The Tales series has been around for a little over fifteen years. The West has seen about eight out of the twelve main titles within the franchise. Some of the newer Tales games are having a tougher time being localized in the West due to the waning interest in Japanese role playing games. Japanese role playing games have always been a part of console gaming since the NES, and Baltimore gamers should support the genre by saving the Tales series.
Tales of Vesperia was released on the Xbox 360 in August 2008. An enhanced port of the game was released on the PlayStation 3 in Japan a little over a year later. One of the American voice actors for Tales of Vesperia confirmed that Namco added dialogue to the PlayStation 3 version of the game that was recorded before its original release on the Xbox 360. Namco of course refused to release Tales of Vesperia to the West on PlayStation 3 for reasons that are unknown to the public. Why would Namco record dialogue in English and then not release it to territories where the language is most prevalent? This does not make any sense whatsoever.
Tales of Graces F has been confirmed for release in the West sometime in 2012. The reason why Tales of Graces F will be coming to the West is becuase fans of the franchise requested the localization of the game. This shows that fans actually can make a difference in the world of gaming. Video games would not exist if the fans were not around to support them.
Tales of Xillia is due to come out in Japan sometime during September of this year. A group known as Operation 13 is an organization that has a lot of love for the Tales series. The members of this group are trying to do what they can to ensure that Tales of Xillia is released in the West. One would suppose that if fans could pressure Namco into releasing Tales of Graces F, then the same could happen with Tales of Xillia. The future of the Tales series also depends on the sales of Tales of the Abyss on 3DS and Tales of Graces F on PlayStation 3. The sales of Tales of the Abyss could be rough due to lack of sales of the 3DS. Tales of Graces is another story altogether. if Tales of Graces F sells poorly, then Namco will probably ignore fan requests for Tales of Xillia. Poor Sales of Tales of Graces F will also indicate that PS3 owners are not fans of the series.
There is still hope for the Japanese role playing game genre in the current gaming market. The fans of role playing games have to make their voices heard so that franchises do not die out. As long as fans exist, then developers will keep making games in a particular series. The Tales series is proof that gamers can make a difference in deciding what games are released. The next time the people of Baltimore wish for a game to come out, they should communicate their desires to the company that owns the franchise. Their wish just might come true after all is said and done.