You know, maybe if we stop covering Japanese news, we could stop depressing the hell out of JRPG fans.

Sadly, we can't ignore the world, regardless of the fact that Namco Bandai seems hellbent on never allowing another Tales title to break Japanese borders. Thanks to the most recent weekly edition of Famitsu (and as cited by Andriasang ), we learn that the latest entry in the long-running role-playing series, Tales of Xillia , will feature some fairly drastic changes. Firstly, instead of the standard old-school overhead view, the camera will come down and hover behind the back of the main character (ala most any game these days). Secondly, the towns and buildings are full-sized this time around; they aren't all miniaturized as they have been in the past.

Thirdly, the game will feature two main characters, which is another first for the franchise. Jude is 15 and Mira is 20; the latter is a spirits master and can control the four elements, while Jude looks up to her and wishes to assist in his own way. They'll team up in battle with a co-op mechanic called "Link Mode," where one character is controlled by the other, the "master."  …there's all sorts of innunedo…or maybe it's just me.

You can also find details on Liese Maxia, Spirit Power, Spirit Maxwell, and La Sugall and A Jule; these are names you'll see in the game…if, that is, you live in Japan or plan to import. It's scheduled to launch in Japan some time next year and the developers say the project is 60% complete. Will Namco ever opt for a Western release…? We could say "hopefully" but do you see Tales of Vesperia sitting on store shelves? We don't.

Related Game(s): Tales of Xillia

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Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

A PS3 exclusive too.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Too bad we here in the West are unlikely to see this game. I will never understand for the life of me why Namco refuses to embrace those of us in the Playstation family who want JPRG's.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Because someone in their US operation got real cozy with Microsoft. Perhaps now that the Japanese parent company is flexing it's muscles and bringing a lot of it's work back to Japan, there might be a future change in that insanity.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I hope so. Sad that I have one JRPG in my PS3 collection(and it's not Final Fantasy XIII, I don't/won't consider that a JRPG). Were as last generation there was an abundance of them and not enough time to play them all.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

@ Highlander

Lets hope that is the case. That bad seed might as well be released from Namco Bandai and join up with MS. Thing that really gets me about Microsoft is that they don't/didn't even care if JRPG's are/were successful on their console. They are simply content on making sure that JRPG's just don't come to the Playstation family because they know that they wil be astronomically successful here.

They even got people believing that JRPG's are dead on current gen consoles. "Wow" is all I have to say. MS is truly a cleverly disasterous villian. These Japanese devs have to figure it out sooner or later. Sure they could agree to a large sum of cash for not giving to their loyal fanbase but they also have to understand that if they go out of business by doing so, Microsoft ain't bailin' them out.


Last edited by shadowscorpio on 12/21/2010 1:39:08 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

some of those changes sound like the kinds of things that would bring this game more into line with JRPGs like Xenosaga where you followed the main character from a third person view, albeit a more distant third person view than normal today. That doesn't worry me at all, and to me is more of a sign that their game engine i becoming more mature.

The linked master apprentice co-op thing could be interesting, especially if two players can play together in co-op mode.

On the other hand since this is a Tales game and it's from Namco, the chances of us ever seeing it or Tales of Graces F (PS3 exclusive version), or even Tales of Vesparia are currently vanishingly small..

Don't stop covering Japanese game news or JRPGs Ben, at least this way we know what we are missing, and therefore what to ask about when writing to Namco.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That's the one thing Eternal Sonata never got credit for, allowing multiple players to take up the battle characters.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Sounds interesting. Such a shame that Namco still thinks the 360 dominates the West. Although I don't understand why they wouldn't at least try releasing this one elsewhere after they published Demon's Souls over here.
'Tis confusing.
Peace.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

What's worse is that they still support it even though their games don't really sell on it. You would think they would like to take a chance and start producing their JRPG's for a Japanese made console.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Even Tekken 6 sold better on the PS3. You'd think they'd be waking up sometime soon. And Enslaved was near equal on both platforms. *Ding Ding* Namco.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

Besides getting in bed with MS, they asssume that since there's more 360s sold than PS3, it's going to fair better on that platform. The thing is there has to be a certain amount of interest in order to get any sales; you can sell a game to a console that sold 100 million units and only move 15000 copies because of the lack on interest. Why else would FF XIII sell more than double on the PS3 than on the 360? Why else would MadWorld sell a mere 66,000 in it's first week while being sold on the fastest selling current-gen console?


Last edited by sonic1899 on 12/20/2010 1:09:10 PM

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Last I checked, pretty much every game not released by Activision sold as well or better (worldwide) on PS3 than 360, though that is of course influenced by the Japanese market.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

@ Lawless's main post

You know there might be more "behind the scenes" type stuff going on. Why is it that I think all this wouldn't be as much of an issue as it is now if Microsoft wasn't in the picture? IDK, maybe its just me.

Guess i'll just play Tales of Legendia and Tales of the Abyss on my PS2…

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Shoot. Here I thought maybe Link Mode turned this bore into a Zelda game worth playing.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

"do you see Tales of Vesperia sitting on store shelves? We don't."
I do [although it's as an inferior beta on the 360] ūüėõ

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Which is….rather the point.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Is the battle system still a 2.5D fighter? If they changed it to something more like Star Ocean I'd be interested (if it ever came here) But in my best Cartman voice "Seriously you guys"
It's just bad business not to bring these to PS3 stateside.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Until I see a confirmation for release outside Japan, I'm not interested in this at all.

And I also watched the whole playthrough of Enslaved on youtube, heard the story was awesome but didn't bother to buy the game so I watched it instead.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

C'mon Namco Bandai, I started discovering my love for Japanese RPGs with Final Fantasy 6(FF3 on snes) and Suikoden. These are both Japanese based games and once I was exposed to how the Japanese displayed their art, story telling and interaction in games like this, I was hooked for life. Please don't keep these games from us any longer.
And for the love of all that is good please don't sign contracts that limit your freedoms to do so.


Last edited by shadowscorpio on 12/21/2010 1:53:00 AM

Mystearica
Mystearica
9 years ago

Won't look into this 'cause it might be just another game that will never see a PS3 NA release date aka Tales of Vesperia