PlayStation Vita JRPGs Tales of Hearts R and Sword Art Online Coming to America


Fans of Japanese RPGs better be buying themselves a PlayStation Vita right quick if they don’t already own one. In addition to the three Japan Studio Vita exclusives Sony is localizing, Namco Bandai confirmed today that Tales of Hearts R and Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released in the Americas this year.

Sword Art Online will be a digital-only title released this summer. Tales of Hearts R will then follow with a full launch in the winter.

Namco Bandai’s not talking much about Sword Art Online yet, but here’s what the company has to say about bringing over the first-ever Vita “Tales of” game:

”The TALES OF franchise has experienced incredible fan support and positive reception due to the fantastic artwork, storytelling and combat systems that the developers have been able to deliver again and again,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “With a proven track record of bringing quality RPGs out to the West, we are confident that PlayStation®Vita users can really look forward to hours of solid entertainment from Tales of Hearts R.”

An announcement trailer cinematic from Tales of Hearts R can be seen below. Further down you’ll find screenshot galleries for both titles.

Tales of Hearts R:
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment:
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