Tales of Graces F journeying to North America

Namco Bandai confirms latest installment in anime-infused action RPG series is "coming soon" to US on PS3.

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Namco Bandai has already had a busy day following news this morning that it would be publishing From Software's Dark Souls in 2011 and Armored Core V in 2012. However, the publisher isn't stopping there, and this time it will be fans of Japanese role-playing games that should take note. Namco Bandai has updated its official Tales website to announce that Tales of Graces F is "coming soon" to North America on the PlayStation 3.

The quest for strength and wisdom is practically the national pastime in Japan.

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, a game that sold more than 250,000 units in Japan within two weeks of its release in December 2010.

For more on Tales of Graces F, check out GameSpot's hands-on with the game from the 2010 Tokyo Game Show.

Discussion

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archvile_78
archvile_78

This alone will make me buy a PS3 sometime next year, apparently Gamestop release dates have this dated for February 7 2012.

Kinpong
Kinpong

hmm great news,cant wait

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

this game has almost been out in japan for gonna be three years in December now and we north american gamers are still waiting... Seriously they claim to complain about not making any money on this game but yet they don't release it here how can you make money on a product if you don't give it to a market?

sonictank
sonictank

This is great i know i'll be buying this for my ps3 since im a HUGE big fan of the tales series

DKnutz187
DKnutz187

another 60$ piece of sh*t game i wonder do they even give any thought to any of these games i know rpg's arent really making a splash but come on give us something worth are money and not a waste of are time

santinegrete
santinegrete

I'm SO ASHAMED that I didn't know this earlier. I really hope this set precedents so they can bring more Tales games here. I played Vesperia on the 360, and even if it's stripped compared to the PS3 counterpart, it's way better than nothing if you can't read kanjii or whatever. @currentlemon Are you playing your imported version of the games withouth any tricks, hacks or downgrading in your PS3 purchased in USA? If that's so... can you confirm me that the game has no regional protection, etc?

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

@chang_1910, well I don't own it but I've been tracking it for a long time. I was thinking about getting the JP version but then namco did this! Anyway that's what the f means. When they decided to rerelease the game on PS3 in japan they decided to expand the story also. The only bad thing about this is, once you beat it you return to the normal post game from the original game. This means the character you can only get/use in the "future" story cannot be used anymore... Still it's 2 games in 1 which is pretty nice!

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

"Tales of" has the best battle system any Japaneses RPG series. Every battle in the series is fun, fast paced, and a work of art. I wish Namco would bring more of the "Tales of" series to the States, and its a shame that they don't.

BLACKWINGS17
BLACKWINGS17

This is absolutely awesome news - but can Namco Bandai please finally give us Tales Of Vesperia for the PS3 too? That game is my favorite JRPG of my entire gaming career, and sealed the deal of my preference for the Tales games over even the Final Fantasy series.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

oh and symphonia's sequel...i think thats it

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

finally another tales of game is making it to the states.... wishin they would bring ALL of them here...:( we only got a handful (phantasia, destiny, eternia (destiny 2 in the US), symphonia, legendia, the abyss, and vesperia...and we only got only the first tales of the world raidiant mythology game as well...am i forgetting any?)

Starfox_Fox23
Starfox_Fox23

I want. D: I has PS3 and Xbox 360. :P I will get one game for PS3.

chang_1910
chang_1910

awesome... @NettoSatio: really? that is awesome.. how do you know? u own the game? source? Is a sequel I`m guessing... :)

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

its not confirmed that graces f will be brought over on the ps3 but i'm 90% sure thats what they will release it on >.> it'd be weird if it was released on the wii. and vesperia ps3 enhanced port is already teased for localization btw.

DFBTG
DFBTG

I would have preferred the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia, but I guess I have to take what I'm given. Sigh. Curse you Namco Bandai!

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

@That_Guy64 Port? You mean localize? Graces was originally on the Wii, and Graces F is the port. Not going to happen.

That_Guy64
That_Guy64

*sigh* im still wanting this for wii i dont own a ps3 and im never gonna be able to buy one so im hoping namco has enough heart to port it over to wii 2

Fullmetal79
Fullmetal79

Just found out and this is awesome news! I loved Tales of Vesperia and wished it would never end, but it did.:( I heard about Graces a few months ago and hoped Namco Bandai would bring it stateside and now they are. Woooooooo!!! Now, If only they'd put Repede in Graces.:)

DreamorDie
DreamorDie

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, I

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

now all we need is port the last story to north america and Europe, and we'll have everything (so please mistwalker begin to translate it)

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

lol it's not just a Wii port. Graces f actually includes 2 games. Once you finish Tales of Graces, the 2nd story opens up (which is around 3/4ths as long as the original story).

Th3_Gray_Ghost
Th3_Gray_Ghost

I'm so excited, a 2 year old wii port!!!! Dated graphics, on a average JRPG, how refreshing. I want it now!!! where do i pre-order?

