PS3 Tales of Vesperia being told in Japan

<i>Shonen Jump</i> says Sony-console installment of Namco Bandai RPG to feature new character; Tales of Graces coming to Wii, Tales of VS heads to PSP; <i>Vesperia</i> anime teased.

In February 2008, Namco Bandai announced that Tales of Vesperia would usher in its series of anime-inspired role-playing games on the current generation of consoles, but it would do so exclusively for Microsoft's Xbox 360. However, it turns out that the announcement of Tales of Vesperia as an Xbox 360 exclusive was a bit of a misnomer, as Namco Bandai revealed today in the latest issue of Shonen Jump that the game will arrive in Japan for the PlayStation 3 this year.

Details on Tales of Vesperia for the PS3 remain light, and Namco Bandai had not confirmed the title's release outside of Japan as of press time. However, according to scans of the announcement (which were obtained by gaming Web site Kombo and translated by GameSpot), Tales of Vesperia on the PS3 will feature at least one new character, by the name of Patty Fleur.

Along with word on the PS3 game, Shonen Jump delivered news of two new Tales installments coming to the Wii and PSP. Following on from the November release of Tales of Symphonia II, Tales of Graces is expected to arrive in Japan on Nintendo's console this winter. Tales of VS was also announced for the PSP, and it is expected to hit Japanese retail shelves this summer.

Lastly, Shonen Jump revealed that Namco Bandai is prepping a full-length anime set in the Tales universe. Titled Tales of Vesperia, the film is being created by Production I.G., which handled Tales of Vesperia's cutscenes. The story will reportedly follow series characters Yuri and Fren. A release date for the film has yet to be announced in Japan or elsewhere.

For more on Tales of Vesperia, check out GameSpot's video review of the Xbox 360 edition of the game, or read the full text.

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Shinkada
Shinkada

I've seen the list of new content coming. It's HUGE. If the 360 doesn't get it all as DLC, I will rage, and rage, and rage. Because I didn't like Vesperia much and the additions seem to address some of my bigger gripes. (such as only one Mystic Arte per character, the ridiculous 7 characters, not enough costumes, etc)

Midnightshade29
Midnightshade29

@SalarianChemist you are the biggest ps3 basher ever...do you have stock in m$$ seriously you post on any ps3 announcment all negative crap!!!

lostn
lostn

SalarianChemist Posted Apr 2, 2009 5:23 pm GMT "North America and Europe won't see the release of Tales of Vesperia for PS3. Tales of Vesperia will be released only in Japan for PS3, just like so many others. The reason for this is because there are 8 Million more owners of the Xbox 360 in North America, and 2 Million more owners of the Xbox 360 in Europe. From a business point of view, the cost of logistics alone would not warrant the release of the game for PS3 considering that the PS3 sales market is so much smaller than the Xbox 360 in those markets. I know this isn't a good thing for PS3 owners, but you need to look at it from the point of view of the business organizers at Namco. They don't need to spend any money at all in order to keep the overwhelming majority of gamers satisfied since the game is aready available for Xbox 360." You imbecile. With that line of reasoning, the same can be said for ANY game. Does that mean it's not worth releasing ANY game on the ps3 at all in NA? Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur 4 still released on PS3, even though 360 has a bigger userbase. Why is the logistics worth doing for those games but not ToV? You are talking out of your anus, and your speculation is completely unfounded, since you have no sources.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Even through I already got the 360 game without the extra content I still say the game was pretty sweet and I'm pretty happy to hear that the game will be coming out for the ps3 users. Anything to push the tales series ahead I say is a good thing...

Scarrend
Scarrend

They should just simply do it to U.S too. We europeans can just import it from us then, region free ftw.

Naesaki
Naesaki

It is quite irritating to us Xbox 360 owners in Europe, i mean where still waiting for the EU release then they go and announce a ps3 port with added content =___=; i mean Europe has waited just as long as the ps3 owners, wheres the love for Europe 360 owners :'(

jamesfffan
jamesfffan

I don't get this, seems every time a game gets announced for ps3 after it came out for 360 and vice versa the comments turn into a console war? I agree with a commenter below me, what happened to just enjoying games/being a gamer? I've played a few jrpgs before and theyve always been decent, so its all good news.

