Bandai Namco Say They’re Paying Attention To Fans

By Jenni . December 11, 2014 . 1:00pm

Bandai Namco’s booth may not have had the Tales of Zestiria I was dying to play at the PlayStation Experience, but I was able to find Nick O’Leary, the Senior Public Relations Specialist there.

 

One thing I’ve been wondering about over the last few years is why all of a sudden Bandai Namco is being so adventurous about their games. Look at the catalog. We’re getting Tales, Sword Art Online, Project X Zone, and so many other games that the company normally wouldn’t have bothered localizing. It’s as though it’s going above and beyond to make the general gaming environment better.

 

When I asked O’Leary about the situation, he said, “Nothing has changed internally. We’ve heard from the fans over the past couple years, that they want these games, and we took a chance. We’ll bring these games to you and see what the result is.”

 

It obviously paid off. “Tales of Xillia was the second-highest Tales game in sales, bigger than Symphonia 10 years ago,” he shared. O’Leary also confirmed that Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment sales were “above forecast expectations.”

 

He even had an answer for why this is suddenly happening. “The great thing now, in today’s gaming climate, is we can do different things. It doesn’t have to be retail. There’s digital. A smaller game like One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, we can say, “Put it on PSN.” People can play it. If we want, we can do a limited run if people want it.”

 

With that kind of opening, I had to ask about two of my favorite, Bandai Namco series. I needed to know what could happen with Idolmaster and Taiko no Tatsujin. While O’Leary didn’t have anything to say on the latter, he definitely recognized the former. “I’ve played all those Idolmaster games. There are always talks if we should do it or not. Nothing has been announced yet for that series. But, a few years ago, if you asked me if Project X Zone was going to come here, I’d have said, ‘No.’ So, you can never say never.”

 

Before moving on, I had to ask about one of the unexpected stars of the booth – Dragon Ball Xenoverse. I was surprised to see that the game always had people playing and waiting, and didn’t have a chance to play it at the PlayStation Experience as a result. Which is no surprise. As O’Leary said, “Dragon Ball is a really special franchise. It’s been off the air for so long, but it’s more popular now than ever. Fans love it and for Xenoverse, the great thing we’re doing for this is we’re changing the script on the fights and stories that you know from the Dragon Ball universe. Tasks aren’t playing out the way they’re supposed to and you’re coming in to fix things.”

 

As a Bandai Namco fan, I’d keep an eye on the company over the next few years. It really feels like staff is listening to what fans have to say and, with all the distribution options available, we could end up seeing more unexpected games.


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  • Then localize the Digimon games for the 3DS and Vita!

    • Keko

      Seriously, the 15th anniversary and the new anime will boost Digimon’s popularity a lot next year. 2015 is the best time to announce anything Digimon-related.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        And Cyber Sleuth will be released on the time the new anime is airing

  • Bandai Namco, I just want more Digimon games. It’s said by a lot of people, but Digimon is all I really want from Bandai Namco these days.

  • sanjitps

    Please give us Digimon

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Insert Digimon comment here.

    “We’re getting Tales, Sword Art Online, Project X Zone, and so many other games that the company normally wouldn’t have bothered localizing.”

    Based on what I’ve heard, they didn’t bother localizing SAO.

    Also, I guess fans didn’t want the Vita versions of One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 and Dynasty Warriors Gundam?

  • Captain Levi

    … Digimon.
    No, I don’t mean ASR.

  • Dragonslayer_023

    “It’s great that Namco is bringing all these games over.”
    “Yeah, but when are they gonna start localizing them?”

    DOOOOOHOHOHO.

  • Ok! Now LISTEN TO ME! Gibbe ma Digimon on Vita.

  • Kaitsu

    Digimon games with the DS version’s system in mind but more improved plox

    • Renaldi Saputra

      That’s Cyber Sleuth

      • Kaitsu

        Stop making me cry.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Eh, what’s wrong?

  • Digimon Cyber Sleuth. Please. I will give you my unborn first child.

  • MinakoArisato

    GODS EATER 2 in WEST please!!!!!
    You hear meee? QoQ

    • Land of Green Pasture

      Rage Burst. The Rage Burst one..

      • MinakoArisato

        Yes, right…
        GODS EATER 2 RAGE BURST in WEST please!!!!

        :3

  • Yan Zhao

    Idolmaster game would be freaking awesome…

    And you know what? Im actually kinda interested in Summer Lessons, if thats still a thing.

  • Glad to hear about [email protected] I’ve been very intrigued with the games for a while, and although nothing has been announced, it’s still great to hear that there are talks about it.

    As to the other topics, I agree with the idea behind digital and the ability for limited runs to be done. It makes a lot of sense that this is happening. Now I just have to hope that this belief pans out for some of the big games that have yet to be given any information on.

  • moldysquash

    If they are paying attention, then why is Tales of Vesperia PS3 STILL not localized?

    • AlphaSixNine

      I’ll even take just digital at this rate…

      • British_Otaku

        Won’t be surprised if it gets a PS4 or Vita rerelease in the next year or so, but that is something they should have done long ago.

  • AlphaSixNine

    You didn’t ask about Digimon Cyber Sleuth or God Eater 2 Rage Burst. I’m deeply saddened Siliconera… D:

    Asking about Idolmaster was cool though.

    • ZEROthefirst

      GE2: Rage Burst is more than likely coming over, whether it be by Bamco or D3 again. Especially since the game will be on the Vita and PS4, so if anything the PS4 will see a physical release and the Vita version may or may not and just be pushed to digital.

    • animefreakhq

      It wasn’t cool. Isn’t Idolmaster the same as hannah montana games?

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Lolz

      • Naryoril

        No. [email protected] is a mixture between Idol management sim, visual novel and (simple) strategic rhythm game. If we are talking about One For All (the newest game in the series), then RPG also comes into the mix.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Isn’t OFA an idol simulation like the previous PS3 games?

          • Naryoril

            It is. But in OFA each idol has a level which is raised by gaining exp by doing jobs. Apart from increased stats they also gain SP, which can be used to buy skills. The skills include increased stats, improved memory or burst appeals and so on. Additionally each idol has a different burst skill (also unlocked and improved on the skill board), which activates during or after a burst. These skills have all kinds of effects from higher score during the burst on a certain appeal (e.g. Vocal for Chihaya) to restoring memory appeals (Azusa)

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Oh well, so it adds RPG element, making it kinda different with the older one

          • Naryoril

            The basic principle and gameplay is the same, yes, but there are quite a bunch of other differences too.

            For one you keep going indefinitely, it’s not finished after a year. You start with 3 idols and with time you get to choose more and more, until you are producing all 13 (including the Ryuuguu Komachi members).
            There are also much move Visual Novel story scenes than there are in [email protected] 2, almost all of them are idol specific.

