To give players a refresher regarding the story of the original Tales of Xillia, Tales of Xillia 2 will include a series of 5 digest movies. These digests basically tell you a recap of what happened in Tales of Xillia, and you are given the option to view these once you begin your game. Thanks to Random for the heads up on this.
In terms of Tokyo Game Show 2012 news for Tales of Xillia 2, I think this news has been going around a month ago already, but here's the official confirmation anyway: Tales of Xillia 2 will be playable at TGS, along with a presentation of trailers, and I believe a stage event.
And if you'll remember our Tweet and/or Facebook post, Baba-san announced via Twitter a while back that they're making a somewhat longer commercial for Xillia 2. Today, he posted a few screenshots of it, since they were editing the video a bit:
I'd also like to take this time to direct people to our Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr. We post a lot of minor updates in those sites, updates that are somewhat too small to have a news post but still significant all the same.
In addition, Jude Mathis's status art for Tales of Xillia 2 was revealed in some advertisements for Tales of Xillia 2:
Here's a skyscraper ad version. And yes, Jude's definitely confirmed playable.
Lastly, to those wanting to buy Xillia 2 but find the price too high, Play-Asia has posted the cheaper, Asian version up. It's still a whopping $75, but that's still better than the original's $99.90 price tag.
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 JP Version - Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia
Tales of Xillia 2 Asia Version - Play-Asia
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