Namco Bandai ready to tell more Tales

Development wraps up on Tales of the Abyss for the PS2; publisher expects to ship the game to US stores next month.

Since 1995, Namco has been telling Tales. The publisher has released numerous installments, remakes, and spin-offs for the franchise, including the original Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Destiny, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Legendia, and more. Now it's going to add Tales of the Abyss for the PlayStation 2 to that list, as Namco Bandai today announced that development on the US version of the game is complete and it will ship to stores October 10.

While it takes a number of cues from Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss offers an entirely new story. Players assume the role of a young aristocrat who was kidnapped as a child and left with no memory of the events before the abduction. Although he has been confined to his mansion since his return for his own safety, the young man eventually finds himself transported out into the world through a strange rift. There he must overcome not only his adversaries, but also his naivete of the world outside his manor.

Tales of the Abyss has been rated T for Teen and will retail for $39.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Shinkada
Shinkada

I'm beginning to see what the Tales regulars mean when they get annoyed at the Symphonia fanboys. Then again they have no right to talk because of posts like AnimeMasters'. With a name like that it's not as if his opinion matters anyway, though. Of course the game will be dubbed. However the voices in Symphonia were some of the best I've ever seen from American VA's; no one can deny that Cam Clarke is probably the best VA in the entire West. It's true that he never changes his voice at all, but that's a small sacrifice since he's one of the only American VA's capable of actually getting into the role given to him. I'd take emotion over not knowing who the VA is any day. Censored? Maybe. Again going back to Symphonia, compared to a lot of things it really didn't receive that much censorship. I was surprised in the cutscene of a certain person's death, they were actually nice enough to let us see Kratos' sword pertruding from the other side. Big step for Western games. And as for your totally not-trolling order of which Tales games are better... Surprise surprise, and I know this is completely ironic coming from ME, but if you're going to just give a bias, groundless opinion, don't bother doing it. Write a review for the game as to why it's not as good as the others or something, but don't annoy everyone else with stupid comments like that. FYI I found the old Tales games to be extremely boring. The battle systems were always slow, and while the story was better than certain other RPGs (Not that having a better story than a Square game is much of an accomplishment) I like Symphonia and Legendia for their balance of a great story and fun gameplay. If this game didn't have a good storyline it'd just be a sub-par fighting game. But if it didn't have good gameplay it'd just be another Square game, only with slightly better storyline. I've found my favourite moments in Symphonia weren't just from the story, but from the heated, tense battles that came after the cutscene, not like how all the drama just dies in an FF encounter. So keep your groundless opinions to yourself. And yeah, the 360 may be getting an RPG, but from the looks of things they're not getting a very GOOD one.

Oni_Ryu67
Oni_Ryu67

Man i hope this game is as good as tales of symphonia. I LOVED Symphonia(cant stop playing it over and over again) and hope this game is as Awsome.

KrazieLee
KrazieLee

the 10th anniversary of the Tales Series, cant wait till next week!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I might check it out

tiqnawi
tiqnawi

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joeamis
joeamis

quote- williamwu1985 COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tale series finally come to US ps2, i cant wait to play btw the game like this will never on xbox 360, that why i have no point to buy xbox 360 ----------------------------------------------- That's why NB is already bringing an exclusive RPG to the 360 right...? Seriously, there is no need to dump on the 360 because of a release announcement for a PS2 game...

aileron2
aileron2

Count me in i will go for it too. And for the commentaries about legendia it's a good game i have it too and i'm playing the second time and likes me more.. see you

punkindoubt86
punkindoubt86

Love Tales of Symphonia... not a fan of Legendia... and since this game "takes some cues" from Symphonia.. I will be picking it up.. plus is 39.99 ^_^

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I pray that Tales of the Abyss is equal to or better than Tales of Symphonia.

AnimeMasters
AnimeMasters

Oh and Phantasia > Eternia > Symphonia > Destiny 2 > Destiny > Rebirth > Abyss >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Legendia

AnimeMasters
AnimeMasters

Bad news. Dubbed and most likely censored.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I wonder will they keep the japanese theme song in the US release? It's a nice song ....

ciryorel
ciryorel

I can't choose between this and FFXII!

P2L5NM
P2L5NM

Tales of Eternia is already out in English in Europe. You can import.

jwallace
jwallace

I beat the main story of Legendia and the first character quest (Will). I don't know why people dislike Legendia so much; the story and the characters kept me hooked during a five-day vacation. As for Abyss, I'm in. This could be the last PS2 game I purchase at full price before the Wii launches. I haven't played Symphonia so I can't make comparisons but here's hoping it's at least that good.

venus577
venus577

Eagerly awaiting Tales of the Abyss. It's my most anticipated game of the season!

