I’m still a little bit disappointed we haven’t seen hide nor hair of Tales of Vesperia being released in North America on the PS3. You know, that snazzy enhanced version that they got in Japan? I think it is probably the best standard JRPG this generation, and it is firmly rooted on the Xbox 360 for the time being.
So, what does Namco-Bandai go and do? They announce two new PS3 Tales games and a new PSP title for the franchise, none of which are currently in the cards to come to North America or Europe. What gives? Anyway, that is a question for another time, now let’s look at the three newly announced Tales titles.
First off we have Tales of Graces F. No, I don’t know what the “F” stands for, but I can imagine. This is something you don’t see every day – Tales of Graces is a Wii title that is getting ported to the PS3 in an enchanced, HD version. That sounds pretty slick, if you ask me. Too bad they don’t have any plans to release it in North America anytime soon.
Secondly we have an as-yet-unnamed Tales title, presumably a completely new game, coming straight to the PS3. This was revealed in the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Jump. Again, no plans for North America, but the situation here could possibly be a bit different, considering it appears this game will first show up on the PS3, instead of the Xbox 360 or Wii. So, it is possible a quicker release on this side of the Pacific could be seen.
Finally we have the PSP title Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3, which is coming to Japan sometime in 2011. This means we may or may not see it in Western territories by time the world implodes in upon itself in 2012.
Why am I so negative? I hate to be, since I love the Tales games and I hold Tales of Vesperia up there on a pedestal as probably one of the best JRPGs ever. I guess I’m just passionate about the franchise and I fail to understand why it takes so long to bring stuff across the ocean. But, it is awesome to see so many new and enhanced (ported?) Tales titles in the works. I’m glad the franchise isn’t dying, to say the least.