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Symphonia Returns in HD

TyphaonTyphaon MemberFull Members
edited June 2013 in Latest Updates
*****OFFICIAL RPGAMER NEWS STORY BLURB*****

One of the most beloved Tales titles is making a return to consoles in an HD remake. Its not-so-beloved sequel is tagging along, nipping at its heels like a tiny dog who believes in the power of courage.

Note: Please let us know if the second video in this story becomes unavailable. It's not from an official source.

As this game was announced over the weekend, we've moved the original discussion thread about it here. Anybody using this thread to complain about non-localized Tales titles will be tasered.

*****END OFFICIAL RPGAMER NEWS STORY BLURB*****

Hideo Baba has announced that an HD remake of Tales of Symphonia and Dawn of the New World will be early 2014 in Europe, Australasia and the Americas!

Link to announcement video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgMBLBLzJXo
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    Well, this is exciting! No Wii U version, though? With both games being released on Nintendo consoles, the HD version being on the latest one as well seems appropriate. Perhaps later? Though considering the state of the system, I shouldn't be too surprised...
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  • FrozenbabylonFrozenbabylon POW! Full Members
    edited June 2013
    This is great! Symphonic is my favorite Tales game! I'm super stoked that were getting this.
  • omegabyteomegabyte He's just this guy, you know? RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    That's so awesome! I'll definitely be picking this up.

    It'll be interesting to see how Dawn of the New World works, since it was designed for the Wii remote originally. IIRC there were a few parts of the gameplay that required the pointer. I guess they could map it to the right analog stick? As long as it doesn't require me to get a PS Move, I'm good.
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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited June 2013
    HELL YES! I have been waiting for this for a while. Had I known this was coming, I wouldn't have bought the Gamecube version of Symphonia earlier this year (I'm lying, I still would have).
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  • TyphaonTyphaon Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    I'm hoping that this leads to Tales of Xillia 2 also. Heres hoping Xillia and this collection sell well.
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    omegabyte said:
    That's so awesome! I'll definitely be picking this up.

    It'll be interesting to see how Dawn of the New World works, since it was designed for the Wii remote originally. IIRC there were a few parts of the gameplay that required the pointer. I guess they could map it to the right analog stick? As long as it doesn't require me to get a PS Move, I'm good.
    The Sorcerer's Ring and the world map used the pointer. There were also a minigame or two that used motion controls (fishing in Triet before it thaws out, for instance). I doubt those are motions that can't be reworked onto an analog stick.
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  • riulynriulyn Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Well, I just picked up a copy of Dawn of the New World a few months ago... I'll probably pass on this collection but it's sure to be great for people who haven't yet picked up Symphonia and/or the sequel.
  • ironmageironmage chaotic neutral observer SaskatoonFull Members
    edited June 2013
    Urk. Symphonia is a relatively recent addition to my backlog, and I just bought Dawn of the New World last month. Well, at least they were fairly cheap.

    But, buying this collection is clearly Mandatory, so I guess my playthrough of Symphonia is now firmly scheduled for early 2014.

    Anyway, yaaaay!
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  • LordKaiserLordKaiser Gaming Freedom Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Never buy a game published by D3 Publisher that is not WKCII. They cheated on their fans by releasing a game that they didn't support not even for a year and they released a rushed translation.
  • omegabyteomegabyte He's just this guy, you know? RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    It's kinda funny, but from a visual standpoint, Symphonia is the last-gen Tales game that holds up the best. An HD remaster is going to look amazing.
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  • QuinQuin ne cede malis RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    Welp, guess I won't import Symphonia PS2 anymore and just wait for this instead. I wonder if the HD version will rework Symphonia's overlimit mechanics closer to something like Abyss. I always hated how it worked in the original.
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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited June 2013
    If we're lucky, they will Quin. And I have to agree, Symphonia's version of how it works sucks.
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  • NimNim _ Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Haven't played any of them. I've heard polarizing opinions on Symphonia and mostly negative opinions on the sequel. Can't wait to try them out for myself.
  • Rya_ReisenderRya_Reisender Solipsist Snowflake Full Members
    edited June 2013
    The original was really good, had one of the best gameplay styles of all Tales of... games due to the main character being fast-paced and dual-wielding swords. The story was pretty good too. The sequel was quite a bit worse due to the monster catching aspect and the story wasn't so interesting either, but the gameplay was still better than in most Tales of... games (I'm looking at you Vesperia).
  • QuinQuin ne cede malis RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    DarkRPGMaster said:
    If we're lucky, they will Quin. And I have to agree, Symphonia's version of how it works sucks.
    For the longest time, I've wanted to try doing this, but Symphonia's overlimit mechanics really make the timing difficult.
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  • Confessor RahlConfessor Rahl Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    My....GOD... I am beyond excited for this!!! AND Xillia? Tales is getting some love again!
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    Darn weekend announcements. I'll get the news post up on this ASAP.

