Bandai Namco recently released its financial results for the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2017, where they shared some business moves they have planned for the year, including a Tales of release on Switch. [Thanks, Game Jouhou.]
The above is basically a look at what Bandai Namco has planned out for 2017’s network entertainment. Under “network contents” it shows their plans to continue maintaining and expanding smartphone titles on a worldwide scale with Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, One Piece Treasure Cruise, and Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag.
Under console games, it shows their plans for two major worldwide console releases with Tekken 7 and Ace Combat 7. It also says they’re looking to take on the challenge of making a game from an overseas IP.
And finally, the last part shows plans for releasing games on a new platform, the Nintendo Switch. It has Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Taiko no Tatsujin, but we’ve already known that they’re getting new Switch games in 2017. The new part here is where it’s listed as “Tales of series” beneath the two for Switch in 2017.
However, a Tales of has been listed as “TBD” since January when Nintendo shared some of the upcoming games and series that are expected to release titles for their new consoles. That said, with a 2017 release window for a new Tales of game, we can expect to see some kind of Switch port given that they won’t likely reveal a brand new Mothership title later and have it ready on time for a release within the year.
Perhaps we’ll hear about a Tales of Berseria Switch version at Tales of Festival 2017, which takes place from June 2 through 4 in Japan.