NYCC 2013: Namco Bandai’s “Tales Of” Panel

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I only just started getting into the Tales of games a couple of years ago, and when I heard that there was going to be a Tales of panel at NYCC I had to go. They let us into the panel and as it started the speakers introduced themselves to be: Hideo Baba, Tales of series Producer at Namco Bandai Studios Inc., Nao Takeda, International PR & Marketing Coordinator at Namco Bandai Games Inc., and Keisuke Kumiji, Senior Video Editor at Namco Bandai Games America Inc. They then started talking about the 15th Anniversary of the Tales of games and showed us a timeline of the games that came out in the US. It started with Tales of Destiny and went up to the recent release of Tales of Xillia. Hideo Baba would then say thanks to all our support, because over 1 million Tales of Xillia units were sold in the US.

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Afterwards they went into one of their new games, Tales of Xillia 2, by showing concept art of the world it will take place in, Elympios. They then introduced the two main protagonists, Ludger and Elle (and her cat Rollo) and the changes they went through to get to their final designs. Next they announced that most if not all DLC bought from Tales of Xillia can be used in Tales of Xillia 2 like the School and Idol Master costumes. Just when they were going to move on to the next game Baba and Kumiji showed the world premiere of English footage of Tales of Xillia 2, which looked great. It showed off some anime cut scenes as well as in game scenes that showed off the world, characters, and some plot points. Tales of Xillia 2 is set for a 2014 release exclusively on PS3.

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles was next on their agenda, where Baba stated that Symphonia is a favorite in the US and that Namco wanted to put both Symphonia games in one collection for the 15th Anniversary. He then announced that the theme songs of the original games would be newly arranged for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles. Next, like Tales of Xillia, character costumes from other games will also be put in Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for the cast to wear.

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Another new feature they are adding in for Chronicles is new Mystic Arte cut-ins, like how they are done in the newer games. What followed got a lot of cheering from the audience including myself, and that was the announcement of the Collector’s Edition which will be the same as the one released in Japan. The game will come in a special folded box with exclusive artwork on it by Ufotable, a special original novel which will be completely translated into English, a multi-disc soundtrack, and 4 mini figures of the main characters in both games. Baba announced that the collector’s edition would cost $99.99 and limited to 15,000 copies, so if you’re fan like I am, hurry and pre-order before it becomes hard to find. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will be released in early 2014 exclusively on PS3. I hope everyone is excited for both these games as much as I am, and look forward to both in 2014!

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