This past weekend, Bandai Namco held the annual Tales Festival, an event where fans can meet voice actors, artists, and revel in the fandom of Tales games. During the festival, the Japanese publisher aired a video stating that a new game in the Tales series is currently in development.
The video has no other information, like art, logos, or even platforms. The series, which at one point was near-annual itself, has been on ice since Tales of Berseria in 2016. Though the game appeared on a Switch game list before launch, it has never been shown. Last year, it was revealed that series producer Hideo Baba had left Bandai Namco for Square Enix, leading to fan concerns about the direction of the series.
At E3 this year, Bandai Namco revealed a HD remaster of Tales of Vesperia for the game’s 10th anniversary for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. The Definitive Edition contains characters and scenarios from the Japanese-exclusive PlayStation 3 release.
If the new Tales game is in a shape to be shown, the Tokyo Games Show in September seems like a good bet.
Considering that quality of the games was kind of dipping for a while (though I quite like Berseria), maybe they needed to take a step back and reconsider what people like about the series. I’m really looking forward to Vesperia at the very least and curious what the new game is like.