Tales Fans Petition for International Releases


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..

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    Comment by Keigami
    04:56 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's gotta be one of the best pics of Yuri I've ever seen

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad enough Namco only releases the WORST gundam titles to the US so it's no suprise they naturally screw themselves over. personally I want Namco/Bandai's Gaming Department to die so that more Intelligent companies can buy rights from them to produce BETTER and much more marketed games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Muy bonito :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    B.E.L.I.E.V.E. guys login with your psn id and vote yes guys!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How dare they call us hairy barbarians!

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    Comment by Myballz
    02:16 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bandai Namco would be worried more about this issue will it sell or will it not sell worldwide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ehhh screw namco give up on the bastards.

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    Comment by Akumaten
    00:50 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Banco bastards denying me my Tales of Hearts, they are loosing a potential customer

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, this won't work. We tried petitioning them to release an unedited localization of Ace Combat 3 years ago, but they didn't do jack shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From what I've heard, Namco wants to release more Tales games in the US, but the SCEA keeps shooting down every attempt just like they did with Sakura Taisen. Focus your rage on those assholes people

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was already aware that SCEA were responsible for preventing English releases for many great 2D games for the PS2/3 (such as most the better Tales games), because they're fucktards who think 2D is outdated and won't sell (never mind that it sells plenty on other systems).

    But this is the first I've heard about them screwing over Sakura Taisen. Seriously?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!!!


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they are afraid of the game not selling well, why not just sell the whole game as dlc? Fate Unlimited Codes for psp was like that

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:08 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    come on Namco at least localize the 3 ps3 games vesperis, grace f, and the new tales. it's been so long since the ps series had a proper tales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their fervent prayers shall go unanswered by the petty, cruel, capricious Namco gods.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    01:32 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    'Tis the live of a Tales of Fan. Petition for just being able to enjoy the same games as Japanese do for years, get ignored.

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    Comment by Ashlynd
    05:15 04/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dammit I really want to see this game(or any other Tales games for that matter) to be released here in the US. It's bullshit that they have no intentions of releasing here. T.T I fear the RPG gamers in the US may be of a dying breed fairly soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 04/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about learning some Japanese language, instead of trying to force another countries developers to make the effort to translate their own games into your language. WTF Are they thinking? Like Japanese games? Then learn fucking Japanese...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 19/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep crying, you hairy barbarians, you will not get the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia in English. LMFAO. :)

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    Comment by Chal
    02:08 16/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Definitely wish they'd release more of the games in English.
    Especially the other Tales of Destiny games :/

    Hell, if they released the already traslated ones in Europe for once, even that would please me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    spam Namco's Twitter to get our point across, WE WANT MORE TALES GAMES LOCALIZED!! Make sure you type "@NamcoGames" and the hashtag "#TalesFansUnite."

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    Comment by aarond12
    11:41 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You would think Sony would pressure companies like Namco to produce more games for the PS3. Compared to the effort of producing an entirely new game, localizing a game would be easy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why Japs so xenophobic.
    They shoud try to sell internationally.
    Even Japanese I think so.

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    Comment by kaimax
    11:16 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looking at how "foreigners" treats Japan now, it's not strange they're Xenophobic. (the rapelay case to be exact)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 16/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good 'ol rapelay

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish Namco-Bandai would just do it and at least try to make amends for lying to and shortchanging their international fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such a damn shame Yuri is a dude!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An online petition? Oh please. Those never work...

    *Signs anyway*

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This will hopefully be a little more useful than an internet petition since it's a part of Sony's site specifically designed for users to submit requests and suggestions. So hopefully voting this one up won't be a complete waste of time.

    Thanks for reporting on it, anyway. It needs more publicity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i blame Microsoft and the Xbox360 for this!

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    19:31 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I signed it, and I hope Namco Bandai comes to their senses--with the Japanese game market shrinking as it is, it makes no sense to stop releasing some of their main games to the foreign market (for proof that this is the wrong way to go, look at the way most other major Japanese publishers in the last few years--they're focusing more on exports, not vice versa). Tales of Vesperia is especially inexplicable since the long and potentially expensive process of localization was already done on the 360 version, so aside from the cost of actually publishing it, there's no reason not to release the PS3 edition here, aside from one of Microsoft's famous exclusivity agreements that has to make gamers want to punch babies, this 360 owner included.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fap fap fap fap fap....
    so what if it's a trap? I don't care!
    fap fap fap fap fap....

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm happy with importing the japanese versions and being able to understand japanese, mwahahaha :D

    You guys could use this as an opportunity to pick up a new language :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It takes a real otaku to learn a language to play a game, seriously. I guess working isn't an option for most otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not necessary mutually exclusive. I'm studying at university. They offer free language courses there. We're required to complete at least one three semester language course. Guess what I choose :p

    As an added bonus, our female Sensei is damn cute...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I work full time and attend classes on weekends.

