Tales of Xillia
Tales of Xillia is the 13th flagship title in the Tales series, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.Its characteristic genre name is RPG of Unwavering Convictions RPG Yuruginaki shinnen no RPG?). The game was released in Japan on September 8, 2011. It will be released in North America in August 6, 2013 and August 9, 2013 in Europe. It features a theme song called “progress” sung by Ayumi Hamasaki. The animated cutscenes were produced by Ufotable, the studio behind the Tales of Symphonia OVA series instead of Production I.G, who have worked on the previous games in the series. It is the only Tales game with two separate anime openings: a Jude version and a Milla version, respectively. The game is also the last game to be developed by Namco Tales Studio before it was dissolved into Namco Bandai Games in November 2011. A sequel, Tales of Xillia 2, was released in 2012.
Tales of Xillia utilizes the DR-LiMBS, or Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System. Characters can freely chain regular attacks and TP-consuming Artes together through the use of Assault Counter (AC) points. Furthermore, a new Link feature allows for two party members to attack together and utilize powerful dual-character Link Artes. Overlimit, a returning feature from games such as Tales of Vesperia and Tales of the Abyss, enables the use of Mystic Artes.
In a first for the mothership titles in the series, players will experience the game through a behind-the-back viewpoint, rather than the standard over-head viewpoint. Buildings and structures in towns are actual size, as compared to the character, as a part of the game’s more lifelike experience.
The title was first announced in an issue of the Japanese magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump, in July 2010 before it was officially announced by Namco Bandai at a press conference a week after. In June 2010, at the 2010 “Tales of Festival”, an annual event held by Namco Bandai for fans of the Tales series, Namco Bandai announced that a new mothership title in the Tales series will be announced in Q3 2010. The game was officially announced on December 15, 2010 with the end of a countdown clock on the game’s official site in the Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu.
An issue of Famitsu containing an interview with the development staff claims Next Tales of will break new ground. He also revealed that the team is aiming for a different visual approach in comparison to Tales of Vesperia’s anime style or Tales of Graces’ watercolor style. The development staff are reportedly “blown away” by the game running in real-time on PS3. On December 27, 2010, a handful of screenshots were released depicting some of the environments and characters, as well as the general direction of the art style. On July 6, 2012, it was announced at the Japan Expo in Paris by series producer, Hideo Baba, that Tales of Xillia would be coming to North America and EU territories some time in 2013. Ted Tsung, the North American producer for Tales of Xillia, announced on November 5, 2012 that the English voice recordings were complete. On March 9, 2013, a Gameplay Video was released showing English gameplay and the English voices of Jude, Millia, Alvin, and Leia. On March 29, 2013 Hideo Baba along with the main cast of the english version will be attending the game’s event in WonderCon, it will take place at 3 and will run until 4 pm.
At a Global Gamer’s Day; Namco Bandai Games (U.S/E.U branch) formerly announced that the game will be available on August 6, 2013. The EU will follow shortly after on August 9, 2013. Along with the announcements; the company provided several new english trailers, showing Alvin and Elize’s battle montage and an event scene. Gamers who pre-order through GameStop or Namco’s online EU store will be able to snag the Collector’s Edition or Day 1 edition of Tales of Xillia. Containing
-C.E Box (houses the items and the game)
-21.5cm Milla Maxwell figure
-Music selection CD
Tales of Xillia received a near perfect score of 39/40 (10/10/9/10) from Famitsu, overtaking Tales of Graces F as the highest-rated Tales title by the magazine.
Namco Bandai previously hinted that Tales of Xillia was on track to see record pre-orders for the series. Tales series producer Makoto Yoshizumi has confirmed it via Twitter. Two weeks ahead of release, and the PS3 title was officially the most pre-ordered Tales game ever, with 200,000 pre-orders, the game would already have sold near the equivalent of the Xbox 360 version of Vesperia and half that of the PS3 version.
Namco Bandai has reported that the game has sold 740,000 copies in Japan making it the best selling title in the series since Tales of Destiny 2 in this territory.