            And there are many other aspects which were polished, like a countdown for the last appeal, so it’s easier to time your burst.
            Slow and fast songs are now both valid although slow songs are better for scoring, if you have a lof of memory appeals, otherwise fast songs are better. And so on.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I see, but after you telling it…

            Ah it would be hard to be localized bcos had many visual novel things

            So many texts

  • “So, you can never say never.”

    *insert Bieber meme here*

    • sakanaとkoeda

      Never say never except to say “never say never”. The only rule is already broken by its own statement.

  • Digimon e ToVesperia. And .hack//

  • TsukiBaka

    So when’s Dual Audio?

    • AlphaSixNine

      Hopefully, they do it for Zestiria.

    • Namuro

      Well, now that they put it like that. I’m gonna keep pestering them about dual audio in all the future games now!

  • Txu Zai

    Getting all the console Tales game lately, i’m guessing its because they sell better in the West compared to Japan.

    • Ayylmao

      Not really no

    • GH56734

      nope.

  • Elpizo

    Then there is a clear possibility for both versions of God Eater 2 Rage Burst and Digimon Cyber Sleuth.

  • AlteisenX

    Well I am still royally pissed about the SAO translation, and that they “tested the waters” with a “meh” Digimon title, I’d still like them to look at Super Robot Wars (The non-licensed ones, I lost faith in getting official SMW/T games a long time ago) and Digimon Re:Digitize and Cyber Sleuth. They really have the best potentially awesome games that are Japan only.

    But let it be known, Bandai; another SAO translation incident and you’re never getting a dime from me again. (Ugh, I wish I could stay faithful to this, but I know I’ll break down and buy something of theirs like a new Tales game…)

    • AlphaSixNine

      Crossing my fingers SAO: Lost Song’s English Asia release will be treated better. I don’t need perfect, just something that doesn’t sound very awkward.

  • ReidHershel

    Besides God Eater 2, I’m kind of set with them, they basically bring over anything now that isn’t a niche anime license, kudos to them

  • Warukyure

    How about all 3 Xenosaga on PSN with compatibility with the Vita and not just the PS3? I know this isn’t the place for that comment but COME ON!

    • Zack

      I would be in great favor of that. Wasn’t there a Kickstarter or some sort of petition thing going on with this???

    • You asking to much, one thing is a translation, another is a port.

  • Mark Lengod

    Whats the highest one? Abyss/Vesperia?

    • Adrian Duran

      Destiny

  • JuVu

    *clears throat*

    INNOCENCE R.

    • AlphaSixNine

      THIS TOO

    • Elpizo

      oh yes, this too.

    • Poyon

      Yes Please!

  • Adrian Duran

    Localize Tales of Innocence

  • eilegz

    ok how about gundam vs series, people want that

    • The fighting community would love the Vs games.

      • British_Otaku

        It would have to be developed first, but the fighting game community would love the Clash of Ninja/Gekitou Ninja Taisen games as well if the series continued. I think Bamco could push for it to happen if Storm and CC2 ever stopped.

        The old games do exist (the best one being Japanese GameCube exclusive though >_> – Revolution 2 and 3 are good too), but recent releases and exposure plays a part in pushing interest.

        … Perhaps, they could port Gekitou Ninja Taisen 4 like Soul Calibur 2, but they don’t seem to have a good record for bringing back licensed games even digitally.

    • dark-kyon

      namco think what gundam is dead in the west,rise or incarnate is a game what they do especially for the west,what is a gundam extreme vs clone.

  • firstarioch

    Localize Tales of Rebirth and Tales of Destiny 2 plus Destiny ps2 version and I can die happy.

    • A PS2 game? You’ll die in a sad way my friend.

      • firstarioch

        But if I fall from the cliff I will grab your leg and take you with me.

        If you never played those Tales Games then are missing the very best in the series .

    • GH56734

      Fan-translation status:
      Hearts DS: Fan-translators angry with how ToH R ended out, may be resuming it (their progress pre-hiatus was 3/15)
      Destiny R: finally started (5% or so)
      Destiny 2: nothing, technical aspects figured (PSP version) out but no translators available
      Rebirth: active, more than 60%
      Phantasia X Narikiri: active, reusing earlier PS1 translator for Phantasia’s half, keeping Absolute Zero busy atm

      You could also learn Japanese. An investment of a couple of years opening a HUGE library of games for you.

      • firstarioch

        Yeah when I get stranded on deserted island with Wilson and stack of Japanese learning books than sure why not .after all I won’t have much to do there.

  • Tre W

    Oh, sure. They’re listening. The main thing is seeing if it actually will lead to something.

    http://www.siliconera.com/2014/09/18/bandai-namco-isnt-bringing-gundam-vs-games-rise-incarnates-exists/

    So long as rationale like the one in ^that article exists, I reserve the right to temper my expectations.

  • Taedirk

    Really fixing SAO would be a gesture of good faith that they really are paying attention. Y’know, just sayin’…

  • Raymond

    Tales of rebirth. I need that game in my life.

    • awat

      you can play it perfectly using Lanyn’s Translation script, its done amazingly.

      played through it years ago ToR is an awesome game Kuureeaaaaaaaaa!

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    So…that means we get Digimon Cyber Sleuth localized in 2k15 ~ 2k16? Yas~?

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

    I’m hoping that [email protected] could be localized one day. Particularly, All for One.

    • Naryoril

      fully agree with this. One For All is a really polished game and there is nothing that annoys me about it. There were some things i didn’t like about [email protected] 2, but these issues have all been addressed in OfA

  • Youko

    Digimon Adventure PSP? Re:Digitize Decode? Cyber Sleuth? We’re all waiting, Bamco! If you’re really listening, you know that we’ve been asking for these.

  • HitagiHanekawa

    And now give us Innocence R and Digimon Cyber Sleuth!

    • GH56734

      Innocence has a translation for the DS version up. That could be definitely a factor for them passing it over.

    • mc3027

      Yes to both!

  • trashyneet

    So how about that .hack link?

    • GH56734

      PSP.

      • trashyneet

        I would say “Why not put it on PSN for Vita”, but the Vita is about as successful as the PSP was isn’t it?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Not even half

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          sony wished vita was as successeful as the psp. psp only started getting in trouble on its fifth year on the market, had 50-60+ million system solds, and had multiple games that achieved the 1mil.+ sales numbers.
          on a market that is dominated by nintendo

  • Codex

    I wonder if they’ll listen to the cries for Tales of Vesperia for PS3 for West T___T

    • bigstew

      i wonder why its been out for 360 for so long and did well, why they would listen to sony fanboys to cheap and to unwilling to play anything on a 360, but hey, if i ran a company, why not through money away to the few die hards just to appease them

      • Codex

        You do know that the PS3 version that was released has more content etc, I have it on 360 already. Nice try though.

    • gulabjamal

      If they ported it to the PS4 I would just die

      • Codex

        Would be a good start for them to go PS4 since it would give their dev team experience with the console too as they’d already know what they’re expecting as a result hah.

        • NegativeZero

          I’d have thought if they were going to port a game to the PS4, it’d be Zestiria and not Vesperia.

