Tales of Zestiria announced for PlayStation 3
posted on 12.12.13 at 05:14 AM EST by (@salromano)
20th anniversary Tales game features dragon, zest.

Update: Tales of Zestiria confirmed for worldwide release

Namco Bandai has announced Tales of Zestiria for PlayStation 3.

The game is the 20th anniversary title in the Tales series.

The “Zest” in the title represents passion and enthusiasm, according to series producer Hideo Baba. A dragon is used in the logo as a symbol of the game’s story.

Since it’s a spoiler whether the dragon will bring destruction or become an ally, those details weren’t revealed. But it’s important enough to be in the logo.

The title features character design by Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Animation is being handled by Ufotable.

Two characters have been revealed.

  • Sorey (voiced by Ryouhei Kimura) – A pure-hearted man who uses his mental capacity to take action in various situations. Designed by Koskuke Fujishima. Quotes: “I want to explore the ruins all throughout the world.” “Of course it’s the mural of the monk hoisting the holy sword.”
  • Alisha (voiced by Ai Kayano) – A female knight who speaks concisely. Designed by Daigo Okumura. Quotes: “I want to try, to see my home town rid of uncleanliness.” “You’re… not going to ask my name?”

The game is set in the continent of Glenwood, where two powerful nations, the Hyland Kingdom and Rolance Empire, compete for supremacy. These countries have given birth to different faiths and diverse cultures, and have achieved great advancements in civilization. However, there is a strange common factor between them. The faith in the mysterious existence known as “Seraphs” has permeated Glenwood. Seraphs are invisible and untouchable, but it’s said that they have the supernatural power to influence the world. The people respect, fear, avoid, and worship these Seraphs.

The battle system is said to be an evolution of the Linear Motion Battle system. Unfortunately, further details were not announced.

A release date was not announced. Watch the debut trailer below.

Watch the full reveal event below.

Download (268mb, zip file)

View the first two screenshots at the gallery. Visit the game’s official website here.

More details will be shared in the next issue of Weekly Famitsu. The first trailer, captured above, will be shared at Jump Festa 2014 on December 21 and 22.

(Photographs via Inside Games.)

  • Potionzmaster

    Awesome news, I’ll be awaiting the trailer :D

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Same. I’m interested in what the characters and premise will be. :)

  • Pyrofrost

    DAY ONE IMPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • adhesive

    They could’ve gone with a better name. Zestiria sounds like a type of salad dressing.

    • Samsara09

      it is zest…and zest is a word…and I imagine it has some relevance in this game.

      • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

        The main character has a wonderful lemony scent.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    My twitter feed says the main character’s name is Slay.

    (Not confirmed or anything.)

    • Samsara09

      could be a mistranslation.Oh well!Alisha is definitely right.I heard it.maybe they will localize it as Alicia…

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Hip hip surei!

    • Souji Tendou

      Crappy design, and his looks doesn’t match his name. Not even if he can transform into dragon. :p

      • vishmarx

        for someone called slay he sure looks lame
        that face is of a 10yr old

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Guess it’s like calling a buff guy in the group ‘Tiny’.

      • Samsara09

        WAIT.transform into a dragon?don’t worry,maybe this game has in-game costume.his costume seems religious.Well,it was predicted it was,so the costume fits,even if you say it is ugly.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    It also says the female character is named Alicia. (Not confirmed.)

    • Samsara09

      man,you read minds.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Probably just a coincidence. XD

        • Samsara09

          heh!Oh well,just details,Sir Zero,or not.man!I am sooooo excited!The characters are so beautiful!hmmm…and the gameplay,it looks great.

    • Souji Tendou

      Alicia looks cute. :3

    • PrinceHeir

      yeah at the top left

      the Katakana reads “Arissha”

      so yeah it could definitely be Alicia ^^

  • Samsara09

    So…looks like tales of is keeping up this mix of teams.Interesting.Tales of games will be getting way better with this!

  • Bobby Jennings

    DAY 1 IMPORT.

    • Pyrofrost

      Hell YES!

      • Bobby Jennings

        What Battle system is it? :D

        • Pyrofrost

          They are doing a new variation on the LMBS I think.
          I’m running dungeons in FFXIV while I watch this, so it’s hard for me to really keep up xD

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            As long as they don’t butcher the system, I just MIGHT give this a shot… Maybe :p

            We’ll see though. It has been a while since I’ve really cared about a Tales game.

