Tales Studio shut down by Namco Bandai

Tales Studio, the independent developer responsible for the Tales series of RPGs since 1995's Tales of Phantasia, has been closed by parent company Namco Bandai. But Tales fans can take comfort in the fact that upcoming titles in the series haven't been cancelled – however, with the 25-year-old studio absorbed by Namco Bandai, the future of the series is for now in-house.

Namco Bandai hasn't given a reason for the closure, which will be finalized at the company's board meeting later in the month. However, Tales Studio has been facing financial strife for some time, with rumors of bankruptcy hovering throughout 2011. If anything, this move actually secures the series' future by assuring that the studio doesn't have to shut down due to financial problems.

Above: Tales of Xillia, which you'll still see one day (probably)

The studio, founded in 1986 as Wolf Team, debuted its signature series on the SNES in the mid-90s, later expanding onto the GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Wii, PlayStation, and Xbox families. After renaming itself Tales Studio following acquisition by Namco in 2003, the studio increased its multimedia output, releasing anime adaptations of Tales of Phantasia, Symphonia, Vesperia, and The Abyss.

Namco Bandai still has future Tales games in the pipeline: US players are yet to see PS3 titles Tales of Grace F and Tales of Xillia, as well as a 3DS port of the PS2's Tales of the Abyss. The possibility of the games' cancellation hasn't been raised yet; the 3DS title in particular may actually see healthier prospects now, with its release delays having coincided with the worsening of Tales Studio's financial woes.


  • codystovall - November 22, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Oh they can just go fuk themselfs.
  • mattdark - November 22, 2011 1:37 a.m.

    Wonder how much of it comes from Namco being seemingly unwilling to publish so many of these titles outside of japan, despite the number of fans requesting them (The PS3 version of Vesperia for example)
  • avantguardian - November 22, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    I'm sure someone will make a sprawling argument about Call of Duty's role in this. As amusing as that is, it's still disheartening to see how small of a speck on the gaming radar JRPGs have become.
  • Ultimadrago - November 21, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    Phew, almost got a panic until I saw that it was just being absorbed. I hope that the transfer is more positive than negative. VIVA SYMPHONIA AND VESPERIA
  • Hurricrane - November 21, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I LOVED Symphonia and Vesperia (despite not finishing it) I don't want them dead forever :(
  • Hydrohs - November 21, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    So what about the team's members? Were they all let go or are they just part of Namco now? If the members stay then it's all well and good.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - November 21, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Tales of Symphonia was the best GCN game on the console.
  • profile0000 - November 21, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Damn, that depresses me. I loved Vesperia. At least the future games are ok.
  • Ravenbom - November 21, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    A single tear is slowly rolling down my face right now.
  • Supermario1dland - November 21, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Nearly gave me a heart attack until I saw the games were safe. whew.
  • knightnettie - November 21, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Noooooooooooooo~ ...Well, as long as Namco Bandai continues bringing out new games...and of course, localizing them...*sob*

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