          • Marc Chowdhury

            LOL. Why not both. The more the merrier.

        • GH56734

          Vesperia/Grace’s engine doesn’t seem to be ideal for them for some reason. Plus Hideo Baba said they’re not yet interested in a game with Vesperia’s art style.

        • Marc Chowdhury

          I concur.

      • Marc Chowdhury

        Me too I would die. And then be Reborn.

    • fireguardiancoty

      That ship has long since sailed, sunk, and is at the bottom of the ocean. We are not getting the game again. They’ve already said that we aren’t getting it, and have continued to do so for the past 5 years the game has been out. We’ve gotten game after game since Graces and we’re even getting Zestiria sometime next year. They aren’t going to go back and work on an old game that probably won’t sell well just because a couple of people won’t stop begging and crying for it.

      Unless they make another version of the game, it’s not coming back over.

    • Marc Chowdhury

      Maybe. All they have to do is translate the text in English. I don’t care for the English Dub either. Just subtitle it and make it a physical release. And I will gladly purchase Tales of Vesperia on the PS3. PS4 is also accepted since I own both consoles.

      • Codex

        Actually one of the actors confirmed that all the extra lines were recorded. Although a sub version would be fine by me

    • mc3027

      Move on with your life.

  • Matt

    I’d love a port of the arcade racing series Wangan Midnight, even though it’s a bit old now. perhaps a “greatest hits” version could exist (the best tracks), with online mulitplayer. Also think they’d do good to put Gundam games up on PSN because people import them a lot.

  • dark-kyon

    1.if you not want what tales of zestiria flop in the west,put a ps4 port
    2.bring digimon vita to the west
    3.put madoka magica psvita in psn in the west.

    • Histirea

      And don’t fuck up the translation.

      • Marc Chowdhury

        Yes please keep the Translation exactly as it appears on your Japanese version. You don’t need to butcher and westernize your translation just to make it even more weird. Keep it original to the Japanese sorce. Most of us watch amines so we are familiar with the Japanese culture.

        • Histirea

          Not the kind of fuckup I’m talking about.

    • Hexodious

      1. The fanbase for the Tales Of series is huge on PS3 alone, so you’re talking bull about the flopping part.
      2. Digimon “Vita”? Oh you mean that game that isn’t even released in Japan yet? And won’t be till Spring?
      3. Agreed.

  • katamari damacy

    Bandai Namco localized Ni no Kuni when Level 5 had zero confidence that it would sell well in the west at all. They deserve major props for taking the risk there.

    • GH56734

      They merely published it.
      Level-5 USA did the localization, and in fact were relying on it to offset how the JP PS3 version bombed – they’re satisfied with the sales of the PS3 version now.
      Perhaps you’re meaning the DS version? That’s the one they gave up on. It met sale goals in Japan, and they even reworked the engine as Youkai Watch so their investment definitely paid off. But they couldn’t justify the cost of the physical book, mandatory for the DS version, for a late DS release Nintendo wouldn’t publish

      btw: (DS version doesn’t have translators atm for the fan-translation project, they’re now up to the cat kingdom but stalled there :/ )

      • katamari damacy

        Level 5 normally publishes their own stuff in North America when they’re confident in it. Professor Layton and White Knight Chronicles come to mind. But since White Knight did so poorly, they’ve shied away from the North American market. The publisher takes the financial risk in localizing by putting money up front. So even if Level 5 did the localization, Bandai Namco put up the money to do it.

        • GH56734

          What?
          White Knight Chonicles was localized and published by SCEA.
          Professor Layton was localized and published by Nintendo of America/Europe.
          Level-5 only established their Western branch back in 2011.
          They only self-published so far in the West digital-only releases they localized such as Layton Brothers, and Guild-01 / Guild-02 (fragmented to individual games).
          Or just relied on other companies to localize and publish their games, like NoA with Layton 5/6, Fantasy Life Link, Inazuma Eleven… and probably Youkai Watch.
          When they localized Ni no Kuni PS3, they did the translation work themselves in their American office, but the publisher Namco Bandai did the actual physical distribution.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    and yet, for Digimon. Instead of giving us the actual game we wanted, you bring something like “all-star”lol rumble….

    • fireguardiancoty

      It’s more like they made All Star Rumble. Japan doesn’t have the game yet.

  • JMaster3000

    You so punny Bandai.

  • Mark Lengod

    It’s Tales of Rebirth 10th birthday in December 16.Oh, how I wish for another port :/

    Anyway, I wonder how hard Xillia 2 bombed?

    At least we’re getting Zestiria.

    • gulabjamal

      It bombed pretty badly but still so glad they took the risk to bring it over. Tho that might have affected other tales sequel localizations in the future.

    • Postnjam

      Tales of sequals never do as well, or sequals for that matter, I loved Xillia 2, the only problem was that it was a bit dated when it came out.

      • Mark Lengod

        I loved it too, more than the first game (that I still consider just Ok). Great improvements overall.

        • Postnjam

          I did prefer the first one, but the debt reducing bit was oddly addictive. i liked the first one for the huge plot twist and Elize’s story ( Which I still think is some of the most clever character development ever as you end up questioning every action that another character does

  • awat

    Thanks Namco

  • Godmars

    Gundam Versus? A Gundam strategy title for console?

  • Bojan Njegomir

    Really?! Then we don’t have to worry about Xenosaga Trilogy HD!!! :D

    • Marc Chowdhury

      I would love to see Xenosaga Trilogy HD with dual audio. To be able to play with Japanese audio. Please make both limited and physical versions of this. I will buy the limited edition. One can only dream

  • Leon Magnus

    As long as they keep the dual option or just japanese audio in Tales of Series I’ll be ok, in the other hand if they keep releasing dubs like Xillia, I’ll continue buying the japanese version of the game.

  • Veloze

    Did you ask O’Leary who his favorite idol was?

  • FX9999

    If they did what fans wanted milla and jude would be getting laid at the end of xillia 2 and not the shit lame ending we got…

    • mc3027

      No. Just no.

  • James Reilly

    Nice to see SAO HF did really well for the localization. Hope this means the Lost Song localization is pretty much a lock and we get improved translations, physical, and a dub choice

    • GH56734

      Eh? Lost Song was confirmed ages ago to have an English translation in the Asia versions.

      • James Reilly

        I don’t want to have to import the Asia version if I know I can just pick it up at the store down the street at a later date. Not to mention it would be an even lower quality translation then what NA/EU got for HF.

  • Souffrir

    “Bandai Namco Say They’re Paying Attention To Fans”

    Okay, now they’re just outright lying.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Oh yeah, a bunch of budget localizations sold at full price without any English audio totally convince me that Namco has turned over a new leaf.

    If they’re truly listening to fans, then here’s a question for them: Where’s Klonoa 3? There’s a ton of people who want it, and the series turned 17 just today. Where’s the chance taking there?

