The latest issue of Jump Magazine features a little snippet about the main hero and heroine of Tales of Zestiria, Slay/Thray and Alicia.
Slay/Thray ( スレイ, surei. Again, romanization not yet official) - Voiced by Ryouhei Kimura - A somewhat overly sweet and kind hearted young man who is always on the positive side of things. He has an interest in the world's ancient ruins.
Alicia ( アリーシャ, ariisha. Again, romanization not yet official) - Voiced by Ai Kayano - A princess who for some reason prefers to be a mere knight, and has a formal, masculine manner of speaking. She sets off on a journey when disasters and disturbances occur in the world.
Did you have faith in the magic? 'Cause Tales of Zestiria's localization has just been announced for the US and for Europe!
It's official. Namco Bandai has just announced that they will indeed be bringing over Tales of Zestiria to the West. From the Namco Bandai America press release:
SAN JOSE, Calif., (December 12, 2013) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is proud to announce the Japanese 20th anniversary commemorative title, TALES OF ZESTIRIA™, the latest entry in the famed TALES OF role-playing game franchise from NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc., will be available in North America and South America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Players will delve into a grand storyline and discover the “zest” of adventure with brand new characters, magical lands and action-packed gameplay that the TALES OF franchise is known for from fans around the world. TALES OF ZESTIRIA returns to the series roots of a fantasy setting with character designs being handled by all four series designers; Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. ufotable Inc. will also return to create the game’s animated cut scenes and opening movie.
“Over the past few years the TALES OF team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe,” said TALES OF series producer Hideo Baba from NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc. “To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the TALES OF series together with Japanese and overseas fans.”
“2015 marks the 20th anniversary for the TALES OF franchise in Japan and I would like to thank all the fans who have supported us for the past two decades from the bottom of my heart,” said Makoto Yoshizumi, TALES OF Chief Producer from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “In recent years we have received anticipation for the series not only from Japan, but from overseas fans as well. Because of this I feel that the TALES OF series has more potential than ever before. For this reason we are taking this opportunity to announce TALES OF ZESTIRIA as a worldwide title. This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world ‘this is TALES OF!’”
The TALES OF franchise has seen a strong resurgence of popularity among RPG gamers throughout Western territories in recent years. 2013 saw the series’ 15 anniversary in North America with the release of TALES OF XILLIA® and the announcement of 2014’s TALES OF SYMPHONIA CHRONICLES™ and TALES OF XILLIA® 2; all of which are exclusive to the PlayStation 3 system.
Tales Series Producer Hideo Baba-san announced the game today, along with a few details.
So far, we have:
- Here's the game's logo. You'll notice that there's a dragon in there. So where does the "Zestiria" come from? It comes from the word "Zest" - in Japanese words 情熱・熱意 meaning passion or enthusiasm. No, it's not a citrus fruit.
- Here's the reveal trailer on our YouTube channel, for those who want to see it.
- The game has a total of four character designers: Kosuke Fujishima, Mutsumi Inomata, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Iwamoto-san was the one who designed for the Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology games.
The main hero's name is Thray/Slay? ( スレイ, surei, spelling not yet official). He's designed by Fujishima. He's described as a really gentle guy.
The main heroine's name is Alicia ( アリーシャ, ariisha, spelling not yet official). She's designed by Okumura. She's apparently a knight.
Thray/Slay is voiced by Ryouhei Kimura while Alicia is voiced by Ai Kayano.
The battle system will definitely be a variant of the Tales staple Linear Motion Battle System, but so far they haven't announced exactly how the battle system will be. All they said is that it'd have a similar pace to Graces's battle system.
- The game is apparently mainly set in a continent called Greenwood. Here, the Kingdom of Highland and the Empire of Lowlance fight for rule.
The world is one big field again, it seems. Just like in Xillia. And I believe some people said it's a bit of an open world? We're still waiting for confirmation on this one.
The animation will be by ufotable!
What do we have here? Dragons. Yes, dragons! But are they friend or foe? We will find out in time, Baba-san said.
UPDATE: And here are the first few screenshots of the game, featuring Slay:
That's pretty much all we know so far. A teaser site is also up here. A trailer of the game will also be shown during Jump Festa 2014 on December 21-22, 2013. How do you guys feel about Tales of Zestiria?
And by the way, for our visitors from Europe, don't forget to join Namco Bandai EU's Tales of Xillia Accessory Festival! You can win a Tales of Xillia PS3 console signed by Baba-san and many more goodies!
Now... let's wait for the magic on our side. Maybe in a few hours? I have faith on this one. (⊙ヮ⊙✿ ) ...
The site now says there's eight days left until the 20th anniversary title for the series is announced via livestream on Nico Nico Douga December 12 at 19:00 (7 pm Japan time).
So yes, eight more days until we find out what the next Tales game is. Er, get hype again?