    Lots of us otaku find a way somehow.

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    Comment by kechon
    19:40 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, I don't know much about this issue, but are they not making a 360 international version as well?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem lies in that, the timing was bad when they released eternal sonata both times in the western world.

    For the 360, there weren't as much rpg fans. So it didn't sell so well. Mostly just shooters.

    When they released it for the ps3, that console didn't sell as well as 360 did at that time. More people owned the 360 then ps3.

    However, it's now a few years later, and the demo graph changed entirely. There are now a LOTS of ps3 owners. Lots of rpg fans too. So the sales could be very very different.

    Too bad namco doesn't believe that. They only see the sales of Eternal Sonata to make judgment. And that wasn't even a really good rpg.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:44 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um. Actually, Vesperia sold a pretty hefty amount on the 360 even considering the 'limited' market.

    The Japanese players having more PS3s did factor in a lot as well for the PS3 Vesperia sales.

    To me, the best they can do is have it on both 360 and PS3 and cover all the basis and satisfy all the fans of either consoles. There's really no reason to hem it to one demographic or one console.

    This whole 'divide and conquer' thing for Namco isn't working too well in regard to Tales series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea but I never talked about vesperia. Talking about eternal sonata here. And I'm talking about the western world, not japan. Because that was the only time when they released a game for 360 first then released it later on the ps3 in the western world.

    Namco is looking at that as a example.

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    Comment by Hero of Koridai
    07:47 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their lagging fan base is their own fault really. They built up a nice, string one with Tales of Symphonia, and proceeded to kill them off when they released the abysmal Tales of Legendia.

    Tales of the Abyss was a decent shot at bringing them back, but it wasn't quite up to par with Symphonia quality. I was one of those poor fans expecting better, and I didn't end up buying a Tales game after Symphonia again till Vesperia came out.

    Not to mention the many years of time between Symphonia and Vesperia where a bunch of other Tales games got released and fans lost interest when they weren't getting these titles.

    Then they finally do release a good title, Vesperia, but again follow it up with weak titles like Symphonia 2, and more leaving non-Japan fans high and dry. Of course their fan base dwindles again.

    They need to smarten up about their business strategy if they ever want to start selling like hotcakes, and stop releasing lackluster Tales titles. I don't get how the Tekken and Soul Calibur teams can pump out gems all the time, yet Tales Studio can never seem to pull their head out of their ass. Right now is the perfect time to capitalize on a US Tales title anyway. PS3 sales are WAY up than before, JRPG fans are starved for one that doesn't suck, and FF13 has already been release and proved to be lacking.

    Although looking at the "brains" behind the Tales games right now, they'll probably get stupid and release the next big flagship Tales title along side the release of Persona 5 or Disgaea 4 and get their asses handed to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unlike Tales games, Eternal Sonata actually had commercials, and still flopped. They're making the reasonable assumption that a game they won't be advertising as much won't sell as much. Sadly, it's probably true.

    Also, the two Symphonia games and maybe Vesperia were the only ones to really make a profit. They've said that it would take about 100-125k to break even, and yet some of the games barely broke 30-50k.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:49 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, true.

    Then again, I wonder why they are surprised at Eternal Sonata numbers when it was barely even marketed + it was an unknown game. Tales series always did pretty decently in the West, even taking huge chunks of sales with some versions.

    I sorta can't blame them for the horrendous economic conditions and the way the competing consoles + handhelds has fragmented the userbase a bit though. Still, I think they can learn to grow the way Capcom did.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:40 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's sad they don't release the US version of Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, probably because of rampant Piracy in the PSP.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    19:39 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well good luck to them and hope they win. I guess foreign Tales fans deserve to have rights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares about the PS3? I want Tales of Hearts ANIME edition for the DS to be localized <.<
    At least Tales of Innocence got an awesome fantranslation last month, which took 2 years to finish. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well tales of hearts is getting a fan translation, but you probably knew that. Better than nothing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, i knew that. Problem with that is, that i don't have much faith in Groups i never heard of and havn't finished anything before.
    The fantranslation of ToH is getting moved back and forth in between the People who are doing this.
    It's like no one really wants to sub it. lol :/

    I wish absolutezerotranslations would do it like they did ToI. <.<

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    Comment by Resistance
    18:49 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't actually release that the image you used for this article was a CROSSDRESSING Yuri until the third viewing.

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    Comment by thecoach
    18:55 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I WANT HER!!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IT'S A TRAP!!!


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 07/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too cute to be trap but thats the reality.

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    Comment by Yuki
    19:27 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe that's Yuri Lowell cross-playing, isn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find his name an insult -n-

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:36 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the beauty of wanting "her";
    Knowing it's not a HER.

    But it's fine too...

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