Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria is the Tales of Series' 20th anniversary title. After what was practically two online countdowns, the game was initially revealed during a Nico Nico Douga online streaming event last December 12, 2013. Within the same day, the game's localization was already announced by Bandai Namco's  Western  branches. Prior to its reveal, the game name had already been trademarked both in Japan and in the West, hinting at the localization. The game is named after the word "Zest" (?????) meaning passion or enthusiasm and has a prominent feature of dragons, as illustrated in the game logo.

As the 20th anniversary title, the game featured four character designers, two game score composers and animation by ufotable. This was the first Tales game to reach PC via digital release on Steam for those in the West. It also features a seamless transition between field and battles, though that did pose some problems with the game camera. A short anime special by ufotable was also released with the game, which covers the first few moments of the game itself. Currently, a TV anime series titled Tales of Zestiria the X by ufotable is airing which aims to bridge the gap between this game and Tales of Berseria, its far off prequel and the latest upcoming mothership title.

The game is particularly well known for its controversy with regards to the depiction of its proper heroine and how the game was promoted as such, suffering immense backlash from the Japanese Tales fandom — earning it a majority of 1/5 ratings on Amazon Japan.

  • Name:
    • Tales of Zestiria (???? ?? ??????, teiruzu obu zesutiria)
  • Name Origin:
    • "Zest" (?????), meaning passion or enthusiasm
  • Developer:
    • Bandai Namco Studios
    • tri-Crescendo
  • Publisher:
    • Bandai Namco Games
  • Genre:
    • RPG of passion that illuminates the world; ?????????RPG (jounetsu ga sekai wo terasu RPG)
  • Character Design:
    • Mutsumi Inomata
    • Kosuke Fujishima
    • Daigo Okumura
    • Minoru Iwamoto
  • Music:
    • Motoi Sakuraba
    • Go Shiina
  • Animation:
    • ufotable
  • Opening Theme:
    • "White Light" by superfly (JP)
    • An instrumental rock version of White Light (US, EU)


  • Release Date: January 22, 2015
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Rating: CERO B

  • Release Date: July 7, 2016
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Rating: CERO B

North America

  • Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Rating: ESRB T (Teen and Adolescents)

  • Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Rating: ESRB T (Teen and Adolescents)

  • Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Platform: PC Digital (via Steam)
  • Rating: ESRB T (Teen and Adolescents)


  • Release Date: October 16, 2015
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Rating: PEGI 16

  • Release Date: October 16, 2015
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Rating: PEGI 16

  • Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Platform: PC Digital (via Steam)
  • Rating: PEGI 16

Main Characters

A youth enamored with ancient history


Sorey's closest friend and greatest rival


A princess who leads Sorey to the land below


A member of the Sparrowfeathers guild


The Lady of the Lake who guides the Shepherd


A sweet-looking girl with an acid tongue


A mysterious man on the hunt for someone


A wind seraph with unknown motives


Official Story Description
Full Story Summary

Battle System

Game/World System