When Tales of Xillia launched in North America and Europe, it was two years after the game’s release in Japan. When Tales of Xillia 2 launches in August, it will also be two years following the game’s Japanese release. But with Tales of Zestiria, Bandai Namco aims to change that.
“One of the big things was, ‘It’s taking so long between the Japanese release and when the western releases come out,'” Dennis Lee, global brand manager for the Tales series, said during an E3 interview. “And so, over the past, I’d say, two years, they’ve been working really hard to shorten that time frame.
“We’ve gone from over two years with Xillia 1, and now we’ve gotten it down to a year, and we’re going to get it to less than that for Tales of Zestiria—it’s going to be in the same year as the Japanese release. So they’re working on shrinking that time down as much as possible.”
A release date for Tales of Zestiria is still to be announced.