Some of you may be wondering - but wasn't the game already confirmed in that video of Baba-san announcing the game? That video, actually, was leaked out ahead of schedule. The "official" announcement is, apparently, today. The announcement video is now open for public viewing at the Bandai Namco EU YouTube channel (as well as the Bamco US YouTube channel:
In addition, the announcement also has a few... interesting name changes. For instance, Shing is now, for some reason, Kor. Also, despite getting a localized name of Kohak as Amber in Tales of Graces f, for some reason they are now back to (or changed to) Kohaku.
Here's a short summary of the story:
"The adventure starts with 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."
That said, this is still great, great news. Tales of Hearts R will indeed be coming to the West this Winter 2014. Look forward to it!
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