Fans of JRPGs have been given yet another reason to be thankful they have a Playstation 3, as Namco Bandai announced earlier that they plan to bring their most popular entry in storied Tales series, Tales of Symphonia, to the Western world sometime in 2014.
Tentatively titled Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the game will serve as the special edition version of the 2004 hit. Chronicles will not only include Tales of Symphonia, but also the sequel Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World which was originally released in 2008.
Chronicles is following the format of many other successful next-gen re-releases, offering a high definition makeover, in hopes that it will bring back fans of the original game as well as pique the interest of newcomers to the franchise. Along with updated graphics, Namco Bandai has stated that Chronicles will also feature additional content, expanding the lengthy story of Symphonia even more.
Fans of the Tales series have been pushing for a re-release of Symphonia for quite some time, and the interest has increased steadily since 2012’s Tales of Graces f was released to critical acclaim in the West.
Oliver Comte, Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai Games Europe, stated “As a response to fans’ expectations to bring more Tales of titles to the West, we are very proud to join our headquarters in Japan and our colleagues in the US to make a worldwide announcement for Tales of Symphonia. The Tales of series, which is already very successful in Japan, has been expanding greatly in the Western market, and we believe J-RPG fans will continue being pleased with this updated HD edition of two of the most classic Tales of games.”
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is currently set to release in Japan on October 10, 2013 and is slated for an early 2014 in Europe and the United States.[#ff entbuddha] “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!” [ratings]