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9:00 AM on 02.17.2014

Tales of Asteria is like 'Tales Allstars' on mobile

Guys, there's a new Tales game! But it's for Android and iOS! It's called Tales of Asteria, and apparently it'll be a "who's who" of the Tales series. Specifically, it'll include six heroes of old -- Lloyd Irv...

Chris Carter

1:15 PM on 01.23.2014

Tales of Phantasia goes free-to-play on iOS devices

Namco Bandai is doing its best Square Enix impression today, as the publisher has released a free-to-play version of beloved role-playing game Tales of Phantasia on iOS devices in North America. The classic title fi...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Namco unveils first look at Tales of Zestiria footage

Namco Bandai has unveiled the debut trailer for Tales of Zestiria, and it has dragons. The role-playing game is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and will ostensibly release in 2015 in commemoration of the serie...

Kyle MacGregor



Tales of Zestiria announced for PS3 photo
Tales of Zestiria announced for PS3
by Dale North

Namco Bandai has announced that Tales of Zestiria, the latest Tales series game, will be coming to North and South America for the PS3. This is a worldwide announcement -- a first for the series. How nice!

All we know so far is that the RPG will return to its series roots with a fantasy setting. Makoto Yoshizumi, chief producer, says that "this title will be going back to the roots of the series."

All four series designers are on-board for character design: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Cutscenes and openings will be handled by ufotable.

"Over the past few years the Tales Of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe," said Tales producer Hideo Baba. "To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales Of series together with Japanese and overseas fans."

YES. More RPGs. More Tales.

Don't miss the two teaser screenshots in our gallery.

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11:30 AM on 11.27.2013

Namco Bandai begins teasing next Tales project

The next Tales game could be unveiled any minute now. Or maybe in a month or so. Who knows?! Anyway, a teaser site for the next entry in Namco Bandai's acclaimed role-playing game franchise has manifest on the Inter...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 10.27.2013

Namco doesn't have the staff to localize every Tales game

Namco Bandai simply doesn't have the staff to bring every Tales game to Western markets. The publisher prioritizes "flagship titles" like Tales of Xillia when determining what to localize, series producer Hideo Baba told Sili...

Kyle MacGregor





7:30 PM on 10.22.2013

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles heads west in February 2014

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles has set a course to land in North America on February 25, 2014. The PlayStation 3-exclusive HD collection will arrive just a few days later in Europe and Australasia, launching on February 2...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 10.17.2013

Dream on: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tales crossover

What happens when Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tales producers Yosuke Saito, Shinji Hashimoto, and Hideo Baba share space in Japanese monthly V Jump? JRPG nerds fangasm off into the sunset. A snippet of possible collabora...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 10.16.2013

Tales of Bibliotheca movie about as exciting as a library

I like the Tales series of RPGs, and I think that Namco Bandai's iOS story collection app (so far, Japan-only), Tales of Bibliotheca, is a nice idea. But this new trailer looks like such a drag at first -- fair warning. You ...

Dale North

3:00 AM on 10.16.2013

Tales of Symphonia getting a new Collector's Edition

I've only played one Tales game, and it was Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube. It seemed to have just what I wanted, engaging combat and likeable characters in an appropriately insane JRPG plot. Though really, I d...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Namco reveals tanzalizing new Tales of Xillia 2 trailer

A farm fresh Tales of Xillia 2 trailer emerged from the woodwork today. And it's nothing if not intense. The new video intertwines anime cinematics with in-game footage to set the stage for what looks to be yet another ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 10.10.2013

Namco hates you: Tales of Hearts R is on iOS in Japan

I don't want to break your Tales of Hearts, Tales fans, but I guess it builds character. Tales of Hearts was a DS game that never got localized. It's supposed to be quite good. Namco polished the game, added a new character, ...

Steven Hansen

7:45 PM on 09.30.2013

Tales of Phantasia hits 150,000 downloads in five days

Tales of Phantasia has garnered a pretty sizable following since its debut on the Japanese App Store last week. In its first five days on the market, the classic role-playing game managed to generate upwards of 150,000 downlo...

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 09.30.2013

New subtitled Tales of Symphonia Chronicles trailer

Here's a nice, long trailer for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the upcoming PS3 game, set to launch next year in both North America and Europe. It's in Japanese with subtitles, and contains a lot of hugging, yelling, and swo...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Tales of Xillia 2 trailer flashes English voicework

If it seems like Tales of Xillia just came out, well, it kind of did. The outstanding JRPG only launched a few short weeks ago, but that isn't stopping Namco Bandai from promoting the impending sequel. The publisher has star...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Tales of Xillia photo
Review: Tales of Xillia
by Kyle MacGregor

Some things never really change. Sharks, for example, have existed for millions of years. These creatures have witnessed the birth and extinction of countless species. They endure as time ceaselessly marches forward. A constant in an ever-changing world, they remain the spitting image of ancestors that once patrolled the oceans at a time when dinosaurs walked the earth.

Like sharks, the Japanese role-playing game is essentially a living fossil. The venerable genre has seen others rise from the primordial soup, evolve, wither, and perish. A product of a bygone age, the JRPG still remains very much akin to its early paradigms.

The Tales series epitomizes this abstraction. Refreshingly old-fashioned, the franchise continues to tiptoe toward perfection while many of its peers struggle to reinvent themselves. Tales of Xillia stays true to its roots, providing a largely traditional experience with some unique twists.

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