AdityaN
AdityaN

Crap, not another RPG! For us rpg lovers, this year's been quite crazy, with so many (grandia3, suikoden5, shearts3, Xenosaga3, Silmeria) etc already launched...and now FF12 and this incoming. And there are so many more that i could not buy. When i see next gen, i really do not see the point much. On the other hand, this does hurt the wallet bad.

Hayabusa_san
Hayabusa_san

Hmm...interesting indeed. The plot general plotline could make for some very funny (or intenst) scenes...

faridmon
faridmon

no n2Deepeth, this is not the Berst Tales game, the best one that drove japanese gamers like crazy were Tales of Rebirth, i can't undersatnd it, why are they not going to bring that game here, that game came before Tales of Legendia, and Legendia wasn't that great. and about this game, i would buy it if it was for the Gamecube, Tales of Symphonia is still one of my favourite game of all time.

korn18m
korn18m

Chrono66wrote: I can't wait, its been about 6 months since the last time i've bought a game. _____________________________________________________________ Check out Okami then, while you wait... if you like Action/Adventure games, Zelda style.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I remember playing the first Tales, Tales of Phantasia. It was in short, magnificient. People regarded it as high as Final Fantasy or Star Ocean. Then... from that point, Namco lost the lustre the original created. My hopes perked up with Symphonia but the following Tales after were dismal compared to the vast library of RPGs that were already in existence. Namco Bandai sure doesn't have a very good track record of keeping the magic alive after the original games. *cough* Xeno series *cough* Let us hope they spin a grand Tale this time.

StayFrosty
StayFrosty

OHMAN! i placed my pre-order for it already! im getting a Swap Magic Disc if Tales of Destiny (PS2 remake) doesnt come to North American ( note: im a Canadian), im surprised Gamespot doesnt know about the other games, kind of odd?! IF U LOV RPGS, BUY THIS AMAZING GAME! GG!

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

yawn, tell me when Tales of the Tempest reaches U.S. shores

LINK2K9
LINK2K9

Dang, I didn't expect it to come out so soon! Looks like I'll have to pick it up once I get some money, and beat Okami.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Awsome. But when are they going to bring Tales of the Tempest to America!?

williamwu1985
williamwu1985

COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tale series finally come to US ps2, i cant wait to play btw the game like this will never on xbox 360, that why i have no point to buy xbox 360

robfield
robfield

Wait, they JUST finished? Unless it was already inclueded in developement I hope they tested the whole game. It's coming out in a couple weeks.

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

I've heard this is the best yet, mainly because it improves on ToS with the plot, architecture, FoF, and Free Run. Plus the art cell (preorder bonus) looks pretty nice. ToS is still my favorite just because of small things like short load times, the character archetypes, and the techs.

masterjjx
masterjjx

Can't wait for this to come out. I'm a big fan of Tale games.

biff00912
biff00912

i cant wait it looks better than symphonia

joeamis
joeamis

There's so many Tales games within the last 3 years it's getting hard to keep track of them.

ilikewhatyouhat
ilikewhatyouhat

Woohoo! Tales and it's only 40 bucks. Tales is my favorite RPG series, but I'd be lying if I didn't say Legendia left a bad taste in my mouth. While it wasn't a terrible game by any means, it just wasn't a very good Tales game. With what I've heard about Abyss, however, it seems like it will be one of the best! I can't wait!

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

Jeez, I haven't finished Legendia yet. Pretty sure there's a Tales of _ coming to DS too

dragonlife29
dragonlife29

I can't wait! I reserved mine a couple days ago. The price also makes it even better:D

Blace_07
Blace_07

I cant wait for this game, and 39.99 makes me want to buy it even more! seems like Namco-Bandai is lowering the prices for their PS2 games becuz Xenosaga 3 i bought for 39.99 as well. Thank you Namco-Bandai!

PaperLink64
PaperLink64

Excellent, we need more Tales games regardless of the system. Now will they bring Tempest here?

linkofbeginning
linkofbeginning

Me+Tales games=obsession. rofl I went yesterday and pre-ordered this game. It sounds awesome and if it has some of the same mechanics as Tales of Symphonia, this'll be really good.

hemakm3
hemakm3

Happy,happy,joy,joy.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

This game should be really good, all the tales games are really good so it shouldn't be different.

Chrono66
Chrono66

I can't wait, its been about 6 months since the last time i've bought a game.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Good news to see more Tales on the PS2 but how about bringing the ones on the PSP in Japan to the U.S.