The Tales of Symphonia Remastered and The Chosen Edition released a trailer. It is promoting its release to next-generation consoles on February 17, 2023. The initial design was for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The announcement also revealed that the game is compatible with the Xbox Series and PlayStation 5.

What is Tales of Symphonia?

Those familiar with the Tales franchise may not have encountered Symphonia yet, one of its beloved stories from the 2000s. It follows the story of Lloyd Irving and his friend Colette Brunel as they try to navigate a dying world. The story is tragic, filled with charming characters and the famed action RPG mechanics in various Tales games.

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The game had an original release for the Nintendo GameCube, and not many Tales fans played it. It did have a port to the PC and PlayStation 3 afterward. According to Bandai Namco, the Remastered edition will have many new features.

New Features

According to Bandai Namco, the game will keep its cell-shaded design, though visuals will have enhancements. The game would still like to honor the artist Kosuke Fujishima who was part of the team creating the anime cutscenes in the game. There will also be gameplay improvements to make Tales of Symphonia feel more modern.

What’s special about the Remastered edition is that it will retain its local co-op feature. Many players enjoyed being able to fight powerful opponents together as a team. Players can jump in to help their friend progress through the story.

One thing to note about the Tales games is that they employ a combo system comprising special attacks and magic. It’s possible to customize their characters to a playstyle that fits them best in preparation for battles.

The Chosen Edition

The Chosen Edition will be the collector’s edition for Tales of Symphonia Remastered. It will be the only physical print of the game. The announcement revealed that it has stickers, art prints, and a beautiful metal case accompanying the disc. We’ll likely learn more details about its contents as we move closer to its release date.

Should I Buy Tales of Symphonia Remastered?

Those who have enjoy Tales games will likely have the same fun with Tales of Symphonia. The last major console release from Bandai Namco was Tales of Arise in 2021, which went under the radar for many. Those who played it called it an underrated hit with great graphics and gameplay mechanics.

There was also Tales of Luminaria released exclusively for mobile games. The Tales franchise operates similarly to Final Fantasy in that the stories of each game live in their own fantasy worlds. There are some exceptions, like Berseria and Zestiria, which operated within the same world.

Anyone wanting an Action RPG with JRPG elements will want to try any of the Tales games out. Tales of Symphonia Remastered is a way to dip their toes into the water before trying more.

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