Tales of Vesperia
is the tenth main title in the Tales
series. It was developed by Namco Tales Studio
and published by Namco Bandai Games
for the Xbox 360
The title was announced on December 22, 2007 at Jump Festa, and was released on August 7, 2008 in Asia
, and on August 26, 2008 in North America. On June 26, 2009 Tales of Vesperia
was released in Europe
making it the fifth game in the Tales
series to be released there. Tales of Vesperia's
characteristic genre name is RPG to Enforce "Justice" (「正義」を貫き通すRPG, "Seigi" o tsuranukitōsu RPG?)
. The game's character designer is Kōsuke Fujishima
, the chief director and producer is Yoshito Higuchi (who previously worked on both Tales of Symphonia
and Tales of the Abyss
), and the animated movies were done by Production I.G
. The game's theme song is "Ring a Bell" (鐘を鳴らして, Kane o Narashite?)
by Bonnie Pink
A special limited edition was released in North America, including a metal case with unique cover art and a 22-track soundtrack.
In April 2009 it was announced that those who purchased the special edition would be mailed a second 10th anniversary soundtrack CD.
A prequel to the game in the form of an animated film called Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
was released on October 3, 2009. A PlayStation 3
port was released including material not present in the original Xbox 360 version, such as a new playable character, named Patty Fleur,
on September 17, 2009.