      PS: the extra 30% trade in promotion towards game pre orders is still in effect

      • Bobby Jennings

        I’ll head there tomorrow

  • PrinceHeir

    Already preordered :)

  • SOforever

    I wonder how people are going to juggle playing both Tales Hearts R & classic Halo 1 or 2 at the same time? this & Halo collection release on the SAME DAY
    PS: If I’m not mistaken this marks the FIRST TIME we have gotten 2 Tales games in the same year

    • SuperLuigi

      I will play Halo whenever I am home and in the living room and tales of whenever im gaming on the go or in my bed. :-) Now this is assuming smash doesn’t come out the same day also haha

      • SOforever

        that will NOT happen ha ha so no worries
        3DS smash – October 3, 2014
        wii u smash – holiday 2014 (no date yet)

        • SuperLuigi

          Well November is part of holiday :-) And ya buying 3ds version day one. The end of the year is gonna kill my wallet.

    • Manny Being Manny

      3 Tales games.

      Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
      Tales of Xillia 2
      Tales of Hearts R

      • kiri25

        Well if split tales of symphonia chronicles then it’s actually 4 tales games XD

      • SOforever

        I didn’t “count” Symphonia Chronicles because we had both of the original games symphonia & dawn of the new world released here already

        if someone counts “reproduction cartridges” of games that’s up to you. I don’t count those. Same goes for “fan made / unlicensed” games NES has LOTS OF THAT

        ex: Tales of Phantasia English translated SNES cart

      • Akari Akaza

        You mean 4….^_^

        • Wolf Star

          Zesteria won’t be coming out till 2015 :3

    • Budgiecat



      • SOforever

        say what ya will it’s a “cash cow” for MS

    • desponent

      The audience probably doesn’t overlap much if at all.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Will Hearts R be digital?

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

      It’s been mentioned in the article – it will have a retail and digital.

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹


  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Finally I’m home.

    Apologies for the original super long title. Dear gawrsh, things appear differently on mobile.

    • Budgiecat

      It’s raining…

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        I know. It started raining while I was row boating in Central Park, too. Had to dock early. =/

  • Raoni Marques

    Is retail really gamestop only? I’m worried about how I’ll get one on Brazil, and how much will it cost. I might get both digital and physical copies.

  • Elvick

    If only SAO could be retail too.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    To clarify and for better understanding, which console/handheld will be physical copy or digital only copy for One Piece: Unlimited World Red?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      One Piece will be physical on PS3, 3DS, and PSV (PSV ver. only at GameStop). The Wii U version is digital-only.

      Edit: Updated the post for better clarification.

  • HighBrowDrifter

    I know this is off-topic (well, just a bit) and technically belongs to the open forum…but I had to share this interesting piece of news:


    Hey Sal, perhaps you could post this on the main page?

  • AlphaSixNine

    My Wallet is Ready

  • devilmaycry0917

    Digital Only for Sword Art Online??
    another sad news just after yesterday’s confirmation of digital only of Freedom Wars for EU=.=

  • Learii

    Tales of Heart R only for Digital in NA or no?

    • Zangetsu777

      There will be a Limited Run for Retail Copies Available at Gamestop. I recommend you buy it day 1 or the price for the Retail Version will Skyrocket.

      • Learii

        ok thx

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    I’m glad they’re putting subtitles for the battle quotes and end-battle jokes, but what about when enemies talk DURING the battle? Or when characters say phrases as they do their artes?