XanderZane
XanderZane

tu2pac Please come to the U.S. ... ***************************************************** I kind of understand why it may not come to the U.S. Mainly because the other JRPG that came to the PS3 in the U.S. didn't fair that well. Still, PS3 gamers still deserve a chance to try this great JRPG. It's definitely better then Eternal Sonata and Enchanted Arms. I'm sure The Last Remnant and Star Ocean will be next most likely. TLR had already been announced for the PS3 last year anyways, so it's coming I'm sure. I would love to see Valkyria Chronicles on the XBox 360. Sega made it, so there's no reason it can't come to the 360. ============================================== Truth of the matter is xbots don't like JRPGs. Not a single jrpg has sold over a million copies and most like ToV haven't even broke 500k in sales and never will.. on the 360. I'd like to be able to stick up for the PS3, but this generation it's a bit of a drought of JRPGs this time around because of M$ throwing out money to secure content. But it would appear that doesn't really matter as NG2 which was bankrolled by M$ is now coming to the PS3. Really nothing is exclusive anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if FF13 was also on the PC. ***************************************************************** The same could be said for the PS3's JRPG as well. Neither Disgaea 3 or Valkyria Chronicles sold over 500K on the PS3 either. ToV sold 290K worldwide (100K in U.S.) while Disgaea 3 sold about 210K (65K in U.S.) and Valkyria Chronicles (370K worldwide (90K in U.S.) . The only reason Valkyria Chronicles is larger then the other 2 games is because it was launched in the U.K. as well. Disgaea 3 and ToV were never released in U.K. region. So what makes you think ToV or similar JPRG will sell better on the PS3 in the U.S.? They won't. They will sell better in Japan. All the above , including ToV sold better in Japan then they did in the U.S. ============================================= Xecutar101 Next will most likely be Star Ocean 4 just watch we will see it soon ******************************************************************* Actually, The Last Remnant will be next. They have already been working on the PS3 version. Should be out by the end of the year I would think. I don't even think they've started on Star Ocean IV (PS3) yet. The developers were still up in the air about whether to bring it to the PS3 or not. If the port has been started, it probably won't see the PS3 until next year Spring.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Nice. Tales of Vesperia was an awesome game. The characters were all interesting, and it had a great story. Plus the battle system was enjoyable. One of the best RPGs of 2008, IMO.

CloudXentar
CloudXentar

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Ovirew
Ovirew

jeremym1978, the reason why games like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect sell better with 360 owners, is because they are big, visually amazing, imaginative games that you can tell the developers took time and thought to create. The reason why games like Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia didn't sell as well is because JRPGs are, let's face it, pretty much carbon copies of eachother, with very little originality. LO isn't all that complex of an RPG and its story is pretty annoying and overly dramatic, Blue Dragon...come on just look at the cover man lol. Tales of Vesperia is probably one of the better JRPGs on the system, and it actually has next-gen-worthy graphics. And maybe, just maybe, you are being too closed-minded by turning away games with science-fiction themes, which are actually pretty damn cool. Robots, spaceships, light sabers...it is every bit as awesome as the fantasy genre, so maybe you should try to meet sci-fi halfway?

Ovirew
Ovirew

Great, takin' all of our exclusives - sounds a little like what Capcom did to Nintendo last gen with Viewitul Joe and Resident Evil 4 being ported over to the PS2. Well, look at it this way - if you buy the PS3 version of Vesperia, sure it might be more visually stunning, but it won't be that much more stunning than it already is, and it will be a whole lot more expensive than the 360 version which I am sure you can get for under $40.00 by now.

Triplekill
Triplekill

Who cares... Good for Ps3 owners, I'm still waiting for it because i live in Eu it wont come out untill June... =)

Xecutar101
Xecutar101

Next will most likely be Star Ocean 4 just watch we will see it soon

Dynamo321
Dynamo321

"Microsoft's next Xbox system is instantly positioned to compete for #1 status in the Japanes market" lol

FX102
FX102

I don't know whether to be happy or sad: 1) The PS3 is region free so if it at least comes out in America I can import it to enjoy the full experience. 2) Its 360 release in Europe was only just confirmed last week for June, so unless I want to wait (which I've done for long enough) I'll end up with both copies. I'll admit I did that with Eternal Sonata, but that was announced long after I bought it whilst with Persona 3, I was actually convinced FES would never hit Europe, plus they only charged £20 for it. I guess that'll be another £80 I'll be forking out for the two.

