Bandai Namco has released new screenshots and artwork for Tales of Berseria, featuring Shigure, Melchior, Mystic Artes of the rest of the party and the game's additional features. In addition, localized info of the news we got from Famitsu previously has also been revealed.
Note that this is pretty much the same information we translated from Famitsu the other day, just with localized terms.
The screenshots feature new characters Shigure and Melchior, as well as another one named Benwick, the pirate with the funny hair whom you might have seen in the trailers.
Age: 31 years old
Weapon: Long Blade
Fighting style: Legate Exorcist
VA: Kazuya Nakai
"You’re the one who hasn’t changed, I bet. You still trying to think of how you can take me down?"
- Shigure is a Legate from The Abbey. He is Rokurou’s older brother and is the head of their Rangetsu family. They use a unique fighting style in their aims to become the strongest warriors. Though a Legate, he has a free-spirited attitude unappreciated by the serious-minded exorcists. He justifies his carefree behavior with his battle prowess. His sole joy is to fight tough opponents and seems to enjoy it when his opponent is stronger. He will never turn down a new challenge whenever it arises.
Fighting style: Legate
VA: Nobuo Tobita
"… Just as light cannot exist without darkness, no great achievement comes without sacrifice."
A Legate elder from The Abbey who is well-versed in the ancient legends and a master in alchemy. His years of experience places him as an adviser for Artorius, the head of the exorcists.
He recognizes the importance of the exorcists' missions and that they cannot always be accomplished through good deeds, and to that point is willing to do unpleasant deeds. Though mostly a support to the organization with strategy and resources, he himself is a powerful arte-wielder.
Benwick is a young pirate who'll let you ride the Van Eltia whenever you talk to him.
Localized names of the rest of the party's Mystic Artes have been revealed:
Rokurou - From Zero: Void
Magilou - Ascending Angel
Eizen - Perfect Mayhem
Additional game features are as follows:
Cooking - Cooking's back! Cooking can help recover HP or give stat boosts in battle. Each character has unique cooking skills which can be leveled up by cooking more.
Character Customization - Characters' looks can be modified with attachments and costumes from the game (or from DLC). Some attachments may carry over in scenes and be the topic of conversation.
Exploration of the Outer Seas - The player can send out a scouting vessel, then after a while, it may come back with treasure, materials and recipes. As you discover new areas, the scouting vessel can search more seas.
Katz Box - These are special treasure chests which can be opened with Katz spirits. Once opened, a Katz will come out and give you an accessory or attachment.
The Rare Board - ...They're calling it the Rare Board now. Anyway, this is basically a hoverboard. It increases movement speed and allows passage through rivers or valleys not usually accesible on foot. It may also make jumps.
Jump, Bienfu! - You basically make Bienfu jump from a pier into the sea and see how far you can make him go.
Chamballoon 2 - The player has to destroy all the balloons in the battlefield as fast as he/she can. Time will be recorded. Like we mentioned in our previous posts, this is the same as the Chamballoon in Tales of Eternia.
Character Cards - A card game featuring characters from previous Tales games. As Xanadu pointed out to us previously, this is actually played like Hanafuda. (The Japanese term for the minigame is "CharaFuda.")