Tales of Phantasia has been released in English on iOS. Wow. File this under things I did not see coming…As some of you may know, in the past few years Namdai Japan made the very misguided decision to port a few titles from its precision, fighting game-style action RPG series to smartphones. The two titles to suffer this unfortunate fate were Tales of Phantasia FVE and Tales of Hearts. I was utterly baffled by the decision and I remain so to this day. Now, in what I can only assume is an ongoing crusade to give the West only the lamest versions of ToP, the iOS port has been released in English. Now, to Namdai’s credit, the game is completely free. At least for me, though, a smartphone is not the kind of precision device that I want to play a game like Tales on. Maybe I’m alone in that regard, but I don’t think I am. I’m admittedly very curious what the translation looks like for this version and if the characters are all voiced. If anyone plays it, let me know!
I assume this release is in anticipation of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles next month. Given that Tales of Symphonia is a prequel of sorts for Phantasia, it makes sense to get the western audience more familiar with the events of Phantasia.
So what does this mean for us? For now, nothing. Since they released the game for free, our project on another version of the game on another system shouldn’t impact Namdai’s bottom line. Regarding the translation, even if Namdai retranslated the whole game for this release, I don’t intend to use their work. I don’t want to ruffle any more feathers than I already am and I really don’t know how that would fly. I don’t mind the opportunity to retranslate it myself in any case. So we’ll press on as we were. Unless things change. Things could always change.