Want Tales Of Xillia? Then Buy Tales Of Graces F
Bottom line: they'll support it if you support it.
The Tales role-playing series is always popular in Japan, but it has more difficulty gaining sales traction in the US. Therefore, after Tales of Vesperia released for the Xbox 360 in 2008 (and met with low sales), Namco Bandai hasn't brought us the next three installments...yet.
The third on that list, Tales of Graces F, will launch for the PlayStation 3 next year, as will Tales of the Abyss for the Nintendo 3DS (a port of the PS2 version). And Namco Bandai associate brand manager Josh Sepielli has good news for all RPG fans:
"There's going to be continued support for the Tales series that we've never had before. We've taken a lot of steps as a company from the point we've released Vesperia to where we are now. There's a lot more coordination with Japan when we're getting these games, when we're getting information. We're going to start getting the timing closer together. We're very focused on being a lot more international."
However, when asked if Tales of Xillia would come to US shores, Sepielli seemed optimistic but also had to get realistic for a minute. He admitted that the Tales fanbase is loyal but not very large, and if the games in question bomb, Xillia will probably never show up. It's just like what happened with Valkyria Chronicles II. So RPG fans, you know what to do: support those RPGs so we can get more!
10/12/2011 10:26:28 AM Ben Dutka