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    >> Get Ready For "Massive Surprises" And Celebrate The Tales of 20th Anniversary!

    a745

    Bandai Namco's latest press release teases "massive surprises" for the Tales of Series' 20th anniversary, along with a lovely video taking us through the Tales timeline.


    20 years of success, innovation, fantasy adventures and epic battles!

    Since 1995, the Tales Of series is considered among the most representative JRPG sagas thanks to its breathtaking storylines replete with humanist themes, unique battle system and character design! BANDAI NAMCO Games have put together a video showcasing the full timeline of this beautiful and long tale-teller.

    Thanks to fans and JRPG lovers, the series is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Tales of Zestiria, a tribute in every sense:
    • A unique collaboration between the 4 emblematic character designers who shaped the series

    • Unique references to past games

    • Many upcoming activities

    Coming in 2015, Tales of Zestiria will be going back to the roots in terms of setting with its medieval environment, feeling of epic fantasy, and classic storytelling. The story follows Sorey, a young idealistic Human living with Seraphims, legendary beings invisible to other humans that have nonetheless shared the same soil for centuries. In a world torn by war and political skirmishes between the Hyland Kingdom and the Rolance Empire, Sorey will have to accept the burden of the Shepherd and fight human darkness to protect the world from malevolence that poison the world and reunite all races once more.

    An anniversary won't be complete without massive surprises... ... Stay tuned for amazing news over the upcoming months!

    There can be a lot of things we can expect in these coming months. One of them could just be that rumored Steam release for Tales of Zestiria. We'll keep you posted!

    And don't forget to share your Tales works on social media by using the hashtag #IAmTalesOf!

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Mar 27, 2015 - 04:57am PDT     Post a Comment (1)
    >> UPDATED: Amazon Germany Lists 20 Euro Tales of Graces f and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Compilation

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    It looks like Europe will be getting an affordable bundle for Tales of Graces f and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles.


    Amazon Germany has listed a "Tales of Graces f / Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Compilation" for the PlayStation 3, with a list price of 19.99 Euros (roughly $23). The site lists the bundle to be released on March 27, 2015.

    UPDATE (March 9, 2015) - Amazon has also put up a cover for the said compilation. It doesn't seem to be a mock-up, so I guess it's pretty official now?


    No news yet if the US will be getting the same compilation. Regardless, those in Germany at least can pre-order the bundle now at Amazon.de.

    Thanks for the heads up, @jpgames_de.

    Posted by a745 on Mar 06, 2015 - 01:43am PST     Post a Comment (0)
    >> RUMOR: Tales of Zestiria Might Be Heading To Steam

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    An entry for Tales of Zestiria just appeared on Steam's database.


    SteamDB.info shows a new page that might hint at Tales of Zestiria heading to Steam. At present, the entry on Steam's database is named as "TOZ," but a quick check on Google's cache of the page earlier shows that it indeed says "Tales of Zestiria."


    At the time of writing, the Google cache has already been updated to the most recent page, but we can personally confirm that it indeed had "Tales of Zestiria" earlier.

    There's also another rumor floating around that the game will also be making its way to the PlayStation 4. This first stemmed up from a making of video for a commercial for PlayStation 4 video games, where Japanese actor Takayuki Yamada is being recorded playing a PS4 console, and a screen on the side shows Tales of Zestiria for a split second (specifically at 1:50 of the video) :




    However, we're disregarding this for now given that the video the Zestiria footage was taken from is the old PlayStation 20th anniversary video in general, and not specifically for the PS4. The exact same scene of Tales of Zestiria in the making of video of the PS4 commercial appears in the 1:38 mark of the 20th anniversary video:


    For all we know, they could've just had the video playing on the side on that exact same time. We're not saying it's not happening, but we're disregarding this rumor.

    For now, anyway.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Feb 18, 2015 - 04:52pm PST     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Zestiria's Alisha After Episode Will Be Getting A Manga

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    A manga version of the Tales of Zestiria Alisha After Episode has just been announced for VIVA Tales of Magazine.


    The manga will start serialization in the April 2015 issue of VIVA Tales of Magazine and will be illustrated by Aki Yoshii, who also illustrated the manga adaptation of the Gakkou no Kaidan (The School's Staircase) light novel series. The beginning part of the manga was also published in the VIVA Tales of Zestiria magazine which was released today.

    The April issue of VIVA Tales of Magazine will be released starting February 28.

    For more information on the actual Alisha After Episode DLC, check out our previous post.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Feb 12, 2015 - 09:31am PST     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Zestiria's Alisha After Episode Now Released, New Mystic Arte For Alisha Revealed

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    The Tales of Zestiria Alisha After Episode DLC is now released today in Japan. The game website features a short trailer of it, revealing a new Mystic Arte for Alisha.


