Bandai Namco reveals why it decided to remaster Tales of Symphonia, and the company also comments on possible other remasters.
A recent Q&A session released by Bandai Namco reveals the reason it decided to do a remaster Stories of the Symphony, along with a comment on the possibility of more remasters in the future. The original Stories of the Symphony was a landmark action JRPG, with some considering it one of the best games in the franchise and one of the best games on the Nintendo Gamecube when it was released in 2004. This release also helped expand the series’ popularity to a new western fanbase, leading to a port to the PS3 in 2014, with a Steam release also in 2016.
Tales of Symphonia Remastered will be released in about a month now, where players can re-experience or be introduced to the world of Sylvarant, where Lloyd, Colette and other friends and allies will journey in quest to save their homeland. The game was first revealed in a Nintendo Direct in 2022, but it will be released on multiple platforms this February. With the release not too far away, Bandai Namco answered some common questions about the remaster and what to expect.
In terms of what to expect from this remaster, it will be based on the PS3/PC version and will bring improved graphics, higher framerates for certain artes and other improvements to the game for the current generation. why symphony will be remastered next Tales of Vesperia‘s remaster, that came down to that symphony was the first game in the franchise to be released worldwide. This led to many fans from Japan and overseas declaring that they wanted to play the games on current-gen hardware, leading to this remaster.
When Bandai Namco was asked about other options stories of Remasters or remakes, there were many passionate fans who wanted to play the older titles on the current platforms. The team then thanked the many players who had asked to adopt these older games, but notes that their current focus is on releasing symphony‘s remaster. It then states that it will be taking inquiries and suggestions about these potential remasters later in the future.
What the release of Tales of Symphonia Remastered, it notes quality of life features like improved controls, a cutscene skip feature, and data for saving files to provide a smoother experience. It also states that no additional content will be added to this re-release, but nothing has been removed either, bearing in mind that the old costumes and both opening themes from the PS3/PC release are included.
Tales of Symphonia Remastered launches February 17 for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
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Source: Tales Channel (via Nintendo Everything)