Tales of series producer Hideo Baba recently answered questions from fans via the PlayStation Blog in Europe, and one of the questions he was asked was what his favourite books are.
Baba replied, “I have lots of favourite books but I would like to say ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ and ‘The Giving Tree’. Both books are not difficult but really heart moving so they are important to me.”
“In ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull,’ not only he uses his wings to catch prey but also he looks for the true meaning of flying with his wings that every bird naturally owns,” Baba continued. “His way of living is really impressive where he sticks with his conviction, even though he gets funny looks from friends around.”
“‘The Giving Tree’ describes ‘love’ and its shape, and the shape of giving love, through short sentences. This is a really thought-provoking book.”
Interestingly, Baba also says not to expect a sci-fi Tales game at any point in the future, since the series is known for a more fantasy-esque approach.
“I believe a story can be any storyline and can be described in any ways, but [the] Tales of series has been described in the adventure of sword and magic with the theme of storyline and its message, so if I have an opportunity to develop a sci-fi game, I would like to make it in the other new series,” Baba shared.