Tales development studio to be dissolved

Monday, 21 November 2011 05:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The development studio behind Namco Bandai’s Tales series of RPGs is to be absorbed into the body corporate.

Andriasang reports the Tales studio currently exists as a wholly-owned subsidiary, but will cease to exist as a distinct entity on January 1, 2012, if approved at a board meeting on November 29.

The publisher gave no explanation for the move, nor any information on the future of the studio’s 109 employees. As there are multiple Tales-projects in the works, and Namco Bandai has given no indication that development will cease once the studio is disbanded, it may be just a formality.

The long-running Tales series runs to a dozen core entries, as well as another 19 spin-offs and remakes, in addition to various cross-media efforts. It has been patchily localised despite strong fan demand; the latest release in English is 3DS title Tales of the Abyss, while PlayStation 3 entry Tales of Xillia has not been confirmed for release outside Japan – where it has proved a strong seller.