Tales Series Producer Hideo Baba Gets A Feel For Western Tales Fans

By Ishaan . November 12, 2013 . 11:34am

Namco Bandai have shared a new video that features Tales series producer Hideo Baba, briefly discussing recent Tales games, and signing autographs at the New York Comic-Con. Following the footage of Baba, Namco representatives put a few fans on the spot, asking them just what it is that they enjoy about Tales games.



Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will reach North America and Europe in February 2014. Following its release, Namco Bandai will bring Tales of Xillia 2 over as well.

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  • Nanaki

    That was pretty heartwarming. Great video, and it’s always nice to see a creator surrounded by many, many dedicated fans.

    • cj may

      And because of those fans we don’t have to worry about next gen Tales coming to the West :)

    • Ric Vazquez

      Wish I was there

  • Musashi234

    Hideo Baba i would surely Love you even more if you Release An HD Port of Tales of Destiny DC and Tales of Destiny 2 PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!!

    • Demeanor

      I’m with you man!!! :D and great avatar, brings back memories! ^ ^
      I wouldn’t say no to a Rebirth localization on Vita either!

      • Musashi234

        Why thank you Brave Fencer Musashi was one of my Favorite games on the PSone…..So many Good memories! But yeah i wouldnt turn down a Tales of Rebirth Either heh.

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        I own and imported Tales of Destiny DC, Tales of Destiny 2, and Tales of Rebirth. I have played and enjoyed these games greatly.

        • Musashi234

          I mean theirs nothing wrong with importing and stuff….but you know i want it in english. Shit i dont even care if they don’t bother getting English Voice actors i just want to Bust some ass with STAHN MOFO AILERON!!!!

    • LightZero

      Now we are talking and include Rebirth in it too.

    • Ric Vazquez

      I support this to the end

  • mike dickson

    im still waiting for tales of heart R baba make it happen

    • Auvers

      and vesperia ps3 its not fair

      • harmonyworld

        and tales of the world 2 & 3

        • Giordan

          Won’t happen. They’re both on a dead system.

  • Demeanor

    I really REALLY need to attend a US game/anime/manga convention one day (and totally NOT looking forward to get a shot – or a million – of the legendary Jessica, perish the thought! XD)! I missed Baba at JE13 in Paris, it’d be awesome to meet him at some other event in the future. Keep the Tales coming! ;)

  • Ladius

    Baba is a pretty great guy, he is doing a lot to make Tales viable in the west once again. Considering the huge number of American and European conventions he visited in the last years, I wouldn’t be too surprised if he were the jrpg producer that has been more involved with western journalists and fans.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Still waiting on Namco-Bandai & Square-Enix to collaborate a “Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Tales” game together.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      they talked about it.

  • Prinnydoom

    Can’t wait for either of them its going to be a good year ^___^

  • BizarreJelly

    He’s a really awesome guy, it’s refreshing to see someone get involved with the fans like he does – and it’s nice to know he doesn’t forget about the west.

  • Suriel Cruz

    ‘Tales of Vesperia’ PS3 version(NA), PLEASE!!!

    • Dimentionalist

      It’s been FIVE YEARS and they’ve said no at least half a dozen times now. It’s time for the fanbase to move on.

      • Suriel Cruz

        We just don’t give up that EASILY.

  • Loli Summoner

    I love the tales series and just like that girl said in the vid,it has also got me into anime.It seems like now that the creator knows the west really LOVES! the tales series, he will consider localizing them crossovers tales games and not taking so long to localize mothership titles :)

  • Damn, look at that line! Why didn’t he come to Dragon Con?! XD Anyways, neat video. Now then. How about we discuss the one-disc collection that includes remastered versions of Destiny 2, Rebirth and the DC Destiny.

  • Unemployment Master

    NamDai will release the localized version of Destiny DC before Cless’ translation group, who started the project in 2009.

  • Pekola

    More marketing pushes now so that Tales becomes super profitable and never again thrown into obscurity.

    Xillia broke 1mil sales. Let’s keep the numbers increasing.

  • MrJechgo

    More marketing to help the series would be nice.

    Oh, and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 4 or EX for home consoles with EVERY playable character from EVERY Tales game there is, please ^_^. Why on consoles? Because if they release it on Vita instead, we’ll NEVER get it in English >:(

    BTW, FYI, Radiant Mythology is a huge crossover Tales title with like 80 playable characters as of the 3rd game. The 3rd game has characters up to Graces F, but some characters from previous games are still missing.

    Consoles, by current or next-gen, have major advantages over the Vita:
    – Better graphics
    – Better controls
    – Bigger space on the disc for more music, character models, voices, etc
    – Multiplayer opportunities
    – More people own them

    • s07195

      Well the RM series has always been handheld, so it’ll probably stay that way (if there is a RM4 T_T). RM3 kinda hit the ceiling as far as stories related to Kanonno go, though.

