THE BUZZ: Namco Bandai’s “Tales of” franchise of RPGs has seen huge success in Japan. In the West, however, fans have long been frustrated as chapters either have come out with segments missing or lacking translation, or haven’t come out in English at all.
However, with the upcoming North American release of two Tales games—Tales of Graces F for the PS3, and Tales of the Abyss 3D for the 3DS—the company is trying to breath life back into the series on our Shores.
Talking to Shacknews, Namco Bandai associate brand manager Josh Sepielli said that the company is taking a number of steps to help pump support back into the franchise.
“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.”
EGM’s TAKE: As somebody who deals a lot in the world of Japanese gaming, the Tales series has indeed been one of those unfortunate examples of great games being left in Japan. If Namco Bandai is serious about trying to put more effort into bringing the games over, then I applaud them for that. Of course, some responsibility will also lie on the shoulders of consumers; if sales of Tales of Graces F and Tales of the Abyss 3D are flat, it’ll give the publisher little reason to keep putting out the effort.