            • Pyrofrost

              The battle system for Graces F, Xillia, and Xillia 2 were great. I would really hope they don’t have such a good run, only to drop the ball on the 20th Anni title xD

        • Pyrofrost

          To further answer your question, my friend. They have yet to show a battle trailer. They’ve just had the debut trailer and a handful of screen shots.

  • Lilian

    The new field system looks so cool! And damn wide!

  • Souji Tendou

    What about the lead battle system team? Did they reveal them? Or at least is there a battle trailer of some sort? Sorry, didn’t watch the stream.

    • Samsara09

      both teams kinda merged with xillia.looks like they kept it.

      • Souji Tendou

        Thanks for the info. Seems disappointing but maybe I need to watch it first.

        • Samsara09

          MAN!You will love it!This game will have the best of both teams.Team symphonia’s habit of great stories,and team destiny’s skills with the the battle system…together with team symphonias.

          • Souji Tendou

            Really? Destiny’s team lead the battle system? If yes than I can only say HELL YES. :O

            • Samsara09

              Xillia kinda had it…I do admit TP kinda got annoying in xillia,with artes consuming them like crazy.But by end game…well,this wasn’t an issue.Maybe xillia 2 finished up with this issue

              the reason they are announcing this game so soon is because they already had the headache of experimenting the fusion of both battle systems in xillia,which was perhaps one of the reasons the game got late.The battle system of this game is most likely greatly inspired on xillia’s.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Apparently, Fujishima designed Slay, while Okumura designed Alicia.

  • Pyrofrost

    The art is impressive as always. Of course, I shouldn’t have expected anything less ^_^

  • Samsara09

    he is talking about battle system!Someone write it down and translate it!
    He is also talking about that dragon.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    So, who here is honestly surprised that this was the announcement? A show of hands.

    They already trademarked the name, so I’m not surprised. Now if they would have been keeping a tight lid on a new Tales of the World title to release for Vita… Then I would have shat bricks, lol.

    • Bobby Jennings

      They trademark many names. You know that feeling you get for a game even though you know what’s coming but you can’t help but be excited?

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        “Many” being what? Three? Okay :p

        • Samsara09

          and then they trademark variations of one of the three.That is how we “guess” the name.so predictable,still zestiria is a great game.ZESTY.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Japan seems to go with names that are pretty out there though. You know… Like Xillia, lol. What does that even mean?

            • Samsara09

              million of fun…billon of fun.Xillion,lolXillia!

        • Bobby Jennings

          Still more than 1. 33% chance of getting it right :P

    • Samsara09

      well,people here are sharp on the web.With xillia,everyone predicted it!With zestiria,the same.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Pretty much, lol. I’m not exactly shocked.

        • Samsara09

          still,watching that trailer…man!The emotion!

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Zestiria Character Designs by – Inomata, Fujishima, Okumura and Iwamoto!

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Over 60,000 people on the stream right now.

    Decent picture of the logo -

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Here be dragons? I like the logo.

      • Samsara09

        that dragon was badass.It was that thing’s roar we listened on the coming soon page.

        • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

          Ahh, cool. I didn’t get to hear that but it sounds like a nice hint.

    • PrinceHeir

      reminds me of Blue Dragon for some reason!

  • Pyrofrost

    ufotable on animation

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      This seems to be quite common actually. Ufotable doing the animation for RPGs I mean.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        They made the OP for God Eater 2 for example.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          I think ever since that whole Fate/zero thing they have been getting picked up alot well atleast in terms of their name coming up

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Hell, even before then… I knew of their work when they made the OP for Black Rock Shooter on PSP.

      • Pyrofrost

        True, but they do a good job ^_^

  • peppe

    Now xbox it’s useless

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    Remember when the PS3 has no gamez?

    • Budgiecat

      what do we gotta do now….wait till 2020 when this will also no longer be the case for PS4?

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Slay’s voiced by Ryouhei Kimura. Alicia’s voiced by Ai Kayano. (Thanks AC twitter feed for source.)

    • PrinceHeir

      yes Ai Kayano!!

      Menma and Kanade from Ano Hana and Chihayafuru series!!

  • Astrid Huang

    Looks good so far!
    The world looks huge enough to explore!
    I wonder if inomata designed another character?

