Tales of Xillia English Screens Show Off The World Of Rieze Maxia

By Ishaan . October 16, 2012 . 1:25pm

Tales of Xillia is headed to the west in 2013, and Namco Bandai have released new screenshots of the game along with a summary that gives a glimpse of the game’s localized names:


Players will be able to choose either Milla or Jude at the outset of their adventure through the world of Rieze Maxia, where humans and spirits live together in harmony. The kingdom of Rashugal has been experimenting with a powerful device that has been draining the mana from the world. Realizing the harm it is inflicting on the world, Milla and Jude set off on a journey to destroy the device and restore the mana back to the land. Over the course of the game their lives will intersect with a vast ensemble of characters that will teach them the strength of unwavering conviction.


You can view the new screenshots below:



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  • can’t wait… when is it coming anyways ? 

    • Xillia 1 dosent have a date yet but Xillia 2 is released in november

      • LightZero

        Xillia 2 is being released in Japan. As you know Namdai see us westerners as second best to their native people. 

  • Already played the JP version, and majorly disappointed. Super hyped for Xillia 2.0

    • puchinri

       What disappointed you? Was it the story? Because I feel like it’s going to be too trite or melodramatic for me, but I am digging what I see and know of the characters. Or was it something in the gameplay? (Or many factors. . .?)

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        What most people were ticked at is how they were left wanting more. In truth, Xillia was not given enough time to really flesh it out as a title. The story itself is pretty good, with a few fresh ideas, especially for this series. The battle system is still top notch, cept a for a few gripes people may have with bosses breaking out of combos, but the problem lies in the frame rate, which will more than likely be fixed for the localization, the shortage of link artes for other characters, and the Link system forcing the linked character to be AI controlled which made multiplayer suck. It’s still pretty solid but the game just needed more. 

        • puchinri

           Ahhh, I see. That makes sense, and I remember seeing that said a lot when it was first released.

    • refrain

      The story and gameplay is still better than Graces though… Graces has better characters but boring gameplay.

      • Romored

        Graces “boring gameplay”? It has like the best battle system in the whole series, how is that boring? It’s been years since I enjoyed a Tales game this much.

        •  I’m already 70 hours in it and really love the battle system, the “normal” attack had a lot of combination now

  • Rentekabond

    Is it just me or does the guy look like a black-haired Asbel?

    • Arrei

      The hairstyle’s a little similar. The face is completely different, though, Asbel was always much more wide-eyed, even when he looked determined.

    • Prinnydoom

      Its just you. I can see where your coming from but they are both completely different.

    • Nicolas Vasquez

       i do actually agree with you, it looks uncanny in the anime cutscene screenshot, i can also say the same about the short haired girl and natalia from abyss.

  • Tales_of_Master

    Forgot how gorgeous Xillia looked the first time I played it. Hopefully the voice actors do a good job on voicing the characters. Unfortunately nobody can top Gaius’s JPN voice :c Can’t wait to play the game again.

  • Alex Cattaneo

    I C A N O T F K R N  W A I [email protected]!!!!!!

  • Prinnydoom

    Hmmmm Mixed feeling about this i loved graces but i didn’t get the same ‘Yay’ feeling from xillia.

    • puchinri

       I’m very mixed about both, and they each offer a smaller but significant yay factor for me. On the otherhand, I didn’t get Graces in the end because I realized I didn’t want to play it at all. Xillia, I do want to test out a bit, so I may get it. (And it’d be nice to support the series again.)

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Can I ask why you didn’t want to play Graces? Its a really awesome game. 

        • refrain

          It depends on different oppinion. I played Graces but personally I don’t like it that much. I think It’s just an average tales of game. The story is typical and I don’t like to be restricted by the CC system. I played Xillia too and I think it has a better gameplay and story than Graces. Well, that’s my oppinion. Not everybody thinks that too.

          • puchinri

             That also fits well. I feel like it’ll be an average Tales for me. I might borrow it from my friend and fully play it one day, but my opinion won’t change much. That’s not a bad thing, really, but I could put that time into playing a Tales I’d like more, really. (Well, or any other game.)