    • GH56734

      Klonoa Wii bombed worldwide.
      A game that’s basically Klonoa DS developed by IntiCrates was reskinned and released as a Keroro-themed anime game. It even got a sequel.
      In the same fashion, they’re still doing 2D-style Tales of games but with anime licenses. First with Keroro RPG (DS) then a mecha-themed game for 3DS.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Know what else bombed? Soul Calibur: Lost Swords and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. The first is still supported with new content, and the latter got a sequel. Sorry, the “it doesn’t sell” claim is no longer available to them.

        And of course the remake bombed. They didn’t advertise it (as usual), and gave it the most god-awful English dub combined with several localization screw-ups. The only way they could have driven away people more is if they filled the disc case with centipedes.

        Meanwhile the Virtual Console port of Empire of Dreams did great, as did the PSN port of Door to Phantomile. Dream Traveler of Noctis Sol was also one of ShiftyLook’s most popular comics (before Namco took the axe to them).

        • Tijani Palmer

          Set this dude straight bro. WAHOOO!

  • Crimrui

    I have to say that I’m pleased with their last decisions in localized games. And I’m also thankful that Xillia, and it’s sequel, sold pretty well to justify the next installment.

  • CrimsonDX

    I still can’t forgive them for not localizing Tales of Vesperia for the PS3 >_>

    • Marc Chowdhury

      Tales of Vesperia PS3 with the original Japanese voices. Make it happen Bandai Namco. Physical release preferably. I do not like digital releases.

    • mc3027

      Move on with your life.

  • PowerSerg

    They are getting better. Not great but I’m hoping to at least see more linited prints. They know how to do it and make money. I’d like to see more of that for physical releaes of stuff.

  • Zachary Ortiz

    If they’re really paying attention to fans then where the fuck is Gundam VS Extreme and Super Robot Wars OG!? Bandai Namco is full of bullshit!

    • Slayven19

      They are but they can’t do everything, calm down because not all those games will make them money. Games not making them money means less of other games not making it across the water as well.

  • Hero

    If they were truly paying attention to us, we would have gotten Vesperia for the ps3 years ago. I may forgive them, but I will never forget.

    • doubleO7

      Many still think Microsoft may have kept that from happening in some way. Although since we don’t know much beyond rumors, it’s hard to know who to point fingers at.

      • Hero

        Well I’m not as salty about it as I use to be. They have been doing very well lately, so that takes the pain away a little.

    • mc3027

      Omg move on with your life.

      • Hero

        I have sir, but that does not mean I will forget something that I contributed dearly to.

    • you can always just import if you want it that badly.

    • PuppetMaster

      Just import it from playasia and play it with a walkthrough. I did it with Yakuza Ishin and i don’t regret my decision because i’m tired waiting Sega to localize it.

  • Monterossa

    talk so big, can’t back it up.

    • doubleO7

      They already have backed it up, for the most part. This article was mostly about games they’ve already brought over, and since we now know these experiments with niche games are selling well, I don’t see how that can’t mean good things for similarly niche titles.

  • Dark Lord Ash

    Listening to fans ya say? Localize God eater 2 rage burst then.

    • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

      i know right

    • GH56734

      The first bombed :/

      • Kamakuma

        Did it? I though it did pretty darn well >.<

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Pretty well? Nah, it’s fair enough for a niche series

          • Kamakuma

            Well I know niche games will never sale like hotcakes but you know well enough for these kinds of games and such :’o

    • Slayven19

      They probably will localize the ps4 version without a doubt.

  • Beat

    Geez, so many of you guys are not very appreciative. I’m surprised at how many games they’re localizing. While They still haven’t localized Vesperia, at least we got Tales of Hearts R, which we basically only got because the fans wanted. Clearly, they are paying attention at least a little to the fans.

    • Kai2591

      Yeah they’re steadily going on a favourable path.
      I just bought a Vita TV just to play Hearts R!

      • Kamakuma

        How is the VTV? I’ve been putting off getting mine as had to buy more gamez. x’D But it’s most definitely on my to buy list come this January. Should I go for the standard edition or just spend that extra on the package? :’o

        • Kai2591

          If by package you mean Vita plus 8GB memory card and Dualshock 3, then personally I’d go for the bare bones Vita TV, then buy separately a 64GB card and Dualshock 4. Its simply not sufficient with just a single digit memory space, and Dualshock 4’s touch pad can be used to compensate the Vita’s touch pads (front and back). Unless there is a package for that…

  • TheManWithPants

    I’m definitely looking forward to Dragon Ball Xenoverse. That’s actually my most anticipated game for 2015 right now.

  • DudeJericho

    People can bitch but I’m so grateful Project X Zone and Xillia came out here, fucking amazing games, for that I give Bandai Namco MAJOR awesome points.

  • Guest

    yea if u are then the new better not suck and toz BETTER NOT SUCK EITHER.

  • ivanchu77

    A lot of people are requesting japanese voices for the localized “tales of” , you guys should pay attention to that :)

    • Marc Chowdhury

      I concur. We need the option of dual audio to keep both sides happy. I personally prefer the Japanese voices.

    • DudeJericho

      That would definitely be nice.

    • Tyler Beale

      While not overdoing it like they did in Tales of Hearts R.

      “overdoing it” = giving it a dub as well, with an option to choose one or the other

    • mc3027

      I don’t care as long as they also include English voices. It doesn’t have to be one or the other people.

      • lolcatz6657

        dual audio would be pretty nice. They are probably trying to save as much money as they can lol

        • mc3027

          Yeah, I totally get why they didn’t include English voices for Tales of Hearts R. But for future releases, it’d be nice if they included them.

    • Hero

      Having both options should suffice.. But a lot of people (like me) prefer Japanese because the actors are so much more passionate. That’s all.

      • Slayven19

        Sometimes, sometimes they overact just like western people do with movies etc. doing something with more passion doesn’t make it automatically good.

    • Slayven19

      They already know that and they said that tales of zesteria would have dual audio. This is already taken care of.

  • ワン スャレ

    Where is ps3 vesperia?

  • triggerx

    listen to fans? fans want them to localize digimon cyber sleuth/ re:digitize yet they give us crappy digimon battle all star.. not sure the bullshit is strong or bamco like to troll

    • Gemlit

      It could be both.

  • Kaiser93

    I see…so you gave us a Digimon PS3 game that it’s well lazily developed that nobody wants instead of Digimon games for 3DS & Vita that fans want

  • Kurama_Kitsune

    “Bandai Namco listen to fans!”

    -some time ago-

    Fans:”We want Gundam games” “We want Gundam Breaker” “We want..”
    BN: “nope”

    ‘kay

    • Tyler Beale

      Let me add to that…

      Fans: “We want Japanese voice acting!”
      BN: “Kay we’ll only put in Japanese voice acting for ToHR.”
      Fans: “WUT NO ENGLISH VOICES?!?! NAMES CHANGED?!?”

      Not to mention some of their shady DLC practices when it comes to the Tales games. They fixed that with ToHR, but it still stands out in ToX1+2.