  • Samsara09

    “Continent”?Well,a world usually has more than one.Interesting detail.Well,a war,just like tales of the abyss.i imagine,just like in it and final fantasy tactics,that the religious institution of this game is tricking both country’s into blasting each other….so that it can gain more power,or some such drivel.

  • Alos88

    So is every character designer for the series working on this one? I don’t think there has ever been four working on one before.

    • Samsara09

      it is the 20th.Every thing they can do to make the ultimate tales of game,they will do.

      • vishmarx

        really hope it turns out the best

        • Samsara09

          hope for the best.

  • Pyrofrost

    SO FUCKING HYPED!

    • 永次

      But the main character seems derp T_T
      But the main CV is awesome :p

      • refrain

        So is Jude. But Jude in Xillia 2 is awesome

        • Pyrofrost

          Aye, Jude was derp as fuck in the first Xillia. xD

          • Samsara09

            well,after a certain part,not so much.could have happened sooner,but at least it happened well.

      • Arcana Gear

        Well many said yuri from vesperia was girly… and he was cool. So looks /= personality?

        • Samsara09

          heck,people were initially thinking he was a girl.lol.

      • Pyrofrost

        I guess we will see once more character development is revealed.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    pretty meh right now another year another tales game.

    • Pyrofrost

      But it has been over a year now since the release of the last Tales mothership title :o

      • Luna Kazemaru

        I’m counting remakes actually lol

        • Samsara09

          good job counting games we will hardly play.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            good job thinking i was talking western releases lol.

            • Samsara09

              indeed.Should ask for a medal.Well,tales of is yearly,they even said that was their goal…for us,not so much.You aren’t from USA-europe-LA?

              • Luna Kazemaru

                I am yet I still import games s to a importer its still yearly. Never said it was a bad thing.

                • Samsara09

                  oh,I see.Well,from your perspective,yeah,it is yearly.But well,if tales of was as irregular as final fantasy,well,the occidental fans would definitely get pissed.
                  Imagine…not only would the games take QUITE some time to be made…but they would hardly leave japan…or if they did,they would take a year or two.
                  that would suck,wouldn’t you say?

                  Still,being an importer must have it’s advantages.Man,I wish I could play those games we will never get.

                  • Luna Kazemaru

                    it has advantages tho it can make you question if you want to pay the importing price sometimes.

                    • Samsara09

                      well.kinda annoying.in my country,import taxes are haywire….

          • Arcana Gear

            actually Symphonia remake already have a US release?

        • Pyrofrost

          I see.
          About this game, I’m not expecting this one to come out till around August.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            I’ll more thin likely get it trying to get back into tales games

            • Pyrofrost

              Which ones have you played so far?

              • Luna Kazemaru

                I jumped back on at ToX and ToX2 played ToV on 360 skipped ToGF

                • Pyrofrost

                  Ah, ok. Are you thinking of jumping back to some of the older ones?

                  • Luna Kazemaru

                    still have my old copies of ToA and ToS

                    • Pyrofrost

                      If you still have a PSP laying around. You can pick up Phantasia, Eternia, Destiny 2, and Rebirth at a nice price.

                      The first Destiny is a whole different story though.

                    • Luna Kazemaru

                      have to get a new one gave mine to the brats :P

                    • Pyrofrost

                      Oh, I understand :p

                      Also, if you happen to have a Vita. Innocents and Hearts are available on that. ^^

    • Arcana Gear

      … actually the last tales of in japan was Xillia 2, which reused assets and was released in nov.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Again was counting the remakes alala HD releases wasn’t taking about just mainline releases

        • Arcana Gear

          yeah, i saw your reply after i posted.

  • xe7en

    PS3 release? Well that sure is a relief. ◉‿◉

  • Samsara09

    That Slay guy uses swords…and did some moves that remember me of asbel…like those spinning kicks…and I saw what looked like two katanas…I imagine one of them is actually the katana’s scabbard.and well,that attack he did was most likely his mystic arte…and it looked like stampede slash.Interesting.

    That Alicia uses lances…well,I imagine…she is good in doing air combos…and most likely she uses magic too.

  • vishmarx

    is it just me or is his head too small for his body

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    PS1 in 2000.

    • Pyrofrost

      An abundance of Squaresoft?

      • echokanon

        Wait was Legend of Dragoon by SE?

        • Pyrofrost

          No, but 6/8 of those games are Squaresoft games.

          Valkyrie Profile is from Tri-Ace
          Legend of Dragoon was from SCE in Japan.