        • puchinri

           I like a lot of how it looks, but there are some things I see that conflict with my tastes/preferences. For instance, Sophie is adorable and hilarious, and she’s a character I really wanted to watch grow. On the otherhand, I thought I would like Cheria, but she often comes off as too tsundere (with the hint of unease/jealousy) too often for me, and I feel like it really limits her character (and it’s a boring archetype to me). Asbel isn’t particularly interesting either.

          The setting in general is a mixed deal to me, and the story itself sounds interesting, but again, characters could offset that for me. (Characters always are and should be very strongly tied to the actual story, and I think the Tales games always do that very well, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.)

          It’s a mix of things, both in its favor and against. Less against, but they’re things that usually turn me away from stuff a lot, so it’s unfortunate mixing.

    • MrRobbyM

      If Xillia had a more primary colored world like Graces did, I’d probably like the art style a lot more.

  • It’s happening! It’s really happening!

  • Yup.

  • I am so excited for this. Tales of Xillia is the tales game I’ve wanted to play the most since Tales of the Abyss. It looks amazing and I love the character designs. Cannot wait to pick it up, especially as a major ‘Tales of’ fan. 

  • Christopher Nunes

    One of those pictures aren’t viewable… the one with Jude sitting down on the ground.

    And did they change Elise name to Elize? Why? What was the point of changing one letter to another? I mean it’s basically the same, but why? There was no need! I mean Millia, Jude, Alvin, and Leia kept their original names, so why the difference for Elise?

    • As you said, it’s basically the same. Since the Japanese alphabet is ambiguous about these sorts of things, and promotional material that attempts to romanise these things tend to be inconsistent with the official spellings, I must counter-ask “Why not?”

      • puchinri

         Because she already had a name that worked, so why change it at all? Or, she’s the only character with a name change, so why is a better question. (If it were vice versa, I’d still question it.)

        • My argument basically amounts to “this may not even be a name change”. Was it romanized anywhere IN THE GAME ITSELF?

          • Christopher Nunes

            One of the Japanese trailers of Tales of Xillia 2 has her name romanized as “Elise”. How you not see the third PV of Tales of Xillia 2? That’s where it has her name like that, which in turn is why it baffled me so.

            Maybe not in the game, but the trailer has evidence.

          • I skipped most PV videos.

            And, as I said, many Japanese games and anime are inconsistent with their official romanizations, which is why I specified the game itself. If promotional material only used Elise, then I’m as confused as you are… but wouldn’t make a big deal over something so trivial.

          • puchinri

            Well, as Christopher mentioned, the pvs romanize it that way and the official site does as well, so it is indeed a name change.

            Then again, they’re also doing weird name changes w/Ni No Kuni, so I don’t know what is going on.

    • puchinri

       I notice translators do this often. Sometimes, I can see it. Sometimes, and more often, I can kind offfff see why. The rest of the time? Pointless and silly.

      I personally like Elise more, and that seems more fitting.

      • Christopher Nunes

        Either though both Elise and Elize sound the same, Elise looks better as a name and in the third PV trailer of Tales of Xillia 2 it has her named romanized as “Elise”. Still baffles me why do such a thing? She’s French, sort of by game standards, and wanted a French-like name to go with her? Really, that’s not a enough to warrant the change.

        Oh well, the pronunciation of her name will be the same, mostly, but it still bugs me.

        • puchinri

          Same. It’s a small change, but still silly and unnecessary.

    • Nitraion

      I think japanese alphabet kinda off sometimes they spell z and s like same thing… and in my opinion when you called elise and elize is kinda same in my ear… is not so extreme like elise change to Lise lol

      • Hau To

         I thought they should have kept Elise’s name the same. Elise/Elize is the same thing, and the name is French.

      • Christopher Nunes

        Agreed, but EVEN the Japanese trailers with romanized names had it listed as “Elise”. It just sort of stood out for me and bugs me a little. There was really no need to do it, even if it’s a very minor change.

  • Letiumtide

    I beat Graces into the ground it was so good, I’m going to enjoy a fresh Tales experience, even if people who imported Xillia said it wasn’t really up to snuff. 

  • MrJechgo

    I LOLed at Leia’s excuse for a race.

  • $24431191

    I can’t wait for this game. Hopefully it’s early 2013 and not later. I know I should be glad that it’s getting localized at all, but I still hope they include dual audio…. which they never do. I thought Vesperia’s dub was good but I really didn’t like Graces F’s dub.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    can’t wait <3

  • AndyFe

     These look awesome!!!, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into another Tales game

  • Nitraion

    Can’t wait…
    BAMCO US have lazy habit in term of telling release date of tales game….X_X

  • Reiko_Chan

    I feel like crying tears of joy.

