Fans are translating Japanese Tales games since Namco won't

Never underestimate the fanbase of a popular video game franchise. Even though PS3 owners are rightfully disappointed that Namco has no plans to release English versions of Tales of Vesperia or Tales of Graces, a group of them have banded together to fully translate the Japanese versions of the epic story-based games.

The team consists of five of the most die-hard Tales fans, each well versed in Japanese and English. Beginning in June, they are now done with "much of the initial translation" of Tales of Graces.

Translations for Vesperia will begin when Graces is finished. It's quite a tall order, especially considering these games have more than 100,000 lines of dialogue that need to be converted into English.

Tales of Vesperia was released for the Xbox 360 in the US, but a special edition version for the PS3, with several hours of bonus content, came out in Japan. Namco has express zero interest in releasing that version stateside. Tales of Graces, meanwhile, was a Wii game that was released in Japan in 2009, and then remade for the PS3 in 2010. Neither version was ever localized for the English market.

So, here's the rub. You'll need to be able to download an illegal patch in order to play the games in English, which means you'll have to mod your PS3. And you'll still also need a Japanese copy of the game, which costs around $70 - $80 from an importing website.

It sure sounds like a whole lot of work just for the opportunity to be able to run through a game that wasn't deemed profitable enough to be released here. But then again, that's why video game fanatics are the best fanatics of them all.

[Source: Ripten]

Jan 3, 2011




  • Nighthawk156 - April 8, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    Idk why Japan duznt just make English subs for all there games cuz if they at least had that I would buy and play then tho the main format would still hav to be eng they should just make a choice in the beginning like with movies
  • ThatGuyFromTV - January 5, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    couldnt they just take the text from a 360 version and put it into the PS3 version? is there really a need for a translator?
  • Lionzest7 - January 4, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    a few things I should note: You can download the tales of graces F demo for ps3, if you have a jap xbox account. So feel free to try it out, if you can navigate the jap psn marketplace. Tales of Graces is out for wii, at least in japan, so flashing your wii will work. Emulator if you're a pirate. 3rd: Tales of vesperia isn't really worth buying the special edition for a few extra time based sidequests and a pirate loli (unless that's your deal of course). I guess the extra boss, but if you're like me and want to 100% your game, plan to invest A LOT of HOURS. Personal opinion: skip the ps3 release of vesperia and pick up your 360, if you have one. If you're willing to pirate pick up graces for wii, I think there is a fanpatch already done. (don't think bamco can fault you for a game they chose not to localize)
  • TNK2 - January 4, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    lol they been translating the tales games forever. Especially the psp radiant mythology games on psp and the other tales games on there too.
  • mattdark - January 4, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I love the fact that it was only a month or so ago that Namco went off on one about how they were going to focus less on new IPs and and continue to work on more and more sequals, yet here they are not even giving some of their more well-known series a chance outside of Japan. Then again, its like they cant even be bothered these days, the released Vesperia as a 360 'exclusive' before announcing the PS3 version in the same year. And Graces itself was deemed near unplayable on the Wii if I remember right, unfinshined and full of issues. Im just glad we have companies out there like Atlus, who actually try to bring out games that 'big' companies wont even attempt...
  • wicko - January 4, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    FYI there is nothing illegal about this.. you'd own a legitimate copy of the game. Modding your PS3 isn't illegal, it's just against sony's PSN TOS.
  • crumbdunky - January 4, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    Same as what happened with Ninty's DAFT as all hell decision not to publish Fatal Frame 4 in the west. Fans do what companies won't. Sometimes it's like some Japanese industry types don't WANT us playing their games. Our money not good enough? Seriously, how much would it cost Namco to put a translation patch on PSN? Hell, we'd even pay for it! Then they could export a few games as is and everybody's happy-for a lot less and Namco might see enough profit to do a proper job next time. Why don't they want these games to sell in the west? When my best mate and his Japanese GF were still about I'd play all the import only games with them and I miss out on tons now as I still have a pretty rudimentary understanding of the klanguage so these guys doing this for nothing get a big thumbs up from me-still, though, why don't Sony speak to Namco about getting this on the PSN? Then an even cheaper DD release would be best all round? We're region free with discs and they won't do the obvious there and they won't use the PSN to get the game to us? Seriously, why? It would cost pennies, give them a better name and possibly get more people into their games and certainly be good press whatever. I can't see it not selling 70-80,000 as a download and while that might not be huge profits it would MORE than cover localisation if done either way suggested and then nobody is having to mod anything.
  • BurntToShreds - January 4, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I don't understand why Namco isn't releasing their Tales series over here any more. It just doesn't make any sense! I bought Tales of Vesperia for 360 when it came out, and it was awesome. I've seen tons of fans of the Tales series on the Internet, who have definitely bought a good portion of the games that came out over here. Namco is just making business decisions that are just plain bad.
  • Valcrist - January 4, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    I junmped crazy when I heard about this, Some of the team translating this have translated tales of innocence (1 of the 3 tales games of DS which NEVER got out here neither...) and even if it takes that much work to make them run, im sure as hell trying to get em. The best tales games never get realesed over here anyway (Tales of destiny Remake for ps2, Rebirth for ps2 AND psp destiny 2 for ps2 AND psp.... seriously namco, what is wrong with you?), so its not like importing is new to me, plus I like the original voice actors more than their english speaking counterparts
  • FeatherFang - January 3, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    @ JoyDivision I think you'll enjoy the ending to this video (note I said near the end around 9:30) Though you'll probably have seen this... and this Anyways I'm glad the fans are doing this, I'll wait for years if it takes them. I mean the patch is going to be free.
  • Crabhand - January 3, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    I always find it odd when a Japanese company doesn't bother to import a franchise that already has an established fan base. Imagine what the face of the industry would be like if more developers took this route.
  • Thor2k4 - January 3, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    Tales of Vesperia is an absolutely amazing game, and all of the amazing bonus content that was released just for the PS3 version in Japan should NOT be so exclusive. Obviously if there is a huge fan base here in the States it should be greatly considered to localize it. I'd even go as far to say that I would buy a PS3 just to play the game, in english of course.
  • Tygerclaws - January 3, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    It's not profitable to release them here...yet the FANS here are willing to illegally mod their PS3s in order to play your games. Namco, something is wrong with this equation, and that variable is YOU.
  • JoyDivision - January 3, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    REPLICA !!!!!!!!
  • FlyinMX - January 3, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Well at least someone's doing them. I was going to import the ps3 games at some point, but I don't want to risk sticking a patch like that on my core system. Maybe I can find a refurbished system on the cheap.
  • sirpsychosexy - January 3, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Sounds rough, but I'm sure plenty of huge Tales fans will go for it.

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