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Posts Tagged ‘Tales (Series)’
SlayerGhaleon: I was reading DMWL and they had these two gag comics that featured Minatsuki playing evil tricks on people.
SlayerGhaleon: And every comic ended with her giving an evil grin.
SlayerGhaleon: So they literally translated the descriptor as the Japanese word, and then explained that it meant “Evil grin” in Japanese.
SlayerGhaleon: And I’m like “Why not just put down ‘sneer.’ It means the same f-ing thing, you f-ing morons.”
SlayerGhaleon: If you’ll pardon my language, dear lady.
Sicondera: It’s a common ailment among translators.
SlayerGhaleon: In other words, “Look, I know what this word means, and I’m going to explain it to you! Ooh! My e-penis is so big!” Continue reading ‘Mass Media 09/08/12’ »
I appreciate Persona 4: Arena including a lot of fourth wall jokes regarding Mitsuru and Akihiko’s outfits. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/11/12’ »
Namco Bandai has just issued a press release announcing that Tales of Xillia will indeed be localized for a North American release. No specific date was given beyond 2013.
In the latest batch of Tales news, Namco Bandai has unveiled the bonus goodies for Tales of Xillia 2 preorders: a “Tales of Xillia 2 Before Episode” novel and art book (depicting events in the year between the first and second game), DLC costumes, and a custom Dual Shock 3 controller. All told, the bundle will run about ¥12,980.
Meanwhile, Tales of Cards was also showcased; a social game that, predictably, uses cards featuring characters from the series. Curiously, the game’s story mode involves playing through the series’ various plots, with Phantasia and Graces available at launch.
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Details continue to surface about Tales of Xillia 2. Regarding characters, you’ll be able to switch from main character Rudger to other party members in battle, as is common in Tales games. Less common is that Elle, the female lead, does not take part in battle, being only eight years old. The pair are only a journey to the land of Kanan, where supposedly one can have a wish fulfilled; Elle’s wish is to help her father.
Storywise, the game starts in the city of Trigaf, the home of both Rudger and the large corporation known as Klanspia Company. At the game’s opening, Rudger is trying to find work with them. Gameplay systems reportedly tie into the broader theme of “Are you prepared to destroy the world?” though how, exactly, is unclear.
At its Tales of Festival event, Namco Bandai revealed the new entry in the series: Tales of Xillia 2. A direct sequel to Xillia, the game focuses on the adventures of main character Ludgar, his cat Lulu, and Ellie, the obligatory plot-critical little girl. Other than taking place one year after Xillia‘s ending, it’s not clear how the plot will intersect with the previous game.
Few details have been revealed, though the game will feature timed decision points that alter certain events; some subtle or conversational, others possibly leading to optional fights. Namco Bandai has uploaded the official site – available here – and indicated a Winter 2012 release window, with the specific date and price to be announced on June 27.
Following recent speculation over a possible 3DS Tales entry, Namco Bandai’s Yoshito Higuchi clarified via twitter that he is not involved in any of the upcoming games. The rumor began from a misinterpretation of Higuchi’s prior tweet, mentioning he was bringing his 3DS to the upcoming Tales of Festival event and hoped that fellow 3DS-using attendees would turn their SpotPasses on.
“Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.” John Maynard Keynes said that, and I’d wager he knows a little more about the economy than you do, because he invented it! Yeah, the financial world is abuzz over Facebook’s IPO, and we’ve got our own take on that, along with a few other items of interest. Behold:
- 38 Studios (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) owes the state of Rhode Island $75 million in loan payments. I don’t even have a quip, you have to hear the whole crazy situation to believe it.
- Facebook, as mentioned, went public, and then immediately flatlined before dropping a few bucks today. Cue me feeling smug in three… two…
- Activision drops its suit against EA over the Infinity Ward fiasco, on revelation that they went to absurd lengths to dig up dirt on IW staff. Bobby Kotick, up to no good? Pshaw, sirrah.
- Epic unveils the Unreal 4 engine, prompting a new wave of speculation as to how many shades of brown and grey it can render.
