Tales of Symphonia Chronicles HD Gets Its First Trailer

By Ishaan . June 20, 2013 . 8:30am

Namco Bandai have officially released the first promotional video for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles HD. As previously detailed, this compilation includes Tales of Symphonia and its sequel, Dawn of the New World, on a single disc.



Tales of Symphonia Chronicles HD will be available in Japan on October 10th. North America, Europe and Australia will get the game sometime in 2014.

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  • Courtney Levi Osborn

    SO PUMPED! lol

  • idrawrobots

    I would have been all over this if they would have built a remake of both on the Xillia engine. I’m not sure about this yet.

    • LynxAmali

      Impossible without very heavy modifications to the engine as a whole.

      • idrawrobots

        It’s not impossible. Tales games have been remade before, it could happen again.

        • LynxAmali

          I was reffering to the engine Xilla uses.

          Its impossible for Symphonia (at least, the Symphonia we know) to run it because it WAS made for Xilla specifically.

    • We wouldn’t be getting the game if it was built from the ground up.
      Think of it this way: since it’s a port it’s easier to localize and it lets us catch up with the japanese release schedule.
      It shortens the gap between japanese release and localization while giving Symphonia fans love.
      It’s a win-win market decision.

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        There is no guarantee that’s true. Namco may not even be able to use all the audio tracks from the previous game US release. Depends on how US audio licensing laws work.

    • Guest

      Agreed.Symphonia aged,for sure.Although the first looks kinda nice because of the celshading….DotNW still looks bland as always,though.

      This port should have been made and released a long time ago.

    • Raltrios

      The only change to the battle system I’d want is to make it so you can freely move around the battlefield, ala Abyss and Vesperia.

    • Ali

      I quite frankly agree, I haven’t played DoTN and I’m still left wondering if i should support this…

  • Closet_Ninja

    well i’m really looking forward to this release state side. I wonder how they will make it?

  • Keima88

    I once borrowed my GC version to a *friend*. Never saw it again…

    Oh well I will see it next year then.

  • MrRobbyM

    The game looks awesome in HD. So clear and the colors look great. Even the textures ain’t bad. But I’m more excited for the anime cutscenes. They’re going to look amazing in HD.

  • Tales_of_Master

    Holy **** the nostalgia is killing me. Here is hoping for the PS2 version of TOS to be the one included. We never got that one in English, but it shouldn’t be too hard to translate the few extra stuff for the HD release.

    • GH56734

      It is the PS2 one, with some extra costumes.

  • Hearing Starry Heavens used again…what a good feeling!

  • RichyGaming

    Did they remake the animation cutscenes? They look beautiful considering it came from Gamecube

    • piichan

      They used the ps2 as source for the port. Tho it was one of the better looking games in the GC library.

  • DesmaX

    This looks surprisingly good in Full HD (The video).
    Even the anime cutscenes looks nice.

    Oh well, they could just make a lame job, and I would buy it anyway

    • Courtney Levi Osborn

      me too! lol I was going to buy it regardless

  • ZEROthefirst

    Looks good, but still not sure if I’ll buy since I have the original games, and the only real new difference is it’s Symphonia for the PS2 (so a few new tid bits) crisper quality and Trophies. Would definitely recommend this for anyone who hasn’t played these games before or wants the games and doesn’t want to pay the ridiculous prices for the originals online.

    I’m looking at you specifically Amazon

  • Both games look really good. I can’t wait to pick this up next year. The songs were awesome too especially the one by Misono in the Dawn of The New World part of the video.

    Also, I played Tales Of Symphonia on the Gamecube, but never finished it. Can someone tell me the difference between the Gamecube and the PS2 version?

    • Zakai

      so sad we can’t get japanese dubs sounds so cool :(

      • Warboss Aohd

        be thankful we iz gettin’ it at all.

      • Nightmare637

        What does that have to do with what your replying to?

      • Firekitty

        Actually, if you’ll look at some of the more recent comments, it sounds like the Western release WILL contain the Japanese voices. Happy day!

    • ThatOneGuy

      Every character has a mystic arte/hi-ougi and a few different glitches ^_^ while the gc ver had it’s own glitches and Genis, Colette, and Lloyd only could use the mystic arte/hi-ougi

    • In PS2 version everyone who didnt have a Mystic Arte now has one (some even getting two) and Sheena’s summons now have cut-ins to match the rest of the cast having MAs.
      Everyone gets new costumes (like Colette wearing Lloyd’s costume). The casino is now completely functional. There are new artes (like Regal’s Dragon Swarm) and spells (like Colette’s Grand Cross) and Unison Attacks (some with Regal who had none in GCN). Bosses also gain some new moves in harder difficulties and there are “new” (more like glorified refights) bosses in the secret dungeon. The affection system has been changed slightly so you actually need to be a friend of Kratos for him to activate his Flanoir scene.The opening theme was changed and many bugs were fixed.
      Not much else apart from that…

      EDIT: Oh yeah and new victory/battle quotes, new anime FMVs and the skits now are animated.