rideru
rideru

YES!!!!!! i've been waiting for tov for ps3 news since its release on 360. at last, some good news for a change, what with all those damn exclusives.

jeremym1978
jeremym1978

Normaral85 is pretty much what I think of most xbox users say about jrpgs in general. moar gore, more futuristic stuff like Fallout 3, Mass Effect. Hench is the reason why ME and FO3 sold like crazy and LO/BD/ToV will never ever even hit the 1 million sales mark. It's a no brainer. Same reason why no 3rd party wii game will ever get close to the sales of 1st party games.

mtofu
mtofu

not bothering with any of the bickering... i hope this gets a NA release so i can get it. 360 version is alright, but if there's added content (whether it makes the game better or not) at least i'll be able to lend it to my brother who doesn't have the 360... maybe he'll buy it and lend it to me!

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Downloadable Content Xbox 360 will almost certainly see the release of the "extra character" in the form of Downloadable Content on Xbox Live. Remember: Lost Planet Released as a timed-exclusive game for the Xbox 360. Once the PS3 version was released, it included some extra features that were not included in the original Xbox 360 version. However, after the PS3 version was released, Capcom allowed those extra features to be downloaded by Xbox 360 users online. And Capcom even re-released the Xbox 360 version of Lost Planet in the stores with all of those new features included. Thankfully, there are still features in the Xbox 360 version of Lost Planet that are not included in the PS3 version. This makes it so the Xbox 360 version has the best graphics along with the most features. and Oblivion: Elder Scrolls IV Released first for the Xbox 360. When the game was released for the PS3, it included a new type of software "shading" technology that resulted in better graphics. Thankfully, the developers eventually allowed the new software graphics technology to be downloaded to the Xbox 360 so that the Xbox 360 version also experienced this type of graphics upgrade. And once again, the developers re-released the game in the stores with all of the downloads included on the disc. There are still exclusive features in the Xbox 360 version that are not in the PS3 version. There are many other games where this process has occurred. Tales of Vesperia is simply the next game in line for this process of events to occur. ...And in my opinion, the "Best JRPG" to be released this generation was definitely Lost Odyssey, which is exclusive to the Xbox 360. Lost Odyssey was created by the same people who developed the first 7 Final Fantasy games. Lost Odyssey plays almost exactly like those Final Fantasy games, and is an amazing story! ...And for the record, the Xbox 360 is selling very well in Japan, mainly because of the incredibly lineup of software that the Xbox 360 has in every genre--including the JRPG genre. From August 2008 until the end of 2008, the Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 in Japan. And there were even several time periods when the Xbox 360 outsold the Wii in Japan--each time occuring when the Xbox 360 saw the release of some form of outstanding exclusive JRPG such as Infinite Undiscovery, Tales of Vesperia, The Last Remnant, and Star Ocean 4. Microsoft even recently announced that the Xbox 360 has sold 1 Million systems in Japan. This is an amazing achievement that shows Microsoft's next Xbox system is instantly positioned to compete for #1 status in the Japanes market, similar to the way the original Xbox positioned the Xbox 360 to instantly compete for #1 status in North America and Europe.

Deleken
Deleken

Truth of the matter is xbots don't like JRPGs. Not a single jrpg has sold over a million copies and most like ToV haven't even broke 500k in sales and never will.. on the 360. I'd like to be able to stick up for the PS3, but this generation it's a bit of a drought of JRPGs this time around because of M$ throwing out money to secure content. But it would appear that doesn't really matter as NG2 which was bankrolled by M$ is now coming to the PS3. Really nothing is exclusive anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if FF13 was also on the PC.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

so they'll release a game in a region with only 13% of the PS3 user base, but neglect to release it in the other regions (NA for instance has has almost 3x PS3 owners compared to Japan) because releasing it in Japan for logistics. Yeah right. April fools indeed.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

North America and Europe won't see the release of Tales of Vesperia for PS3. Tales of Vesperia will be released only in Japan for PS3, just like so many others. The reason for this is because there are 8 Million more owners of the Xbox 360 in North America, and 2 Million more owners of the Xbox 360 in Europe. From a business point of view, the cost of logistics alone would not warrant the release of the game for PS3 considering that the PS3 sales market is so much smaller than the Xbox 360 in those markets. I know this isn't a good thing for PS3 owners, but you need to look at it from the point of view of the business organizers at Namco. They don't need to spend any money at all in order to keep the overwhelming majority of gamers satisfied since the game is aready available for Xbox 360.

tu2pac
tu2pac

Please come to the U.S. ...

