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So during NärCon in Sweden 2013 I was one of 4 happy people who got to eat breakfast at a Hotel with Hideo Baba. He told us that he loved the kebab pizza (a Swedish favorite) he had eaten the day before, so we all joked about how he should add it as a recipe in the next Tales game.

He recently was in Sweden again, and after reminding him on Twitter, Baba-san seemed excited to eat kebab pizza again.

Aaaand Jesus Christ, I didn’t think he’d actually put it in the game, but he did :D Seems to give you 40% HP, which is about right if you ask me \ o /

The Tales of Zestiria presentation in a few pics!

It’s being developed for the PS3

And the animation will yet again be done by ufotable, who also did the animation to Tales of Xillia and are well known for other things, like the FATE series!

The main characters are called Slay and Alicia!

Slay is being voiced by Kimura Ryouhei, also known as Kise Ryouta from KnB and Judal from Magi!

Alicia will be voiced by Kayano Ai, known as the voice behind Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown

Slay seems to be using his fists and a sword in battle, whereas Alicia uses her lance!

Tales of Zestiria Producer Shares More Information On The Game’s Heroine.

From Siliconera:

In a recent interview with Famitsu magazine, producer Hideo Baba talked about Tales of Zestiria and how it will be different from past games in the series. In the same interview, he also shares a little more information on Alicia, the upcoming game’s heroine.

Alicia occupies the lowest seat in the royal family, meaning she is the farthest one in line from being the next heir of the kingdom. So even though she is considered royalty, her position isn’t very high. However, this doesn’t matter to her, as she chose the life of a knight, and loves doing what she does.

 

According to Baba, she’s the type of person who’d put herself in danger in order to be of help, while protecting her country and its citizens.

She ends up traveling with Slay, but her reason for going on a journey is different from his, as she always acts while thinking about what she can do. In terms of personality, she’s a little bit more on the serious side, and properly responds to Slay’s optimistic personality. As the story goes on, however, you’ll be seeing different sides of her during conversations and other sub-events.

As far as the battle system goes, Baba doesn’t reveal much, but he says that it will focus on the “sword and magic fantasy” and will be quite different from what you’re used to. It will be an evolved form of the current linear-motion battle system, but he says there will also be a “big surprise” he hopes fans will look forward to.

The focus of “dragons” will be a first time for the Tales of series. According to Baba, dragons are often depicted as good, evil, and are some sort of symbolic existence to various worlds. While he doesn’t reveal whether they’ll be good or bad in Tales of Zestiria, he says they will be a big part of the game’s story.

Baba also says that Tales of Zestiria’s scenario and character designs are pretty much complete, and at the moment the development staff are working on various systems and graphics pertaining to the game. Their next step is to work on in-game and animated scenes, which they expect to be a tough process that will require plenty of work, but Baba is confident that the staff’s motivation will get them through.

Finally, Baba ends the talks by saying Namco will be hosting more events as we approach Zestirias release date, where they’ll be announcing more information, and thanks fans for making the Tales series’ 20th anniversary possible.

Tales of Zestiria is currently in development for PlayStation 3.

The Tales of Series Facebook page is holding a Tales of Skit Design contest!

The main gist is that you have to design a skit that’s inspired by the Tales of Series - NO, you CANNOT use official art (the skit faces, etc.), you have to draw them - but you can draw Tales characters EXCEPT Tales of Xillia 2 characters. (Yes, characters from games not localized are allowed. Except Xillia 2). One entry per person. Check out the FAQ below for specifics/restrictions on the skits.

Winners will be decided via fan votes - and 5 winners, one for each language, will win goodies, the Tales of Xillia game (in their language) and an autograph by Hideo Baba!

Contest duration: May 20 - June 21, 2013.

The contest is open to the following countries:

Links: Contest Page/Submit Here | Quick Rules | FAQ

The FAQ is also here for your convenience:

Got questions about the Tales of Skit Design Contest? Well you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve got answers.

What is a skit and what’s the contest about?

Skits are short comic strip style conversations that happen between characters in Tales of games. Check out Hideo Baba the Producer in his own skit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.627926470570231.1073741839.171035032926046&type=1&l=ec6ffd963a! You have carte blanche to create your own skit, Tales of style, as long as you come up with both the visuals and the text. Skits can be submitted in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. The contest runs from the 20th of May to the 21st of June, after which the top 10 fan voted skits per language will be sent to a Jury. Then, five winners, one per language, will be chosen. Try to keep it lighthearted and fun!

What do winners get?

Glad you asked! Sweet prizes actually: a Tales of Xillia cotton bag, stickers and magnets, a Teepo steelcase, a Tales of Xillia videogame and an autograph by Hideo Baba!

How do I submit a skit?

First of all, here are some guidelines so you don’t go crazy and create an entire book of skits: the skit can’t have more than 5 panels, a panel being a collection of one emotion per character. The skit cannot have more than 5 characters total. The text per panel cannot exceed 350 characters (spaces included). More than one character can speak in the same panel.

Second of all, head over to Imgur.com and upload your skit there, then keep the link. You’ll need it when submitting it to the contest.

Finally, head over to https://www.facebook.com/tales/app_373065719403295 and click on “Get Started” then “Submit a Skit”. You’ll have to put the link to your Imgur skit in the description. This is so that we have a full resolution version of it. Give it a title using the following template : « ‘Name of the skit (language of the skit)’ » and hit submit!

Don’t feel like making a skit? Go vote for your favorite ones!