  • Crazy_O

    I see subtitles … does it contain the jap. voice cast this time?

    • Herman Alexis Melo Navarro

      probably not …. but if have it .. i will have to buy a ps3 :S

    • MrRobbyM

      I know Baba really wants dual audio but he said himself in a recent interview that it’s the licensing that’s the problem. He’s trying to overcome that for future Tales games but that in no way is a confirmation not even something to be hopeful about.

      • Kai2591

        oh so Hideo Baba actually wants dual audio for Tales games? That’s good to know~ Even if the end product doesn’t come with Japanese audio at least we know he tried :)

        • MrRobbyM

          Yes! Here’s the interview

          — Recently, you said you were considering the feasibility of dual audio in Tales of Xillia. Have there been any developments on this?

          Baba: I’ve been making efforts to include both Japanese voice-overs and English voice-overs. But with the Japanese voice-overs, it’s not just about data, but the licensing problems. But we are making efforts to resolve this problem.


          • Kai2591

            awesome! thanks. Hope he succeeds~

  • KyoyaHibari

    Ugh…so much hype…Why is everyone so insistent on getting the game!? I thought everyone knew how much of a letdown Xillia was…the people on GFAQs who imported it are just trying to save everyone else from the disappointment…

    • refrain

      I like Xillia a lots more than Graces F. I like the gameplay and story of Xillia better. Graces f gameplay is the worst tales gameplay in my oppinion

      • LightZero

        I disagree on the gameplay part. Graces has the best gameplay in the series of the localize titles. At least comparing from what I seen from the videos I also prefer Graces system over Xillia. Although Xillia will come in second. Then again I’m more of a fan of Team Destiny style game. Unfortunately, Graces is the only one TD games I got to play instead of watching. Xillia is supposedly have less content than Graces as well at least according to importers. 

      • MrRobbyM

        I respect your opinion but after playing Graces battle system I couldn’t go back to Vesperia’s. Which is a shame because I loved Vesperia but now it just feels to slow and clunky. Graces was just so fast and fluid.

        • fayt255

           I’m kind of having that problem right now. I keep trying to play through Vesperia but keep going back to Graces.

    • LightZero

      The game is letdown for an anniversary title but many importers still think it’s a good game. It just lacking compared to Vesperia and Graces in content. Thus most of them prefer Vesperia and Graces. 

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Failed as a lack of content, you say? Content is not always the important thing in games. It’s the characters, the world, the battle system and overall atmosphere. I can have 100+ hours if quests, but If I don’t like the story and characters don’t sit with me then I don’t feel motivated to play with them through those long hours. So, to each his own.

    • Because I don’t give a F about other people opinion. If it’s a game that interest me, I’ll play it eventhough “Professional Reviewer” give it a 0 let alone random people on interweb.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Agreed. It’s always been my policy as well. Hell, if I listened to the reviewers, half of my current favorites wouldn’t even exist. Most of the ”6 out of 10” rated games, and some less, are my most praised gems.

        As for this game, I’ve seen some of the imported gameplay, and I’m loving the setting and the characters of Xillia, so yeah I’m definitely picking it up. ^^

    • Never trust people on GFAQs, that is a truth I learned long ago.

    • Ladius

      No offence, but this slightly trollish and negative attitude is a fine example of why this fanbase is the mess it is and why the Tales series is still struggling to gain relevance in the west despite its quality.

      Xillia has a good amount of contents regardless of the fact that it has less things to do than some other mothership games (and notice that they are upgraded ports like Vesperia PS3 and Graces f, while Xillia is a new entry), and it’s still one of the biggest jrpgs in terms of contents localized on HD consoles so far. Also, some people have been conveniently forgetting how this game introduces many systems and ideas previously absent in the series, or upgrade some key traits both in terms of presentation (improved graphics, free camera) and depth (big, multi-level areas).

      Moreover, people seem to think that Xillia needed to top every other mothership game in terms of quantity in order to be a “real” anniversary game, but they forget that celebrating a series’ anniversary can mean either including cameos and references to past entries or trying to bring the franchise to a new level – Graces f is in line with the first approach despite not being an anniversary game, while Xillia was made with that second intent in mind, and it shows.