    Alisha's new Mystic Arte is 皇刃蒼天衝 (Koujin Soutenshou). Like her in-game model and chat images, Alisha's Mystic Arte also gets her new look make over.

    Though I guess the new Mystic Arte doesn't come as a surprise. I think most of us were expecting it.

    The Alisha After Story entitled "What's Reflected in Her Eyes" will be taking place several months after the game's ending. In the story, a group of extremists attack Alisha during her affairs, after which she is saved by Rose. Although Alisha is very happy with their reunion, Rose seems to be avoiding Alisha for some reason. The two eventually set off together in order to find out more about the extremists.

    The after story features Alisha in new clothes, which are also reflected in her status art and chat portraits. Though it is not necessary to have finished the game in order to play the after story, starting it with a clear save data lets you carry over your levels. Starting it without a clear save will have you with a preset level.

    The Alisha After Story DLC will be released on February 12, 2015. It will be free for the first two weeks (February 12 to 28 ), after that it will be available for the retail price of 1,300 yen.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Feb 11, 2015 - 09:12pm PST     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Scans And More Details On The Tales of Zestiria Alisha After Story DLC

    a745

    The latest issue of Famitsu magazine details the upcoming Alisha After Story DLC for Tales of Zestiria.


    The Alisha After Story entitled "What's Reflected in Her Eyes" will be taking place several months after the game's ending. In the story, a group of extremists attack Alisha during her affairs, after which she is saved by Rose. Although Alisha is very happy with their reunion, Rose seems to be avoiding Alisha for some reason. The two eventually set off together in order to find out more about the extremists.


    The after story features Alisha in new clothes, which are also reflected in her status art and chat portraits. Though it is not necessary to have finished the game in order to play the after story, starting it with a clear save data lets you carry over your levels. Starting it without a clear save will have you with a preset level.

    The Alisha After Story DLC will be released on February 12, 2015. It will be free for the first two weeks (February 12 to 28 ), after that it will be available for the retail price of 1,300 yen. You can view a few screenshots on Famitsu.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Feb 06, 2015 - 10:41pm PST     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Hideo Baba Talks About Tales of Zestiria, Alisha and Tales In General (Possible Spoilers)

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    Tales Series Producer Hideo Baba comments on Tales of Zestiria, Alisha and the series in general while at the Taipei Game Show.


    Note that before venturing into this news post, there will surely be spoilers ahead, and we can't avoid them without first having to explain the issue at hand. So if you really don't want to be spoiled about the game, please close this tab right now and continue on with your business.

    SPOILERS AHEAD.











    For those unaware, Tales of Zestiria has received a lot of negativity from the Japanese fanbase since release. While there are other issues about the game that have surfaced, the biggest issue (and most raged about) so far would probably be about Alisha and how exactly she was advertised.


    Though mainly advertised as the game's heroine from most viewpoints, Alisha has very little screen time in the game, to the point where there is a big chunk of the game wherein she's not playable at all, up to the very last boss fight. Some players have summarized her screen time as ranging from 3 to 6 hours depending on how fast you play/what side quests you undertake. Others call her the "Flynn of Zestiria."

    This issue, along with other issues we'll not discuss right now, has escalated to the point of Tales of Zestiria getting mostly 1 star reviews on Amazon Japan (as of the time of writing, 998 out of 1,319), as well as fans attacking Kosuke Fujishima, the character designer of Sorey and Rose, on Twitter to the point wherein he had to take a break from Twitter for a bit. The fact that there's an Alisha after episode DLC didn't exactly help, but only added fuel to the fire.


    Last week, in an interview with Hideo Baba during the Taipei Game Show, he addresses the recent issues about Tales of Zestiria and about Alisha.

    When asked about why Alisha, who is thought by the majority as the game's heroine, leaves the party early and does not come back, becoming unplayable for most of the game, Baba-san answers:

    "Many players have asked us about that and disagree with this decision. Alisha has two roles - a princess and a knight, and she has her own path to take. She starts off the game with doubts on what she should focus on, but after meeting Sorey, she focuses more on the Kingdom and what she can do for it, explaining why she left.

    In addition, the characters were promoted based on the order they are presented/shine in the game. We have no set heroine. It is up to the player who the heroine is for them. We deeply apologize if this has caused such a misunderstanding.
    "

    In addition, when asked the question of whether Tales of Zestiria will be remade for the PS4, Baba answers:

    "While many players are looking forward to that, we can only say for the time being that there are no plans to bring over Zestiria to the PS4. However, the PS4 is doing very well at present, hence it is possible that the next Tales game will be for the PS4."

