UPDATE: Tales of Hearts R is Confirmed for North America, Exclusive to Gamestop

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The cat’s out of the bag, Namco Bandai really is localizing Tales of Hearts R on the Playstation Vita. If you missed our original report, leaked product release date listings pointed to the game being officially localized, although it was still unclear of whether or not the game was actually coming.

Now, an official Gamestop listing has revealed that the game is coming, and that is exclusive to the retailer. The release date has been moved to December 31st of this year, which seems like more of a placeholder. For now, we don’t have much to go off of as this has clearly been updated prior to an official press release.

We’ll update you guys as soon as we have an official press release.


It seems that Gamestop really did prematurely publish the store page, as it has been taken down now. As the rule of game industry leaks goes, however, if it’s been taken down quietly, that pretty much guarantees its authenticity.

If it lingers and is addressed via a generic PR copypasta (i.e. ‘We don’t comment on rumors or speculation’), it’s more than likely fake. Plus, you have to judge each leak individually as far as the credibility of the source goes.

Here’s a screen cap of the page just for reference:

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You can also view a Google cache version of it here, although I’m not sure how much longer this will be up for.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

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  1. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    April 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I still don’t believe it. the “Exclusive to GS” thing that Xenoblade and Last Story pulled was due to the publisher not having the cash….and Bamco has lots of cash from all those Naruto games.

    They wouldn’t do the exclusive thing. No way. I don’t buy this.

  2. TalesOtaku21
    April 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Naruto doesn’t really sell that amazing here anymore. But disregarding that, I don’t believe Namco has as much cash as you are thinking. Tales of is still a very niche series. The fact that JRPGs like Last Story and Xenoblade became GS exclusives just makes this more likely. Especially since, Vita games are not very likely to be profitable, and Hearts R already fell short once in Japan. This is more likely than anything.

  3. William Brown
    William Brown
    April 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    No Namco has the money, it’s one of the biggest companies in Japan. Namco-Bandai (or Bandai-Namco, whatever) has its grip in every form of entertainment there. They own half of the anime studios, a whole lot of idol agencies, and even an entire division focused solely on funding the theme parks they own. They make toys and arcade machines and so much stuff that you can’t believe how many items have their logo slapped on it. In terms of sheer reach, the only other company there that has more power in so many places is Mitsubishi.

    If you ask me, the reason they’re doing this is because they figure it won’t sell anyway, and Gamestop offered the money. Even among Japanese companies, Bamco is infamous for its inability to understand how western consumers think.