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How Namco keeps its Tales Of RPG series fresh, 17 years later

Gamasutra: "Namco's Tales Of series has been going on for many years, beginning in 1995 when developer Wolf Team created Tales of Phantasia for the Super Nintendo. While the series doesn't have quite the cultural cache of Final Fantasy in the West or Dragon Quest in Japan, it's still a very popular brand worldwide, with 11 entries so far, and another on the way.

Tales of Xillia is the latest in the series, and it's coming to North America and Europe in 2013 (far behind the series' schedule in Japan, where Tales of Xillia 2 was just released). We spoke with series producer Hideo Baba about maintaining momentum on such a long-running series, and why having a long introductory movie is important for Japanese players."

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