Normaral85
Normaral85

these types of anime driven rpgs are lame anyways. They should have only came out on the Wii and handhelds for children to play. When is someone gonna try to make a none fantasy rpg with realistic blood and gore. Now that's something I'd be interested in. I'm talkin traditionally set up with a supporting cast and not like Fallout, which was the closest thing.

TheDecoy2124
TheDecoy2124

So much fanboyism, what happened to being a gamer?

DevilMustCry
DevilMustCry

It's great that PS3 owners finally get to experience one of the best -- and my favorite -- JRPG of this generation.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@fps_d0minat0r I'm not even going to waste my time answering all your dribble. You are just a fanboy without a clue. It's pretty obviousl. You definitely DO NOT own an XBox 360. Just another fanboy, in fantasy land looking for attention. At least I've worked in the gaming business for 10yrs. I have some clue of how it works. You obviously haven't done any research. Just yapping about things you know nothing about. Want proof. You mention Chinatown got a 9.5 and you try to compare it with an XBox game? huh?!? Why would anyone compare a DS' game scores to a 360 or PS3 games? Dude, quality can be judge in many ways. Ratings is just one of them. You says Killzone 2 beats both Halo 3 and Gears 2 together. LMAO!! Uumm no. Not even close. Comment like these just make you look bad and a bit clueless. I've done my research for years. Nuff said. fps_d0minat0r said, "PS3 will exceed xbox by the end of the year in sales despite xbox having a 1 year lead." I'm going to put this on my signature for laughs.

turaaggeli
turaaggeli

@fps_d0minat0r Lol, you call another person a fanboy and tell him to do some research before posting yet you haven't given any either. All I've seen is a bunch of fanboy BS with nothing to back it up. I suggest YOU do some further research before posting nonsense or just keep your mouth shut.

Kashiwaba
Kashiwaba

WOW Xbox fanboys are on rage calm down its just a game it didnt sell well on 360 so they are porting it to PS3 the home of RPGs Iam the one who should be mad I just bought my 360 for their RPGs but look like I wasted my 299$ seems all their RPGs are going to PS3

Thornorway
Thornorway

Tales of Symphoria will be released by Atari in the summer for the 360 and i will definately buy it there even though a ps3 version might pop up at a later time. Atleast if i buy it on the 360 i dont need to install part of the game before playing it.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ XanderZane lol ur funny..... u judge game quality by ratings? ok.....chinatown wars got 9.5 does that mean its better then most of the games on xbox? i didnt think so...... ratings are exclusive to each platform due to differences in hardware. anyways face it....all xbox has is gears and halo.....killzone beats both of them put together. all ur other games are average and PS3's starting to get better versions of them. whats so superior about XBL? its non-dedicated 10 player laggy servers on gears which takes ages just to join a server in the first place? i wouldnt call that superior......superior is 60 players lag free..... hawx had to be 8 players just because of XBL, if it was PS3 exclusive it would have been 32 players like warhawk.....microsoft ruines everthing. actually last week on a UK tv programme called 'watchdog' lots of people reported disk scrathing......so much for the Jasper board hey? RROD is a lot less but if u overplay the xbox, it can still occur which is why lots of people bought the fans. do a bit of research fanboy......u were so keep about sales wernt u? guess whos catching up.....PS3 will exceed xbox by the end of the year in sales despite xbox having a 1 year lead.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