UPDATE #1: The site apparently updates every 12 midnight Japan time. With 7 days left, the book in the countdown site with the following words (as how we translate it, original file here) :
Translation Notes: - The word 導師 (doushi) can mean either priest/monk/guru, or basically a spiritual leader. - The sentence also isn't complete. As they reveal more words, perhaps the message will make more sense. - Also this translation may not be 100% accurate until they reveal more words.
UPDATE #2: For those who missed any of the Tales wallpapers, we have them available right here. Enjoy!
From their own post: "Every day, check out new screenshots from both Tales of Symphonia and Dawn of the New World on the subject of friendship, family, sacrifice, and Christmas of course!"
December 1, 2013
We'll update this post everyday with whatever new screenshot is posted.
Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack, known as Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in the West, was released in Japan this October 10, 2013, and will be released in the US on February 25, 2014 and in Europe on February 28, 2014. Pre-orders are now available at the following places:
For a limited time since November 28, some of the PlayStation Portable Tales of titles will be 50% off at the Japanese PlayStation Store.
This promo works like this: You have to buy two titles in order to qualify for the 50% off promo. In other words, you buy them as a two-titles set. These are the titles applicable for this promo:
Sets worth 2,500 Yen per two titles:
Tales of Eternia
Tales of Destiny 2
Tales of Rebirth
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X
Sets worth 1,800 Yen per two titles:
Tales of Phantasia: Full Voice Edition
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
That said, the promo won't work if you get one game from the 2,500 Yen titles and buy it together with a 1,800 Yen title. This promo runs from November 28 to December 11, 2013. Also take note that Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X already has the full version of Tales of Phantasia with it (The Tales of Phantasia: X Edition), so you may want to skip the Full Voice Edition if you'll be getting Narikiri Dungeon X.
Heads-up, people! After weeks of silence, a teaser site for the next Tales of game is now up online!
You can visit the site here. The site has a blue color theme, with a little look in the past on Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Destiny. You can also download wallpapers of the two games at the bottom of the site. If I'm right, this will be a countdown site of sorts, with the countdown being the chronicle of the past Tales games. Baba-san also mentions on Twitter that that indeed is the case, wit the previous mothership titles acting as part of the countdown.
And seeing as this is a "Next Tales of" site, this is 100% a mothership title.
UPDATE (November 28,2013) - The countdown site has been updated with Tales of Eternia and Tales of Destiny 2 today. This practically confirms that they're going with the "two mothership titles a day" countdown route, so... we can probably expect the countdown to end on Deceber 3 or 4.
Warning: For those who haven't playd those games, view the videos on the site at your own risk. The videos are full of spoilers about big, emotional scenes in their respective games.
Namco Bandai's upcoming Kamen Rider: Travelers Record for the Nintendo 3DS will be borrowing some elements from the Tales of Series, particularly the series' well known Linear Motion Battle System.
Kamen Rider: Travelers Record, being developed by 7th Chord, the ones who also worked on Tales of Innocence R and Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita, is an upcoming action-adventure game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be borrowing the Tales of Series' Linear Motion Battle system for its gameplay. Battles will be fought in a 2D plane with a 3D background, with up to three characters per battle.
The game will be released for Japan on November 28, 2013. You can visit the official Japanese website here.
Namco Bandai Europe has just confirmed that they will indeed be getting the Tales of Symphonia Collector's Edition, as well as the release date of the game for their region, which is on February 28, 2014.
UPDATE: Namco Bandai America has also confirmed through their Twitter that the release date for their region is on February 25, 2014!
The contents of the European Collector's Edition is pretty much the same as the US one:
The Tales of Symphonia Chronicles PS3 Game
The Five Chibi Kyun Chara figures of Lloyd, Colette, Emil, Marta and Tenebrae
A multi-disc soundtrack
A novel (in English) depiciting the events between the two games
A box with illustrations by ufotable
In addition, the press release also mentions that there will be only 10,000 copies of the Collector's Edition for both Europe and Australasia.
More information is on the Tales of Game website. It seems pre-orders will also be opening soon there, but you can also expect pre-orders at other European shops.
No news yet on the American release date, but the date shouldn't be that far off from the European one.
Also take note that there will be a lot of Tales of events at MCM Expo in London this October 25th to 27th! Baba-san will also be there! You can check out the full list of events here.
Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack, known as Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in the west, was released in Japan this October 10, 2013, and will be released in the US and in Europe early 2014. Pre-orders are now available at the following places:
A new trailer of Tales of Link has just been released today, featuring animated cutscenes or the opening from the game and what seems to be the opening theme.
We get to see some Tales characters in the trailer aside from the original characters. It also shows that the release date for Tales of Link seems to have been moved from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014. You can read more about Tales of Link from our old news posts:
Tales of Link will be available for both the iOS and Android next year.
In addition, a new trailer for Tales of Bibliotheca was also released:
Tales of Bibliotheca is currently available for the iOS, with the main focus at present on Tales of Vesperia. The first chapter is free with the subsequent chapters to be purchased via the Apple App Store. You can read more about the app below:
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