The rumors of a PlayStation 3-bound HD remaster of Tales of Symphonia and its sequel Dawn of the New World gave many fans a mighty pitter-pattering in their heart region; but unfortunately, the rumors have turned out not to be true. Tales of series producer Hideo Baba has confirmed that no HD remaster is coming.
Speaking with JPGames.de, Baba put the rumors to rest, stating that the rumors did not start with Namco Bandai, and that Tales of Symphonia‘s 10th anniversary would more likely be celebrated with a “Tales of Cafe” or other event at NamcoCon.
“To be quite frank… I was at Expomanga in Spain last week and everyone was enjoying the event, and then I heard from fans “I heard rumors about a Tales of Symphonia Perfect Edition. Is that true?”. Actually, I was the one surprised by that! (laughs) That fan then said that it’s the 10th anniversary of Tales of Symphonia in Japan this year, and I just said that there might be something coming, as a celebration. But it will be more like a “Tales of Café” or an event at NamcoCon… but we actually have no plans yet, there are only ideas. We can’t really say anything before announcements are made and it’s always a bit surprising when people ask us about rumors like that. It would be best to just wait for new information [about Tales of Symphonia’s 10th anniversary]. Before we announce something, a rumor is just a rumor after all (laughs).”
You can read the entire interview with Hideo Baba over on JPGames.de, which is far more expansive than the quote above.
The quelling of this rumor may be disappointing to Tales of fans, but it’s better to be let down gently than to have that glimmer of hope be brought up anytime someone brings up Tales of Symphonia. Rest in peace, hope. Tales of Xillia will make up for this deep, dark sadness.