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Namco Bandai Games America’s Iwai Talks About Tales


image What’s going on with Tales these days? It’s a question fans often wonder about on Siliconera so I brought it to Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Namco Bandai Games America.


“Well, Tales is being produced in Japan, but we have to be very selective,” Makoto Iwai, COO of Namco Bandai Games America, told Siliconera. “We’re carefully choosing which titles we deliver here to fans. I wish I could bring everything.”


Namco Bandai released Tales of Vesperia, and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World in North America last year. So far no plans have been announced for this year’s Tales flurry, which includes Tales of Graces, Tales of Vesperia (the PS3 version), Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, and Tales of Vs.


“Nowadays, you might admit, that Japanese role playing games are not really expanding, to be honest. It’s called the JRPG nowadays. It used to be mainstream, but it’s not as much as it used to be. Of course we like to entertain those fans waiting for the franchise, but at the same time we have to think what is the best for this market.”


Please look forward to the full interview with Iwai where we discuss Tekken 6 and Game Center CX 2 on Friday.

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