Tales producer says there are no plans to release Vita versions in the west

Saturday, 6th April 2013 14:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Tales producer Hideo Baba has said not to expect the Vita versions of the series to head west as the portable isn’t selling well in the region.

Speaking with Kotaku, Baba said should sales of the handheld take a turn for the better in North America, the team will reconsider its stance, but for now, it’s not planned.

Baba also touched on the lack of subtitles in the western PS3 versions for those who prefer the original Japanese voiceovers.

Baba said that while he would like to “cater to the hardcore audience,” it’s easier to re-dub the game in English for first-time players. He did say the team was looking into the possibility of having both languages as an option, but he couldn’t confirm whether it would end up in the final version or not.

Tales of Xillia is expected sometime in late summer.

Via PlayStationLifestyle.

Thanks, woe.



  1. Lengendaryboss

    Ouch! But totally true. I Could say its Sony’s fault, i could say its due to lack of third party support, i could say it is due to the lack of AAA games, i could say its due to Killer apps failing, i could say its due to lack of marketing, i could say its due to price point, i could say its due to the price point of the memory cards or could say its all of the above.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Clupula

    It’s about price, first and foremost. Nobody in the States wants to buy a portable system for more than $200. End of story. A portable system is an extra thing. For the majority of people here, it’s something you have for car or subway trips. Not something you’re going to spend the majority of your gaming on. Most people I know here were more excited at being able to continue PS3 games on the go than for any actual games the Vita had, but none of us want to spend $250 to do it. At $150, the Vita would be a high-selling system in the West, whether it gets AAA exclusives or not. Nobody’s going to buy a portable just for any game, no matter how high-profile or big budget it is.

    But if you make the system cheap enough, people might buy one, just to pass the time when they’re bored. That’s what most of the 3DS users I know do with their system.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    Well people complain about all of the things i have mentioned, but from a non PS Vita’s owners perspective i suppose the entry point is difficult. The public opinion/perception is that Portable Gaming is for “car or subway trips” but i personally believe PS Vita is not for bite size gaming on the go as Sony whats us to believe. “Most people I know here were more excited at being able to continue PS3 games on the go than for any actual games the Vita had” should we rename Playstation Vita to Portstation Vita or PlayStation 3 Portable? if people have that mentality about it, but then again thats what Sony’s marketing message does.

    Also reading some of the posts you made about portable gaming, i sense your not a big fan of it why is that?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    Think price is the major factor. It has a decent selection of games but needs to sell more units to keep the third party support. Though in this sort of case I’d like to see more pubs just going the digital only route.

    Speaking of big games on the move, big games while the TV is in use is going to be a very nice feature non the PS4, though again that’s a large outlay if you don’t have either.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    Because there’s no reason to play videogames when I’m not in front of a tv, or stuck, waiting for a soundcheck or to be called on set. If I’m home and I have a big screen HDTV, why would I go and entertain a game on a little 3 inch screen? Portable gaming is for being on the go, it’s a time filler. I’ve played on a PSP and a 3DS, and I would much rather play on a console. When I played a little bit of Crisis Core on my friend’s PSP, I couldn’t help but feel it was a complete waste that it wasn’t a PS2 game. I’m going to dedicate hours of my life staring at a tiny little screen and dealing with uncomfortable controls?

    No way, when I can just sit back in a chair, grab some tea and a Dual Shock, and just play things on a nice, big beautiful screen instead.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet


    This is how I feel when I am trying to play AC Liberation on Vita…

    It’s good for a handheld… But not good enough for anyone who’s played AC on PC/PS3 or 360…

    I just can’t help thinking;

    framerate skips, less NPC’s, worse animation etc…

    When I should be thinking; Fucking Hell!!! AC on a handheld?!!!! :)

    Im about to start Persona 4 in a bit for the first time (am on a night shift), I hope I get into that more.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    @5, In a roundabout way i think you’ve nailed the problem with the WiiU.

    People are looking at the tablet controller & thinking “Why? I have a tv?”

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @5 Oh Ok i suppose portable gaming is not for everyone, i enjoy playing games on the big screen as well, but all i need is the controller and focus on the big screen, anything else is probably within the same room or another room.
    @7 Thats very interesting and true, but i don’t think the tablet controller is a problem but more of gimmick like the PS4/PS Vita touch screen/pad.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. monkeygourmet


    It’s a shame if they think that.

    It’s such a nicely designed controller for playing any game on. It may seem big at first but it’s weighted perfectly.

    Having the screen is sweet for most RPG’s, the off screen stuff is good too.

    It really doesn’t take long to adjust, then it’s quite hard to go back to a normal 360/PS3 pad.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. lexph3re

    As much as everyone wants to blame Sony for this not happening. I for one blame the stalemate, you know which one im talking about. The stalemate of Devs waiting to see the people purchase the device and the people waiting for the devs to release things for the device.

    Sony can only do so much to get devs on board a console and lose money in the process. People on the other hand keep saying… Oh ill wait till it has more games and then Ill buy. Welp devs won’t release while your waiting the only way we talk to them is with our money. And if you dont buy the console they wont bother releasing it.

    These games are probably going to get a ps3 or 3ds because thats where the install base is. Ite actually rather sad the position gamere put themselves in out of stubborness

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    It is entirely up to Sony to make their product attractive to both gamers and publishers. To get third party support they need the installed user base. They aren’t going to put out titles they know they are going to lose money on to try and bolster sales of the console, and maybe sell more next time.