So the PS3 gets a great game in Tales of Vesperia. This is good, isn't it? Not to mention it'll be far superior to the 360 version.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Kashiwaba Just like eternal sonata US version will be released on ps3 after 1 month of the Japanese version. *************************************************************** It'll probably come to the states next year. Don't really care at this point. Most people already played and beat the game by now on the XBox 360. We all know that these games are going to sell like crap in the U.S. and U.K. on the PS3. Eternal Sonata & Enchanted Arms didn't even break 100K on the PS3 in the U.S. or U.K. ============================================== @fps_d0minat0r "but suddenly exclusives from 360 are getting an small upgrade and ported to PS3" exactly.....yet xbox think they got better games....they already know they got worse hardware and they should also realise that XBL is nothing compared to PSN. only advantage they got is cross game chat......id rather have 60 player dedicated servers then cross game chat. *********************************************************** Dude you have no idea what you're talking about. All you need to do is check the scores and ratings on http://www.metacritic.com/ or http://www.gamerankings.com and you will easily see that the XBox 360 has more quality games for it then the PS3. I own both systems. Everyone knows that XBox Live is a superior service then PSN. Sony launched HOME a last year and we really haven't heard anything more about it. It totally flopped in gamers eyes. I checked it out twice and have no desire to go back at this point. Waste of time. There are still loads of features missing from PSN compared to XBox Live. Both the PS3 and 360 have dedicated and Player-to-Player connections. The PS3 doesn't have 100% dedicated server, so wipe that from you brain. lol!! Also the XBox 360 hardware has evovled since launch. With the new Jasper board in place the system is as quiet as the PS3 now and the chance off RROD is a lot less then it was 2 years ago. Do some research before you try to bash something you truly know nothing about. You fanboys need a wakeup call. Come back from fantasy land already.

parhar67
parhar67

@ reaver-x Atleast we lost the exclusive you might not even see after it was released on the xbox.....unlike your high and mighty ps3 where you lost your exclusives before the games were even developed like devil may cry and tekken and GTA 5.....so dont be putting the 360 down because the ps3 had more than its fair share of failures like haze and lair

Kashiwaba
Kashiwaba

Just like eternal sonata US version will be released on ps3 after 1 month of the Japanese version.

Mist00
Mist00

i think itll come to states but after some significant time by which time i might not be interested anymore

parhar67
parhar67

is it me or was north america/europe not mentioned at all for the release?.....not really an exclusive killer if you ask me Japan already has like 100's of RPG titles for the ps3 that will never leave japan just like how final fantasy 13 is only going to release in japan first this year then we (rest of the world) has to wait until next year to get that game....oh well im not crying i play TOV it was a good game:) However like i said no mention of north america at all for it being released

lew_0911
lew_0911

This is great news. Fingers crossed it will get outside-Japan-treatment.

DanBal76
DanBal76

I own the 360 version and the release of a PS3 version doesn't bother me at all (why it should?). BTW, why be angry about the fact that the PS3 version will have some extras? It's only fair since the PS3 audience will have to wait longer to be able to get the game on their system. That happened lot on the PS2/Xbox era (Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams, Genma Onimusha, Fatal Frame II DC, Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance, etc). Now isn't it funny that PS2 owners of yesterday, the same ones that said they didn't bother about PS2 games seeing the release of later and improved Xbox versions, since they played the same game much earlier, are the same PS3 owners of today that praise and make fun of Xbox 360 games seeing later and improved releases on the PS3?

reaver-x
reaver-x

well xbots this is wat happens when you dont support your exclusives.

lukemularczyk
lukemularczyk

Heres an idea, before releasing the game on a new platform, FRICKEN RELEASE IT IN EUROPE. Still no tales of vesparia, apparently we will not be getting Tales of symphonia 2, basically they are nicely showing themselves as the company for screwing europe.

BVCX
BVCX

@gobbo00, Pay and get lag on gears/halo/cod. Also there are full of mutes on there too and it comes with a mic. Party chat keep disconnecting so nobody use it. My $50 should be spend on dedicated servers for all games not one freaking unknown game. PSN got more dedicated servers and its free.

gobbo00
gobbo00

"XBL is nothing compared to PSN" fps d0minat0r what planet are you on? PSN is full of mute's and call of duty 4 an WAW are the only games where, you find most headset users with reasonable voice chat quality ( very good sound de-compression bluetooth audio is highly compressed ). Killzone 2 & SOCOM voice chat is poor when you compare it. Also you can play 52 players on XBL on Frontlines on dedicated servers too.

Saije
Saije

This game was amazing... By far the best JRPG of this gen so far, and in my opinion one of the best JRPG's I've ever played.

BVCX
BVCX

When will MS's contract be over? I been waiting for Ace Combat for years.

Lazay727
Lazay727

I'm just glad some games are finally crossing the line. Hopefully it comes here.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

"but suddenly exclusives from 360 are getting an small upgrade and ported to PS3" exactly.....yet xbox think they got better games....they already know they got worse hardware and they should also realise that XBL is nothing compared to PSN. only advantage they got is cross game chat......id rather have 60 player dedicated servers then cross game chat.