With the countdown finally over, Namco Bandai was free to reveal Tales of Zestiria, the 20th anniversary Tales title coming to PlayStation 3. Dig more info on the upcoming release—which was also revealed as a worldwide release that includes North and South America—below the trailer that was captured during the event.
Some hype from Namco Bandai's American press release:
“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!’”
Tales of Zestiria features animation by anime studio Ufotable (Fate/Zero), with characers designed by Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Not much is known about the battle system, but it looks like it will be an evolution of the Linear Motion Battle system, and was designed after evaluating fan feedback.
The story brings us to the continent of Glynnwood, on which the Highland Kingdom and Laurence Empire compete for supremacy. While both nations have different cultures and systems of belief, they both share faith in the mysterious existence called "Family of Heaven," which is said to hold powerful influence on the world.
The first two characters to be introduced were Slay (pictured below and voiced by Ryouhei Kimura), a pure-hearted guy who wants "to explore the ruins all throughout the world," and the female knight Alicia (voiced by Ai Kayano).
We'll learn more about the game at this year's Jump Festa event later this month. In the meantime, here's the official website.
Story details via Gematsu