    Edit: News post up, thread moved. Apologies for editing your post, Typhaon, but there's no way for me to get our official post to appear at the top of a moved thread. :(
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  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited June 2013
    This was my first Tales, and one of the few games I ever borrowed and never owned myself. I will definitely have to grab this and whatever system it is on if I don't own it already. None of the other Tales I've played have lived up to this one, as it was the only game with a twist I didn't see coming by a country mile.
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    Its not-so-beloved sequel is tagging along, nipping at its heels like a tiny dog who believes in the power of courage.
    Courage is the magic that turns dreams into reality, after all. :D
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  • VeghabeVeghabe Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Now only if the PS3 will get a price drop from 200+ to under 150 (around the time of the PS4's release date) else I can't afford the PS3 and while I played the GC/PS2 version to death I would still want to play the HD version especially for the translated names for the Hi Ougi's/MA's.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited June 2013
    Veghabe said:
    Now only if the PS3 will get a price drop from 200+ to under 150 (around the time of the PS4's release date) else I can't afford the PS3 and while I played the GC/PS2 version to death I would still want to play the HD version especially for the translated names for the Hi Ougi's/MA's.
    You can probably find a used Phat PS3 for around 150
  • storino03storino03 Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Instant buy for me! I already have the Limited/Collector editions for Tales of Xillia preordered!
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  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Veghabe said:
    Now only if the PS3 will get a price drop from 200+ to under 150 (around the time of the PS4's release date) else I can't afford the PS3
    I've been waiting for that too. Only thing keeping me from a PS3 purchase at this point is wanting a new one for <$200. I'm holding hope that there will be a price drop into that range following E3. I may start picking up games though even if there isn't one yet. Eventually it'll be in the range I'm willing to spend for a system that has around 5 games I want to play.
  • VeghabeVeghabe Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Well when it comes to very costly game systems even 150 is kind of way too much online since buying game systems on line is just too unreliable and all the gamestop PS2's in store still cost 199 or more.

    I would need a major price drop of 129.99 to 150 before I could afford a PS3 to play the 2 games on.
  • AzilisAzilis Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    omegabyte said:
    It's kinda funny, but from a visual standpoint, Symphonia is the last-gen Tales game that holds up the best. An HD remaster is going to look amazing.
    I actually just played it for the first time 6 months ago (shortly after realizing I liked the Tales series due to Graces F) and the graphics didn't hold up particularly well for me. Well, parts of the game looked ok, but the world map was awful. I was not at all sad to see the world map exploration removed completely from Dawn of the New World. I wasn't thrilled with the monster catching in Dawn of the New World (wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly compelling considering how important it was), but I really liked the story when compared with the original Symphonia. Symphonia's gameplay was better overall, but the story was rather generic.

    BTW, I could have used news of this remake 6 months ago . . . I would have waited for the new version.
  • RealityCheckedRealityChecked Member Full Members
    edited June 2013


    Other than that, glad to see DotNW get some love...underrated game. It had its flaws, but the Marta and Emil dynamic easily outdid Colette and Lloyd IMO.
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited June 2013
    I absolutely agree about Emil and Marta. With Tenebrae in there, the trio has fantastic chemistry with some of the best skits in the series.
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  • ClixClix Never Google Image Search Full Members
    edited June 2013
    omegabyte said:
    It's kinda funny, but from a visual standpoint, Symphonia is the last-gen Tales game that holds up the best. An HD remaster is going to look amazing.
    Weird, I thought it looked awful. I struggled to play it back in 2007 because of the triple whammy of bad graphics, bad acting, and no tutorial. Had to give it back to my friend and apologize for giving up. I only played it later when we did that Tales of Year thing. By then I had played Tales of Vesperia, so I understood the controls. Going in blind, though, couldn't figure out what was going on at all, and nothing about the games aesthetics were appealing.
  • DarkLancerDarkLancer New Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    Oh yay! I still need to get a wii, I guess, for Last Story, Muramasa, and maybe Radiant Dawn, but this would help me decide to get a ps3 finally. And what's wrong with Vesperia? I liked it almost as much as Symphonia and Abyss!
  • retrodragonretrodragon Member Full Members
    edited June 2013
    This is such bomb news. I have the GC version, but I think an HD update would really enhance an already great title. One of the few games I will pre-order this year
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