    • Raoni Marques

      Wish they released Legend of Dragoon and Valkyrie Profile on psn

      • Arcana Gear

        wish that they make the third game featuring Hristh that they teased in covenant of the plume…..

        • Raoni Marques

          That would also be great

      • STiger

        I take it you’re in the EU region? (Only asking ’cause Legend of Dragoon is on the US PSN.)

        • Raoni Marques

          Actually I’m on South America, but using US PSN. Dammit. Never really seen it there. I’ll have to grab it now. Thanks for the tip!

          • STiger

            Haha, no problem man. If you’ve got a PSP I’d suggest trying to find a copy of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. Square Enix has this tendency to not release their games on PSN.

            • Raoni Marques

              Sold my PSP a few months ago, but I’m thinking about getting another one. I kinda miss playing some games on it.

              • STiger

                Only reason I’m keeping mine is that I have some import titles and some games aren’t available on PSN at all.

    • Budgiecat

      Six of those games are Square games

      My how they’ve fallen…

  • Astrid Huang

    Looks pretty good!
    I’M LOVING THE HUGE WORLD!
    Looks like Xenoblade in Tales style..

  • Pekola

    It’ll take some time for the designs to grow on me. It’ll probably take seeing more of the game.

    But Slay looks like the generic traveling sword user. Hopefully they’ll mix it up a bit. Looks like a magic swordsman through and through.

    • Arcana Gear

      for me his clothes looks a bit religious looking… maybe white magic?

      • Samsara09

        it is is a heavily religious world.So the clothes will be looking like this.Nothing “hip”,I am afraid.Still,the clothes aren’t so bad…people are being quite fussy.

  • $83030187

    Footage looks wonderful. I’m on board.

    • Pyrofrost

      YES! Glad to have you on board!
      Are you going to be importing, or will you be waiting on the localized version?

      • $83030187

        I’ll wait for the localization. There are enough games coming to keep me busy until then, plus my minor backlog.

        • Pyrofrost

          I understand that.
          Here is to hoping the west will be getting that announcement before long.

          • Samsara09

            that depends on xillia 2…and well,I hope the fact that it is a sequel and reuses content isn’t enough for people to boycott this game.

            • Pyrofrost

              Lots of sequels re-use content, especially ones that are made that quickly and take place so close in the timeline, involving the same characters and world.

              I don’t see how that would be an issue unless people are being petty.

              • Samsara09

                people are just that petty.call that “milking”.think they are mistaking it for COD.It is obvious sequels will reuse much,if not all,contents from the first game.It is a sequel.

          • Zuhri69

            Localisation announcement, come to life!!!

  • Rebellion14

    Slay looks pretty cool in battle,not so much outside it….
    Love the design for Alicia though.

    Kinda sad it isn’t for PS4 but still definite import :)

  • Raoni Marques

    I’m a big fan of Tales of character designs, specially main characters but man…Slay do look really generic.

    • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

      He is totally Skyward Sword’s Link without the cap.

      For a second I thought Tales of Zelda should be appropriate.

      • Raoni Marques

        Mix that with Kratos and a face you can create on pretty much anime-style RPG and you have your main character. Seems a bit lazy.

    • 永次

      Looks Derp.

    • Pekola

      Both of them look fairly plain. The girl seems to be wearing a standard army uniform.

      And he’s just…plain. Yeah that’s how I’d describe their designs. I want to see more before condemning the thing–specially since designs are only a part of the overall characters.

      • Arcana Gear

        wat? i dont think the girl looks plain.

      • Raoni Marques

        Yeah, the girl is far from great either…somehow she reminds me a bit of Ridley Silverlake from Radiata Stories, which isn’t a bad thing, but both designs are hardly anything new.

        I will also wait for the other characters and see how they develop, but yeah, I’m not impressed at all until now.

  • Rid Vesalius

    PS3 Tales of:
    Tales of Vesperia
    Tales of Graces F
    Tales of Xillia
    Tales of Xillia 2
    Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
    Tales of Zestiria

    Hell yeah! I hope the next Tales of is for Playstation 4~
    And I hope it will get the same amount of Tales of as on PS3.

    • Samsara09

      Yeah!And it is quite noteworthy that we got 4 of the 5 tales of released there…except for vesperia.

      Well,we will be getting this zestiria too,if xillia 2 sells wells.that worries me,for xillia 2 is a sequel…and well…people call that milking,without even knowing what the word is.