- CD Projekt’s hiring for a modern IP. Given their work with fantasy IP, I expect good things. Difficult things that kill me in the tutorial, but good things all the same.
- Diablo III goes live, then dies, then lives again, then dies again, and so on. Who could possibly have forseen difficulties with millions of players going online at once?
- Square Enix is profitable again, Bamco keeps busy with the Tales series, and more!
Along with the next main Tales entry, Namco Bandai has revealed a Droid-based strategy title for the series. Tales of the World: Tactics Union, as is customary with those of the “World” designation, will feature existing characters battling each other, this time in a strategy RPG context. The title goes live on July 2 – currently Japan only – and by itself is free to play with item transactions, though you’ll also need membership in KDDI’s AU Smart Pass program (¥390/mo).
While Namco Bandai has said very little about the next Tales game, they have confirmed, by way of Famitsu, that it will be a “mothership” title; that is, a main series entry alongside Xillia, Vesperia, Graces, etc. Further information is being held until the Tales of Festival, scheduled for June 2.
Not to be outdone, Namco Bandai has also announced an increase in earnings forecast for the current fiscal year. With prior numbers at 420 mil for sales and 25mil for operating income, the company now expects respective increases to 440mil and 31.5mil. These are owed, in large part, to high sales of Tales of Xillia (760k units) and Gundam Extreme VS (550K units).
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In a manner of speaking, anyway. Equipping a character with a special item called “Nuigurumetto” transforms them into a superdeformed version of themselves: tiny body, big head. This is apparently just a cosmetic feature with no effects on gameplay.
Alongside the upcoming release of Tales of Innocence R on the Vita, Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave will see a demo launch that same day: January 26. The demo features a sequence with Ruca and Spada – both Innocence characters – that won’t be in the final game. Although Twin Brave is a PSP title, Vita owners will also be able to download the demo.
Just in case you’re in need of a DLC costume fix, Tales of Innocence R has you covered. Post release, the game will feature downloadable outfits, among which are those from past Tales games and the Idolmaster. No prices have been listed yet.
Incidentally, thank you Wikipedia for teaching me more about the Idolmaster than I ever wanted to know.
Amidst anime/manga festival Jump Festa, Namco Bandai revealed that preorders of Tales of Innocence R or Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave will contain a special product code. This code, once redeemed, enters the holder into a raffle for 2012′s Tales of Festival event.
Did not see that one coming, no sir.
While you can’t stop the signal, you can certainly delay it an awful lot by having a wonky, uncooperative internet connection. Yes, at long last that issue’s been resolved and I can get back to updating in a timely fashion, which means more news for you and more chances to posit that Deus Ex is our true Lord and savior. But in the meantime, let’s play catch-up and discuss what happened the past couple weeks:
- H.R. 3261, the Kill the Internet Stop Online Piracy Act, gains a surprising amount of steam with a who’s who of big-name supporters. I’m not normally one to pray for Congressional gridlock, but these are hardly normal circumstances.
- In a related story, I Am Alive‘s creative director cancels the PC version, blaming piracy and accusing PC gamers of bitching…
- …as Valve, Steam, and Croteam make compelling counterarguments in the form of “make your games less of a hassle to buy and play” and “stop making people hate you.”
- Bethesda’s probably-not-serious “name your kid Dovahkiin” proposal from a while ago has at last found a taker. World, meet Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer, born 11/11/11.
- Zynga’s CBO steps down, forfeiting a large chunk of stock while staying on the board in an advisory capacity. Meanwhile, tech stocks take another brutal dive on Mr. Keynes’ Wild Ride.
- Meanwhile, Skyrim sets sales records by being awesome.
- BioWare’s new property might be well outside their comfort zone, Namco-Bandai brings the Tales studio back into the fold, and NPR introduces us all to the mad genius behind Cow Clicker. Read the whole story if you can, it’s a doozy.
In a recent announcement, Namco Bandai revealed that its Namco Tales Studio, a subsidiary for the Tales games, will be dissolved and folded back into the broader company. The board is expected to approve the measure on November 29, with the transfer officially taking place on January 1.
No other details were provided and the reason for the move was not stated.