It's not so much that JRPGs don't exist anymore, it's that they don't seem to exist over here . Publishers like Namco Bandai think we can't tear ourselves away from Call of Duty long enough to care about anything else.
But we know role-playing fans still exist, and we think enough people would buy a game like Tales of Vesperia to make it worth Namco's while to bring it stateside. That clearly isn't going to happen – although it almost seemed inevitable at one point – and we never got the upgraded Tales of Graces , either. So, for our strong RPG following at PSXE, we turn you to RPG Land : it may or may not work but at least it's something. At least it's proactive. Namco just refuses to bring any Tales titles to the US and if you want that to change, hop on Twitter and post the following:
"@NamcoGames + @namcobandai I would buy Tales games for PS3."
Yeah, there's no knowing how many people would need to do this to warrant Namco's attention. But you never know what might happen… And the ideal result would be that Namco responds and when they make a bit of money with their new US endeavor, other Japanese publishers might do the same. In many ways, we should really thank NIS for bringing us so many JRPGs in the past few years because the sub-genre is running really low, and is almost dead on consoles.
Anyway, off to post ourselves. …are we really the only ones who wouldn't mind playing some Black Ops and a Tales game in the same day? Sadly, we just might be…