This is a collection of this week's updates for Tales of Xillia 2:
New info about Ludger and the other characters were revealed in magazine scans of Famitsu. The article has already been put up on Famitsu's website, so we also have a better look at the screenshots.
By now, I think most of us know that the other guy in the ToX2 logo is Ludger, too. Famitsu gives us more detail about this "other form" of Ludger's.
Ludger apparently has some sort of special ability/form called a Corpse Shell Ability (Kaikara/Gaikara ??), where he can enter an alternate history world, one which diverges from the normal one. Bizley/Bizri (romanization not yet official), the president of the Clanspia company, has been scouting Ludger as an agent for this special ability of his. Bizley wants Ludger to destroy something called a Time Factor within this alternate world. Destroying it will also destroy the alternate world, but Ludger cannot escape the said world until he destroys the Time Factor.
This special ability of Ludger's can also be used in battle. There is a special gauge that fills up during battle. Once full, pressing R3 and L3 will allow Ludger to turn into his other form. In this state, Ludger can drag his enemies into the alternate dimension/world and continue the fight there, where the concept of HP, TP and AC all disappear. Avoiding getting hit by enemies lengthens the time Ludger can stay in this state.
A new character by the name of Vell (veru, ??? ) voiced by Rie Tanaka was also introduced. She's Nova's twin sister and is the secretary of Bizley.
Apparently, there can be things in this alternate world that aren't present in the real world. For instance, this scan apparently says that the alternate world has Wingull from Tales of Xillia's Fauves in it for some reason.
As for the returning Xillia characters, Elise is in Elenpios as a sort of friendship ambassador. Tipo was actually just in her trunk, but when she met Ludger, for some weird reason, Tipo started moving again. Elise has some sort of challenge where she's pen pals with the popular people of Elenpios via her GHS/cellphone. Tipo, on the other hand, tends to make darker comments as compared to before.
Like we said before, Rowen currently acts as Prime Minister in Rieze Maxia, as well as the right hand man of King Gaius. He arrived at Elenpios to make negotiations regarding some sort of peace treaty, but he has become the target of hate for people who are against peace.
The Tales of Xillia 2 official site was also updated with a video introducing the world of Elenpios (with screenshots), as well as a special wallpaper showing concept art of the game.
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
Apologies for this late update. Some of you may have seen in my Facebook post, but my country was hit with a rather harsh monsoon for almost a week, leaving many parts of it underwater, without electricity and even a proper water supply (this, our water provider still hasn't explained properly, given that our dams were actually overflowing with supply from the rain. WTH). Our electricity only came back a few minutes ago, and our water supply isn't even back yet for some unknown reason.