Tales of Symphonia is one of the most beloved J-RPG’s from the last generation of consoles, and now it’ll be one of the most beloved J-RPG’s on the current gen: today the series’ producer, Hideo Baba, announced that both the original game and its previously Wii-exclusive sequel are being ported to the PS3.
Tales of Symphonia was originally released for the Gamecube and PS2 in 2003. While the PS2 version was strangely never released in Western territories, the Gamecube release managed to become one of the system’s biggest hits. While it wasn’t the first game in the “Tales of” series to get a Western localization, most American and European fans of the franchise credit Symphonia with introducing them to the series. Tales of Symphonia managed to sell about 1.5 million copies worldwide, and was successful enough to spawn an anime series and a direct sequel on the Wii.
Symphonia and its sequel, Dawn of the New World, are being bundled together as the “Tales of Symphony: Perfect Edition” for the PS3. The games will feature all the content of the original releases, but upscaled into HD. Namco Bandai has yet to announce a release date or pricing for the HD “remaster.”
The latest game in the Tales of series, Tales of Xillia, will finally come to the US this August. Xillia already has a direct sequel in Japan, which was released a few months ago. Namco Bandai currently has no plans to bring Xillia 2 or any further Tales games to the US, but I’m pretty sure they’re just waiting to see how the first Xillia sells over here, so if you guys want to see Xillia 2 or this brand new Tales of Symphonia port make it over to Western shores, I’d encourage all of you to go out and preorder Tales of Xillia right now.