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    >> Tales Figures of Lloyd, Sorey and Alisha Will Be At The Summer Wonder Festival 2014

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    Prototypes of Tales figures of Lloyd, Sorey and Alisha will be exhibited at the upcoming Summer Wonder Festival 2014 this July 27, 2014.








    @tales_ch has also posted pictures of what seem to be the latest of the prototypes. You'll note a few changes and touch ups to the figures, especially for Lloyd's. The Tales Chan Twitter also noted that there will be a sort of announcement by Alter at their booth, so this could possibly be... a new figure, perhaps?

    The Tales of Symphonia Lloyd Irving figure and the Tales of Zestiria Alisha figure are both by Alter, while the Tales of Zestiria Sorey figure is by Kotobukiya. We first saw a glimpse of the Lloyd prototype last Tales of Festival 2014, with the Sorey and Alisha figures also revealed during the event.

    Posted by a745 on Jul 25, 2014 - 05:48am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of Zestiria Screenshots - Maltran, Real Map System and Anime Scenes

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    A bunch of new Tales of Zestiria screenshots are now online, featuring new characters Maltran and Bartlow, the Real Map System and some of the game's animated cutscenes.


    But before that, the Tales of Zestiria official Japanese website has been updated today with the proper character name spellings. They're the same as the one from Dengeki yesterday, save for Arisha, which is now Alisha. Since this is from the official site, we'll follow this for now until the localized names come out. Official spellings for the latest two characters are Maltran and Bartlow.

    Maltran




    This is the official name spelling according to the website.

    Bartlow




    More On The Game's Story




    Despite the fact that people seek the Priest as their savior in times of need, such as during an era of calamity, Sorey's display of power as the Priest brought not hope, but only fear among the populace. For an ordinary person with no power, seeing power like that of the Priest makes them see it as something not normal, something akin to the Hyouma monsters.


    Lailah holds a personal pledge that grants her special power via a rite. Should she come across power greater than her own ability, the rule of it is broken and it becomes a double-edged sword that results in a dreadful recoil. She apparently uses this pledge to exorcise the unclean using her Purifying Flame. It is unknown what the specific rule of the pledge is, and seems to be related to her past. When the topic is brought up, Lailah starts acting extremely odd and just changes the subject.

    New Area: Trisizol Cave




    An underground cave said to be at the edge of the Greenwood continent. The place is made up of crystallized pillars, shrouding the entire place in a wondrous blue glow. It is believed that the crystals accumulated light throughout time, but the truth is unknown. The wonder of this place has brought forth many poems and songs about its beauty.

    New Area: Folquen Hills




    A group of hills at the base of the sacred mountain of Reiforc. The constant rainfall all year round brings forth greenery in the place, and a river called Gryphlet river divides the area into two. Though the river may sometimes overflow and cause flash floods, it also acts as a sort of final defense barrier of the Highland Kingdom as a natural moat.

    Map Actions


    Sword Swing - Sorey can use his sword to break branches and other things.


    Silver Flame - Using Lailah's power, the player can create flames that may be used as a gimmick in dungeons.


    Spirit Mist Robe - Using Mikleo's power, the player can become temporarily invisible from the enemy's eyes, but movement speed decreases as compensation.


    Chief's Arm - Using Edna's power, the player is able to break various rocks that may be blocking potential roads.


    Using Dezel's power, the player can use the wind to go across areas that are considerably apart.

    Accompanying Character




    Apparently you only choose one character to accompany you in this situation.

    Real Map Battle





    Lailah's Mystic Arte: Enbu Rengekiha





    Animated Cutscenes by ufotable




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


    Posted by a745 on Jul 24, 2014 - 10:22am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Kizna and Tales of Card Evolve To Terminate Services This September

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    Bandai Namco has announced today that, unfortunately, both long-running mobile card games Tales of Kizna and Tales of Card Evolve will be terminating its services this September.

    Bad news for those who play Tales of Kizna and Tales of Card Evolve... and bad news for us who really love the cards. Tales of Kizna's service will end on September 25, 2014 while Tales of Card Evolve's will end on September 30, 2014.

    Tales of Kizna was announced way back in October 2011 and was then released November 2011, while Tales of Card Evolve was initially announced during Tales of Festival 2012 and was then launched on September 11 of that same year. Since then, the game has been known to deliver beautiful cards of the various Tales characters and some in-game scenes courtesy of WIT Studio (Attack on Titan). The game also even has a visual art book.

    With their services ending, we'll then be getting more time to complete our gallery of the cards for both games. We have a (not so updated) gallery for Kizna and Card Evolve.

    Posted by a745 on Jul 24, 2014 - 05:54am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Videos - Raven, Flynn & Rita

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    New character videos for Tales of the World: Reve Unitia are up. These videos focus on Raven, Rita & Flynn from Tales of Vesperia.







    Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops: Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia


    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jul 24, 2014 - 05:26am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Character Name Spellings According To Dengeki PlayStation

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    Magazine scans from Dengeki PlayStation Magazine finally reveal what seem to be the proper English names and spellings for the characters of Tales of Zestiria.















    There you have it. So, to update on how we've been calling them, Slay is now Sorey, Alicia is now Arisha, Mikulio is now Mikleo, Lyla is now Lailah, Zabida is now Zaveid, Edna and Dezel are... still Ednaand Dezel. Since these are pretty much official from Japan, we'll probably be following these from now on. We already got Sorey from one of the English-subbed trailers shown during Japan Expo in Europe and Anime Expo in the US. The rest are pretty much new to us.

    Thanks to @kincorda from Twitter for the scans!

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


    Posted by a745 on Jul 23, 2014 - 04:08am PDT     Post a Comment (1)
    >> New Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Videos - Reid, Meredy, Sophie and Cheria

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    Apologies for the delay, but here are new Tales of the World: Reve Unitia character videos for Reid and Meredy from Tales of Eternia and Sophie and Cheria from Tales of Graces.








    Here are also a few new screenshots from the official website that we've recently only added to our gallery. They're mostly Mystic Arte cut-ins. Check them out below:







    View the rest here

    Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops: Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia


    Posted by a745 on Jul 22, 2014 - 09:33am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of Xillia 2 English Character Videos - Alvin, Elize and Teepo

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    New English character videos for Alvin, Elize Lutus and Teepo from Tales of Xillia 2 are now available online.

    Alvin

    NOTE THAT THERE ARE POSSIBLE TALES OF XILLIA SPOILERS FOR ALVIN'S VIDEO. Watch at your own discretion, or skip to 0:10 to skip the part with the spoiler.


    Elize Lutus and Teepo


    Tales of Xillia will be released North America on August 19, 2014 and in Europe on August 22, 2014. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Jul 17, 2014 - 02:05am PDT     Post a Comment (3)
    >> New Tales of Zestiria Scans - More on Martran, The Real Map System and an Interview With Baba-san

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    This month's issue of Famitsu magazine will be featuring more information on Martran, Alicia's battle instructor,more on the game's newly introduced Real Map System, and an interview with Baba-san.


    Famitsu features an 8-page spread for Tales of Zestiria this month. Much of it though is a recap on what we know on the introduced characters so far, with more detail on what was revealed recently from Jump.


    Martran ( マルトラン, marutoran)
    Height: 172cm
    Voiced by: Mami Koyama
    "From here on out, please be Alicia's strength. Even just as a friend, I don't mind."
    - A female knight from the Highland Kingdom dubbed as the "Blue Valkyrie." Her fame reaches even the enemy Empire of Lowlance. Aside from holding two posts as a knight instructor and an army adviser, she has also been training Alicia on how to wield a spear ever since she was still very young. Martran has been the only sole support Alicia has within the Kingdom, and as such treats her with much respect and admiration. She holds the prestige of a knight, the strictness in herself, as well as her kindness toward Alicia.

    No mention of who designed her, but from the art, it seems to be... Okumura or Iwamoto? Not sure on that, though. And no mention if she's playable or not.


    Another character was also introduced, though this one seems to be just a key character or an NPC.

    Bartolo ( バルトロ, barutoro)
    Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano
    - The Highland Kingdom's head minister and the head of its bureaucracy. Since the Kingdom's real power these days is with its bureaucracy, he can be considered the very substance of its leadership.


    As introduced in our last post, Tales of Zestiria will be featuring a Real Map System. This feature lets the player enter battle right away once encountering the enemy symbol/model on the field map. No transitions in-between battles anymore, and the background terrain even stays the same. Again, battle can be affected depending on the terrain conditions. Basically, it's a seamless transition between on field walking and into battle.

    Like we mentioned last post, an added feature includes Map Actions on the field, which are various gimmicks that can be done to help you through fields. This feature apparently makes use of the Divine's powers. Above shows Slay burning something, which may be Lyla's power. One of them shown in Jump allows you to break through boulders and such, while the other, when timed right when an enemy is near, grants a barrier on the character against the enemy.

    And again, another additional feature on the field is that the accompanying characters of the leader character (i.e. the character you're controlling on field) will also be walking with you. You can talk to them from time to time, too, if you choose to do so. Only little info has been released so far about this, but in the interview with Baba-san (see below), it seems he mentions that there is mainly one accompanying character? And it can be the others, too, and not just Alicia.


    Above shows some screenshots of animated cutscenes from the game, courtesy of ufotable. It also again mentions that the theme song artist for Zestiria will be Superfly, but no mention of the actual song was given.




    The other pages contain a recap on what we know on the characters so far. At present, Zabida is still not shown as playable. There's also an interview with Tales Series Producer Hideo Baba spread through the pages, and here are some main points of interest in the interview:

    • It might take more time to finish the game despite all the information that's being released.

