Tales will undoubtedly be reduced to tears of what must be joy with the news of “Tales of Asteria”, the latest entry in Namco Bandai’s Tales series, and now targeted at the casual-centric mobile platforms of iOS and Android – finally introducing Tales gamers to the joys of microtransactions and social gaming.

The scarcely detailed PV:

The preview reveals it to be a crossover title featuring various franchise favourites, and as a non-“mothership” title its release will likely have no bearing on the next main Tales game.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Just give up on JP game companies already. It's clear that they no longer have any idea what they're doing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, they do if they're only concerned about profits and cost of development. When it comes to profit, mobile phone apps/games make the most from microtransactions or even ad revenue. It wouldn't even be a surprise if video games are all together replaced by these mobile apps in the future. It's the death of video games altogether. The only way to stop this is if it wasn't so profitable which will rely on people not having some sort of gambling addiction. These mobile apps are akin to running a cheap casino or pachinko parlour.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You stupidly type like you know so much about Japanese game companies. I have always loved the titles that Japanese game companies have created. Go back and play your Xbox One "Call of Booty" and shut the fuck up.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    16:37 19/02/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Man, the trolls on Sancom have really fallen a long way...that as not even clever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casual games are a good source of income for studios.

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    Comment by Marlon
    05:20 24/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yap, so what's the problm let the company make some extra bucks anyway?
    I do not understand these kids now days... I swear I do not! ._.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I dont get it though. these jrpgs dont really need to look that graphicly good on consols or even pc so why go mobile alone?....oh its a card game?.... nope.avi

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 20/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not cringing by the fact that it's a mobile game rather than it's just another Tales crossover game. There's already too many Tales in-series crossover games and all of them just turns out to have bland system and give or take identical character roster anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 20/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does it upset you so much? Namco Bandai don't care enough to translate these games anyway. And the dungeon series Tales crossover games were quite good, had to import 2 and 3 because Namco Bandai don't care about us non Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ..."Too"? Tales has been making mobile games since the last generation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funnily enough the only magazines criticizing the trend aren't gaming media or even remotely related to them but magazines such as TIMES and Forbes who point out all the flaws with the current microtransactions and concentration on mobile/casual gaming.
    Basically what we have in the works here might be a new video game industry crash. They even quoted some guy from a gaming company who basically said "we could wrap up shit and it would still sell" a few months before the entire industry came crashing down.

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    Comment by Abysselene
    16:31 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only RPGs I would like to see on mobile are Tactical RPGs.
    I would have turn into such a useless geek if I had Disgaea on mobile in highschool...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tales of Miseria.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    03:13 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Social gaming wouldn't exist if people didn't buy into it. But of course there is a market for it. Otherwise why else would a company start a project that only has profit loss rather than gain.

    I would just love to see the mobile gaming scene to disappear. People like Review TechUSA praise gaming on smartphones. When you get reviewers like this guy of course people will eat up on it and Bandai of course will jump aboard. It's so sad. Ignorant fellows who settle for crap.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Mobile games are dirt cheap to make, so even crappy sale figures are in fact quite good. It's normal any game maker would think turning to smartphones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This focus on smartphone gaming is killing us. There is more to gaming than card battles and microtransactions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's sad is that these aren't even really card games with any sort of in-depth mechanics. It's just rub this card against another and see whoever has the bigger numbers wins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But card battle games are easier to program and microtransactions bring in more money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait till IRL card battle on motorcycle

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Yugioh!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you don't like it, don't buy it. If it is available for something else than mobile device(s), you can buy it for that something else (TV console, computer, whatev) instead. If you want take it with you, buy the mobile version. There are decent mobile games out there.

    I can predict someone say: "Name one". I name Panzer Corps

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one is saying that there aren't great games on mobile platforms. Way to be a fanboy. We're just tired of all the strong focus leaving out those who want a complete game that doesn't require in app purchases to enjoy. If more games came out like Zenonia 1 where the came was a whole from the first purchase gamers wouldn't be so upset.

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    Comment by DonX
    02:10 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let´s hope it´s not another one of those "Social" card games. Somthing similar to the Radiant Mythology games would be cool thought.

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    Comment by Tsukuyomi17
    02:04 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    At the very least, it's not the only game they're working on. There's Tales of Zestiria for PS3.

    Still sad about it though, would've liked a vita game or another PS3/PS4 game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF!!! I'm sad now. ;(

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 20/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ha-ha, japanese console market is dead

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So this make the third Tales of Mobile series with first being Tales of Kizna and second being Tales of Card Evolve.

    I don't care about what others said, but as long as there will be more card illustrations from the game, I support the game.

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    Comment by Spigot
    07:33 20/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they don't put too much money into development I'm sure they'll get some profit out of it.

    Also please tell me this isn't a mothership title. Please please please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be awesome when this whole mobile app bubble will burst.

    Comment by Anonymous

    zomg they don't give a fuck about the people and only care about money? :shocked: not really.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Finally introducing Tales fans to microtransactions? I'm pretty sure Vesperia already introduced that long ago!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why are people so butthurt by this? Zesteria's the new true Tales game coming out on 2015, this is just something of a spin-off.

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    Comment by Anyien
    07:43 19/02/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because it´s on Ios and Android instead of XBone, 360, PS3 and PS4.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I would be mad if Zesteria didn't exist, but this knee-jerk reaction is just sad. Like people getting angry at Persona Dancing, when in fact we also get Persona 5 and 2 other Persona Games.

    Blame the Smartphone game industry in Japan if you want to rant.

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