Tales of Zestiria Will Be Released Worldwide.

From Siliconera:

Last night, Namco Bandai announced Tales of Zestiria, the next game in the Tales of RPG series for PlayStation 3. Although the game has no release date yet, Namco Bandai do have plans to release Tales of Zestiria worldwide.

“Over the past few years theTales of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe,” said Tales of series producer Hideo Baba in a press release this morning. “To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales ofseries 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.

“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 character designs by all four series designers: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. The game returns to a fantasy setting and is meant to convey the “zest” of adventure.

You can find more details on Tales of Zestiria here. Before Zestiria is released, however, Namco will release Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Tales of Xillia 2 in the west.

Yay  I’m back from the Zestiria event in Milan *^* What a wonderful day *^*

The Zestiria presentation was just a “preview” in which only Sorey, Alisha, Mikleo and Lailah were presented, alongside the second japanese PV (subtitled in English). We hardcore fans already know all those informations, but it was really cool to see them on the big screen (and I was in the first row uhuhuh)

Fun fact: before the Zestiria presentation there was the presentation of the new Dragon Ball game (Dragon Ball Xenoverse). When Baba took his place near the big screen, there still was the Dragon Ball image, and he started with “Hello, I’m here to present to you the new Dragon Ball game” XD And while explaining the Sorey+Lailah fusion he said “which is not the Fusion in Dragon Ball” LOL Baba.

We had anyway the chance to know the localized names of some terms.

(in brakets there are the fan romanizations)

  • Glenwood (Greenwood)
  • Hyland (Highland)
  • Rolans (Lowlance)
  • Shepherd (the Monk/Priest)
  • Seraph (the Divine/Tenzoku)
  • Armatisation (the Kamui/Fusion)

I will make another post about these names when I will get the photos :) (I could’ve misspelled something) I don’t really like the “Shepherd” and “Armatisation” terms x.x

At the end of the presentation he also briefly showed Tales of Hearts R (just the preorder bonuses)

The bad news is that we couldn’t ask about the japanese informations, we could only ask something about the trailer and the information shown at the event. So no infos about Zaveid, no why Rose is apparently more important that Alisha and so on. Baba just replied “sorry but I can’t answer that now” T^T But he confirmed that the characters’ position in the cover has its importance.

The other bad news (really bad for me T^T) is that we couldn’t try the demo because of some kind of “problems” :/ Ouch, I really wanted to play with it.

Anyway I got again the chance to have some others Baba signatures XD

This time I didn’t bring anything to sign with me, but my dear friend rozenneige212 surprised me with a late birthday present, a Tales of Magazine issue, so I got that signed <3 (with some postcards that they gave us at the event) Baba asked me where did I bought it, and with my poor Japanese (I didn’t even realized that I started talking in Japanese x.x and we totally ignored his interpreter, poor girl XD) I told him they can be found online, but that one was a present from my friend ùwù

He also signed a photo we took together back in May 2013 (he remembered abou it :3)

I really enjoyed the day, I had the chance to meet new “Tales of” fans, my old dear friend and Baba-san *_* Awww <3

Tales of Xillia At WonderCon 2013: Trailer, Voice Actors, Opening & Milla Figure.

From Abyssal Chronicles:

The Tales of Xillia panel over at WonderCon 2013 is officially over! Here’s some news gathered from the panel!

First off, nope, it looks like they STILL haven’t announced the proper release date. I’m hoping that bit of news will be what the Your Tales Of Twitter teased teased that will be coming up in a couple of weeks.

Next up, voice actors. So far, only Jude and Milla’s VAs were officially revealed: as many guessed, Sam Riegel for Jude Mathis, and Minae Noji for Milla Maxwell. Though Sam was there, Minae wasn’t around because of a shooting for a movie. She had a pre-recorded introduction video instead, with her ordering a burger and fries in Milla’s voice. Here is it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9PCg7cbdv8g

Here’s a video of Sam Riegel talking about his role as Jude. Thanks to Kazemon15, who was there at the event, for the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf7h9p1sSIk

Here’s another short video (again from Kazemon15) about Hideo Baba’s comment on the English voices:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LAdQ2_KW7ko

Next up,“progresswill be retained as the game’s opening. I’m not sure if this is officially confirmed yet, but given that they kept on talking about Ayumi Hamasaki during the event, we’re assuming such. This was announced and is confirmed. Thanks to Kazemon15 for confirming! You can see the announcement video of it here on Facebook.

They’re also trying to get a “Western release for the Milla Maxwell figure”. I’m assuming they mean the one by Alter. Oh, apparently they mean the Ichiban Kuji Milla Maxwell figure, not the one by Alter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pWeH6ycvGTQ

There’s also a new mini trailer/video that features a bit of the other characters’ voices (mainly a bit of Elize, and some of Alvin and Rowen). Updated with a better video from Kazemon15. Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mhupJSbYwPw

And lastly, for those who’ve played the Japanese version of the game: “bariboo” is now “”bazongas

Baba-san also apparently mentioned that they’re trying to lessen the time it takes to localize not-yet localized games. Awesome.

Most of the information was from Arrei from the Tales Forums, who was there at the event. Thank you very much!

"TEACH ME ABOUT BAZONGAS!”

Tales of Xillia will be released in the US and in Europe sometime 2013. Pre-orders are now available at the following places:

Tales of Xillia (US Version) - Play-Asia | GameStop | Amazon

Tales of Xillia (EU Version) - Zavvi | ShopTo.net | Play.com | Game.co.uk

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