  • StarWarudo

    Still my favorite Tales game.

  • chroma816

    Never got a chance to play the originals, so I’m definitely picking this up (and the Xillia ones when they come out later this year).

  • Radiosity

    Pre-ordered. Now to wait impatiently for October to roll around.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    I wonder if ToS: DotNW HD will have the little extras the European version on Wii had …

  • Spirit Macardi

    Wait, Lloyd is the one getting the Guy Cecil costume? Wouldn’t it make more sense to give it to Emil, considering they’re both voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch? x3

    I just really wonder how much effort will be put into the localization, especially considering the 3DS port of Tales of the Abyss wasn’t touched up at all for the US release (they didn’t even get the VAs back to record audio for the skits). Symphonia 2 is likely identical to the original US release, but the original is getting all the additions from the PS2 version that never came over.

    Simply refusing to record new audio and leaving the additions unvoiced would be cheap and lazy (though they’d probably do it, since they’re Namco…), but at the same time many of the voice actors changed since the initial release because it was Nintendo’s financing of the original that allowed them to hire union talent like Tara Strong and Crispin Freeman. So if they were to use the new actors just for the additional content, you’d get a very jarring experience.

    Well, I guess all I can hope for in the end is that they don’t cut Presea’s Klonoa costume from Symphonia 1, considering they axed his cameo from the Tales of Hearts remake.

  • Pfantzypantz

    oh man, getting teary-eyed… Symphonia is one of my favorites, was a big part of my life. Very happy seeing it get back into action.

    • MrRobbyM

      Symphonia made me the JRPG nerd I am today.

      • piichan

        I might be flamed for this but I tried playing TOP before TOS then TOV when I got a 360 but none of them come close to TOS. I’m willing to try TOX to see if I might like it, but TOS will still the best of them all for me.

        • MrRobbyM

          Bless your soul. ToS is my favorite too. I’ll admit it was my first and I;ve tried getting into the older games but I can’t. ToX looks okay but really different. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I’m not sure if I’m going to like it.

        • LynxAmali

          I only liked a few characters in ToS (as a whole) but I loved the plot. I still think Hearts and Vesperia have my favorite characters though.

          • piichan

            I for one liked everyone in vesperia except Rita. I cannot grasp what people like in her and why tsunderes exist in general.

        • Ladius

          Honestly I feel the opposite, while Symphonia is still a likeable game it was completely overshadowed by later entries in the series in terms of gameplay, to the point of being really outdated once you get used to Graces f, Vesperia or even Abyss.

          Also, I felt the characters’ interactions in Symphonia weren’t handled as well as in later entries, and the pseudo-sd style of the character models is somewhat off-putting compared to most other 3D Tales games.

  • Ni

    buying this solely for Symphonia

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Didn’t play these two, so it will be my first experience. I’m looking forward to it, since I heard great things about Symphonia. ^^

  • BloodyNights

    Dis looks BALLIN! :D

  • HerosLight

    I wonder if we’ll get the Japanese intro or American intro when it releases in the US?

    I never heard the Japanese Intro until now, and I find it much more better.

    • MrRobbyM

      I’ hoping for both. You know when you leave the title screen on for a while it usually plays the intro again? It can alternate between the NA intro and Japanese intro. That way everyone is satisfied. I think Vesperia had that feature

      • Warboss Aohd

        like Persona FES had, alternated between FES opening (which i liked betta personally…..which iz odd cause i’m not huge on Rap an’ i liked da original openin’) an’ Persona 3 Vanilla’s openin’.

        Dat would be reasonable.

    • Firekitty

      It could also work like Resonance of Fate, and have the game detect what language was selected the last time you loaded a save, and play the appropriate opening.

    • Barrylocke89

      The real question is whether or not it will have the Gamecube Opening or the PS2 opening. (it’s kinda implyed by the trailer that it’ll have both, the GC opening plays during the main trailer, and the PS2 opening plays at the very end)

  • shirayuki75

    I haven’t played the first ToS, but I have played its annoying sequel with friends. Marta is the best. I would love to get them both again, but is the first good for multi-player? I’ve heard about its camera thing. And I hope that they use the Japanese opening for it like they’re doing with ToX.