      IIRC, the character roster in 3 goes up to Graces, and I’d wager if there was a RM4, Xillia 1 would be included. Not sure about 2, since Ludger is a silent protagonist, and your Descendant is already silent too. On the other hand, I can bet that not every Tales character will be in. e.g. Klarth from TOP (one of my favorite characters T_T) since he relies on summoning. (It would also be weird for him to summon Maxwell, then have Milla appear… >.>)
      The RM games usually rely on a common spell base with a few exclusives…

      In terms of graphics, I don’t think there would be much improvement considering the sheer amount of characters who, if you think it’ll be on PS3, don’t have an HD model, unlike the Xillia cast. As for controls, I actually like the controls for RM3 better than Xillia. 0_0 Using the directional pad for running left/right and jumping, and using the joystick (can’t remember the term for the PSP one atm) for free run was extremely intuitive.

      • MrJechgo

        The RM series is based on the seasonal cycle, and one final season is still missing. Furthermore, need I remind you that the Vita isn’t doing that well? That’s why Innocence R and Hearts R might never be released in English.

        They should just make the 4th game a 3DS game, or make it on consoles so it could sell better.

        • s07195

          The fact they have more Tales games on the Vita than the 3DS makes me think otherwise. >.>
          I really don’t think they’d suddenly go console from a handheld only series……

          • MrJechgo

            Let’s see: Abyss 3DS was released everywhere, not Innocence R and Hearts R on Vita
            Also, they could have gone with cross-Platform with PS3/Vita… at least we might have gotten the PS3 versions in English.

  • Bablioteca

    well for me, it’s the multiplayer.

  • Manzoku

    Very cool — would love to see him in person some time, as well.

  • I cried a little….

  • chroma816

    Seems like such a good guy. He’s one of those few game creators I really respect.

    • Anthony Birken

      agreed, arararagi-san~

    • Ric Vazquez


  • Anthony Birken

    I would’ve screamed like a fangirl if I got to go there!(so much to say) I love every tales out there. I’ll support Tales for as long as Baba keeps bringing them here. Current finishing ToX2 and loving it.

    • Christopher Nunes

      At the Comic-Con? I was there, but sadly my folks wanted to leave early so I MISSED out on meeting Hideo Baba in person… I really hate that.

      Next time I’m going by myself.

      • Anthony Birken

        ARE YOU SERIOUS!? oh mannnnn, that sucks. You should’ve convinced them to stay! or maybe find your own way home afterwards(or where ever u were staying). I wish I had travelling money atm, I fit that category of a broke student :/

        • Christopher Nunes

          Yup it sucked… that’s why next time I go alone or with my friends, who sadly all moved away.

          Perhaps I SHOULD’VE ask them to stay longer as they came mostly for me and my brother but I’ll never know. But I need to save up a LOT of money to pay for the tickets next time around for one person and reserve a room at an inn which I don’t know any good ones.

          Well there’s the PAX and Anime-Con in Boston I like to attend to, as I’m more go there because I like anime and video games more than comics.

          So I understand “broke student” scenario quite well my friend.

  • TheGameTagerZ

    We were able to interview last month at New York Comic Con for a good 25 minutes.


  • Spirit Macardi

    So this video proves that the Tales series is transitioning from a niche series to an actual recognizable franchise in the west… And Namco STILL won’t aid the Tales Studio in localizing them.

  • darkfox1

    Whoa that video…. Something about it was just so beautiful. As I too love this series but man that video is heart warming

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Symphonia comes out on my birthday. Awesome!

  • Michael Connell

    Sure makes me feel proud to be a Tales fan. Keep bringing more of the amazing Tales games to the west, Baba-san, and I’ll keep giving you and the Tales studio my buck every time.
    Speaking of which, there’s quite a number of upgraded ports of previously unlocalized Tales games that could use at least a localized PSN release coughVesperiasneezeHeartsRhiccupInnocenceRcoughRebirthPSP

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I just finished the first Tales of Xillia game!

  • Damian Seda Aleman

    tales of the world for vita would be perfect :$

    • MrJechgo

      So it can remain land-locked in Japan like Innocence R and Hearts R? No thanks…
      Put that series on 3DS and/or on home consoles for a change…

      • Damian Seda Aleman

        yeah is true i think i would have to move to japan xD

  • Tiredman

    I am a big fan of Hideo Baba’s works. I will admit though, after having played and beaten every single Tales of game released in the U.S. I hope he goes back to the less realistic styled characters. I feel the enemies in Xillia look like they belonged in a first person shooter on xbox more than an rpg because of the dark colors and lack of colorful detail.

  • Learii

    I hope this show him how much people want tales series to the west <3

  • Yan Zhao

    Still waiting for english version of ToD2 and ToD Remake Director’s Cut :

  • fireemblembeast

    Are you feeling it now, Baba-san?
    (Sorry, I had to)

  • Göran Isacson

    Damn this video and it’s music and their enthusiasm and the thing I got stuck in my eyes.

    And my heart ;_;

  • Tienron

    i got to hug the GUY XD i also kissed him on the cheek hahahah

  • DanielGearSolid

    Shed a tear… Not really, but great video

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