2012 will mark the end of a four year hiatus of the Tales of franchise in America. Publisher Namco Bandai Games America has announced that Tales of Abyss will be available on 3DS on February 14, 2012--aka Valentine's Day.
In addition, the PS3 version of Tales of Graces F is also pegged for a 2012 release.
Tales of the Abyss originally released on PS2 in 2006. The 3DS version adds requisite 3D support and the use of dual screens "to bring players closer to the action." Unlike other Tales re-releases, the 3DS version does not feature added content. It does, at the very least, feature much faster load times than its DVD-based counterpart:
The future of the Tales franchise rests on the shoulders of the Abyss remake and the upcoming Graces F for PS3. "I'd be lying to you if I said if these games bomb, they're going to turn around and make Xillia," a Namco Bandai producer told us.