    • Wappuli

      Multi-player is fine on first ToS, the camera problem was fixed in PS2 version.

  • IshimaruKaito

    this literally just brought back a “RUSH” of good memories i dont think i can write down the level of excitment that im feeling right now!!! im REEAAALLLYY excited for this game! *sigh* the memories :-)

    (makes me want to hook up my wii and play them both again)

  • piichan

    I always envied japan for getting a more superior TOS ps2 port. Not anymore!

  • Learii

    i haven’t play tales of symphoia before now is my chance can’t wait

    btw why there 2 tales of symphoia?

    • piichan

      Tales of Symphonia for the gamecube and ps2 in japan
      Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World as it’s sequel for the Wii

      • Learii

        so the wii version is like the next story or 2nd part of ToS?

        • piichan

          yup, it’s a direct sequel of what happens after the 1st game

          • Learii


  • Sergio Briceño

    I think the last character models I liked were Vesperia’s. And not because I liked the “models” but the shading was a lot more cartoonish than the newer models (like Symphonia 1 is cartoonish compared to Symphonia 2). From Symphonia 2 onwards the series has tried to have more realistic models while retaining the original concept art. The result, something very weird looking.

    I don’t know if I’m alone here, but I think they should settle for either (cartoon characters based on cartoonish concept art or realistic characters based on realistic concept art). Not that the characters are what I like about the series the most, but It still doesn’t feel right that I’m liking Symphonia 1 characters better than the latest couple of Tales of games in the current generation.

    And just to be clear, realistic concept art doesn’t mean they can’t look like anime characters. There are plenty of JRPGS that have asian or anime looking characters that still look realistic, like for example FFXIII.

  • Malon

    This game would be perfect on Vita !

    Anyway, I’ll buy it for PS3 for sure. I can’t wait. : (

  • I always liked the NA/EU instrumental opening to Symphonia better than the original J-pop opening. Hope they keep it for the HD release, as an extra at the very least.

  • The Watcher

    If the linear battle line gameplay is the same they can keep their Tales.

  • They should add new stuff, such as more costumes, sidequest or maybe even a new final arc. I mean, I’m getting this anyways, but I know a lot of people that are doubting because they think it’ll be just the same game again.

  • i wish they’d add some alternate costumes and/or post game content for Tos2. I liked it, but it was much too restrictive on the original ToS characters as well as there not being much to do (if anything) after beating the game.

    nevertheless, the original ToS is still one of my favorites in the series, so i will definitely get this one. XD

  • Courtney Levi Osborn

    this will be the last two Tales games for me to play in english! i am pumped to finally play them!

  • Symphonia is my favourite Tales title. Xillia may change that when I get my hands on it, but I’m excited for this. I hope Dawn comes with the extra content that came with the Wii.

  • Mr. Info

    So it seems there’s dual audio in this game in the the US from my Game Informer, though I still prefer English Dub

  • Guest

    So it seems theres dual audio in the US version as reported in my Game Informer

  • Edgar

    Hoping PS4 will see as many Tales as PS3 =)

  • Mr. Dude


  • Mr. Dude

    Don’t know if anybody seen this but it looks like Game Informer reported that Tales of Symphonia Chronicles HD will have dual audio

    • Malon


    • Nee Nee

      That’s neat, but I’ve grown to like my childhood english VAs. Might do two playthroughs; one with ENG audio, one with JP audio.

  • Kuro Neko

    Ooooooh, I can’t wait!! And I really hope and pray this time we get the Misono song for Dawn of the New World. It kinda sucks we didn’t get that amazing song in the English version but I have hope c:

  • Alexander Marquis Starkey

    As someone not crying manly tears of joy and nostalgia, this does not look like shit to me. I love ToS…but I got my enjoyment out of it.

  • Nightmare637

    Never got a chance to play these, I’m happy were getting this.
    know all I need is ToX 2 and my life will be complete. ors(until a new tales comes out atleast)

  • I am so psyched for the release of this game next year. Tales of Symphonia is one of the greatest games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing and finally being able to get a working copy is going to be so exciting.

  • Bec66

    Not my favorite tales game but totally worth picking up

  • Göran Isacson

    As someone who’s played neither game, I am definitely looking forward to this one. Could be a nice way to catch up on a little bit of gaming history, this!

    • Barrylocke89

      If you’re coming into this having played the later Tales games, be prepared for a game that is very good, but NOT “OMG BEST GAME EVER!!” If it’s your first tales game though, then it’s possible that you might catch yourself saying that ;)

      Either way, ToS1 (and to a much lesser extent, 2) are worth playing.

