North American and European PlayStation 3 owners looking to play the next Tales game won’t have to wait too much longer, as Namco Bandai’s Tales of Xillia is set for release this August.
Tales of Xillia is the thirteenth flagship, or main, title in the Tales series. The game’s story revolves around Jude Mathis, Milla Maxwell, and their allies as they track down the cause of many recent spirit deaths. The game’s battle system, known in this iteration as the “Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System,” allows for players to link two characters together in order to unleash powerful attacks.
On August 6, the game will be released to North American audiences by Namco Bandai. Three days later, on August 9, the game will be released in Europe as well. In addition to the standard edition, two special editions of the game will be released: the D1 Edition and the Milla Maxwell Collector’s Edition. The D1 Edition of Tales of Xillia, exclusive to Europe, includes the game, a Tales of Xillia art book, and a CD featuring select music from the game. The Milla Maxwell Collector’s Edition includes all of the contents of the D1 Edition, as well as a limited edition figure of Milla, and will be sold in both Europe and North America.
The Tales series was known for its sporadic localization prior to last year, as its publisher, Namco Bandai, let many of the more significant titles in the series stay exclusive to Japan. Before last year’s release of Tales of Graces f, the last major North American or European release was 2008’s Tales of Vesperia for Xbox 360. Beginning with the release of Graces f, however, Namco Bandai has established a sort of recommitment to the series outside of Asia.
Tales of Xillia will be released in North America on August 6 exclusively for PlayStation 3, and in Europe on August 9.
Note: This post has been updated since it’s original publishing to reflect information regarding the game’s European, D1 Edition, and Milla Maxwell Collector’s Edition releases.