For the past few weeks, Namco Bandai has held a countdown for the unveiling of a new game at their Tales of Festival. That countdown has now ended with the announcement of Tales of Xillia 2, direct sequel to mothership title, which still remains unconfirmed for a Western release. In many respects, it appears to be following in the footsteps of Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII-2, taking place a full year since the end of its predecessor, introducing a new main character and making some changes to the core mechanics.
Not to say that it’ll be as disastrous a production as its rival, though that is entirely plausible, given that it will reportedly have a turnaround of a little over a year, if it manages to hold true to its current, though vague, Winter 2012 launch window. Like the original Tales of Xillia, it will be available exclusively on the Playstation 3, and has thus far only been confirmed for a Japanese release. If you’ve got a few spare minutes, why not take a look at the debut trailer:
North American fans are still hoping to finally receive word that the first game will soon be available to them, while us in the Euro zones are still waiting to see the release of Tales of Graces F, which is set to launch on the 31st of August. Of course, it’s another RPG and nothing else quite gives you the same single player value, in my estimation, so we’ll keep bringing you news of the latest and greatest as it emerges.