Update: It seems Tales of Graces F is indeed coming to North America!  Click the link below to see.

Original Story:

For quite some time now, role-playing fans have been after Namco Bandai to bring their Tales RPGs to North America.

As of yet, there have been no announcements to that effect, so the likes of Tales of Graces and Tales of Vesperia for the PlayStation 3 have remained in Japan. However, with enough of a fan outcry – and there was a significant one – publishers sometimes do respond, and it appears Namco might be prepping a big reveal: a reader has been watching a new site owned by Namco Bandai. Right now, it only features a distorted image, which seems to be the Tales of Vesperia logo. The tipster said when the site first went up, it featured a distorted Tales of Grace logo and furthermore, the image showed a date- 2.2.2011. Well, that's today…might Namco Bandai actually announce the North American release of two long-awaited RPGs? We've often said the JRPG has all but died out on consoles this generation (it's alive and well on handhelds, surely, but that doesn't satisfy everyone), so this would be great news, yes?

We'll have to wait and see what happens. We've heard rumors about this before and unfortunately, the Tales series hasn't yet broken Japanese boundaries for PS3 owners.

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TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

If Namco does this, then they will be doing what is needed to regain the trust of JRPG fans on Playstation. Until now, that trust has been squandered. Let's hope that they come through.

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

And if the fan are not gonna buy squat from them again. I'm not gonna buy Enslaved or Splatterhouse just to convince to get me a Tales game.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

At the moment, there is perhaps one game from Namco I would buy, and that's Soul Calibur 5. If the Tales games actually come to the PS3 outside of Japan, I will revise that. Until that time, other than Soul Calibur, they have nothing for me.

Although, considering the incredible quality of the PS3 Ridge Racer they released back during the PS3's launch window, Namco has some very talented arcade game developers. A new Ridge Racer could be well worth the effort, if they can be bothered of course.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

True, I just hope they keep the mandatory install to a minumun or better yet, no install at all.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

How long has it been? JRPG lovers who are PS3 owners are still crying for these games to be localized. I would like Namco Bandai to please show me a more loyal and starving demographic for JRPGs..

They really have no excuse to not at least release Tales of Xillia in the states. Vesperia and Graces both would be instant purchases for me.

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

Ditto. Day one purchases for me. I have been gradually liking 'Tales of' games more than Final Fantasy lately. Just find them more enjoyable to play.

Warukyure
Warukyure
9 years ago

I can't believe its been almost 5 years since Tales of the Abyss came out. And that was for the PS2.

The Tales series seem to do well when they are ported from the other consoles to PS3 in Japan. I'm saddened to see how they won't take a leap of faith and think the same thing might happen on the PS3 in North America.

I almost gave up keeping up with 'Tales'-related news because it probably would make no difference to me what they announce new, until Xillia that is.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

and if they don't bring it there's always Ar Tonelico Qoga to look forward to…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Available for pre-order now, by the way.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

It would be great, I just hope it isn't some prank. Website name of "A Tale of Two Richards"? A tale of two dicks? The header is ":[P"? Looks like a frowny face with a tongue sticking out.

I really hope they localise these, I'll buy them both immediately even though I wouldn't be able to play them for a while.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

That would be a shame.

Either way, I'm not getting my hopes up until Namco put an announcement out in black and white.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

I noticed a lot of people are excited about the possibility of the games making it statewide, but I'm not getting excited until namco confirms it. Folks are already claiming that they're coming, yet they say that out of speculation. It may be possible since they had announced Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions for the 3DS, but I'm waiting and seeing before I get excited about anything

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

I played Tales of Vesperia for a bit on the 360. Didnt finish it due to the uncomfortable controller and the fact that it might come to ps3 state side. But from what i played it was an amazingly well done rpg, very polished. PLEASE namco dont be stupid, it would be instant profit bringing it over.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

It would be great if this turns out to be accurate. But still, based on Namco-Bandai's past actions I wouldn't get my hopes TOO high up.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

In response to the update: Booyah.

Mystearica
Mystearica
9 years ago

>……<

Come on… dun keep me waiting!!! *fingers crossed*

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

its feb 2nd, where is the announcement! it is driving me nuts:(

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

If this is true, I'll buy.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Silly Rabbit, JRPGs are for PS3s.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

Ha! Nice.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Namco did good for Vesperia, Symphonia, and localizing Magna Carta 2, For the life of me I can't understand how as person can claim to be a JRPG fan, then not go out and find them on whatever system they are on, Sony or not. That really befuddles me. I mean, if I like a certain food or car, I go find them, I don't wait for a store to open up on my road…


Last edited by PorkChopGamer on 2/2/2011 1:41:52 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dunno bout you, but I wouldn't buy a car that was just as likely to break down as not.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Oh so now we have to beg for games to come to the PS3? Take your tales and shove it. Real time combat crap.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Sadly, despite advances in other genre, certain JRPG developers still treat the PS3 and it's western users like they are lepers, so yeah, we kind of are reduced to begging. Not nice, not fun, and difficult to forget/forgive.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

Not just on PS3, Microsoft broke its ties with Mistwalker, probably the last true JRPG developer and former believer of turn based game play, after Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey didn't meet sales expectations and cancelled Cry On (ironic name, don't you think?).
Dough I agree the 360 has more RPG's.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I have never played a Tales game either, man I missed a lot, but if I can find a good one for a decent price I guess that just means I have more jrpgs to play now.

