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Submitted by tiffac008 173d ago | interview

The Tales Team Simply Doesn’t Have Enough Staff To Localize Every Game

Siliconera: In our exclusive interview with Tales series producer Hideo Baba, we asked the venerable producer on his thoughts on remaking past Tales games, selecting titles to localize, and expanding the series into smartphone territory. (Mobile, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Tales of Card Evolve, Tales of Hearts R, Tales of Innocence R, Tales of Link, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, Xbox One)

teflontactics  +   173d ago
Might be a good idea to hire some more staff then.

Vita versions and the localization of the Tales games in general are often requested to no avail - and they'd sell like hotcakes.
NewMonday  +   173d ago
doesn't explain why they refuse offers from other publishers
teflontactics  +   173d ago
It's possible they just don't want to trust their games to anyone but their own people - that's a common practice in a lot of media fields.

That said, I agree; that's a weak excuse when you're getting worth-while offers. Good point.
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AceBlazer13  +   173d ago
That's too bad. Nice to have a reason behind it though, I always thought they just hated us or something .
tanookisuit  +   173d ago
They should ask Xseed to help. Those guys are superb.
Inception  +   173d ago
Hmm, is that mean Namdai higher ups doesn't want to give more budget / staff for Tales franchise? If yes, than it's ironic considering Tales are one of the most popular franchise that Namdai ever have.
rainslacker  +   173d ago
Don't need staff. That's what contract workers are for. Give it to another company to localize. There are plenty out there that would love some work I'm sure.
Inception  +   173d ago
I think Namdai doesn't mind if another company wants to localize Tales. But the problem is: those company still need Tales / Namdai programmer to do the coding. So just like Baba said in the article: they don't have enough staff to do it. Imho, that's mean Namdai doesn't want to risk more money to hired new staff for Tales franchise and make it more popular in the west.

Btw, Xseed also had this problem when they tried to localize Grand Knight History. They already finished the translation, but Vanillaware doesn't have programmer to do the coding because they're still busy finishing Dragon's Crown and Muramasa Rebirth. In Vanillaware case i still understand it because Vanillaware is a small company with only twenty or thirty staff in their division. But in Namdai case, well, that's questionable...
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jonboi24  +   173d ago
Outsource the localization or have a different publisher fund it. Like Sony is funding the Borderlands 2 port to Vita and helped bring Iron Galaxy to work on it.
LordLaguz  +   173d ago
I remember when Bamco had a bad reputation when people wanted Tales of Graces translated. It was a surprise when a long time after people gave up, when they decided to localize Graces F.

They actually decided to bring Xillia, and even Xillia 2 here, along with other titles from other franchises such as Armored core.

If they decide they cant bring some titles, i'm fine with it. They proved they cared about their fanbase by taking risks and bringing wonderful games here. (plus i really want Xillia 2, a game i never though they would actually localize.)

In the end i'm satisfied with what we got, they did a good work, and even after the little "Graces translation incident" i ended up forgiving all of that. (of course, such a think is mostly a personal matter, since not translating something is not something "wrong" in any way. But it was still really frustrating back then.)

They proved themselves as a company i can trust, and i will make sure to support their efforts by buying these games.
gunboss201  +   173d ago
Now THIS... I can forgive them for not localizing it. Hopefully they can hire more ppl asap.. I really wanna play the tales series on VITA!!
NateCole  +   173d ago
Get Sony 3rd party support team to do it.
Chrono  +   173d ago
Then outsource to XSEED.
Baka-akaB  +   173d ago
You dont have enough staff to localize , because you let those game rot and pile unto themselves , till there is too much work to do .
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CNCOMICS  +   173d ago
Then what's the point of having a publisher?

Anyways, sounds like more developer BS. Based off of the way Hideo Baba was talking in the article, it doesn't make sense to upscale two PS2 games to one PS3 game, and then localize them instead of localizing two Vita games straight from existing Vita games -when your team is supposedly stretched so thin.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   172d ago
Get Nintendo to help. They help yall with Symphonia.

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