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Tales Of Zestiria Announced For Worldwide Release

PS3AmericaEurope by Shawn

Namco Bandai has announced that the latest title in the long-running Tales of series, Tales Of Zestiria, will be coming to North America and Europe following its Japanese announcement earlier this morning.

This news follows earlier announcements this year with the localizations of Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, both of which are set to release in 2014. Makoto Yoshizumi, ‘Tales of’ Chief Producer from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., had this to say about the announcement:

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. 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 release. This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world 'this is TALES OF!'

The press announcement didn't state a specific release timeline for either territory, but considering the early announcement it's likely it won't be too far off from the Japanese release. Tales Of Zestiria will be released exclusively for the PS3.

The Zestiria part of the title this time around refers to the word "zest", which in this instance means passion or zeal. The character designs come from not just Inomata and Fujishima like in Tales of Xillia but also Okumura and Iwamoto.

From the (low-quality) trailer above, it appears that the game's world is more open similar to Tales of Xillia along with a new LMBS battle system that takes into consideration surveys asking what fans enjoyed the most.

The story is said to revolve around dragons, which explains the dragon present in the official logo. Baba says that he sees them as signifying the theme of "fantasy", which is a goal for this title in particular.

It should also be noted that Hikaru Kondo, producer of Japanese animation studio Ufotable (worked on the Tales of Symphonia OVAs), is involved in the development of Tales of Zestiria.

Our parent site has some screenshots and a better look at the official logo for those who are interested.

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