‘Tales of’ franchise celebrates 20th anniversary with Tales of Zestiria for PS3

In celebration of  the 20th year of the well -loved “Tales Of” franchise, NAMCO BANDAI Games Asia announced the development of  Tales of Zestiria, for the PlayStation 3.

This commemorative title is the first new Tales of title to be simultaneously announced in Japan and throughout the world.

“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,” said Makoto Yoshizumi, ‘Tales of’ Chief Producer from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.  “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 release.  This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world ‘this is TALES OF!’”

The Tales of series has portrayed the common theme “coexistence” throughout the years, as well as its action-packed battle system that is unique to the RPG genre. Moreover, the series, becoming very popular across the world, has sold 16million copies worldwide, in over 100 countries and regions.

In this brand new adventure, players will delve into a grand storyline and discover the “zest” of adventure with brand new characters, magical lands and action-packed gameplay that the ‘Tales of’ franchise is known for from fans around the world.  Tales of Zestiria returns to the series roots of a fantasy setting with character designs being handled by all four series designers; Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto.  ufotable Inc. will also return to create the game’s animated cut scenes and opening movie.

“Over the past few years the ‘Tales of’ team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America, Europe and Asia,” said ‘Tales of’ series producer Hideo Baba from NAMCO BANDAI Studios.  “To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the ‘Tales of’ series together with Japanese and overseas fans.”

The Tales of franchise has seen a strong resurgence of popularity among RPG gamers throughout Western territories in recent years.  2013 saw the series’ 15 anniversary in Singapore and South East Asia with the release of Tales of Xillia and the announcement of 2014’s Tales of Symphonia Chronicles  and Tales of Xillia  2; both titles are also exclusive to the PlayStation 3 system.

The Tales series of JRPGs began in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia for the Super Famicom. It made is western debut in 1998 via Tales of Destiny on PlayStation One, with Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube (2004) becoming the most popular.

For more information on Tales of titles, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.eu

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