      Still,xillia 1 had so many preorders they announced 2’s localization before xillia was even released.

    • Arcana Gear

      -port
      -port
      -original
      -sequel that re used assets
      -remaster
      -original

      I want that ps4 have more original games :P not saying that the rest is bad, (actually X1 is worse than X2).

      • Samsara09

        well,with each gen,expect less games,buddy,not more…or expect that they will be taking more time to be made
        still,one could argue that vesperia is the black sheep among ports…
        because the amount of added content is absurdly huge.They added cutscenes(I think),new scenes,voiced everything,caracters that were removed in the beta version…new sidequests…new artes,new skills,new bosses…new weapons…new dungeons…
        one could even say that the “port” version is the 360 version we got…lol

        • Arcana Gear

          well if they release three games on ps3 that arent sequels i’m happy.

          • Samsara09

            well…think like this…with each passing gen,the number of sequels will increase…so I don’t think they will succeed with making 3 original and unrelated games…

            Well,with symphonia on PS3,they can’t port it to PS4.They could port abyss and vesperia,though…that would be awesome.Kinda dickish,though,since i bought the 3ds abyss. :/

            • Arcana Gear

              if ps4 lasts 8 years, end they dont release a game on others plataforms exclusively (like with vesperia and graces) why not? this gem we had four original titles, next gen, three.

              • Samsara09

                four?I see,graces and vesperia…xillia…and zestiria…but well,the only reason graces was made quickly was because it was for WII,that made it also easy to port.and well,vesperia…was most likely just an experiment…considering it was for 360,I think they didn’t put all that effort in it…it is complicated though.The game is awesome,one of the finest in the series…but..some things in the game sounded heavily rushed,even more than xillia…one could say.

  • STiger

    Wouldn’t her name be “Alisha”?

  • Fantasytales

    Well I was really hoping for this on ps4 but this is just another reason for me to keep my ps3 since I’m already waiting for symphonia HD n Xillia 2.

  • Zuhri69

    Man, am I glad that I was wrong. But damn, the man’s design is really uninspiring. Looking forward to it.

  • Pekola
  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Screenshots added, official site opened!

    • Emma Lewis

      That’s great. :)

  • Samsara09

    and look…the place in the artwork appeared in the trailer,even more beaultiful.Well,where is the guy who told it wouldn’t,lol?

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Looks like I’ll be keeping my PS3 longer…

    Open world and dragons? I know Baba said they are not following Skyrim’s route when it comes to Tales, but this is pretty ironic… Hey, I’m not complaining and I like the character designs for once…

  • LunarHaven

    THE FUTURE OF TALES HAS ARRIVED! Look at that open field he’s running on in the trailer, is it big enough to ride on a dragon across later? HMMMM… That would be awesome. In Xillia the fields are mid sized, this reminded me more of Xenoblade but not quite as large, It would be an absolute joy to aquire some form of vehicles later on in the game.

    What I dig with Tales throughout its times is that it has always had some sort of transportation. In Phantasia you have the Rhiards (may be wrongly spelled) which also occured in Symphonia. In Eternia you have Aifreads Ship and use Sylph as a surfing board across the land, in Abyss you get a plane, in Vesperia you get a mighty dragon looking whale monster!

    Graces F and Xillia stopped doing this, which was annoying although not too bad as I learned to live with it fast, (Yeah I know Graces F had a plane, but you saw it from a cheap 1st person perspective XD) but these vast green plains could give something in the lines of what Wild Arms 5 gave you, a transportation vehicle you drive on like a wheel or whatever.

    But regardless of my first world requests, this looks great! Best Tales of logo yet! Can’t wait to play it, it would be awesome if Japan and US got the same release date for once since it’s a 20th anniversary title! BRING ME SOME AWESOMENESS! (inserts new Tales of battle system name here).

    • EX+

      I honestly think that the field is going to be very big. And it looks like you can fight on an open field.

      • LunarHaven

        Yeah the field looks MASSIVE, no more PSSSSH sound to enter fight, will feel more natural and breathing. I hope you can jump freely as well.

  • bldudas

    This game looks good, just like all Tales of games.

  • Unemployment Master

    I kinda hoped for a Battle Mage main character. It is always Swordsdude or Bro-Fu practicioner and an art style like Guilty Gear Xrd.

  • $61526767

    Love me some more tales games. Cannot wait to see more!! Especially to see some game-play against that Dragon.

