Tales of series product manager Dennis Lee recently chatted to Siliconera about the popularity of the Tales series in the West. Lee admits that while there was a period when they didn’t bother to bring any of the games over, they are now committed to making sure that Tales games are released around the same time in Japan and America. He went on to say that with each game the Tales producers have released in the west, sales have increased each time.
“There were a lot of titles that weren’t brought over to the west—in fact, there was a span of two or three years where we didn’t bother to bring any over. We’ve put a lot of work into making sure that Japan and America get Tales of games right around the same time. With each game we’ve released, sales have increased—so we believe that fans have been going out and talking to other fans. With games coming out on a more periodic basis, I think it conveys [to new fans] that this isn’t just a one-off game, it’s not just another RPG.”
“Working with our community and fans has helped the audience to grow, and we’re delighted to see it taking off so well in the west.”
“Right now the team’s very focused on getting us caught up to Japan with the new releases, and they’re looking at different platforms to get these games out to the fans,” he replied. “There were a couple of… experiments, you know, with games like Tales of Phantasia, which we released on iOS. That received some mixed results. In general, though, we’re looking at all of the ways in which we can bring the Tales of series to the fans.”
Tales producer Hideo Baba has revealed that he hasn’t any plans to bring the popular JRPG series to Nintendo’s latest console, Wii U. Baba also said that he has no plans to bring the Tales series to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Baba says his policy is to release Tales titles to the console which the fans want to play on. Recent Tales titles have appeared on the PlayStation 3 and that doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.
“Same as the Xbox One and PS4, I don’t have any plans to release titles for the Wii U.”
Tales of Symphonia producer Hideo Baba has revealed to Destructiod that Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube was the most popular Tales game in the West. Baba believes that the success of the game was due to the fact that it was the first Tales title that was rendered in 3D polygons. Baba also revealed that the development team had a lot of help from Nintendo which allowed them to reach out to a broader audience.
“I believe the success of Tales of Symphonia has multiple factors to it, the first being that it was the first Tales title that was rendered in 3D polygons, so we believe that was a huge component to its success.”
“Another huge component was that we had a lot of support from Nintendo, so that allowed us to reach out to a broader audience that we weren’t able to reach before.”
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Tales series producer Hideo Baba has told Destructiod that the Tales series could eventually come to the Wii U, if the platform gets more support. Baba says that at the moment they are concentrating all their efforts on the PlayStation 3. Would you like to see the Tales series come to Nintendo’s latest home console?
“Our main target audience for the Tales franchise is still ultimately Japan, so when we make a game we want to target our main fanbase,”
“So we like the idea of the Wii U — we think it’s a great system — and if it becomes more and more successful in the future that’s a console we would like to tap eventually, but for the time being we don’t have any plans and we are focused on maintaining our fanbase on PlayStation 3.”
Namco Bandai released a teaser trailer for the next Tales Of game during today’s broadcast of Japanese music program Hey! Hey! Hey!. The commercial recaps previous games in the Tales Of series and then features some sublime artwork for the new game. The trailer also features the “Are you prepared to destroy the world for the girl” phrase. The next Tales Of game will be announced at the Tales Of Festival in June.
The latest edition of Japanese publication Famitsu says that the next entry in the well-received Tales Of franchise will be a “mothership” title. This means that the new game, which is due to be revealed in 19 days, will be in the same class as games like Xillia, Vesperia and Graces. It will definitely not be a remake of the previous games. The new Tales Of game will be announced on June 2nd at the Tales of Festival event.
The latest edition of Japanese publication Jump states that the next game in the Tales series will be announced at the Tales of Festival in June. The manga magazine lists the new game as “Next Tales Of….” Platform, price and release date are listed as TBA. The Tales of Festival will be held on June 2nd and 3rd.