Namco Bandai dropped a ton of new Tales titles recently. And while there is still no sign of the localizations of the titles, Namco Bandai did release a statement saying that they were looking into the new releases and the possibilities of localizing them. The only exception was Tales of Graces, which Namco Bandai said they had no plans on localizing.
Namco Bandai followed this up with another statement recently on their Facebook account The post was essentially identicle to the previous, but instead read “Unfortunately we do not have any plans to localize the series at this time.” The post was pulled shortly after, but of course not before the internet could grab the post and spread the word.
The real difference here is the mention of no plans on localizing “the series” rather then the previous Tales of Graces. Whether or not the comment actually means something is anyone’s guess.
On a better note, Namco Bandai has talked more about their upcoming Tales releases for the PS3, including the PS3 port of Tales of Graces. Tales of Graces F, as it is called on PS3, will include an all new after story for the title. This doesn’t seem to just be some extra cut-scene at the end or anything either. It is a full playable section of the game. Reports claim that the extra story contains 3/4ths the amount of voice acting as the original title, almost doubling the voice acting for the title.
While Namco Bandai still hasn’t said anything about the all new Tales title on the platform, they did put up a teaser site for the title. The site has a countdown timer with a full 135 days until its reveal. Namco Bandai also released the art we saw in Jump magazine before along with a handful of smaller pieces of art on the teaser site. You can check those out after the jump.