  • DarthBrian

    Huzzah!!

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Further proving my point that getting a next-gen console is still too damn early.

    Hell even PSP is still getting games.

  • Budgiecat

    That dragon yelled at me….

    • ayb_91

      *hug*

      • Budgiecat

        …still upset….what gives him the right??

        • ayb_91

          *hug*^2

  • Mar Mar

    THIS CERTAINLY LOOKS BETTER THAN LATEST TALES GAME! And what was at 1:29? You can attack monsters on fields? Sorry just got really extremely excited :D

    Import, CHECK!

    Next year is a big biiiiig PS3 JRPG Year, but for now I’m taking a break from gaming until then to restore my taste for gaming which I recently have lost.

  • KingNigma

    Awesome! Character designs look a bit generic though. Also Slay’s clothing is like a mix of Luke and Colette’s.

  • kirby755

    That was awesome, sure the main character’s look is not what I expected but I’ll get over it and learn to love it. Because everything looked nice the design, the short battle clip, and I would love to hear more about it.

  • AL-X

    So, we all know what to do now, right? We gotta rally everyone we know to buy this game when it comes out, in the hopes that the sales will convince them to localize even MORE Tales games, including Vesperia!

    One can dream.

  • DesmaX

    Well, that’s some pretty boring characters designs (And, seriously, it’s just me or Slay have a pretty small head compared to his body?). But the series isn’t known for that, so

    But, whoa, fightning enemies on the field is one thing I always wished the series to have. Day 1 for me if I keep my PS3 until then

    • Budgiecat

      No the head’s proportionate to the body, which is now more real sized as opposed to slightly chibi or big headed

      The problem is the design of the face looks like it belongs on a young child so it gives off the disproportionate effect. Should have given him a bit more mature design in the face to balance it out…

      • Samsara09

        the guy looks like he is Jude’s age.So,well…the face aspect is petty..it could be because he is more muscular than Jude…but even still is rather silly.

    • AdamBoy64

      I thought that when I first saw the trailer.
      He’s either wearing bulky clothing or has a small head. Either way, I think I’ll get used to it.

      As for battles on the field, it’s hard to know.
      In the original trailer of Vesperia, they showed battles that same way.

      Like, they just wanted to show the animation in battle to begin with, so they didn’t show the interface.

      It could be the same thing here.

  • MrKappa

    Looks like a couple of people here seem to think Slay is a bit generic looking which is no surprise as Fujishima’s designs all seem to be too similar.

    • Pyrofrost

      Pretty much all artists have a signature style they stick to though, I don’t think Fujishima is unique in this fact.

  • Raiyu

    “Slay (voiced by Ryouhei Kimura) – A pure-hearted man who uses his mental capacity to take action in various situations.”

    so another L-Elf?

    • César H. Sandoval

      Nothing pure about that guy.

      • Raiyu

        lol true that.

  • PrinceHeir

    i love my PS3 :)

    looks like it’ll have another 1-2 years life more before it starts to slow down :P

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Welp, looks like Raine/Refill has finally found her ruins partner. Lol but really I’m looking forward to this one so far. I do hope they take their time and go all out and not “rush” it like they did with Xilia 1.

  • 罪罰

    Were those motion captured animations? Buttersmooth.
    This looks fun.

  • $83030187

    Tales of Zestiria
    Persona 5
    Drakengard 3

    Glad I decided against selling my PS3.

    • FlareKnight

      Not that I’m the type to sell old systems (do replay games), but glad that the PS3 is getting all these great RPGs in the coming year. Absolutely no reason to hurry to next gen with all the games I want to play coming out for the system I already own.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Hell, yeah! Can’t wait for more infos!

  • bloodiOS

    Just woke up and saw this. See, I knew the title wasn’t even gonna be cross-gen, much less next-gen. Either way, very nice, I’m totally looking forward to this.

    • $83030187

      People who expect every Japanese developer to ditch the PS3 and jump onto the PS4 right away are going to be disappointed.

      I don’t see the PS3 going anywhere for a while.

  • $83030187

    https://twitter.com/TalesofU/status/411163566402981888

    Already confirmed for a world-wide release.

    • EX+

      Yes! When do you think it’ll come out? I say March 2015.

      • $83030187

        March 2015 sounds about right, maybe a little earlier.

        I just hope all these RPGs I want to play aren’t too close together.

