7th: Thanks. I've still got the rest of singles and post-singles casuals to process and upload, too. So Hakami informed me yesterday that many of the Tales games are not localized yet. Guess I'll play Tales of Phantasia (PSX?) next, and hopefully that'll tide me over until Graces F is localized next year. Chrono Trigger was the first RPG I ever played and it was fantastic. I think it's a shame Square didn't make more RPGs like that besides Chrono Cross. Then I played FF6 and enjoyed it a lot, too. But the ones I loved the most were Xenogears and Chrono Cross on PSX: something about those stories hooked me like no other. In comparison, I found FF7-FF10 to have just "good" stories and the same old FF battle system.
Hakami also mentioned that Tales Studio had to be dissolved last month into Namco Bandai. Whyyyy? Do Japanese players really prefer to just sit around and mash X/circle during their RPGs? ...Well, I guess that explains the popularity of VNs as well...
Well, Chrono Trigger was a collaboration between Enix and Square, and Xenogears wasn't developed by Square at all, so in that respect, it isn't really fair to criticize Square for not making more games in their light.
What Hakami said isn't entirely true. There are 13 "flagship" titles in the series, of the 13, Destiny 2, Rebirth, Innocence, Hearts, and Xillia were not released here (or in the case of Xillia, hasn't been announced as of yet). Of those 5, two of them are DS titles, and honestly, I didn't think Innocence (at least the original) was that great. It's possible that Innocence could be localized over here in the Vita remake, and it's possible that Xillia could be released here as well, so that would only leave 3 titles that will probably never see the light of day. All things considered, that isn't too bad.
Just because a subsidiary was absorbed back into the parent company doesn't necessarily mean that anything will happen to the Tales series. They are probably doing this to reduce costs, and the greatest effect we may end up seeing is a reduced number of titles released in the future (rather than the blitzkrieg they've done in the last couple of years). This isn't necessarily a bad thing. For those that don't know, a subsidiary is a separate company that is either wholly owned, or controlled by a parent company, and thus, even though they are technically a separate company, their assets (and liabilities) are often included in their financial statements.
It is also entirely feasible they are doing this to maximize development resources.