After it was announced for Japan earlier today, Namco Bandai has confirmed that Tales of Zestiria will be coming to the PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe. There was no release date given to Tales of Zestiria, so it could be a little while before we see it.
In the press release, Namco has said Zestiria “returns to the series roots of a fantasy setting with character designs being handled by all four series designers; Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Ufotable Inc. will also return to create the game’s animated cut scenes and opening movie.”
Hideo Bada, Tales of Series Producer, talked about the new game:
Over the past few years the Tales of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe. To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales of series together with Japanese and overseas fans.
Makoto Yoshizumi, Tales of Chief Producer, added:
2015 marks the 20th anniversary for the Tales of franchise in Japan and I would like to thank all the fans who have supported us for the past two decades from the bottom of my heart. In recent years we have received anticipation for the series not only from Japan, but from overseas fans as well. Because of this I feel that the Tales of series has more potential than ever before. For this reason we are taking this opportunity to announce Tales of Zestiria as a worldwide title. This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world ‘this is Tales of!
A few details about Tales of Zestiria (via Gematsu) show how the game will include two characters named Slay and Alicia. As well, the game is set in the continent of Glynnwood, where the Highland Kingdom and Laurence Empire nations battle for power. When it comes to battling, it’s supposedly going to be an evolution of the Linear Motion Battle system.
Here’s a low quality trailer:
If you’re worried Zestiria may not release in North America and Europe during 2014, keep in mind that Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is out in February 2014, with Tales of Xillia 2 out sometime next year.
If Zestiria comes out in 2014, would you be buying three Tales of games next year? Let us know in the comments below.