Tales of Hearts R is Officially Coming West this Winter

Following a premature leak via Gamestop’s online store, Namco Bandai has officially confirmed that Tales of Hearts R is coming West. The game will be hitting Playstation Vita in both North America and Europe this winter. The confirmation of the game also comes via series producer Hideo Baba, who confirms the release in the video featured above.

Baba-san had this to say:

“Last year in 2013, I attended many events across the world and received lots of requests from fans to release Tales of Hearts R. So we have been looking for a way to make it a reality and we have finally found it.”

He continued:

“I’d like you to be excited for the Tales series with the release of Tales of Xillia 2, as well as more news about Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Hearts R.”

In North America, the retail box for the game will indeed be exclusive to Gamestop, but as with any Playstation Vita release, it’s also hitting the Playstation Network as well. The European release is still a bit unclear, as we’re still waiting for information from Namco’s European branch.

The Tales of Hearts R remake first launched in Japan last March. It’s a complete remake of the original Tales of Hearts, adding full 3D graphics and character models, fully voice dialogue, new story events, two new party members, and more.



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  1. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    April 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Ehhhh, I’ll take it. I still can’t get over the fact they made it an exclusive deal with Gamestop though. That makes me think they don’t have much faith in it attaining decent sales. Guess there is still some fear about the Vita and its install base here in the west.

    I still wish that we got Tales of Rebirth for the PSP.

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    April 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    You guys didn’t believe me :P

    I’m super pumped for this release – Vita lives! Tons of localization announcements.

  3. Wilson Lim
    Wilson Lim
    April 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    how I hope they localize Vesperia (and make it available for the Vita too)
    but pumped indeed <3

  4. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    April 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Vesperia would be amazing. I still hold out hope that they’ll bring that one over on PS3 because it makes ZERO sense for them not to.

    All the localizing work has been done, they would just have to get it certified and approved on the North American and European branches of Sony.

    Seeing that Hearts R is coming over is proof that they’re finally listening to their fans now, though.

  5. Wilson Lim
    Wilson Lim
    April 29, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I tried asking them on Twitter. they said no :( and that their focus now is catching up with Japan.. oh well