During 15th anniversary of Tales series today, Namco Bandai Games officially announced the upcoming Tales series title: Tales of Xilia even though Weekly Jump already has revealed the title yesterday. Tales of Xilia was firstly announced on August 2010 and Namco Bandai had a countdown on its official page which reached zero today (you can no longer see the countdown).
Main feature of Tales of Xillia is that it has two main protagonist characters. The male lead is Shuto Matis (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga) while the female lead is Mira Maxwell (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro). Tsubasa Yonaga’s voice is often heard in recent anime series of Yumeiro Pattissiere as Satsuki Hanabusa and Miyuki Sawashiro’s voice is already familiar on our ears since her main anime roles includes series such as Digi Charat as Puchiko, Galaxy Angel as Mint, Rozen Maiden as Shinku and recent anime, High School of the Dead as Saeko Busujima.
Both characters were designed by veteran Tales characters designers. Shuto was designed by Kosuke Kojima (Tales of Symphonia and Abyss) while Mira was designed by Mutsumi Inomata (Tales of Destiny and Graces). Mira’s weapon is a sword so she is totally win in my opinion ^^.
For the first time in Tales series, the battle system incorporates a team work combination between characters as you can see from the PV below.
And also main theme song for Tales of Xillia will be sung by Ayumi Hamazaki ^^.
So the question is when there will be PS3 localization for North America (in particular) or Europe version ? Expected released date for English version is 2012 ? Who knows ^^;;.