The critically acclaimed “Tales of Symphonia” is officially coming to Steam on Feb. 2. The game was originally released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003, but its popularity has lead to a sequel and numerous ports, including a collection on the PS3.
According to the game’s official Steam Page, the game will be free to those that pre-ordered “Tales of Zestiria” on PC. The rest will have to purchase the game, though no price has been released yet.
It’s interesting how the news comes after “Tales of Berseria” was officially given a Western release date. The fact that it’s coming to both the PS4 and PC probably helped speed up the process in bringing “Tales of Symphonia” to Steam users.
Given that the game is more than a decade old, there’s a good chance that the Steam version of “Symphonia” will be a port of the PS3 version, as noted by Polygon. It’s easily the best looking version of the popular RPG, with cleaner textures and HD support, though the game does look a bit dated compared to more modern games.
Fans have wondered if the Wii sequel “Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World” would be bundled with the original game, like the PS3 collection. It doesn’t seem that way as emphasis has only been put into the original game. The fact that “Dawn of the New World” received mixed reviews probably doesn’t help its chances.
“Tales of Symphonia” was praised for its epic story and addictive combat system, which has been a common staple for the “Tales of” series. It’s one of the few games in the franchise to have a sequel and is easily one of the most ported installments of the game series.
Not many details have been revealed about the Steam version, aside from the fact that it will be free to those that pre-ordered “Tales of Zestiria.” It’s doubtful that this version will have any exclusive features on Steam, though there’s a good chance that it will be getting fan mods in the near future.
Those that would rather play the game on a console can get the ‘Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles” collection on PS3. This has the original game and the sequel “Dawn of the New World.”