International fans of Namco’s blockbuster Tales series of RPGs desperate to see English releases have launched that most effective of pressure campaigns, an Internet petition.
The petition, currently enjoying modest success and with the high proportion of approvals which might be expected of a fan petition, is of course completely non-binding upon either Sony or Namco.
Namco has already denied it has any plans to release Vesperia’s non-beta version to the hairy barbarians.
Namco’s recent international releases of the series have for whatever reasons not done very well (although its Japanese releases are only enjoying a shadow of their former popularity as well) – as a result it seems Namco has completely shelved localisation plans in favour of releasing pathetic God of War knock-offs for the western market.
With Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces and an unnamed Tales PS3 exclusive all lacking any sign of English PS3 release, it seems the stakes are high for non-Japanese speaking Tales fans – with enough neglect whatever release sustaining fandom currently remaining could be dissipated, reducing the chances for a successful release even further..