The next entry in the Tales rpg series by Namco-Bandai was announced today and it’s been confirmed to be coming to both Japan and the West! Hooray!
From Tales lead producer Hideo Baba via Playstation Blog:
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.
It is apparently in development for the PS3 alongside Tales of Symphonia Chronicles as a part of the Tales series 20th Anniversary, which will be 2015. Though, no release window was given just yet.
Tales of Zestiria stars two main protagonists. The first is Ludger Kresnik (pictured above) and the other is Elle Marta. According to Baba, the game will have a strong focus on “choice” where players will “be able to speak through Ludger by the choices that they make throughout the game”. It also takes place in the same world as Tales of Xillia so I’m sure we’ll revisit some familiar places and perhaps people.