Tales of Graces f confirmed for March 13 release

Latest entry in Namco Bandai's long-running RPG series set to make Western debut with high-definition PS3 edition early next year.

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Next year is shaping up to be a big one for fans of Japanese role-playing games. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is set for a January 31 launch, Xenoblade Chronicles will arrive April 2, and Namco Bandai's latest game in its Tales series will be released in between the two. The publisher today announced that the PlayStation 3-exclusive Tales of Graces f will hit North American shores on March 13.

Fun fact: There were no Tales of Graces a-e.

Tales of Graces f takes place on Efinea, a planet dominated by three kingdoms competing for the right to rule. After losing a close friend, Asbel, the eldest son of a feudal lord, enlists in a knight's academy in his kingdom's capital to learn to better protect those he loves. Asbel's father subsequently dies, and Asbel then takes his place as a feudal lord, and the adventure begins.

Tales of Graces originally saw release on the Wii in Japan in December 2009. The game was followed by Tales of Graces f for the PlayStation 3, which sold more than 250,000 units in Japan within two weeks of its release in December 2010. The original Wii version was not released in the US.

For more on Tales of Graces f, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

90 comments
drgribb
drgribb

aww, boo- bring the wii version to the US! I think I heard nintendo fans (USA) are getting tales of the abyss on 3ds though so at least there's a little bit of tales games going around for everyone.

GRE3NJ3LLY
GRE3NJ3LLY

Bought a PS3 just for this :D It had better be worth it!

shadowkirby2007
shadowkirby2007

I can't Wait :D I was looking Forward Playing Tales of Graces F for a long time..Placed a Reserve @ Gamestop back in October xD

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

im still playing the demo off the japan psn store

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

Next year is going to be a great year. @suffering-evil You forgot one other crucial JRPG as well. Not only are we getting Xenoblade and Tales of Graces, but Ni No Kuni is coming as well. Also with Devil Survivor 2 on the DS, this makes me one happy Guy!!! :D

suffering-evil
suffering-evil

2012 is the year of JRPG, Tales Of graces, Xenoblade, all I need is the confirmation that last story is also coming state side and I got my top wants of 2012 right here!!!!!

CTR360
CTR360

i hope coming on europe soon i can wait for this game

Jesushazluv
Jesushazluv

As a wise person once said, "Time to buy a PS3."

thetruth7
thetruth7

Finally! I've waited so long :) Can't wait :D

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

Fun fact: "f" in Tales of Graces f stands for Future as "FES" in Persona 3 FES stands for Festival. I guess that answers for the label in the image...

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Technically, Tales of Xillia is their latest. We don't get more these because they don't sell well. And why don't they sell well? because the developer devotes ZERO resources to marketing. Seriously, if you're not a fan of JRPGs, you probably don't even know about the Tales of series. Surely Namco-Bandai could spare some of the money they made off their various anime licensed games (DBZ, Naruto) and their own franchises (Soul Calibur and Tekken) to advertise some of their other releases. It's a shame they can't even be bothered to push titles they develop internally.

blackace
blackace

I wish they would have included the original game that was on the Wii with this PS3 exclusive. I wonder if there is any big difference between Tales of Graces and Tales of Graces f? In any case, I will be pre-ordering all these games. I've already pre-ordered FF XIII 2 and will get XenoBlade and Tales of Graces f. Thank you Namco. Tales of Versperia was incredible.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

Awsome. I enjoyed Vesperia quite a bit. Put a ton of hours into that game.

HYPERROY
HYPERROY

Well looks better them the last ones I have seen the pass few years, the last one that was pretty good was Tales of S!!

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

ABOUT DAMN TIME now about Tales of Xilia ¬¬

-Vulpix-
-Vulpix-

Sounds good will be looking forward to this

calvinsora
calvinsora

RPG games are getting more market share outside of Japan, that makes me very happy. This looks promising, though my primary anticipation lies with FFXIII-2.

StanleyL
StanleyL

I came here thinking there was a typo in the headline. No, it's just a Japanese game.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Nice, I hear this is an amazing tales game. Can't wait. @RuinKaiser39 Also makes sense since the 360 isn't as big in Japan.JRPG's are more of a, hey we sold really well in Japan, Lets see how the rest of the world likes it.

RuinKaiser39
RuinKaiser39

Like how some complain that this isn't coming to Xbox in America. However, I'm pretty sure there isn't a Xbox version in the first place, in Japan..............Since each tales is exclusive to one system and than a re-released updated version for another system.