    • Ufotable is almost done with the animated cutscenes in-game. They'll be working on the opening movie next. It'll take some time for them to work on the animated special. The anime special will focus on the beginning of the game, when Slay, Alicia and Mikulio set out on their journey.

    • There is tremendous trust between Slay and Mikulio, and at the same time, great rivalry. They are basically best of friends with rivalry tendencies.

    • Baba-san particularly likes the quarrels between Edna and Mikulio. Speaking of the two, their ages are far apart. Edna is much older than Mikulio, and Mikulio, being only almost the same age as Slay, is quite young when considering the age of the Divine. Edna even calls him "Mikulio boy." They have longer life spans, apparently.

    • Lyla is apparently burdened with some sort of "pledge." It has a special rule she personally imposes, and though she can overcome it by her own power, it'll have grave repercussions. The contents of the rule is a secret. Whenever the others ask her, she acts weird about it. It's connected to her past.

    • Lyla loves topics about youth, friendship and passion. It might be because she's lived a long life already.

    • The color white for the Divine is that of nobility or those of great importance, like those who have a mission to fulfill.

    • Slay is definitely the "Priest" that the legends talk of. His main drive for his journey is to see the humans and the Divine working in harmony. However, throughout the journey, he'll have to face the darkness of humans, as well.

    • The accompanying character on the field isn't always Alicia. It can be the others, too.

    Thanks to @ExeForce87 for the scans!

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


    Posted by a745 on Jul 16, 2014 - 10:53am PDT     Post a Comment (4)
    >> New Tales of Zestiria Scan - New Character Martran, Real Time Map Battles And Party Members Now Accompany You On Field

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    The latest issue of Jump introduces a new character for Tales of Zestiria, along with confirming the rumors of having real time battles in the map terrain. In addition, accompanying party members now walk with you on field, too.


    The new character's name is Martran ( マルトラン, marutoran, romanization not yet official) and will be voiced by Mami Koyama. She is Alicia's fighting mentor or teacher and is the one who taught Alicia all she knows in battle. She is an important figure in the Highland Kingdom and is also dubbed as the Blue Valkyrie. For the first time in a while, this character seems to be human.

    Slay and the others meet her when they visit Highland. Like with Zabida, it is not mentioned whether she is a party member or not.




    The magazine also introduces the rumored Real Map Battle system, the first in the entirety of the Tales of Series. As you may have guessed (or, as a bunch of people have been guessing about), this new system allows the player to enter battle immediately in the current map or terrain conditions. Basically, it'll be like seamless battles. Upon coming in contact with the enemy symbol or model on the field map, the player immediately enters battle with them, offering a completely new battle experience. Depending on the terrain, where you fight may be advantageous or a problem.


    An added feature also includes Map Actions on the field, which are various gimmicks that can be done to help you through fields. One of them allows you to break through boulders and such, while the other, when timed right when an enemy is near, grants a barrier on the character against the enemy.


    Additional features on the field include the accompanying characters of the leader character (i.e. the character you're controlling on field) will also be walking with you. It's not that clear in the scan above, but Alicia is right behind Slay there. They may also strike up a conversation from time to time on varying subjects, similar to Tales of Xillia's short chats system, only you actually have the character talking there. Only little info has been released so far about this, but hopefully they'll shed more light. This feature might get hectic if all available party members are walking around, so we hope there are restrictions in place.

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


    Posted by a745 on Jul 09, 2014 - 06:14am PDT     Post a Comment (3)
    >> Tales of the World: Reve Unitia - Luke, Tear, Jude and Milla Videos Plus 90+ Screenshots and Artworks

    a745


    Luke and Tear's videos for Tales of the World: Reve Unitia are now online. In addition, here are Jude and Milla's videos which we forgot to post about last week.








    In addition to the videos, here are a total of 97 game scenes and battles screenshots plus 20 new in-game artworks of some of the characters' Mystic Arte cut-ins and full-body skit faces for your viewing pleasure.





    View all 97 screenshots here






    View all 20 artworks here

    Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops: Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia


    Posted by a745 on Jul 04, 2014 - 06:34am PDT     Post a Comment (1)
    >> Tales of Hearts R Out November 11 In North America, Tales of Zestiria's "Slay" Is "Sorey"

    a745


    The Tales of panel at Anime Expo 2014 brings forth Tales of Hearts R's North American release date, as well as a little Tales of Zestiria tidbit.

    At the panel were Minae Noji and Lauren Landa, the voice actors of Milla and Leia respectively in Tales of Xillia and Xillia 2. They confirm that Tales of Hearts R's North American release date will be on November 11, 2014.


    In addition, a short, subtitled trailer for Tales of Zestiria was shown to the audience. In a scene where Mikulio talks to Slay, the subtitles termed his name as "Sorey."

    Thanks to Varrius who was at Anime Expo for the info.


    Posted by a745 on Jul 03, 2014 - 10:33pm PDT     Post a Comment (5)
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