Ragnarok-64
Ragnarok-64

Tales of Grace I am SO EXCITED! I am really into Vesperia at the moment, I can't wait for Grace.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

Wait wait..PS3 owners are finally getting a Tales game..And people are complaining..Its not Vasperia from what I am seeing it seems that each system is getting a Tales game..That will be exclusive to that said system in NA..And PS3 owners are getting Grace F..Live with it..

currentlemon
currentlemon

I heard that the Tales studio of Namco(The studio makes the game, the company itself publishes it) didn't bring Graces to the Wii originally, because they didn't have any money. After 2 years from combined sales of Vesperia(PS3) and Graces(Wii and PS3), They finally had a chance to import the PS3 version of Graces. For people complaining about it not being Vesperia you have two options 1. Get a 360(if you don't have one) and buy that version, yes it's outdated, but it's better than nothing. 2. If you have a PS3 IMPORT IT. It's cheaper than getting a 360 if you don't have one. Don't be turned off since it's Japanese I imported Graces F and it's all in Japanese and I only know a few Japanese words, but I didn't care. Just be glad we have Graces and hopefully it'll sell well so we can get Xillia.

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

@ Aero_Slasher That's EXACTLY what I mean. It's a great idea! Not only would it make some 360 owners happy, but they would profit from it as well. Bamco's marketing strategies though, however....are a bit..odd. One thing is certain, they need to stop attempting to cater to the west with their subpar "western" games(Such as Splatterhouse). You know what WOULD truly cater to the west though? Tales games.

Kid2812
Kid2812

With the review of Killzone 3 (stupid Gamespot), I 4got to check this out. I can't wait for this game to come out :D

Aero_Slasher
Aero_Slasher

I may catch some flack for this, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this appear on both the 360 and PS3. It's no secret the 360 has a firmer base outside of Japan. I also don't think it's a bad idea for more people to have access to the game, as it can increase profitability. However, this is Namco we're talking about, so...

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

@S0mEGuY12 i understand. didn't mean to sound like a jerk lol. I'm just saying that for the past 15 years, people always associated jrpgs with playstation.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Thank god it's on PS3. I was going to raise hell if the Wii backport rumor turned out to be true.

Metamania
Metamania

And when I'm talking about Vesperia for 360, I'm talking about the remake that was made on the PS3 that should also be ported to the 360!

thingta42
thingta42

Yah!, however i was hoping for a ToV2

Metamania
Metamania

Very disappointing! Where is Vesperia or a new Tales game on the 360? WTH?

bigmouthkid
bigmouthkid

It's about damn time we get a Tales game for the PS3 over to the states.

katsumotto
katsumotto

yeah tu2pac, me too, its my favorite, but all we can do right now is support them by 'liking' their tales facebook

tu2pac
tu2pac

I still want Tales of V for PS3 ....

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

@ dipsetboy17 Who said anyone was surprised? I don't think anyone said they were surprised. Who would be? No console is "made" for jrpgs. I personally think ANY console is "made" for jrpgs. What the PS3 IS made for, however, and better for imo, are fighting games. Some may agree. Some may disagree. It's personal preference. It's just that some 360 owners may want in on some of the fun, especially in how much of an "incomplete" state the 360 version of Vesperia was.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

now its time fro atlus to get Catherine in here!

BigWorld41
BigWorld41

Day one for me. Hopefully this will secure the release of Tales of Xillia!

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

This is the PS3 owners chance to buy many copies of this game! Spread the word, tell your friends about it, & buy it new! We need to show Namco-Bandai some support of the tales series! Otherwise, we may never see another Tales game outside of Japan again (either that, or it will take a very long time for another Tales game to arrive outside Japan).

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@lazyathew yeah that why im getting the new bleach game from japan

Maxim_Bryant
Maxim_Bryant

@Gh05t_ I agree completely! It's been a while since I played a Tales game... and that was for PS2. Tales of the Abyss, I believe.

Gh05t_
Gh05t_

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cameio
cameio

Oh GOD I LOVE YOU NAMCO BANDAI three games and all of them my favorates i love Demon's soul and now Dark soul i'll be getting it at day one, and i love the Armored Core series and the new one looks crazy, of course i love the Tales of series so i'll be getting this too but please release it as soon as possible one last thing please please bring talse of Vasparia too :)

ryangcnx-2
ryangcnx-2

Why is everyone complaining, as much as I would like them to localize the PS3 Vesperia, I still have the 360 version in ENGLISH! I personally want Graces F over Vesperia for the PS3 if we can only have one since it's the one with no English version at all. So all of you stop whining and just make sure to go buy it, if this does good then we can get Xilla, then we won't have to worry about missing games in this franchise. Besides, all of you are gonna realize that its a good game, its a Tales game, I don't think there's been a bad one yet.

Gr33nHippo
Gr33nHippo

augh! wrong game Bandai... we don't want Graces, we want Vesperia!!