        • EX+

          Too much money at once eh?

          • $83030187

            Time is more an issue than money. I’ve been pretty good at keeping my backlog to a minimum, but next year is going to be ridiculous.

      • MrFinalgamer

        i don’t know, that’s a tad bit too much Tales of. i mean we’re getting Symphonia HD early next year, then Xillia 2 later that year, then Zestiria the following year? 3 Tales games in 2 years. not saying it’s bad, just a bit excesive.

    • Zuhri69

      Awesomesauce!!!

    • HighBrowDrifter
  • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

    https://twitter.com/TalesofU/status/411163566402981888/photo/1

    Confirmed coming world wide!!! Cheers!!!

  • Astrid Huang

    I hope we’ll be able to swim around in Zestiria

  • EX+

    Nice!
    The battles seem to be taking place on an open field…
    Hopefully we’ll see more at Jump Festa.

    • $83030187

      Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long to see the rest of the cast.

      • Anime10121

        How’s it look?! I don’t have internet yet at my new place so I can’t watch the vid :(

        • $83030187

          I think it looks great. Reminds me a lot of Xenoblade when it comes to artstyle and just how big the areas appear to be.

          • Anime10121

            Aw sheet a xenoblade like Tales of? Shit sounds amazing :D

            • Arcana Gear

              you can see disqus images? if yes i can posts the images.

              • Anime10121

                Yep I can see images. But my 3G takes FOREVER to load videos, so I’d rather not waste the time or the battery even TRYING to watch it :P

            • EX+

              Yeah! Seriously, the field and art style look awesome.

              • Anime10121

                AT&T just got here! Hopefully won’t be much longer :D

  • Elvick

    Slay looks so goofy.

    • MrRobbyM

      Looks like a gay(er) Luke. Not that’s it’s a problem for me!

      • MasterSensei

        Is that scientifically possible? I don’t think that anything could reach Luke’s level… IT’S TOO DAMN HIGH!

  • HighBrowDrifter

    I am somewhat surprised they did not choose the PS4 as well…..or perhaps there is another Tales Of in development for th– Whoa! Sneaky sneaky Namco!

    -Tales Of Pusstiria

    • MrRobbyM

      Well, it has been said that they’ll continue to focus on the PS3 for some time. With Ps4 just launching, the install base is pretty low. So it only makes sense to release it on Ps3.

      • HighBrowDrifter

        Yeah, your’re right….good point. Despite of that matter, a PS4 installment would have been….exquisite imo. Would be smart to announce a PS4 installment once the console launches in Japan though. Imagine the sales.

  • MasterSensei

    Namco may have made a poor move with releasing this on PS3 only. The amount of PS4s that has been sold is amazing and having this as a (possible?) launch title for the PS4 in Japan would guarantee sales for the games since Namco focuses a lot more on the sales of the games rather than what’s best for the fans. But, I do look forward to this game coming out and wish that it would at least be available on both PS3/4 rather than PS3s since I’ve heard that some people did sell their PS3s in order to buy a new PS4.

    • Guest

      Namco is currently in the early phases of development for TOZ as it will be PlayStation exclusive.

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        I meant the next gen tales of title is in development for PS4.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      Guess I got beat to the “why isn’t it on PS4″ statement. There’s two sides of the coin to this. On one side, the japanese base, considering how it’s handheld land over there, may not move to PS4 fast at all. Heck look at the PSP base transition. If that’s the same for PS4, then there’s more money to be made on PS3.

      On the other hand, if PS4 is explosive in Japan like the rest of the world and PS3 sales fall off a cliff (like they should), then it’s a lost opportunity on Namco Bandai’s part to not only cultivate but perhaps enhance their brand entirely. Cause I’m sure TOZ will launch before FFXV for example and worldwide I’m sure people will be hungry for an RPG as well.

      • MasterSensei

        That is a pretty fair argument but this will be a world wide release even if there isn’t much PS4 sales in Japan there are still millions of PS4’s being sold around the world. Maybe they think that Gaikai will help get ToZ on the PS4? since Gaikai will be working by the time they release this game.

