Releasing Japanese RPG’s on Steam has become a rising trend lately, and Bandai Namco’s celebrated Tales series of action-RPG’s are no exception, with its latest upcoming installment, Tales of Zestiria getting a PC release alongside the new PlayStation 4 edition and previously confirmed PlayStation 3 edition this October. That won’t be the only Tales game hitting Valve’s PC gaming service either, as Bandai Namco has just confirmed that one of the series’ most beloved titles, 2004’s Tales of Symphonia, will also be coming to Steam for PC gamers, specifically in early 2016.
The Steam release of the game will be a port of the enhanced HD re-release of Tales of Symphonia that originally came to PlayStation 3 in 2014. This port was released as half of a budget-priced retail package called Tales of Symphonia Chronicles at retail, which also included the game’s direct sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Both HD renditions were also optionally sold separately on the PlayStation Store, for $19.99 each.
So far, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World has not been confirmed for Steam, only the original Tales of Symphonia. Aside from PlayStation 3, Tales of Symphonia originally released exclusively on the Nintendo GameCube in 2004 for North America, though its native Japan also featured a PlayStation 2 port of the game that was never localized anywhere else.
Tales of Symphonia is one of the only Tales games to share continuity with another game in the franchise that isn’t a direct sequel, being a distant prequel that takes place around 2,000 years before the events of the series’ original game, Tales of Phantasia. The game stars Lloyd Irving, who accompanies his childhood friend, Colette Brunel on a journey to regenerate the dying world of Sylvarant by restoring its mana supply.
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