  • Yagami Mao

    Digimon cyber sleuth please ^^ that would make me happy!

  • Pdugna

    GUNDAM VS AND DIGIMON CYBER SLEUTH, that will make my year with you guys.

    • Digital-Devil

      Don’t forget Gundam Breaker 2!

  • Guardian Byakko

    Digimon rpgs and the tales of the world 3ds would be nice, BUT they’re doing better with localizing games anyways.

  • James Devlin

    I think it’s about time they released the old PS2 2d Tales games over here.

  • for the love of everything DIGIMON PLS!

  • Nerroth

    I wonder if it might be as well for them to set up their own secondary/ localization studio/brand/subsidiary in-house – scaled to operate at a similar level as XSEED or NIS America, and targeted solely at more “niche” Japanese titles.

    (Think of how Sega and Atlus USA each have separate localization teams and distinct priorities in terms of IPs and scales of game, but share a common ownership.)

    That might allow the “niche” team to be more flexible in terms of handling games like Sword Art Online: Lost Song, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Out of Order, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, and what have you.

    The “lead” team or brand could stick with handling the kind of games which Bandai Namco are more used to handling in the West thus far, without cutting the legs out from under the rest of their own mother company’s broader array of titles.

  • mega jew

    I sure am loving all these Digimon games being localised.

  • gk2012

    BS

    Bandai Namco never did anything when fans were complaining about the ridiculous name changes on Tales of Hearts.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      But you people are too whinny about it, it’s just a little change, why should matter?

      This is why most of JRPG don’t get localized by big companies bcos of you guys

      • gk2012

        What would you feel if someone changed your name to Roy Spitter because they just feel like it?

        But it’s just a little change right?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Yeah I will be mad indeed but I don’t wanna whine again bcos they’re sensitive

          Getting the game in well english had been very good and fortunate

          • gk2012

            It’s not even whining, I was making a valid point that this article is BS.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            What’s more hilarious is you guys are still whinning even though it has got english version with well english.

            Just how if those games don’t get translated? You blamed the company, not yourself which is too whinny of small things

          • gk2012

            You just proved my point. I guess Bamco knows their target audience. :)

          • PuppetMaster

            Did you really play Hearts R, because i found Tales of Hearts R translations still top notch. Did it have a flaw? Yes, but the quality isn’t “half ass” or bad like Hollow Fragment.

            And as a Tales fans i decided to buy Hearts R rather than not buying at all. If you choose not to buy because of some little mistake in translation / different name than you sent Namdai a wrong message. In the end people will whining again when Namdai didn’t localize the latest Tales :/

    • PuppetMaster

      They already explained why they change the name.
      Personally, i could careless about different name because finally i can play Hearts R with the language that i understand. Capcom also did it with Street Fighter for Vega, M.Bison, and Balrog. But people didn’t give a damn and still play the heck of SF.

      • gk2012

        Shing to Kor, yes.

        Gallardo to Gall? No.

        Not to mention the inconsistency with Hisui and Kohaku from Graces F.

        I wouldn’t have mind if they actually dubbed the game, but it just turned into a sloppy mess with all the unnecessary changes.

        • PuppetMaster

          I never play Hearts DS at the time i played Graces F. Not to mention i’m very happy that Namdai localized Graces F + got tons of fun with Graces F battle system, which made me never notice who’s Hisui / Kohaku or why some people make a fuss with their name.

          And Capcom still did it to the latest SF, so not 20 years ago. If you want, i can give you the latest examples like Namdai / Level 5 changed the characters name in Ni no Kuni for english release (Shizuku to Drippy, Maru to Esther, Lars to Marcassin, etc), Capcom with Ace Attorney, and so on. But like i said, a lot of people didn’t give to much attention about that and just choose to enjoy the game.

    • Slayven19

      They explained why it was like that though, they wanted a dub i’m sure because they wouldn’t have done name changes otherwise. Tales of hearts was also a budget vita release so it was only so many liberties they could take with that game.

  • izanagi

    please bring god eater 2 rage burst and Digimon cyber sleuth to the west

  • lolcatz6657

    People actually bought that SAO:HF? O.o

    • Last report from Namco in november: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has sold 400,000 units worldwide

      • lolcatz6657

        As much as i like SAO in general (i admit i did buy it) but the translation was just.. *censored* lol. I really hope they don’t repeat that mistake in the next game.

        • DyLaN

          I remember reading an article that says the translation for Lost Song will be better than Hollow Fragment.

          • lolcatz6657

            I saw that too, i’m just hoping they have learn’t from their mistakes lol

    • Tinye

      Other than the translation which is down right pitiful. What was wrong with the game? It’s been super fun & 40 hours into it and I’m not even close to being done.

      • lolcatz6657

        It’s mainly the translation for me. Since it was THAT bad, i didn’t feel it was worth continuing the game.

        • Tinye

          I’ll be straight with you, that is a fair response and can totally respect that decision. Here’s to the next one being better!

  • Zoozbuh

    “While O’Leary didn’t have anything to say on the latter” …*CRIES BUCKETS* I want a new Taiko Drum Master game to play, dammit!! And 3DS’s stupid region lock means I probably never will from now on. So frustrating (but at least there’s all their other games AND Project Diva games to play 8D)

  • Crystal Power

    Start taking notes Square Enix…

  • Renaldi Saputra

    If that so why not bringing Re:Digitize Decode? We’ve been waiting for 1,5 years

    And also Cyber Sleuth which has big potential

    • lolcatz6657

      Why do so many people want digitize code? Not to be rude, but is digimon still that popular these days? lol

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Absolutely, more popular than many of localized bamco title such as jojo or pac man
        and the adventure anime is airing next year

        • DaiRaiOh

          “More popular” Surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre it is.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Eh what do u mean?

          • DaiRaiOh

            I mean that Digimon has it’s dedicated fanbase, sure, but it doesn’t beat out either of those 3. Jojo already had a good niche fanbase before the large amount it’s blown up in the last few years in the west, Pac Man is Pac Man and will always be popular on account of being iconic, and Gundam is just big. Really really big, as in much bigger than Digimon in the east or the west

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Hmm but I rarely see anyone discuss about gundam, if there is, it’s just english speaking asian people.
            In japan gundam is indeed very big but not in west

            Jojo, well, the fanbase is kinda big now, but I still think it’s less popular than digimon which most of them had childhood with it

          • DaiRaiOh

            …..but it’s pretty regularly brought up on this site. Plus there’s a reason why the gunpla market is alive and well in the US. It has a very solid fanbase, one that is much more alive than the Digimon one that has been shrinking as time goes. And you seem to think the Digimon fanbase is as big as it was a few years ago when that’s really not the case

          • Renaldi Saputra

            The fanbase of digimon is very distinguished
            there are fans of digimon in general
            there are fans of digimon anime only
            there are fans of digimon adventure only

            And which was dominated is the fans of digimon adventure, only want continuation of adv series, which is not included in nowadays fandom

        • Fenrir

          You’re kidding yourself if you think the remaining Digimon fandom is big enough to make the IP more popular than those three. Particularly JoJo when it’s a good decade or so older than Digimon as a franchise is. Or Gundam. Or Pac Man.

