IGN: Tales of Zestiria to Get Western Release 6 Months After Japanese Release
posted on by Karen Ressler
Video game news source IGN reported on Wednesday that Bandai Namco Games' upcoming PlayStation 3 game Tales of Zestiria will get a Western release "no more than six months after" the game launches in Japan on January 22, 2015. The release will be the fastest transition from the Japanese market to North American, European, and other international markets for any game in the Tales of series.
Bandai Namco Games also began streaming a scenario trailer for the game on Wednesday.
In the video, a narrator describes an ancient legend that has given people hope during chaotic times through the ages. The story takes place during an era that was called the worst era, where the heroes uncover the legend.
The game is classified as an "RPG where passion lights up the world," and the official tagline for the game is "Tradition will one day become 'hope.'" Players who pre-order the game will get a product code to download a "Limited Premium Hidden Artes," as well as one of four premium rubber straps designed to look like Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha, and Edna. The game will sell for the suggested retail price of 8,070 yen (about US$80).
The full battle system, titled "Fusonic Chain-LMBS" (with LMBS standing for "Linear Motion Battle System), renews the franchise's real-time battle system, and adds a gauge that lets characters freely battle as long as there is stock in it. By using the gauge, effects such as healing and blowing away the enemy will be usable. The game will also include a new battle feature called "Kamui" that allows for a human and a heavenly being to fuse. In the game, Sorey will be able to fuse with Heavenly Beings such as Lailah, changing his form and allowing him to use Lailah's attributes to attack.
Namco Bandai Studio's Daigo Okumura designed the character Alisha, while Kousuke Fujishima designed Sorey. Mutsumi Inomata is also returning to contribute character designs along with Minoru Iwamoto. The anime studio ufotable is once again contributing animation for cut scenes and the opening for the game under studio founder and producer Hikaru Kondo. Motoi Sakuraba and Go Shiina are composing the soundtrack, and Superfly is performing the game's theme song, "White Light." An anime special inspired by the game is set to premiere before the game is released.
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