For JRPG fans, the Tales franchise has delivered the goods for many years.
And to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the esteemed series, Namco Bandai Games America Inc. has announced Tales of Zestiria , the newest entry in the beloved role-playing series. They didn't provide us with a release date, but we know it's coming to the PlayStation 3 in North and South America.
Zestiria "returns to the series roots" and includes character designs by all four of the franchise's accomplished designers: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura and Minoru Iwamoto. Returning to develop the game's cut-scenes is ufotable Inc. Tales series producer Hideo Baba said that this game is a response to the "love and support" of fans worldwide, and chief producer Makoto Yoshizumi added:
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. 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!’"
JRPG aficionados have probably played several of these great titles in the past, and it's nice to see that more entries are on the way. Here's a good reason to hang onto your PS3!
Related Game(s): Tales of Zestiria