          Also chances are pretty good that there are more people who grew up with Gundam than Digimon since you decided to use that “fact” in your favor. Good old Toonami, so much of what they had there was great.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            It’s not big enough indeed, but after the announcement of new adventure anime, it’s different now

            More people grow up with it? I don’t think so
            Bcos the target audience of digimon anime is wider

            Maybe just ask people about it
            “do you know gundam? do you know digimon?”

          • Fenrir

            I’m 90% sure that Toonami reached a far larger audience than Fox Kids/UPN could have ever hoped for. Which means that many more people were introduced to Gundam than Digimon. After all, there weren’t tons of people clamoring and repeatedly asking for a rebirth of Fox Kids now were there?

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Bcos fox kids don’t do good dub IIRC and most of them said fox kids sucks

            Ah also digimon fans are much in latin america region (almost as much as saint seiya)

            And with official facebook lage with 1.3 million likes

            And Toonami is more with dragon ball

          • Fenrir

            Thus Toonami retains its larger audience because of the better quality.

            Yes and? That is also a market with higher prices and much more readily available piracy plus not much disposable income unless you’re lucky. In other words, a market/audience Bamco would consider more loathsome to even think about.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Ok, I realized that this conversation leads us to nothing

            The only thing now is Bamco should reveal that they are “really” aware of the fans of each of their series

          • Dark Lord Ash

            “Bcos fox kids don’t do good dub ” I call shenanigans on this. A lot of the voice actors in the business today made their humble beginnings in some of the shows. V.A.’s like Lex Lang, Kirk Thornton, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Derek Stephen Prince, Steve Blum, Wendee Lee, Just to name a few. Some of my favorite Rrpg’s just wouldn’t be as entertain without them.

  • Anontastic

    Can you pay attention to us next time we get mad at your DLC prices? That’d be nice.

  • ALfromHELLSING

    Fans want Tales of Innocence R and Tales of the World: Reve Unitia! Can you hear us Bamco? Pretty please. You can have my money just please localize these two in English. Onegai.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Oh wait, for the PXZ case, isn’t it nintendo who localize? Not from Bamco themselves

    • No?
      It was a Bandai Namco release, outside of Monolith developing which is normally the case.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Eh? But IIRC Nintendo is involved with the localization

        • Confusing it with Bravely Default, probably.
          Nintendo wasn’t involved with PxZ in the localization department.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Then it’s my bad
            sorry

  • Don

    well if Xzone got an english version then where is my SRW Z2-3 then?
    GE2, and gundam games that’s not a warriors game.. do it..

    • Renaldi Saputra

      The reason for SRW itself (not OG series) is already clear: bunch of licensing

    • Fenrir

      Have to agree, except any non OG SRW is a fool’s dream. If the western licenses were more centralized like in Japan, maybe but otherwise no.

  • Sergio Macellaro

    From Namco I just wait Tales of Innocence R for PSv and OP:PW2 and 3 for Vita, too.

  • Any word if they plan to release Tales of the Abyss 3DS on the eShop? It did in Japan and wouldn’t hurt it did in Europe and US.

  • Suriel Cruz

    Where’s Tales of Innocence R then?…

  • Tinye

    That’s really great to hear that the company is doing so well with expanding into different styles of games. I personally love SAO:HF and I’m hoping that with this type of positive sales with SAO that we’ll see the new game coming out next Spring localized a few months later.

    I’m glad there are companies like this out there. Keep it up and I’ll keep buying!

  • LuluKoizumi

    Sooooooo maybe….Vesperia? Orrrr Tales of the World 2 and 3? Come on Namco DX make my dreams a reality

    • Steven Higgins

      Vespiria was localized, on the XBOX 360, just the PS3 port never made it over here.

      • LuluKoizumi

        I know that’s what I meant I want the full version of it ._.

        • Hollownerox

          They can’t because of the Microsoft exclusivity deal over here, sucks but there’s no way around it.

          As for the World games, it may not happen since a lot of the Tales titles involved were never localized. There’s always a possibility, but they tend to take those kind of things into consideration.

          • echokanon

            iirc in tales of RM1 there were also some characters from titles that weren’t localized. So maybe that might not be the case

    • Beetle

      I would just like to say that a group is making an english translation of Vesperia for PS3. It is slow, but they are progressing.

      http://talesofvesperia.net/

      I’ve waited for 2 years, I don’t mind waiting a few more months

  • Steven Higgins

    Okay, Bamco, you’re on the right track, now please give us Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Don’t be discouraged because of All-Star Rubmle’s sales, we still love Digimon, that was just a bad game.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Right dude

    • Zazon Zenzy

      Ditto that. Bamco is being a good guy here. Keep it up like how you guys remove Lucky Chloe from the US roster!

  • Zazon Zenzy

    I know you guys are good guys that listens to fans that even resorted to not include Lucky Chloe in the roster! (No sarcasm here).

    Now we only need Digimon here, the RPG ones, I mean.

    • MangoesQueen

      Hear, hear! More Digimon World (or games like the first Digimon World)!

  • animefreakhq

    Why would you ask about idolmaster? Isn’t it a childish game?

    • Zazon Zenzy

      And the others say that it’s a pedophilic game! That’s clear that you guys shoo that series away. So no Idolmaster games for you!

      Then the fans that begged for it still sad, to the point they’ll import the Japanese copy anyway…

      • animefreakhq

        I don’t see a market for that though. More people would want a Digimon or SuperRobot game rather than idolmaster.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Absolutely, bcos not much western know idolmaster, except english speaking asians like in SEA

        • Zazon Zenzy

          The potential is huge in South East Asia (I heard there are Hong Kong blokes that kisses a large wallpaper of Love Live characters), and our source of games are mainly from US. And the same as you, the point is US, and the market for US is slim. No hope for Idolmaster until the fans want it.

          But heck, I’d go crazy if the US are more pedophilic than I’ve ever heard.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            It’s not like the fans want or not, but ppl who know idolmaster is not much, and most of them knew through anime, and don’t know there are a bunch of games of it

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Saying it a childish game is rude, it’s more like feminime games

      • Zazon Zenzy

        I heard that Idolmaster is called a pedophilic game more often than that, ren. US and their quick-to-judge nature.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Yeah true

  • Definitely Gundam games, Tales series and Digimon are some of the brands that US and Western based gamers/fans want to see the light of the dat in the local markets.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Tales of had, but not for gundam and digimon which needs more love

      • landlock

        They really pushed Gundam on the PS2 releasing a good 8+ games but in the end I guess the sales didn’t pay off. The awful PS3 game was the nail in the coffin.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          The ps3 one was supported by KOEI

          • landlock

            Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight the last one Namco released in America was a disaster. Shame but that’s the way it is.

