During a special event at the Japan Expo in Paris, video game developer and publisher Namco Bandai Games Europe has revealed that Tales of Xillia 2 will be coming to Europe and Australasia exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in 2014.
Tales of Xillia 2 focuses on the events a year after the climactic end of Tales of Xillia. Players assume the role of Ludger Kresnik, a young man with a zest of cooking who lives with his older brother and his cat, named Rollo. On his way to his first day at work for a local cafeteria he runs into a young girl named Elle Marta and the two soon become involved in an accident that will change both of their lives forever.
Tales of Xillia 2 focuses its story theme around the concept of “choice”, which is also expressed heavily in the game’s overall gameplay mechanics. Throughout Ludger’s journey the player will be able to decide how he reacts to various characters and situations. These choices can cause the story to branch out into different paths depending on the player’s decisions.
A new battle system will also be utilising the choice theme, called “Weapon Swap” and will enable players to switch out Ludger's weapons as they please. A new Cross Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System will also be available in the new title, which will let players link to any selectable character in battle to serve as a support character and perform linked artes against targeted enemies.
“We are extremely happy to bring another piece of the beloved Tales of franchise in Europe and Australasia” said Olivier Comte, Senior Vice-President at Namco Bandai Games Europe. “Tales of Xillia players will be able to fall back into this deep storyline in 2014 with Tales of Xillia 2, as we will introduce brand new characters and let them experience new gameplay features but also improvements of the first opus battle system.”
Tales of Xillia 2 will be available exclusively for PlayStation 3 in 2014. For those that can't wait that long, Tales of Xillia will be coming to Australian shores August 9 for PlayStation 3. Players who have a save game file from both Tales of Graces f and the upcoming Tales of Xillia will be able to enjoy exclusive bonus items for Tales of Xillia 2.