    Though we've yet to see much about Tales of Zestiria for the Western audience, hopefully the localization team will promote the game differently to avoid another uproar like this.

    Baba-san also mentions a few things about Zestiria and Tales in general during the interview. Here are some of the important ones:

    1.) Are there any plans for an Eternia remake?
    - At the moment, there are no plans for such. Before, there were two teams working on Tales, but after Tales Studio disbanded and merged into Bandai Namco Studio, the structure has changed into only one team working on development. There are now less people in the team. As part of our business strategy, we will mainly focus on new games instead of remakes.

    2.) How about plans for a new Tales of the World games?
    - At the moment, none.

    3.) Before, you had an MMORPG in the form of Tales of Eternia Online. What is your view on making an MMO game?
    - We've had ideas for this in the past, but again, implementation is the big issue. We like to portray our characters following a story adventure, but for an MMO, we'd have to make a heap of different story adventures. To prevent that, we'd make players make their custom roles, but that deviates from the sense of a story adventure in itself. We've discussed it among ourselves many times, but given the reality of the situation, we've dropped it for now.

    4.) Because battles are made seamless, there is no longer an overworld perspective. Is it because of the seamless feature that caused this problem.
    - Indeed, it's a direct result of that. One of the difficult aspects of developing Zestiria was making suitable viewpoints when the party is in a narrow corridor. This is different from previous works where there is a new map for each battle beforehand. It took a great deal of time to develop it.

    5.) What would be the biggest difference in Zestiria as compared to previous works.
    - The main difference would probably be the engine. Tales of Zestiria runs on a different engine than Xillia/Xillia 2. A lot of aspects, we had to do from scratch.

    6.) Why dive into a new engine when the previous one would be more stable?
    - We needed to bring a new evolutionary game. We could have worked with the previous engine since it would be more stable, but it wouldn't be innovative. This time, we focused more on aesthetics and the visual environment to enhance scenes. Players will notice the difference especially during events. Like in the Uncharted series, we wanted players to feel immersed into the game as if watching a movie. This is how we wanted to show our "passion" for the 20th anniversary title.

    7.) Tales of Zestiria took 3 years to be developed. Will we also wait that long for the next Tales game?
    - Right now, there are only few of us in the development team, hence why Zestiria took so long. While we can't say much right now, we are already discussing a new concept for a new game. At present, it will take some time before we can actually announce it to the public.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Jan 31, 2015 - 09:26pm PST     Post a Comment (14)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Sells 340,000 In Its First Week

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    Tales of Zestiria ranks first in this week's game sales in Japan, reaching a total of 340,891 units shipped.


    According to the report, Tales of Zestiria sold a total of 340,891 units in the first week of its release, beating other newly-released titles such as Legend of Legacy and Atelier Escha & Logy Plus.

    Though the game didn't do as well as Tales of Xillia and Xillia 2's first weeks of release, the game still did pretty well considering the game so far.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be releasedin North America and Europe sometime in the future. Oders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Jan 28, 2015 - 06:34am PST     Post a Comment (3)
    >> Tales of Zestiria's Alisha Gets A DLC About What Happens To Her After The Game

    a745

    The latest issue of Jump has just announced that Tales of Zestiria's Alisha will be getting an "after episode" story DLC.




    Starting February 12, 2015, the Alisha After Episode entitled "What's Reflected in Her Eyes" will be released, featuring Alisha in a completely new costume which also modifies even her on-game model, her status and skit/chat artwork. The story takes place after the game, apparently, and features a story arc about Alisha being your main protagonist, with Rose tagging along. As of the moment, there are no indications if the other characters will be there.



    To celebrate Tales of Zestiria having sold 400,000 copies in Japan so far, the DLC will be free for the first two weeks (from February 12 to February 28 ). After that, it will then be available for it's official retail price of 1,300 Yen.

    Posted by a745 on Jan 27, 2015 - 05:45am PST     Post a Comment (1)
    >> Tales of Zestiria: God Eater 2 DLC Costumes For Sorey & Rose

    PanbanRichard


    A magazine scan from Famitsu shows off God Eater 2 collab DLC costumes for Tales of Zestiria. Sorey gets a Julius costume and Rose gets a Nana costume. Check it out here:



    Special thanks to @hana_0867 for the scan.

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:


    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jan 21, 2015 - 07:49am PST     Post a Comment (4)
    >> Tales of Zestiria's Opening Movie Leaked Online!

    a745

    Tales of Zestiria's opening has been leaked online!



    The opening was also leaked on Vimeo. Check it out if the Youtube one is taken down.



    Happy Tales of Zestiria Release Day! What do you think of the opening?

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Jan 21, 2015 - 01:38am PST     Post a Comment (2)
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