            I was hoping they’d try the Gundam Unicorn game in the west but guess not.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Oh, that non-gundam musou series

            Well, guess now Bamco had given up on Gundam games except musou series

    • Zazon Zenzy

      “Bcos its so childish! LOL”

      We lost, then it’s time to beat those loud nuisances to get our own Digimon and Gundam games!

    • Just Tim

      Vince, a specific problem with the Gundam franchise is The Principality.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj6NlVoD964

  • Marc Chowdhury

    Yes please keep the Translation exactly as it appears on your Japanese
    version. You don’t need to butcher and westernize your translation just
    to make it even more weird. Keep it original to the Japanese source. Most
    of us watch amines so we are familiar with the Japanese culture.

    • Zazon Zenzy

      Then the others who sees the accuracy doesn’t fit / forced will rant. That’s business. We lose.

      Honestly, I prefer it localized and the stuffs more familiar adapted in tolerable limits like Ace Attorney games. I’d wager that controversy will arise if there’s any single trap (girl-looking boys, the ones you guys vocally hate, like Cloud and other JRPG heroes you despise so much) exists in the text.

      • Marc Chowdhury

        Well I mean I hate it when they change the name of the characters. For Example on Tales of Hearts R the protagonists’ original Japanese name was Shing instead of Kor. Which is used for the Western release.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          And that a big deal?
          Isn’t the english translation good? Not as bad as SAO right?
          Then why it matters?

          • Marc Chowdhury

            Ok. Let me give you an example. That’s like calling Sephiroth from FF7 Sammy. See that sounds completely out of place right?. All I’m saying is that when they localize the game they should also consider keeping the characters name as is was originally intended and not change it out of the blue.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Everyone mostly want to be like that, but what if they can’t bcos some controversial issues? You still wanna force them?

          • Marc Chowdhury

            Forget it. There is no point arguing. Clearly I’m being misunderstood here. Never mind

          • Fenrir

            For the most part, I do see your point there. If a change had to be made, it would be better to keep it fairly close or at least retain the same meaning (if applicable).

            While it’s not an example I’m too well-versed in, I think Bravely Default’s localization change with Anazel to Alternis was considered acceptable for example. However, I could be wrong since I’m just going off memory

          • Marc Chowdhury

            Right. Because I guess they think Anazel sounds to close to Anal or whatever. Give me a break.

          • Fenrir

            Or…because the new name kept an important reference that the original name had? Not every change needs to be done for some negative reason you know.

          • Marc Chowdhury

            True. I see your point.

        • PuppetMaster

          You can hate Namdai all day. But they already explained why they changed Shing with Kor. Also, if you google ‘Shing’ you will get a fictional alien race and a slang that used by drug dealers:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shing
          http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shing

          The later could be the main reason why Namdai change Shing name. But i’m sure Namdai want to keep it as authentic as they can. Although some circumstances didn’t let them to do it. Just like they changed Tales of Eternia with Tales of Destiny 2 for US release, because Matel already trademark Eternia for He-Man. If Namco didn’t change Eternia with Destiny 2 than Tales fans outside japan, especially in US, will not have the chance to play Eternia…

        • Zazon Zenzy

          I’m fine with the change, but what IF his name didn’t change? Let’s google what Shing relates to!

          … There’s a fictional alien race that uses the exactly same name: Shing, in a probably obscure / niche novel… I’d bet the reason is the very similar reason to why Tales of Eternia was dubbed Tales of Destiny 2 in the US. US is awfully (should I say ridiculously?) strict with copyrights.

          I foresee that the game will get accused for patent infringements if Bamco still persisted that his name is Shing in the west. Bear with it.

  • Ladon

    Would be great of them to do the fans a favor and fix the SAO translation one of these days. I don’t think it’s too much to expect readable English dialog if they are going to bother to take the time to localize something.

  • DS23

    I was one of the few that picked up the PS2 Taiko Drum Master release, it saddens me that there’s been no further localisations of the series.

    • Hinataharem

      Love your avatar

  • I love that Namco has this line of thinking. Looking at huge games like Call of Duty and chasing those sales and restructuring aggressively into the West has now crippled Japanese giants like Capcom and Konami. But Namco never chased that; they never changed. They just put out games and were occupied, not with making one of them sell 8 million copies overnight like Halo or something, but with just making sure they made money and they energized the fanbase.

    That’s how it should be done. And now Bamco is killing their rival Japanese companies like Sega, Capcom and Konami because they’ve just had a healthier, more modest (and more realistic) idea about what a “hit” is. Good for them! We just need a good Gundam game to get out of Japan, guys. Listen to that! :)

    But beyond that, I’m loving what you’re doing. I picked up Ni No Kuni, Xillia 2, a Naruto game this year… I legitimately have Zestiria pre-ordered already on Amazon, y’all :D

    • brian

      They actually did try that with a few games through their Surge label, and stuff like Inversion.
      I guess even that stuff was pretty solid though, and they didn’t try too hard to sell out.

  • Kroz

    I love it, Tales seems to be finally back in the western market.I thought we would never get Tales of Hearts R let alone project x zone.
    The only thing I can think of is Digimon world re:digitized which I still hope is coming. Regardless the have shown the have been listening, KEEP IT UP!

  • Teilrelevanz

    Really disheartening to see so few people asking for Idolmaster here in the comments :/

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Bcos not much ppl know it, or even know it has a game

    • brian

      Possibly because they felt burned by that move Bamco a year or two ago with the series.
      Porting and “localizing” those three PSP games for iOS and charging $60 iirc.
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idolm-ster-shiny-festa-harmonic/id581870543

      Or $54.99

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Also those PS3 idol simulation games never got a chance

      • Trinity

        From what I understand there is also an issue with the extensive amount of DLC involved.

  • ワン スャレ

    I love seeing people debate whether a game is suitable for west or east. Game won’t sell in west because it’s so Asian. Everyone seems to think that western side (or to be specific, America) is their only customer. Or the world is divided into that two factions, a case I would like to point.

    Because imo, NA release= worldwide release. If they don’t, okay *insert disappointed face here*
    Because not all asian can read runes. Most of Asian release=HK/Taiwan release, so people who can’t read those, good luck. There is also problem with psn/region, where all games nowadays doesn’t seem to be release complete. Sure, you can switch accounts. But there is also limit. Like on vita. I have both NA and JP account, but some games have dlcs for asian (r3) region, i’m not gonna make another account for that. Resetting the machine just to switch accounts is a chore.

    So what if Americans don’t like Lucky Chloe, for example? For me who prefer R1 edition (for dlc/connection purposes), should I get asian version instead? NO. Because sometimes asia don’t get what US get as bonus, say maybe bonus soundtrack or dvd. This makes things complicated. Some might say the solution is to double dip, but then good for you, because I can’t afford that.

    I wish there would be an ideal world where every games would be localised and every copy in every region is identical, there is no need to fight who is superior. In the end I’m just a gamer who wants to enjoy a good game.

    tldr: I don’t care what you Americans think of about games is fun. For me if the game got through you guys, I can get the game too. Not everyone in asia can read ideograms.