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

Fun Fact Gamespot: FF XIII-2 isn't a JRPG, its rubbish.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Greatly looking forward to this as Vesperia never got a PS3 release outside of Japan.

Elegant_Elegist
Elegant_Elegist

@Metal Kitten: IIRC, there is a Europe release planned; the date just has not been announced yet.

twztid13
twztid13

It sucks that it won't even look as good as Vesperia since it's an up-res'd Wii game (which I'd rather play, as it'd be cheaper). Tales of Xillia, on the other hand, is a true blue exclusive, made for ps3. I hope that gets brought over within 3-5 years.

TheDigitalDomo
TheDigitalDomo

sigh... I'm such a sucker for these kinds of games

Unholy123
Unholy123

Tales games hmm I do enjoy them but this one looks like one of those I switch to japanese voices with sub's because the english actors have about as much emotion in them as bricks

cheese232323
cheese232323

bring back classic turn based in modern games. also wtb good english voice actors...

syseong
syseong

Sadly, this game character artworks is not base on my favorite artist Kosuke Fujishima from Tales of Vesperia.

franzito
franzito

Between this and FF XIII-2, this one might its chance. I always had a soft spot for "cutey games" ; )

metalkitten
metalkitten

must buy for me - well import buy since they dont mention europe

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@CWZaft Might require some money saving, but having both machines help. Specially when it comer to PS3 being region-free. Got my catherine the same week it was released in NA, people here in Europe still ahve to wait until february..

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@quicksilver_03 You know what they said when they were asked about why they were not releasing PS3 Vesperia outside of Japan?, they answered "Vesperia for 360 sold very little in Europe, people does not want to buy it". So, they were completely unable to udnerstand the your sales go quite down if you release a game ONLY in english in a region with 23 official languages. They rather blame the user for not buying their unlocalized game. So, as you say, they are not very bright at marketing. I'm buying this one tough and still HOPE they will be smart enough to release the PS3 Vesperia.

TehReaper
TehReaper

hmmmm this might make me get a ps3

quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

Namco-Bandai are just idiots. There's a lot of people who wanted JRPG games and they don't want to localize it in the US. That shows they don't listen very well to the people's demand. When Tales Of Vesperia was released exclusive on X-Box 360 many PS3 players we're disappointed and the company felt that they'd get a hefty profit from Microsoft, but instead they lost more money because of the number of sales. Now they're just too scared to invest their money again in the US. Listen up NAMCO-BANDAI...listen to the player's demand and stop being a wuss. A lot of people wanted the other games to be localized and so please please please release more good JPRG games especially most of he popular Tales like Tales Of Vesperia on PS3 and expand your release not just only one specific console but possibly all of the different consoles. I dare challenge you with this message.

Rovelius
Rovelius

first Dark Souls, then this... Bamco is doing well these days.

DFBTG
DFBTG

About bloody time! Although I wish they'd release the PS3 version of Vesperia instead. Don't get me wrong, I'll probably still play and buy this game, but Vesperia is one of my favorite games, and I'd love to have all the extra stuff the PS3 version has, without having to import/learn Japanese.

OceanLord33
OceanLord33

It feels just like yesterday, how i would complain to friends so little translated JRPG there are on the ps3. Now i could keep my mouth shut for uhmm... a year? :X

CWZaft
CWZaft

Figures, no Xbox version. They'll bring it over to the US on PS3 only, then complain about low sales and claim it's because we aren't interested in their game. I've got nothing against PS3, but a lot of US gamers have an Xbox, not a PS3. Putting a game out on only one or the other is just shooting yourself in the foot.

cameio
cameio

getting this at Day one of course, now please Namco Bandai bring talse of Vasperia for NA on the PS3 :)

Barighm
Barighm

@magicalclick That tends to happen when games don't sell. Don't expect to ever see another Tales game on Xbox. Heck, the whole move was a head scratcher in the first place. I'm just happy I got the chance to enjoy watching the journeys of one of the franchise's best protaganists, if not the best, in Yuri.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

I think I never saw a good anime game except for Persona 4.

Zelosthebrave
Zelosthebrave

Don't forget The Last Story and Didn't this come out for the Wii?

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

So lame how Namco aren't localizing the Wii version...

Anime_Fan1986
Anime_Fan1986

Now that's what I'm talkin about. Xenoblade, Tales of Graces f, FFXIII- 2. Finally some RPGs