This weekend, Bandai Namco is hosting its annual Tales of Festival event in Yokohama, Japan. The event is a fan celebration of the Tales JRPG series, which began with Tales of Phantasia in 1995 for the Super Famicom. During this weekend’s event, Namco announced a new Tales title: Tales of Berseria.
The sixteenth main entry in the Tales series, Tales of Berseria is following some trends from the more recent Tales games: it will be released for PlayStation 3, its cinematics are being done by animation studio Ufotable, and its characters are being designed by Tales veterans Kōsuke Fujishima and Mutsumi Inomata. Noteworthy, however, are two things: the game will be the first announced Tales game to also release for PlayStation 4, and the game’s main protagonist is a woman named Velvet. While the Tales series has seen many female protagonists, main characters have mostly been male, though 2011’s Tales of Xillia featured both male and female main protagonists.
A release date or English localization for Tales of Berseria have not yet been announced; however, the North American and European releases for the previous entry, Tales of Zestiria, are due later this year for PlayStation 3.