Tales of Zestiria screenshots
posted on 01.06.14 at 09:16 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Sorey, Alisha, open fields, and more pictured.

Tales of Zestiria

Namco Bandai has released the first batch of images for Tales of Zestiria.

You’ll see the game’s two protagonists, Sorey and Alisha, as well as shots of the game’s open fields, battles, and various areas of the world.

If you missed our latest detailed report on the game, catch it here.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

  • Xaltmas

    Looks fantastic. Easily the most appealing Tales game I’ve seen so far.

  • talesoffan

    Game looks glorious. Open fields with little stone (hobbit like) houses ftw.

  • Duc PC-QB

    Where are the lolis tales ?

    • Anime10121

      Dont worry, the token kid characters DEFINITELY coming! Especially with this being a “throwback rpg”, you will have your token loli :P

    • Warboss Aohd

      i wish there wasn’t a sodding Token Loli in each game.

  • fyi1191

    I think its time for a new character.

    • Anime10121

      Depends on how many characters there are and how much longer the game is from release. Stuff like that is usually released on average about a character a month (or 2 a month if there are a lot), and if there are only 6 characters like there were in Xillia we could be waiting a while before infos like that start to be released :(

      • fyi1191

        Out of playable characters to show? They can always throw in a key villain character to fill a spot.

        • Anime10121

          True, but I still dont see them starting the hype train until around May or June (around the start of Tales Fest), as I dont see the game dropping until the end of the year at the earliest in Japan. I’m still of the mind that it’ll release in all three territories next year.

          • KingNigma

            Wasn’t it already confirmed for a worldwide release?

            • Anime10121

              Yeah, but worldwide release does not equal a simultaneous release. It’ll probably drop early next winter in Japan and hit the west sometime in the fall.

              • Samsara09

                Well,here is what I think.They will reveal a caracter each month,till either april or june…totalling 6-8 playble caracters

                then they will announce the release date in may 31-june 1…and by december 2014 and january 2015 they will release the game there.And hopefully by mid 2015 we get this game.

                it looks like they are going full speed ahead with this game…so I don’t think it is gonna take too much time further….I think we will get it faster then we think.

                • Anime10121

                  But if they release all the characters by Tales Fest in June, what info will they have leading up to its release for the next 6-8 months after June until its actual release?

                  • Samsara09

                    Well,antagonists,major npcs,gameplay details…maybe MORE playable caracters…some are speculating that this game has 12 playable caracters,since in xillia each of the two artists made 3 caracters…and this time there are four of them.If that were the case,then they could keep up the charade till octuber.

                    Honestly,I expect only 8 caracters.I think 12 would be messy…but it is the 20th anniversary…and I think they could succeed.This is unprecedented,4 artists.Well,it would be tales of symphonia and it’s sqeuel,tales of xillia 2 (and vesperia PS3) all over again,lol.That all had more then 6,some more then 8.

                    Xillia 2 tecnically had 11 caracters,since Ludger had three styles.Tales of symphonia dawn of the new world had 10 playable caracters(there was a catch though with the original 8)…and monsters.
                    vesperia PS3 had 9.

                    • Anime10121

                      Ahh true, but I honestly cant see the game having 12 main characters (however awesome that would be) just because of the costs that would be associated with that. 12 characters means 12 seiyuu’s to hire in addition to 12 different playstyles to program.

                    • Samsara09

                      well,xillia 2 had 9 caracters,tecnically ten,with Elle…with one of them having 3 styles.

                      Besides,if this game is heavily inspired on graces,it is easier,I suppose, to make different syles,as long as they don’t screw with the aerial combat…and remember to split up magic well.

                      Besides,this is the 20th aniversary,they could and should be as ambitious as possible,to make the best game possible…and cautious enough not to screw it.

                      Well,this is just hypothesis,though.We need to wait till May to see if this game will have 6 caracters or not.If they announce on may,then it will continue..
                      If they are gonna announce caracters like in xillia,they will start now in january and go till april,if they are 6…till june if they are 8 or… till octuber if they are 12.

