It used to be that being a Tales fan outside of Japan meant that you had to deal with a lot of disappointment. However, the past year has proven to be a decent year for western fans of the series, with Tales of the Abyss released for the Nintendo 3DS, and Tales of Graces F released for PlayStation 3. Next year seems to have just as much excitement in store, as Namco Bandai has announced that Tales of Xillia is coming to North America and Europe for the PS3.
Tales of Xillia is the thirteenth flagship, or main, title in the Tales series. Similar to other titles in the series, it features a combat system that mixes roleplaying with fighting, though unlike other games, its visuals are meant to be realistically proportioned to the characters. While no specific release date has been announced, Namco Bandai has stated it will release in North America, Europe, and Australia sometime next year.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for another Tales game to play, Tales of Graces F releases in Europe on August 31.