About a week ago, Gematsu found this site, password protected, but seemed to hint at a Tales of Vesperia re-release. Tales of Vesperia was released in 2008 for XBOX 360 in North America and Japan. It is a JRPG developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco Bandai Games. A PS3 port of the game was made in 2009, featuring new playable characters and new content. However, it was only released in Japan, to many fan’s dismay.
Two days ago, during the MICROSOFT Press conference, Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition was confirmed. Originally, it was thought to only be being released for XBOX ONE and PC. However, Bandai Namco has confirmed it will also be released on the PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
It is confirmed through the announcement trailer that this Definitive Edition will be an upgraded Western release of the PS3 Tales of Vesperia that only released in Japan.
What this trailer tells us this that the Definitive Edition will be following the changes made in the PS3 port. This means at least some of the changes and features can be deduced.
Features That Are Going To Be In Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition.
Between having played the Japanese PS3 port and the trailer shown above, two major changes are taking place regarding playable characters. First, Flynn Schifo, previously being slightly playable only briefly in the XBOX 360 version, will be a fully playable and permanent part of the party. Second, Patty Fleur, an all-new playable character who was only in the PS3 version, will be in the Definitive Edition.
There are also going to be new NPCs that are tie-ins from Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike. The First Strike is a film prequel to the game.
When it comes to other features, we should see improved HD graphics, remodeled cities, and new on-screen avatars.
In the PS3 version, there were many new skits, side quests, and even additions to the main storyline. These should also be in the Definitive Edition, especially because many insert Patty into the party dynamics.
Lastly, we are most likely to see many of the updated skills, artes, and costumes that debuted in the PS3 version.
Things That Will Hopefully Be In The Definitive Edition
There are a couple things that would also be nice to see in the Definitive edition but are not yet confirmed.
Full English voice acting would be good and is probably pretty likely. This is because recent Tales games have had fairly good coverage of voice acting if the game isn’t just completely voiced
Lastly, it would be nice to see many of the extra bosses, like the Sword Dancer, that were added to the PS3 version put into the Definitive Edition. This is yet another thing that is very possible but not confirmed.
Overall, it is safe to say, fans of the Tales series are excited for one of the best Tales games to get a re-release.