With less than two weeks left before the official reveal of the next entry in the long running Tales RPG series, Namco Bandai is doing its best to get fans excited. First off is the teaser trailer above which recaps all of the previous major or “mothership” games in the series, and ends by describing the game’s overall theme: “Are you prepared to destroy the world for the girl?” It doesn’t show much, but it’s the best we have until a possibly longer trailer is aired on May 28.
Along with the teaser are the four pieces of concept art below which come from Famitsu. If you’ve played any of the other Tales games then you will quickly realize that the setting of this game is quite a departure for the series. While the previous titles have usually gone with more fantasy worlds, this new unannounced game looks to be taking the series into a much more futuristic direction. It kind of reminds me of the style found in Final Fantasy XIII; futuristic yet with a fantasy spin.
The official unveiling will take place on June 2 during the Tales of Festival, which is probably exactly what it sounds like. I personally like the new direction the series is heading in, and the theme of destroying the world for love is one that’s quite underused in JRPG’s these days. The real question, however, is will this game actually be released outside of Japan? Namco Bandai seems to have a horrible track record with localizing the series; e.g. Tales of Graces was released on the Wii in 2009 in Japan, and is finally getting a U.S. release through a PS3 port this year. Then there’s handlheld main titles like Tales of Innocence and Tales of Hearts, which were released in Japan in 2007 and 2008 respectively and have yet to get an English release.
The latest entry, Tales of Xillia, received an almost perfect score of 39/40 from Famitsu, and so far has not been officially announced for release here either (though a trademark has been filed). So Tales fans, you better be patient as its probably going to be awhile before you’ll be be able to get your hands on this next game. It’s almost as if Namco Bandai doesn’t like making money…