symphA few weeks ago, I wrote about a rumour concerning an HD re-release of cult GameCube jRPG Tales of Symphonia, which originated with a Spanish site interviewing Tales of series producer Hideo Baba. I said at the time that it was difficult to know how excited to get about the rumour, as the wording was a little unclear, but speculated that if true we’d likely hear more about it at the annual Tales of Festival.

That prediction has, happily, come true! At the ToF today, Baba-san has indeed announced the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (which is currently a working title) for the PS3, and it’s even coming to Europe, Australasia and the Americas in early 2014! The release will contain both Tales of Symphonia and its GameCube sequel Dawn of the New World, remastered in HD. Here’s confirmation from the man himself:

Having never played either game, I’m now massively looking forward to this. A nice bonus would be a local release of the anime adaptation, but that might be pushing our luck a little bit!

It’s great to see Namco-Bandai’s commitment to this series outside of Japan – in the last couple of years, we’ve seen Tales of the Abyss get its first release in Europe, we got a lovely Day One Edition for Tales of Graces f, Tales of Vesperia apparently got a reprint and was actually available to buy again, and in just a couple of months we’ll all have Tales of Xillia (Day One or Limited Collectors Edition) in our hands! It certainly seems like Bamco are going all-out with their flagship series at the moment, and one has to wonder whether they see a gap in the market now that Final Fantasy is floundering in the minds of some.

You can also watch the Japanese announcement video below:

Who else is excited for this!?

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