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          Or they’re just not considering PS4 at all. Besides while there’s millions of PS4’s worldwide, only a fraction of them will buy TOZ. 100k would be a victory xD On the other hand with PS4’s mad attach rate, it might actually do that much better, can go either way, honestly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micheal.scott.315 Micheal Scott

    Wow like the old school look of fantasy
    the world reminds me of Zelda but all and all
    cant wait :D

  • fireemblembeast

    Initial Impressions:
    The hints and interviews pointed to this being Tales of Zestiria for PS3 so no surprise there.
    Storyline and setting seem pretty interesting. I’ll wait and see.
    Character designs aren’t too impressive but I won’t judge it from only two.
    ufotable animating it? Hell yes.
    I actually wouldn’t prefer open field battles…I need to know what’s going on with that.
    Overall, it seems really old-school. I’d like to watch how that plays out.
    But I mean, I’m getting it regardless. It’s Tales of, after all.

    • AdamBoy64

      In the original trailer for Vesperia, they showed battles in that same format.

      It was like, they just wanted to show the animation in battle, so they didn’t show the full interface – to begin with. I think it’ll be something similiar here.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Wasn’t this the first trailer for Vesperia? Or was there another before it that I’m not finding?

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQyc8X32jsE

        If so, there are plenty of scenes where you can clearly see the battle circle.

        • AdamBoy64

          True, you can’t see anything with the interface though.

          That’s why I think it’s way too early to assume Zestiria has open field battles.

  • Anime10121

    Ok, after FINALLY being able to watch it (internetz finally hooked up) I can say that I love everything about it so far besides those character designs both just seem so…awkward :/

    • MrRobbyM

      I like Alicia’s outfit far more than Slay’s. But I don’t dislike them either. They’re sort of meh but I guess this is to encourage purchasing costume DLC >_>

      • Zuhri69

        I like alicia’s just fun. But slay’s? I don’t know.

        • MrRobbyM

          Slay’s feather earrings look off. Perhaps if his hair was a bit longer it would equal out. But then he’d look too much like Luke..

          I would like that though.Imagine all that hair swishin’ around during the supposed actiony combat. *fangirl swoon*

      • Anime10121

        But I think thats a problem if good character design is being held back so they can nickel and dime us on costume dlc :(

        • MrRobbyM

          Yeah, me too. But It’s sort of like, they know people will buy costume DLC so why bother making the default outfit any good or really bland. I don’t really dislike Slay’s outfit though. I like how it sways in the wind when he’s running and in battle.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I got an e-mail suggesting I should add the Japanese for some of the names, since we don’t have official English translations yet. So I added that. Also added some other possibilities, like Threi and Grinwood.

    I’m currently in the process of uploading the entire reveal presentation. I’ll add it to the post once it’s done.

    • MrRobbyM

      Thanks. I sure do hope his name isn’t really Slay. It would make sense, you know, Slaying dragons. But that’s just way too cheesy.

  • miyamoto

    Freakin’ love my PS3!
    WooHoo made the right choice!

    Now some leveling up on Dragon’s Crown!
    Yes siree!

  • unkn0wn

    This is how i start off The Tales series ‘_’
    i first saw one tales series on the ps2 but the ratings on it wasn’t good.
    Then finally I got a ps3 exactly last year on dec i’m already missing out on the previous saga :( which will cost me 400s of hours if i dare enter.
    And now a new one is in the wake I have to begin it this way.

  • Nicholas Payne

    Tales, one of those series that influences my decision in what console to buy.

  • STiger

    I’d buy that.

  • saran

    http://www.playstationeuphoria.com/general/it-is-final-tales-of-vesperia-ps3-is-not-being-localized.html

    They’ve said no. Over and over again. It’s not coming and it’s time to move on. At least we actually got a version of Vesperia, unlike half of the other games in the series.

    Namco Bandai has gotten much better with localization. They can’t afford to localize everything, but they’re getting far more consistent with what they do. We’ve gotten a version of EVERY console mothership this generation. Last gen, we missed Destiny 2, Rebirth, and Destiny PS2.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Zestiria was announced for the US relatively soon…

  • Samsara09

    well,even SE is having trouble making the gen jumping to PS4.

  • Zuhri69

    Nah, sorry mate. Even Baba mentioned that they’re not gonna focus on PS4 yet.

    http://gematsu.com/2013/10/interview-hideo-baba-on-tales-of-xillia-2-localization-more

  • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

    It was discovered being trademarked in US/EU for a while. I think it give some slight hope or we might have another Innocence/Heart’s case.

    People should import Vesperia to satisfy themselves. There are a lot of guide and script around.

  • Budgiecat

    no

  • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

    no?

  • Budgiecat

    I dun wanna