Tales of Hearts R will be localized in Winter 2014. That leaves us in a very unfortunate situation.
We know people don’t want us to stop working on Tales of Hearts for the DS. We’ve read your comments. We understand. Kaji and I feel the same way. Tales of Hearts was a great game with a lot of original stuff, one of the best 2D battle systems in the series, and a great story. Tales of Hearts R is… well, Kaji can explain the issues it has a lot better than I can.
That being said, our policy on this stuff has always been clear – we will not do anything that might impact sales of a full Tales localization. We want more Tales games localized, so when they put the effort in to give a game a real localization, we’re going to support that them by making sure that we don’t compete with the release in any way.
Therefore, our Tales of Hearts project is officially on hold. If you want to play Tales of Hearts, please buy it for the PS Vita. Effective immediately, Tales of Phantasia X is Absolute Zero’s primary focus.
I know people will want to compare this decision to our past decisions to cancel or not cancel fan translations, but every one of these situations is different. One of the biggest factors is that the Vita needs help in the form of exclusives to improve its install base. That’s something we don’t want to get in the way of. More viable systems means more viable localizations.
I’m sorry, I really am. I wish it didn’t have to be like this, but remember that we need to support the series we love.