Tales fans interview series producer – part 4
posted on 07.04.12 at 11:30 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Baba talks development cuts, favorite western game.

Namco Bandai has gone live with part four (part three, two, one) of its fan-powered interview with Tales series producer Hideo Baba. Covered in this part is Baba’s favorite battle system, development cuts, Baba’s favorite western game, and whether or not he like’s Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (uhm, what?). Watch the interview below. Find the transcript below the clip.

Jermaine Ragna Flanders: What is your favorite battle system and songs?

The best battle system in the Tales of series… I have one that I particularly like. It’s actual the “style shift linear motion battle system from Tales of Graces f that’s being released overseas this year. Out of all the battle system, this one feels especially exhilarating, fun and enjoyable no matter how many times you play. I hope you enjoy the battle system in Graces f as it is my favorite.

As for music, there are so many. Of course, I like the music in Graces f. More recently, the music from the recently launched Xillia is still playing in my heart.

This is a limited edition box set for Xillia. Let me show you the inside.

[shows box]

The inside looks like this. The figurines are here. Can you see? You can change the character from the neck down. You can see it displayed here.

[shows display]

You cn give Jude a school uniform, Mira a maid outfit, and a couple of variations. Everyone can enjoy their character in their favorite outfit with these figurines. And it comes with the game itself. This is how it was sold in Japan.

Darryl Lee: In another interview, you admitted that Tales of Xillia had several cuts due to time constraints. If you could have extended the deadline on any Tales of game, would you have added or changed things?

What an incisive question. Every title faces this issue. What I mean is that every game has a budget and schedule. The objective is to make the best game possible within these constraints. So, there always comes a time when we must judge whether to continue or stop an idea. Of course, each staff member has their own attachment to ideas. But we must judge, for example, if an idea will take 2 or 3months to complete. Every game of the series has had ideas that we had at the beginning which we couldn’t realize in the end. All those cuts are also what make a completed product. Even if we cut an idea out, that doesn’t make a game any less complete.

[Hideo baba is now wearing a Tales character outfit]

This is a costume that we made in collaboration with a brand. This is how it looks on a person. I suppose it looks good when a handsome man wears it. But when I wear it, it looks bad. You’re probably laughing right now. (laughs)

Stephen Courtney: What is your favorite western game?

That is a difficult question. I used to play Wizardry a lot. Recently, I’ve been playing Uncharted, even in Japan. Also, Heavy Rain recently touched me. I don’t have a child of my own yet, but Heavy Rain deals with this theme, and it made me think about it a lot, even after I’d finished.

Edward Sayese: Do you like green eggs and ham?

Sounds tasty. I would like to read it one day. (laughs)

[shows box again]

Today, I would like to give three viewers overseas a chance to win this box set in a raffle. (Please note: Japanese game disc not included in giveaway.) The rules haven’t been decided yet, but please look out for it. Oh, and it’s signed.

In Japan, Xillia was launched to commemorate the 15th anniversary. Overseas, we are hearing many positive responses to the Tales of series, and would like to expand even further worldwide in the future. As part of that effort, we are working hard on launching Abyss and Graces f. I hope you look forward to them and continue to support the Tales of series. Thank you very much.

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  • I dont see why this part was on hold. I kinda expected a localization announcement. Not this. Oh well.

    • Yeah, I remember them saying it was being held back because it had that announcement in it. Don’t see any in here.

      • Hinano

        I’m guessing Japan Expo like they mentioned on their twitter.

  • Anime101210

    Hate to be on the pessimistic side (Namco’s fault for being so cagey about the Tales of series in the west), but maybe they were putting the last interview part off hoping Graces F’s European preorder numbers would be at a certain number that they didnt reach and they are changing their mind about whatever “announcement” that was planned.

    Hoping that’s not the case and something is announced at Japan Expo later this week (although I still doubt an announcement about the next localization will happen for a continent that has yet to receive Graces F yet).

    • Hinano

      They made it really obvious that it was Xillia though if you remember. LIke most of the messages on the forum from the developers and twitter at the question if it was xillia was either positive giggling like a school girl or something that seemed like an obvious hint.

      Of course, it can be something else, but I don’t think something like that would change there mind if its been hinted at the beginning of June. :o

      • Anime101210

        I hope you’re right, but as I said before Namco has made me extremely pessimistic about any news regarding Tales.

        • Hinano

          Understandable. That Tales of Graces f tease was quite bad since it had the Vesperia logo in it. I mean I’ve let go of having any hope of it coming, but that was a big blow haha

  • manasword0

    When they said they had “surprises” for the Western fans, I didn’t think they meant a raffle…. this is heartbreaking.

  • Revorse

    Man, sometimes Namco just breaks my heart.

  • Alos88

    I am going to be really disappointed if nothing is announced at the Japan Expo. There was nothing about this part of the interview that made it worth the wait. And green eggs and ham? Seriously?

  • Zero

    I agree, a raffle is a cool idea, and that collector set is very nice. The thing is, fans in the west would much rather have Xillia announced for localization.

    If that was the surprise for the end of June… well, I’m glad I didn’t get my hopes up.

    Edit: I can’t blame the eu community reps, and no one should. They really are trying here, and that is what counts.

  • InternatlGamer3

    where online do you go to submit the questions to Hideo Baba.

    • Anime101210

      They were interview questions that they picked months ago off of their Facebook page.

  • stealth20k

    he is so great

  • whiteferrero

    …? wherezzzzzzzz my announzment!

  • Fantasytales

    i wanted a date for xillia in the states