      • Göran Isacson

        I’ve gone through Tales of the Abyss (3DS) and Tales of Graces F (PS3) before this one- where would you say these lie on that scale?

        • Barrylocke89

          My thoughts on Symphonia, DotNW, and Abyss (warning, this got a bit long):

          Storywise, Abyss is the best to me. the world is probably the most intriguing of them all, and the story themes were thought provoking at times. Symphonia comes next, as the story is initially REALLY cliche, but becomes something more around the 2nd act. DotnW is last. It’s story isn’t as interesting, but it is cool seeing what the world of Symphonia is like after its conclusion.

          Gameplay wise, I’d probably list them in the same way. Abyss was really fun, though I wasn’t as fond of that Field of Fonon system compared to other players (the idea of my special attacks being limited by placement instead of meeting special requirements was offputting). Symphonia doesn’t have the Free-Run system that Abyss has (unless they add it to the remake) but it is still solid, and has special attacks in the form of co-op combos.

          Characterwise, it’s hard to choose between Symphonia and Abyss. I do feel that the Abyss characters are more hostile towards each other compared to the Symphonia characters, so the dynamic between the two groups is certainly different. Characters was always a strong point for Tales, and even DotnW does that fairly well (but try not to strangle the protagonist of that game TOO hard ;) )

          DotnW has the Free-Running of Abyss, and will probably feel really similar to it. But it also has the monster catching system. This helps to make the game unique compared to other Tales games, but it’s done at the expense of the returning Symphonia characters. None of the Human party members besides the main protagonists (Emil and Marta) can level up, or change equipment. They are effectively guest party members, except some of them are “guests” for a very long time.

          I can’t compare Graces directly as I’ve yet to play it myself, but from what I’ve heard from message boards and seen in videos and streams, Graces is possibly the Best tales game in terms of combat…but one of the worst in terms of story. (Friendship! Protect! Friendship! PROTECT!!!) I suppose that sort of thing resonantes with the japanese audience but I found it to be almost hammy. The characters in Graces are solid though. They’re probably the closest group of all of the games that you listed (I remember seeing a skit where Sophie goes on to call Asbel her dad, Cheria her mom, Pascal her crazy aunt, etc.) which goes well with the friendship theme.

          TL;DR, Symphonia is personally inferior to Abyss, but it is still a great game in its own right. The themes and character dynamics are different enough to not feel like a rehash, and the battle system has enough differences to make it feel like it stands on its own. This is all true for DotnW…it’s just not as good.

  • Donatetimo

    Tales of Symphonia,good memory best tale I ever play,got to keep my eyes on this.

  • nonamekeyblade

    i want the us release give us those nendoroid

  • CirnoLakes

    That song.
    Oh the nostalgia.

  • Masengan

    It seems characters will be getting new cut ins for their high ougi, and can’t wait to see Genis (my favorite character) as Luke =D.

  • isfuturebright

    Man… It’s been so long since I finished the original one. I’m old ;O

  • I doubt they would, but if they re did the voice acting, would Scott Menville return for Lloyd or would they still keep Brian Beacock? Maybe Symphonia Chronicles might come with dual audio, too.

  • Musashi234

    Man so many long Hours put into this game heh Time for my ps3 to feel the pain my GC went through.

  • benhanks040888

    Seeing FF X/X-2 gets a HD version and both will be released for Vita (albeit separately), isn’t there any chance on Namdai do the same for Symphonia Collection?

  • I’m not a huge fan of Symphonia but I stilled enjoyed the game. My first tales was Legendia but a remake/remaster of that won’t happen.. :/

  • Ali

    Why couldn’t they atleast rework on the characters like FFX/X2, Windwaker HD, etc on Symphonia, sure i loved it on the GCN but this is looks like a straight up port exported out as 720p for a quick buck. Its offputting quite frankly…

    • Ladius

      This is what normal remasters are, the ones you mentioned are seeing some graphical upgrades since they’re a potential million seller in one of the most popular jrpg franchise and a rather important first party game, while this HD collection can’t have the same budget behind it (again, just as most remasters out there).

      Also, they will include some new features, not to mention the extras included in the PS2 port of Symphonia the west never got.

      • Ali

        Thanks for the reply, you have a fantastic point, the idea isn’t about remaking it but rather exposing it to a larger audience. I’m glad we’re even getting this.

  • artemisthemp

    This looks really good. Hopefully the finale version won’t dispointed :)

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