Hello, everyone! For those of you who have Zestiria, are you enjoying the game? It’s been a while since we’ve had any major Tales news, but today I’ve found something of particular note.
As you may or may not know, Tales of Phantasia was released on December 15, 1995, which means in four days it will be the series’ 20th anniversary. The series has come a long way since Phantasia’s release, with multiple changes in the battle system, the successful jump to 3D with Symphonia, the loads of characters we’ve all grown to love, and now with Berseria, the focus on a female protagonist instead of a male one. Of course there have been stumbling blocks along the way as well, but what series doesn’t have its low points?
To celebrate, Bandai Namco will have a Tales livestream on Monday, December 14. There will be special guest appearances by various seiyuu, including Katsuyuki Konishi (Lloyd Irving), Chihiro Suzuki (Luke fon Fabre), Tsubasa Yonaga (Jude Mathis), and more. There will also be a retrospective on the series as a whole, and lots more! You can find the full details in this article: http://gematsu.com/2015/12/tales-20th-anniversary-live-stream-december-14
In addition, during Jump Festa 2016 on December 19-20, Tales of Berseria will be featured, presumably with some promotional material and a new trailer, but nothing playable just yet. More information can be found here: http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1419
How do you guys feel about the series’ 20th anniversary? Are you going to replay any games to celebrate? Don’t hesitate to tell me below.
EDIT - 12/15: Whoa, we have a ton more Tales news at the ready! First up is the reveal of the Tales of Zestiria anime’s official title: Tales of Zestiria the X (pronounced ‘cross’). The anime is set for a 2016 release date.
For those who play Tales of Asteria and Tales of Link, new story content will be available in the future. For Asteria, a new chapter with Sorey and Mikleo as main characters will be available in Spring 2016. For Link, Part 4 will be released around the same time, with the inclusion of fully-voiced dialogue for Zephyr in Part 3 as well as Unison Attacks for pair units.
You can find more details on these and other announcements in the following article: http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1424
Perhaps the biggest news that was announced is in regards to Tales of Berseria. A new PV has been released on YouTube, showing off more of Velvet’s character and introducing a new
delicious loli character named Lifiset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw0iCYEavcU
A few clips of the game’s take on the Linear Motion Battle System is also present in the PV. This LMBS places a greater focus on Free Run and introduces a free-moving camera. In addition, all four face buttons on the controller (Cross, Circle, Triangle, and Square) can be mapped to artes. More additions to the battle system will be announced in the future, but the battle system already looks great so far! It sounds like the battle system is starting to take on a more Star Ocean feel, which is far from bad in my books.
You can see more about the recent announcement by reading this article: http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1422
Are you guys excited about Berseria now? I know I am.