Tales publisher Namco Bandai announced at the Japan Expo in France that Tales of Xillia 2 – the latest entry in the series will be hitting North America and Europe in 2014. This has been confirmed through their official Facebook page.
After being released in Japan late last year, the game received positive review scores and sold over half a million units. The prequel – Tales of Xillia, is slated for a North American, European and Australian release in August this year on Playstation 3.
With both Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles being released for English speaking regions sometime in 2014, western Tales and JRPG fans can be reassured they won’t be short of content next year.
More from the official press release for Tales of Xillia 2:
“Tales of Xillia 2 focuses on the events a year after the climactic end of Tales of Xillia. Players assume the role of Ludger Kresnik, a young man with a zest of cooking who lives with his older brother and his cat, named Rollo. On his way to his first day at work for a local cafeteria he runs into a young girl named Elle Marta and the two soon become involved in an accident that will change both of their lives forever.
Tales of Xillia 2 focuses its story theme around the concept of “choice”, which is also expressed heavily in the game’s overall gameplay mechanics. Throughout Ludger’s journey the player will be able to decide how he reacts to various characters and situations. These choices can cause the story to branch out into different paths depending on the player’s decisions.
Choice also extends to the battle system for Tales of Xillia 2 by enhancing the Tales OF series’ trademark gameplay. Players will be able to initiate “Weapon Swap” in real-time during battles while controlling Ludger, allowing him to switch between three main weapons: dual blades, a sledgehammer and dual pistols, allowing for fast and strategic movements as he rushes across the battlefield. Building on the base from Tales of Xillia’s battle system, the new Cross Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System will let players link to any selectable character in battle to serve as a support character and perform linked artes against targeted enemies. Different party members have different support characteristics and linked artes, allowing players to strategically decide which characters are linked to whom as various battle situations arise.
“We are extremely happy to bring another piece of the beloved Tales of franchise in Europe and Australasia” said Olivier Comte, Senior Vice-President at Namco Bandai Games Europe. “Tales of Xillia players will be able to fall back into this deep storyline in 2014 with Tales of Xillia 2, as we will introduce brand new characters and let them experience new gameplay features but also improvements of the first opus battle system”
Players who have a save game file from both Tales of Graces f and the upcoming Tales of Xillia will be able to enjoy exclusive bonus items for Tales of Xillia 2.”