During Tales of Festival which happened yesterday, June 2nd, 2012, Namco Bandai (Bamco) officially announced their next flagship Tales series title and it’s called Tales of Xillia 2. It probably came out as a surprise to a lot of people including myself since I personally didn’t expect them to continue the story and if we consider the history of Tales of series, I can only recall Tales of Destiny as the only one having a sequel.

On the other hand, I kinda understand why they decided to make a sequel. Tales of Xillia is their first PS3 tales series (ported game such as Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces do not count ^^:;) so if it’s a success, they want to prolong the success of the series with another sequel. As far as story goes, I haven’t finished the game yet since it’s in Japanese and my progress is really slow since I tried to learn as much Japanese as I can.

Despite the big announcement, Bamco didn’t release an official trailer but thanks to some fans, they managed to grab the live streaming during Tales of Festival.

If you fast forward to 2:10 in the trailer, you should be able to see the new battle system that Bamco introduced and it’s called XDR-LMBS or Cross Double Raid Linear Battle Motion System. That’s a long name for a battle system ^^;.

Tales series is well-known for their real-time battle system and I like how it was done in Tales of Graces where we have a free reign to move around across the entire battle arena. Hopefully, Tales of Xillia 2 will allow us to do the same and it would be great if they add the combo attack feature in the original Tales of Xillia.

In the trailer, it also introduces main characters in this series, Ludgar, his cat, Lulu and Elie who’s said to be the key to the whole story.

Tales of Xillia 2 also introduces event/action selection option and the event/story progress is based on what you choose. I think this is a good addition to Tales Xillia 2 and I have seen that many other RPG games have started to include this feature such as Final Fantasy XIII and the sequel.

Similar to Tales of Xillia, Ayumi Hamasaki will do the honours to sing the opening of Tales of Xillia 2 and ufotable will handle the animation. I am glad that they keep both of them the same as the original series. Even though I haven’t progressed far in Tales of Xillia, I think the opening song and animation are done beautifully in the original. Note that I may be little bit bias since I love ufotable work in Fate / Zero series. With the announcement of Tales of Xillia 2, Bamco also released its official website at tox2.tales-ch.jp but it’s pretty much empty. Probably they will add more content once they release the official released date of Tales of Xillia.

The original Tales of Xillia comes with PS3 bundle and now, Tales of Xillia 2 comes with PS3 dual-shock controller. Hardcore Tales fans will be delighted with this bundle as it’s a perfect compliment for the PS3 bundle from the original Tales of Xillia.

Tales of Xillia 2 will be due for winter 2012 and exact release date will be announced on June 27.

Are you excited Tales of Xillia 2 ? What do you think about the character design ?

Source: Famitsu via Andriasang and 4gamer