                    • KingNigma

                      Skits with all 12 would be crazy lol.

                    • Samsara09

                      well,they made skits with ten..eleven caracters in dawn of the new world…just have to make a spot for 2 more,lol.

          • OverlordZetta

            Now that’s optimistic. This probably won’t reach the west until closer to 2016 knowing Bamco and how they handle localizations.

            • Anime10121

              They’ve gotten better. Plus, they werent always like they were with Graces/Xillia. Vesperia was nearly released at the same time, and Legendia, Symphonia, Symphonia HD, and Abyss were all released mere months after their Japanese release. The only releases that have seen significant delays in their localizations have been Graces, Xillia, and Xillia 2.

              And even then, they’ve been doing well, Graces is what really threw the release schedule off kilter, as it released 2 years after its release in Japan. Xillia and Xillia 2 both respectively release a year after. I mean, you cant expect them to release two major entries of a franchise in a single year to catch up can you?

  • bloodiOS

    The whole scenery is very sharp and vibrant, all very nice and pretty to look at. I would still appreciate some AA though. By the way, here’s hoping that they won’t sacrifice the 60fps just for the sake of turning the gameplay into something like FFXII where you fight enemies as they appear on the field…

    • Budgiecat

      Looks like they’re indeed sacrificing that and sharper graphics for a much bigger traversable open world with the possibility of no battle transitions..

  • alangato

    Every time I look at this game I remember of Radiata Stories, I don’t know why…

    Damn, tales games never disappoints me!

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Underrated game….fond memories…..nostalgia…..*sob*

    • Raoni Marques

      Dude…Radiata Stories. What a great friggin game it was.

  • Budgiecat

    They’re gonna do that ‘one character strolls around the exploration field while everyone else is magically teleported inside him’ aren’t they?

    • Azure

      That’s why I love video games!

    • DichaTesoro

      In FF8 I use to run in circles just to laugh at the other two party members following me…what a dumb kid I was.

    • Pyrofrost

      Either that, or they might do it like Xenoblade.

      • Budgiecat

        that’d be nice. No more battle transitions..

        • Pyrofrost

          Indeed, I really think Xenoblade’s gameplay would transition extremely well into a Tales game.

          Personally, I’m more hyped about this installment than I have been for any previous one. Mainly due to all the things that will potentially be done with it.

          • Budgiecat

            Not sure why you picked Xenoblade as an example though…a closer example would have been Rogue Galaxy…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjszdzzImBI

            • Pyrofrost

              Looking at Zestiria in action make me think more of Xenoblade.

              If I need further justification for my pick; it’s because I prefer Xenoblade and would rather see a Tales game emulate that.

              • Budgiecat

                Rogue is closer because you have more freedom of switching characters and the action isn’t timed delay; so it’s not about what you prefer, its about which of the two is actually closer to the Tales series style of combat and without a doubt Rogue Galaxy is closer….

                • Pyrofrost

                  I understand where you’re coming from. I’m not disagreeing about Rogue Galaxy’s combat being closer to Tales than Xenoblade’s.

                  I’m simply stating which of the two I would prefer being emulated, that’s all.

                  • Budgiecat

                    er okay but just understand that would totally destroy what Tales has known to become and liked for in terms of its gameplay style. It’d no longer have any semblance of a Tales game..

  • Astrid Huang

    Looking great!
    I hope there will be more visual effects like fallen leaves or something in this game.
    And it would be awesome if they could make an airship exploration with these open fields system.

  • MrRobbyM

    Definitely still in the early stages but it seems to be coming along nicely.

  • Pyrofrost

    Expecting release between Aug.~Oct., my wallet is ready for this and more anniversary special announcements.

  • $48552495

    Belts!!!

  • MitsukiIX

    nothing we haven’t seen yet, but thnx anyway <3

  • RoyalR R.M

    Alicia’s pose look so similar to Jeane from Suikoden

  • XXX

    I do like how open world it looks.

  • 罪罰

    Those landscapes look absolutely marvelous.

