A reliable source has just confirmed the reveal of an upcoming "Tales of Bibliotheca" for the Apple iOS. Tales of Phantasia is also coming to thr iOS this Fall.
Tales of Bibliotheca is basically a collection of the Tales of stories which will let you relive the stories of previous Tales games. It'll have illustrations from the original games and even the voice acting from those games, but will have its own battle system. The first chapter will be about Tales of Vesperia.
The first chapter of the Bibliotheca game will apparently be released in the middle of September, with the next 2-12 chapters to be bought separately for 170 Yen. You can buy all the chapters for 1700 Yen. The game's general producer is Makoto Yoshizumi and producer is Ryuuji Odate. It's being developed by Jupiter, the one behind The World Ends With You.
In addition, Tales of Phantasia will also be making its way to the iOS this fall. It'll be operated via touch screen and will have microtransactions for items and such. It appears that this version is similar to the PSP version.
First off all, the game's basically a "scenario book and battle application. You could say it's a game, but it's really more of a typical iOS app. It lets you relive the scenarios of the Tales games using new illustrations depicting scenes from the games and some select battles to fight per chapter. They will indeed include the voice audio from the original games.
As for the first 12 chapters to be available, for now, Tales of Bibliotheca will be covering Tales of Vesperia with all those chapters. The 1st chapter for Vesperia will be available for free with the app, with the subsequent 2 to 12 chapters to be bought for 170 Yen each. You can also get the whole bundle of chapters 2 to 12 for 1700 Yen each.
Again, the app will be available some time mid September 2013. The official site has released some sample images of the new event illustrations per chapter of Tales of Vesperia:
Famitsu covered how the Tales of Bibliotheca app works.
Basically, you can read the plot of Tales games featured in this app with accompanying images and characters narrating the chapters to you. The first game featured is Tales of Vesperia, and each game has 12 chapters.
Now what's interesting about this app that it actually includes its own battle system, the アクティブダイアログバトルシステム (ADBS - Active Dialogue Battle System). I don't quite understand how this battle system works on the app, but you can relive major battles in the game you're reading with the ADBS. I have a feeling it has something to do with connecting the dialogue between your party members together, though I'm more curious to see this battle system in action.
This app is now available on the Japanese App Store. All screenshots of the app from the App Store is uploaded to our gallery here.
In terms of this app's price, the first chapter is completely free. However, all subsequent chapters are 170 yen each, or they can be bought altogether for 1,700 yen--about $2 and $17 USD respectively.