The post title may or may not be biased toward my love for Jude.
A new magazine scan from Jump confirms the return of one of the main protagonists of the original Tales of Xillia for Tales of Xillia 2 - Jude Mathis.
UPDATE (Aug. 31, 2012): A new part of the scan has been added, showing Jude's in-game model:
And surprise, surprise - what a drastic change in appearance as compared to before. Apparently, he's confirmed playable, but I need to double check on this. The magazine describes Jude as a new addition to a particular team doing research on the great spirit Origin. The immaturity he once had when he was a student has completely gone, and he now has this grown-up atmosphere about him.
His quote says "I have ties with the mysterious, like with the spirits of the four elements, or with their Lord, somehow."
Tales of Xillia 2 will be released in Japan on November 1, 2012. Pre-orders are now available at the following places. Be quick, pre-orders run out fast!
Tales of Xillia 2 Regular Version - Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia
Tales of Xillia 2 Famitsu DX Pack - Play-Asia | CDJapan
Tales of Xillia 2 Lalabit Market Kyun Chara Pack - Play-Asia | CDJapan
Tales of Xillia 2 X Edition (w/ PS3 controller) - Play-Asia (all slots currently sold out, check again later) | YesAsia