Tales of Xillia coming to PS3 on August 6
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Apr 8, 2013 11:00AM PDT
Tales of Xillia has been given a release date of August 6 for North America. This comes alongside news that the series' two Vita games are not planned for western release, making the decidedly old-school PlayStation 3 title the only pending option for Tales fans.
Gematsu (via IGN) caught the release date at a Namco press event. Meanwhile, Kotaku reports that Tales of Heart R and Tales of Innocence R, the Vita remakes of the Nintendo DS Tales games, are a victim of Vita's poor domestic sales.
"Unfortunately, at this present time we don't have any plans to release any of the Vita titles [in the west]," said producer Hideo Baba. "One of the main reasons is, unfortunately the PlayStation Vita is doing relatively poorly in North America, so it's one of those things that if the numbers increased considerably, then it's something we could consider."
The Tales games are often cited as examples of classic Japanese RPG mechanics, and Baba has previously remarked that the Tales franchise in particular has resisted the temptation to "westernize."