    I think the games catalogue is actually sufficient. The price of both the console and the memory cards are the bigger issues by a significant margin.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Rosseu

    It’s easier to re-dub than to just put subtitles?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. lexph3re

    I don’t feel the same as others about the price of console nor memory cards. I know people without jobs that have gotten the console no problem with games and memory cards. Its really a matter of realizing if what you find appealing is worth the money.

    The Vita is the first console I bought pre-day one and since the cost has not been overbearing at all. People are creating an illusion of what they will get use out of the console and sticks.

    People talk as if they need more then one stick. If you look at it in that light then yeah its to much money. But, its not.

    The fact is Sony has paid ALOT of publishers to release initiallybon their console. And, now there is no paying publishers anymore. This is the Who delivers first game. The consumer? or the Developers? Because the Vita is exactly what it is at this point

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Clupula

    I just noticed who submitted this article. And lo and behold, it’s woe. Rare, innit, that he’d try to submit something negative about a Sony system…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @11 That sort of common sense has no place in the console wars. You’re shit at being a fanboy, shame on you.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    @14 While that could be true (i haven’t seen enough of Woe’s comments to judge) he did put this article in the light.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Eddie Rodrigues

    Good fucking job videogame producers, you bastards only care about your damn money

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight


    Duh. Their job is only to worry about money and meeting goals.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lengendaryboss

    @18 Though they could say it in a less blunt way “its not currently planned for overseas release” or “Not in the pipeline” or some other generic PR response. This statement makes them sound like greedy, money sucking vampires. But your right business is business and at the end of the day developers are only in it for money.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight


    Well yeah they have families and bills to take care of. Its not charity work. Every developers out there main goal is to get paid. Its a commercial industry.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @19 They should be nice to… A product? Not hurt the Vitas feelings?

    Suddenly it makes sense how corporations could be considered people in the US :P

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    What they say about a product or PS Vita can offend people and affect whatever relationship they have with Sony. They should say things in a nicer/less greedy way so people don’t take offense to it or think as them as greedy, money sucking leechs like Activison for example.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight


    Thats not a new concept. Rome started that concept. Its been there since then now its just been expanded upon and the US is not the only one supporting the idea.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @22 What’s greedy about not wanting to be on an underperforming console? They just don’t want to take that risk.

    If people want to be offended because they have an unhealthy relationship with a megacorporation, then arguably there’s no way to avoid that. Those guys are beyond sense.

    I really doubt that Sony would hire people who are emotional enough to take that sort of thing to heart though. They know full well that a lot of devs and pubs feel the same way, and rather than act like babies about it, I think they’d much rather accept reality and try to change it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. lexph3re

    Problem with that Theory DSB is that they already are releasing the games on the Vita. However, They are not localizing them outside of Japan due to poor sells of vita Else where.

    Everyone acts like the games not being made for Vita already. They are being made for it. So this is clearly not about Sony and Vita but Developers and Consumers. They will only release where its safe. And, as it is the Tales franchise already isn’t a high performing Franchise. Why release to people who not only don’t appreciate the hardware but the Software as well?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. zinc

    Well the dev isn’t about to come out & say “You gaijin don’t buy enough of our stuff!” are they?

    It’s a lot easier to blame the platform & not try to think about why they haven’t really cracked the West.

    Japanese devs, getting all defensive. Cute.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    Seems like Vita and WiiU have the same type of problem doesn’t it?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. lexph3re

    Of course they do, Which really put a lot of perspective into the next gen console race. Wii U will suffer the most though to be honest, what happens when Nintendo shows at E3 the games we’ve been wanting doesn’t release till 2014?

    Will people be happy buying Wii U for Pikimin and wonderful 101? People aren’t even showing love with the current roster.

    Vita is Sort of picking up but I don’t think it will pick up fast enough.

    What Both of them need is a Retired Oprah.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. OlderGamer

    I think, Lex, that we may see the same trouble for both the next release from sony and MS. I think it might be a sign of decreasing importance that consoles will play in the future.

    I think price is king. Absolutle king. If you can sell it, the games will come.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Clupula

    @27 – Nope. The Wii U has the added problem of being a console with a reputation for having no games and when it does get them, they get the inferior version. I mean, look at Injustice. It’s the only version that isn’t getting any of the pre-order DLC. No trophies/achievements. No demo. No special edition.

    Price is just one of MANY problems for the Wii U. Price is the ONLY problem for the Vita.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. lexph3re

    True but selling at a lose will start to make these companies depend on more tactics that we all say we hate daily. Charged to use the store, to play games, or even to have it.

    Subscription based gaming will be the console market. Then it will come down to this. Either A. Buy a computer and miss out on exclusives from the big 3 B. Buy these consoles and not have any control over the products you are playing.

    This easily can be the future of gaming.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Clupula

    The PS4 will sell very well, people are excited about it. The Next Box will also sell very well, although there’s a definite chance of a PS3-launch-style disaster if most of the rumors about it are true.

    The Wii U never excited anyone except the Nintendo diehards.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. monkeygourmet


    That and the fact it’s still a device stuck between two worlds…

    I’m glad I re-purchased, but stuff like Assassins Creed Liberation really shows the Vita’s weak points.

    I’m sure Killzone will be equally shitty…

    At least the 3DS has a constant stream of games that make sense on the system and its specs.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Clupula

    @33 – Well, Killzone, I’m not really interested in, anyway, because I’m very much over set-piece driven first person shooters.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. monkeygourmet


    Needs more cow bell

    #35 2 years ago

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