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Ukanifest Exclusive: Tales of Xillia 2 Q&A with Hideo Baba by Aisha Anime

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Uk fans eagerly await the fast approaching release date of Tales of Xillia 2, though die hard Tale of fans would argue not soon enough. After watching the trailer and footage at MCM London Expo my mind was ablaze with questions about the new concept of the game and style. Then Namco Bandai kindly invited me to play the game at the preview event, more questions regarding the limited edition box set and characters needed to be answers so I went to the father of the series himself Mr Hideo Baba.

Aisha Anime: Most of the 'Tales of' games have a light feel to it, 'Tales of Xillia 2' definitely differs from that, what was the thinking behind the new dark feel?

Baba-san: The key word and the message described in Tales of Xillia2 is “choice”. Throughout the storyline, the main character, Ludger has to destroy the fractured dimensions (alternative universes) to protect the prime dimension (real universe). It is important element to describe the feeling of immortality that Ludger has to destroy the fractured dimensions even though there are people happily living there. In order to describe this more effectively, we introduced dark and serious way of world’s expression rather than bright atmosphere.

Aisha Anime: Do you think the games appeal to a more female audience? I only ask as the limited edition set includes a Pocket watch compact mirror XD

Baba-san: We develop a game on the assumption that lots of users will play it, so I would like both male and female users to have interests. However, when considering the items for the Collector’s Edition, I would like to include “a pocket watch” that is a key item in the story line of Tales of Xillia 2 by reflecting its design to a useful item and I decided to include the compact mirror with the design of the pocket watch. Of course, in addition to the Pocket Watch Compact Mirror, there are many items included in the Collector’s Edition such as a figure, art book and original sound track, so I believe everyone can enjoy them regardless of sex.

Your question is actually interesting. Usually I don’t carry a compact mirror in my daily life, so I think there is no wonder if some people think hmm, this is for female users…? but I would be happy if everyone could enjoy that item looking at the design of the actual in-game pocket watch.

Limited Edition box set

Limited Edition box set

 

Aisha Anime: Rollo has proven to be a very popular character. Would you consider making him a playable character in the future?

Baba-san: Interesting question again! Rollo is a mascot character who is loved by lots of users because of his cute appearance but I don’t consider any specific game like where he is a main character to go on the adventure in the huge world and he is worried and grows up while going through conflicts and finally confronts an infamous boss cat.

That’s unlike him, and it is like him that he always feels relaxed in warm sunshine. He would not like to explore (laugh)

Rollo plushie - Japan exclusive

Rollo plushie - Japan exclusive

 

Aisha Anime: People are very torn between subbed and dubbed. Will the next series of 'Tales of...' games be in Dual Audio?

Baba-san: I have received lots of requests on this. Some want to play the game with voice overs in their mother language to understand the content in detail and some wants to play it with the original Japanese voice overs instead of dubbing. There are lots of both requests. As of now, I have not decided to include dual audio so nothing has been decided yet.

 

Aisha Anime: What do think is the most unique feature of 'Tales of Xillia' 2?

Baba-san: There are lots of game features I would like to recommend but if I need to pick up just one that I would like to recommend most, it would be choice system that enables users to develop the storyline by keeping making choices. In the history of Tales of series, there was no title in which players themselves could make choices in the gameplay. Moreover, “choice” is also the theme of the storyline and it is deeply reflected in the scenario, so please pay attention to it when playing Tales of Xillia 2.

Aisha Anime: Lastly who is your favourite character from 'Tales of Xillia' and why?

Baba-san: This is a difficult question. I love all the characters as we created them from the scratch. Even if you asked me to pick up one favourite character from all over the series, my answer would be same. Hmm…. if I need to pick up just one character from Xillia… well I would like to say it is Rowen. Perhaps he is not an extremely popular character but I like him because he has matured atmosphere established by lots of experiences and he warmly watch and lead young people. He is like my battler working in my house (laugh).

Special thanks to Bandai Namco and for more information on the game go here:
TalesOfGame.comwww.Facebook.com/Taleswww.twitter.com/TalesofU.

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Aisha Anime and Baba San #teamRollo ^_^

Aisha Anime and Baba San #teamRollo ^_^

 

Namco/Bandai: Tales of Xillia 2 Preview Day by Aisha Anime

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Still holding fond memorizes of the Namco Bandai preview event for Tekken Tag Tournament, Takes of Xillia & Ni No Kuni. It was great to receive another invitation this time exclusively for for the Tales of Xillia 2.

After seeing the trailer at London MCM Expo in May all Tales of fans were in for the shock that the latest game installment was firstly connected ! The second part hold cameos from our favourite characters from part one. The biggest change is the dark atmosphere, this game has blood and deception wrapped around the mystery of the pocket watches.

Rollo shows Elle who's boss !

Upon playing the game, we were greeted by the mysterious conflict of the two brothers Ludger & Julius at the beginning which is in fact just a dream. Julius is testing Ludger to decide his role in the city. Sadly Ludger fails and is given the job of cafeteria chef, not exactly related to a soldier but Ludger the man of not so many words accepts it.

Rollo (Lulu in Japanese) returns as Ludger & Julius's pudgy pet cat with attitude. Sit back honorable Rapide, Rollo will help you out after some snacks and will scamper off faster than light with the belly bouncing in his wake. Holding an important role helping eight year old Elle Mel Mata who is lost without her father on the search for the 'Land of Canaan'.

Upon Ludger's journey to work, it conflicts with the parade and his path crosses with Jude Mathis. Jude's appearance is different from the prequel, he has lost all childishness behavior and adopted quite a responsibe manner. A full fledged medic, somehow conned into attending an event he's not too interested in. 

jude

From the beginning of the game you control Ludger and you are given decisions at times during conversations or battles where you click either left or right trigger to decide Ludger's next move or conversation reply. This is important for your character development and storyline. For example do you help guide Jude to the station or not? 

The look of the game is following hand to hand combat but in a steam punk setting, loving the technology around the game. Everything is so detailed to the small conversations with people around you. 

Decisions Decisions!

Decisions Decisions!

Everything feels so fluid in the game from playing the game to automatic cut scenes into battles and embedded conversation. I live for the conversations between comrades and this is something you can now skip through if need be or if your more interested in progressing the game.

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Fighting is quite enjoyable, you can change the artes around and develop your own combinations of fighting attacks together. This is not an annoying grind like oher JRPGS. It uses an adapted fighting system called "Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System" This battle system features a new "Weapon Shift" system. Ludger is able to shift between three weapons in battle: dual swords, dual guns, and a hammer. Another change is the game uses features the Arrowcell Orb instead of the Lilium Orb.

Even if you haven't played the previous games and other people testing the game out were completely new to the Tales of series, there were hooked instantly. It's set in Elympios, which currently remains in harmony with Rieze Maxia. Elympios is advanced in technology where the people live lavish lives. As the huge decrease in mana from the previous game occurs the people fear Rieze Maxia by calling them "monsters" due to their ability to use Spirit Artes. SO there is quite a bit of politics going on while you run around helping Elle get to the Land of Canaan.

Elle & Rollo character designs

Elle & Rollo character designs