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Lots of information and media for 4 new Tales games

By Phil | July 22, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Tales, tales, tales, and more tales. Check below the cutline for more information you can handle in one sitting.

During a press conference on the 20th, Bandai Namco announced that its long-running Tales series would gain 4 new entries: Tales of Symphonia: Ratatoskr no Kishi (Knights of Ratatosk) for Wii, Tales of Innocence for the DS, a PSP port of Tales of Rebirth, and Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut for the PS2.

Additionally, it was announced that Bandai Namco would be focusing on the DS for the Tales series from here on out.

Tales of Symphonia: Knights of Ratatosk for Wii will be set three years after the events of the original Tales of Symphonia, and will employ the Linear Motion Battle system from Symphonia. Lloyd and other characters from the original will make appearances, but the game will feature two new main characters; the hero Emil and the heroine Malta. The game will also allow players to capture and breed monsters for use in battle, and make use of the Wii’s unique controller by allowing players to move around by pointing to parts of the map. Japanese Tales fans will be able to pick up the game in summer 2008.

Set for release in Japan in December, Tales of Innocence for the DS is being developed by Alfa Systems, which developed the recently released Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology for the PSP. The game’s battle system is said to be a mixture between the Linear Motion Battle System, and the Flex Range LMBS and Aeral LMBS systems from Tales of the Abyss and the PS2 version of Tales of Destiny respectively. The game’s opening movie will be shown at the Tokyo Games Show in September.

Tales of Rebirth for the PSP and Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut for the PS2, will be released in Japan early next year. Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut will feature new voiceovers, sub-character events, dungeon hits, a new character path with Leon as the main character, a new difficulty setting, and the ability to transfer saves from Tales of Destiny.

Thus far, it’s not known if any of these titles will be released outside of Japan. While it has a rabid fanbase, the series has an unstable history in North America; the original Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube sold over 400,000 copies and became a big hit, but conversely, other titles have returned substantially smaller numbers. Though, it is interesting to note that Bandai Namco registered a trademark for “Tales of Innocence” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 5.

Character art for Tales of Symphonia: Knights of Ratatosk

Tales of Innocence
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Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut

Tales of Rebirth


Props to IGN and GamesAreFun for some of the information contained within this story, and to Gemaga blog and the Tales forums for the screens and scan.

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