  • DichaTesoro

    In that first picture, I like the way the kid’s cape thingy flows….that’s all I have to say, else I’d cry about how much I want to get my hands on this game like now.

  • Omega_Shiro

    looks really open

  • Samsara09

    Well,they mentioned only a continent by name,so I think they are smoke screening another continent,possibly.Wonder what the catch will be… since sky and clouds are always being mentioned,could it be a flying continent?

  • badmoogle

    Looking really good!Somehow it gives me Xenoblade vibes…

    • totoro

      dat blue and green, I see what you mean.

  • blank059

    The scenery looks nice, just wish they used the cell shaded look that was in Vesperia for the character models.

  • Willgaea

    Officially made this my new desktop picture. The over world is so beautiful. Thanks for the post Sal.

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

      I definitely agree, world does look beautiful and rich. I can feel the call fro adventure through the ruins and landscapes. Just need to see how the battle system will work out now.

  • Green

    I hope this one is fully open world, and isn’t copy pasted like Xillia ^_^. My only complaint with Xillia was the copy paste, but more tales <333

  • Xaltmas

    Yeah, but I like how open everything is. Reminds me of Xenoblade.

  • Anime10121

    I still prefer Vesperia’s look over all the other entries. I am liking this one’s style a lot more than Xillia’s or Graces’ though, but I’ll be damned if them in game character models arent the ugliest I’ve seen in a Tales game… I recently saw the anime versions Ufotable’s doing for the opening, and I actually had a change of heart about the designs themselves (they actually look ok), its the actual in game models that I have issues with. :(

  • OverlordZetta

    Alas, as a PS3 owner, I will never know.

    Thanks Bamco.

  • OverlordZetta

    “Open” isn’t what I think of when I think Tales though.

  • Xaltmas

    But is it a bad thing?

  • Xaltmas

    As a 360 owner, I totally did.

    But I still wanted the PS3 version for all of that added content. Shame we never got it.

  • Anime10121

    One of the main reasons I’ll have another 360 by the end of this year! I’m gonna rebuy all my old exclusives! :D

  • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

    Agree on Vesperia’s part. I’m on 2nd playthrough of PS3 version. Even without knowing Japanese, I’m enjoying it more than Graces F and Xillia.

  • Pyrofrost

    There wasn’t really that much added content.
    You missed a little, but nothing to kill or break your experience. It’s not like they rewrote the story or anything.

  • OverlordZetta

    Depends on how they handle it.

    If it’s not going to play like Tales, why not make a new IP? There’s progress and then there’s just unnecessary change.

  • Xaltmas

    Is being linear really an important part of the Tales experience though?

  • Pyrofrost

    As long as it doesn’t try to be a Western RPG; and it does things more in the style of a game like Xenoblade, I wouldn’t complain.
    They could do that and the game would still be capable of keeping its “Tales” identity.

  • Pyrofrost

    Ugh, I typed that other post but actually didn’t answer your question. I will do so now.

    Personally, I would argue that linearity is not simply part of the Tales experience, but part of the JRPG experience.
    While there are exceptions that reach outside the box and try to fully emulate Western RPGs: they are just that, exceptions.
    The JRPG experience is almost entirely a linear experience, that’s just one of its motifs.
    There are some out there which will even provide an illusion of an “open world” experience, like Xenoblade.
    However, even a game like Xenoblade is still bound to its linear path. Linearity is part of what makes a JRPG a JRPG. That’s the truth in spite of how bad some might want to fight that.

  • Pyrofrost

    Vesperia is my all time favorite Tales game. There are somethings that Graces and Xillia does better; but all-around, Vesperia is a superior experience.

    So yeah, Vesperia is my #1 <3

  • Pyrofrost

    I would be more incline to agree with the “Nov~Dec” part if the game was unveiled around the Tales of Festival or something.

    Hopefully NBGI spits out a JP date before long; I’ll be expecting them to ride the hype-train all the way into the Tales of Festival before announcing that though.

  • Anime10121

    Not my number one over all (though its DEFINITELY up there) but it by far had my favorite graphical style of the series! Loved all dat HD cel shading !