Any suggestions for a first Tales game to play? Start at the beginning or just grab the cheapest one I can find?

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

If you have a PS2 Tales of the Abyss is a good starter. GameStop sells it for 19.99 now. Great Tales game in my opinion. Tales of Destiny II for the PS1 is great too but hard to find and can cost a pretty penny. If you have a PSP you can import the PSP port of Tales of Destiny 2 in english from the UK (the game is called Tales of Eternia over there).

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Thanks, I will look into those, see the cost. The ps2 one should be easy if gamestop sells it and my ps3 is backwards compatible, woot!

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

This is looking very good guys. I mean why would Namco do a prank like this and not have it being even near April. It would just be bad business.
Besides Namco is getting desperate now since none of their games are selling. I mean I can only play Eternal Sonata so many times.


Last edited by Lenoxseer on 2/2/2011 3:35:50 PM

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

Ben, the URL needs to be updated even though its the same. For some reason it will lead to the old blurred image if www. isnt before it.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

…um, not for me.

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

hmm weird keeps doing it for me. Bet it has something to do with Firefox

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

Problem fixed. It was memorizing what it was previously. Just cleared the memory.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Excellent! Tales of Graces F is coming. Perhaps if that one sells well Xillia will come here too?

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

That's a safe bet. Sega originally had no intention of localizing Yakuza 3 but finally changed their minds after many months of (figurative) screaming and whining. And after Yakuza 3 sold well in the West it convinced Sega to also localize Yakuza 4.

We could easily enough be in for a similar situation with Tales of Graces F.

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

Now we have to wait for Vesperia because the last blurred image had the Vesperia logo.


Last edited by Lenoxseer on 2/2/2011 4:34:13 PM

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

So one would think that Tales of Vesperia has to be announced. (or else)

Mystearica
Mystearica
9 years ago

Too bad no Vesperia info… but at least one tales is coming to North America… YAHOO!!! Fingers crossed I HOPE it's a good one too!

Lenoxseer
Lenoxseer
9 years ago

Tales of Graces F actually received the highest score out of all the 'Tales of' games by Famitsu magazine. It received a 37/40 (10/9/9/9).

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

Huh. I guess I'm the only one not all happy about this. Yeah, we finally get a Tales game, but only after Bamco shafted us by keeping them in Japan for so many years, while giving us crap games. I do not like the way they treated their international fan base so they can take Graces f and shove it up their ass. It's like a situation when a girl gets abused but always gives him a second chance in hope of change. IF that change does come, does that excuse all the things in the past? NO!! If I were to buy this game, I'd be a hypocrite. I'm probably going to get Fallout New Vegas or something

Kevadu
Kevadu
9 years ago

Yeah, not getting to play a couple of video games is totally the same as being in an abusive relationship.

*rolls eyes*

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

You don't get it. Bamco mistreated its fans for years and suddenly everyone wants to forgive them (which is why I used that example)

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I see it the opposite way. It's not like they tried to cater to a market that left it's fans out in the cold. They just felt like it didn't make sense to localize a game to a market they believed wouldn't be too into their games.

The Tales of series is one of my favorites, especially a couple from the PS1 era. (I was SO stoked when Tales of Destiny 2 had voice acting! lol. By the way, it's Tales of Eternia for PSP now. Same game. I did a PSP review on it a while back.)

And yeah, I've been bummed not to see it here, but now I'm really happy it's coming. Definite purchase for me. Besides, had it released any earlier, it might not have had trophies! ^.-

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Will get this for sure.

Namco is finally doing something good. Good job Namco, this is the way you can reclaim a good standing with Western gamers.

Hopefully Vesperia makes it here too.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
9 years ago

While I was hoping for Vesperia as well this is still the better news of the two for me as I already own Vesperia on the 360 and just wanted the more complete version. I will absolutely pick this one up.

___________
___________
9 years ago

and what about AU ps3 fans?
yes, thats right the ps3 has been released outside the US!
despite what sony would have you believe!

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

If this is true, even if it wasn't released in AU, you could still import right?

___________
___________
9 years ago

ya, you could but theres too many hassles its not really worth it

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

lol well then! Guess it's not important to you!