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.
Latest entry in Namco Bandai's long-running RPG series set to make Western debut with high-definition PS3 edition early next year.
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.
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.
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
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
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!!!!!
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...
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sadly, this game character artworks is not base on my favorite artist Kosuke Fujishima from Tales of Vesperia.
Between this and FF XIII-2, this one might its chance. I always had a soft spot for "cutey games" ; )
@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..
@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.
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.
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.
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
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.
getting this at Day one of course, now please Namco Bandai bring talse of Vasperia for NA on the PS3 :)
@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.
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