Tales of Hearts R headed West this winter

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There have been a slew of ‘Tales of’ games released for the PlayStation 3 over the past few months but PS Vita fans in the West have been out of luck as far as getting their hands on Bandai Namco’s flagship JRPG series is concerned.

Now the publisher has announced that its Tales of Hearts remake for the PS Vita – Tales of Hearts R – will be released in North America and European territories this winter (i.e. Q4 2014 to Q1 2015). The game was originally released in Japan last March where it sold 141 610 copies during its first week on store shelves.

Tales of Hearts R is an expanded version of the Japan-only Nintendo DS title released in 2008. The remake features new story elements, two new party members, revamped 3D graphics and a new focus on aerial battles.

Here’s the official synopsis for the game along with an announcement video from series producer Hideo Baba:

“Tales of Hearts R follows Kor, a young man living in a small village by the sea. While watching the house in his grandfather’s absence, Kor meets a young woman named Kohaku who has come searching for his grandfather. However, a mysterious witch soon appears and casts a spell on Kohaku’s Spiria, the embodiment of her heart and soul. Kor attempts to lift the spell, but while doing so he accidentally shatters her Spiria Core, the source of her emotions. Armed only with the Soma, an unusual weapon given to him by his grandfather, Kor must now set out on a journey to find a way to make Kohaku’s Spiria whole once more.”

Will you be one of the JRPG fans picking up Tales of Hearts R when it’s released this winter? Let us know in the comments.

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