Unless you’re a diehard Tales fan, I doubt you’ve even heard of Tales of Hearts. That’s because it was a 2008 DS mothership title in the acclaimed Tales RPG franchise that never made it outside of Japan. Well, whatever the case, it just became relevant again - Namco Bandai has filed an additional trademark for the game in the States. Woo hoo - the game’s actually had a trademark since 2008. It’s actually a bigger deal than you might think.
That’s because the new trademark is designed specifically to protect downloadable video games. Given that nothing about Tales of Hearts was ever downloadable, it seems like a strange choice to make…unless Namco Bandai’s looking to digital distribution as a potential gateway for the game’s localization. We already know the 3DS will eventually offer full game downloads for retail games… could it be?
With the upcoming localizations of such RPGs as Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, this got me thinking: could digital distribution be the answer to the problem of costly international releases? I’ll admit I don’t know enough about the business side of such things to say, but I’m sure there are at least a few of you among our dedicated fans who can weigh in on the subject. Share your thoughts in the comments!
Source: Siliconera via GoNintendo