Announcement illustrates how the PS3 will still be a choice platform in 2015.
Namco Bandai continues to produce RPGs for the beloved 'Tales' series, and the PS3 will remain the de facto platform well into 2015. 'Tales of Symphonia Chronicles' and 'Tales of Xillia 2' are both due next year, but Namco Bandai has already shared plans for the 20th anniversary of the series with 'Tales of Zestiria.'
From Hideo Baba, Tales Franchise producer and from Namco Bandai,
I’m very proud to announce that Tales of Zestiria, the newest installment and 20th Japanese anniversary commemorative title for the Tales franchise, will be launched in North America for PS3. This is a huge moment for Namco Bandai Games, and the Tales team in particular, as it’s the first time we’ve simultaneously announced the game for both Japan and the west.
TALES OF ZESTIRIA™, the latest entry in the famed TALES OF role-playing game franchise from NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc., will be available in North America and South America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Players will delve into a grand storyline and discover the “zest” of adventure with brand new characters, magical lands and action-packed gameplay that the TALES OF franchise is known for from fans around the world. TALES OF 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.
“Over the past few years the TALES OF team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe,” said TALES OF series producer Hideo Baba from NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc. “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.”
“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,” said Makoto Yoshizumi, TALES OF Chief Producer from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “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!’”
You can find the latest info on 'Tales of Zestiria' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Author: Brian Hoss