  • s0und_w8vs

    .HACK HD!!!

  • Naryoril

    Yeah, give me an english version of The [email protected]: One For All. That game would imo be perfect to introduce the franchise to the west, since it’s better than [email protected] 2 in basically all regards.

    I’m just glad my japanese got good enough in the meantime to be able to really enjoy the game and it’s stories. And [email protected] 2 is to “blame” for that.

    Yes i know there is an english version of Shiny Festa on iOS, but i’d like to pretend that never happened. Everything about it just feels like a troll from Bamco… (turning 3 PSP games into 3 iPhone only games which cost more than the PSP games… and also it doesn’t really represent the gameplay of the series, it’s more like a spin off)

    • ehtnah

      I really want that too…. I bough idolmaster costume for xillia to say “hey you could release the game……”.
      they release SAO and it sale really well, so they could try idol, it could sell well too…..

      I really want to play that game but my japanese is too weak……

      • Naryoril

        Well, you can play [email protected] without any japanese knowledge whatsoever and still have fun with it. But you’ll miss out on the story parts of course.

  • brian

    I get a feeling their SAO localization was just the version they released in Hong Kong (I think so?) and slapped an ESRB rating on it, then put it on PSN.

    • DrForbidden

      Yes.

  • Noelemahc

    Now if only they’d start to move at least the OG Super Robot Taisen games…

  • Learii

    where Digimon Cyber Space or whatever for the west?

    • Yagami Mao

      XD next would be digimon universe.

      • Learii

        lol that sound fun but I prefer an open world RPG Digimon lol

        • Renaldi Saputra

          travelling between 2 worlds freely can be called open world I guess

  • just keep releasing tales of series and i’ll be happy. Will buy the limited/collector edition also as a bonus for my dedication to the series and you :)

  • Nicholas Perry

    NOW if only they could’ve actually given a fuck with that Sword Art Online game. That localization was absurdly on par with the worst they’ve done like Falcom’s Legend of Heroes III-V

  • kregano

    I wish Bandai Namco would give a shit about their Gundam and Digimon fanbases outside of Japan/SE Asia. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that digital distro is making smaller games more viable for them, but it’s a goddamn shame that the only official localizations we get for those games are Gundam Musou titles. Thankfully, there are ongoing fan translation projects for stuff like G Gen Overworld and that PSP Digimon game, but would it kill them to at least localize that PS4 Gundam and Vita Digimon game?

    And if Bamco doesn’t think they’d get a ton of sales on their original platforms, how about porting them to PC? There’s a hell of a lot of people on Steam who are at least into anime styled stuff, so there’s bound to be SOME sales, at the very least, and probably more sales if they actually do a competent porting job.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      actually Bamco had noticed the existence of the digimon campaign with the petition, only they hadn’t given us the right game.

      gundam, on the other side, well, they had ever said in one article that the problems are those licensing issues, and if Rise of Incarnate sell well, they can consider further gundam games localization

      CMIIW, I kinda forgot what they said

    • flashn00b

      Good news: They’re gonna test the waters of PC gaming with Rise of Incarnates. If you wish to play Tales or Tekken on your platform of preference, i’ve created a group to rally people in the event Rise of Incarnates releases. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/TalesSeriesPCplz

  • Stormy Rain

    Still waiting for the localization of Cowboy Bebop: Tsuioku no Serenade.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4e/Cowboy_Bebop.png/200px-Cowboy_Bebop.png

    • British_Otaku

      A shorter wait than for RahXephon, but a terribly long wait which won’t come with either game’s limited edition if ever.

      http://2u.pacn.ws/640/72/pa.127216.1.jpg

    • Renaldi Saputra

      a PS2 game, huh?

      • British_Otaku

        We basically got every game based on Dragon Ball Z during the PS2 age, but other (better) series with great games got completely ignored in spades.

        I hear Ouran High School Host Club had a great VN also ported to the PS2, but the odds of Bandai taking a chance on that… Pretty low even with how well it did for FUNimation and Viz Media.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          That VN was localized?

          • British_Otaku

            Nope it wasn’t. Shonen properties barely get a break if they aren’t called Dragon Ball Z, so Shojo is more of a risk even if it is a popular one.

  • fairysun

    More Project X Zone game-esque please (but with less enemy reinforcement).
    I like crossover games.

  • Kornelious

    I don’t necessarily think It’s Namco Bandai that’s changed, but the gaming environment in the west itself….Anime and Japanese games are MUCH more popular now than they were some years ago and NB simply saw that and decided to adapt to it…

    It’s good that they did so, because with all the games they’ve released lately, it would be a shame to be left out….It’s also good to see that Hollow Fragment did better than expected, and I didn’t even realize that Xillia was the second best selling tales game! O_O (probably thanks to that 3 year hype :P)

  • Gon Janken

    Are they really paying attention to us or just the sales numbers.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      could be both, it’s business after all.
      They might only said with people that they’re paying attention to the fans, but the reality might not be so. They can be black or white

    • Brian Stevenson

      For a business, that’s the same thing. They aren’t a charity. If there’s a demand, they’ll meet it.

      But the deserve credit. Western gamers have been saying “we want these games” but Namco had to take the RISK by actually investing money. If the games had then flopped, Namco would have lost money. They took a risk they didn’t have to.

    • C. Scott Relleve

      For any business, the former is optional, while the latter is the critical lifeblood. If it’s not run by idiots, a business is expected to look at sales numbers. What makes Namco-Bandai more deserving of praise is that they even bothered to listen to fans and risk the business localizing games (that most people would not expect to sell well in the US), and it paid off. I hope other videogame companies would start following suit and release previously Japan-only games to the US.

      I never would have thought they would even release all these Tales games in western shores – imagine how elated fans were when they did, and did a great job at it.

  • Go2hell66

    Project X Zone was a dream come true, will forever love namco for bringing that one over

  • Abel_Nightroad

    “With that kind of opening, I had to ask about two of my favorite, Bandai Namco series. I needed to know what could happen with”

    And here i thought Gundam VS was one of them. You should have told him that fans want the real thing, not Rise Of Incarnates.

    • flashn00b

      Well, Rise of Incarnates likely exists because they don’t know whether or not they should bring Tekken and/or Tales to PC.

  • kuronox

    Bring Tales of Vesperia on Steam.

  • Kevin Lima Ferreira

    Now give us Tales of Vesperia for PS3, Innocence R and Reve Unitia!

    • flashn00b

      Hey, if they wanted to localize that, they would’ve ported it to PC instead of make Rise of Incarnates.

  • Rein

    If bandai/namco localized Digimon and Sega localized Phantasy Star Nova, my vita would explode! lol

  • Marina Junqueira Sohma

    I would love if they would localize any and/or all games from the TALES franchise, even if it’s the same way they did Tales of Hearts R (keeping the Japanese language with English subtitles) for the PS3, 3DS or PSVITA.

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