      Check out this Gamefaqs thread to see the contents list (it hasn’t been updated in ages, and it’s missing some features like dozens of attachments and other things) and you will see how Xillia isn’t small as some people make it to be: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/616012-tales-of-xillia/63359996 Also, the hour count given in that thread doesnt’ include extras or subquests (or the platinum), since those can bring the total playtime to 100+ hours.

      As a last note, lots of importers have praised the game despite the minor emphasis on optional contents thanks to its new systems and technical improvements (not to mention other things like the OST, that is widely recognized as a big improvement over Vesperia and Graces’), so trying to paint a bleak image of their reactions as if they were some monolithic entity instead of single persons with different opinions is meaningless.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I am exceedingly hard pressed to believe the noise makers on gamefaqs are screaming out of a passionate desire to save someone $50-60.

      Let folks have their fun where they wish it and have hopes and dreams that just might be different from your own or even the rest of the world. These are escapist video games, just as a RE film is an escapist movie. Sometimes just escaping is all folks want.

    • MrRobbyM

      I prefer not to listen to “reviews”, especially from people I don’t trust.

      Think of the whole situation with FFXIII and 4chan. The game got more hate than it deserved. Some reasons were justified but it got way overblown.

      I believe that the game has it’s problems but that’s not going to stop me from 1. supporting a series that I know needs help in the west and 2. ruining an otherwise enjoyable game.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I imported the game and i intend to bought the localization version once more here.

      And for your knowledge there, it is always a better choice to decide how one game yourself rather than letting other decide that for you.

    • KyoyaHibari

      Part of my hate–and in turn, my siding with the GFAQS community–stems from the fact that people seem to base their views on Xillia’s supposed “quality” due to the fact that it was the highest selling Tales game, the highest rated Tales game on Famitsu and/or something along those lines. A lot of said people just completely tear Graces apart and only wished to support Graces’ release to have Xillia localized which I find outright preposterous. Call of Duty is the same way, so I can’t see why people would just choose to base their expectations off initial popularity and a single (and IMO bogus) review. While I don’t let reviews purely form my decisions, I trust the general views of those who have played it rather than saying “it looks pretty” or “it sold a lot” and just purchase it without knowing much about the game. On a side note, I hear the combat system has problems anyways in terms of the Link Artes being really broken, the Hi-Ougis being extremely short and are only one per character among other things. All I’m saying is people should be informed and get some background knowledge before jumping head first into the game, especially since Graces is getting unreasonable flak and getting overshadowed by Xillia which in contrast, is getting insane hype.

      • fayt255

         While I’m looking forward to Xillia, I really liked Graces a lot. For me Graces had the best battle system in the series out of the Tales games I’ve played. (have only played localized games)

  • katzedan

    I’m throwing my money in the screen but nothing’s happening! WHY 2013 seens so far? T___T

    Really can’t wait to play this game! Problably will get it on the first day when it comes out :3

  • Ladius

    It’s a shame we still haven’t a release date after Comic-Con, even if they are probably trying to avoid an internal competition between Ni No Kuni and Xillia by having a slightly different release window (maybe Q2 2013?).

    Then again, they have been quick to release English screenshots of Xillia compared to the long delay between the Graces f announcement and its first localized images, so we can hope for the best.

  • StaticDestroyer

     I don’t know if it’s just me but I hope they do a day one release for this aswell. I really rather liked the Graces F one.

  • Honestly cannot wait for this!

  • isfuturebright

    I’m kinda drifting away from ‘tales of’ series after Tales of Vesperia… I didn’t like it that much. To me there was too much talking. But anyways I hope this is good and pleases the fans and they bring more tales over.

    • MrRobbyM

      Did you play Graces f? The battle system is the best by far in any Tales game imo. The story is a bit on the simpler side but it’s got charm.

      • isfuturebright

        I’d love to try it but I don’t own a PS3 nor a Wii :/ 

    • tonton101

      To be fair the “Tales” series have always been rather long-winded, at least from my perspective. This, though, seems to be more of a generic motif (of the JRPG genre) than a particular fault of the “Tales” series. Moreover, your observation stands but if you can’t stomach a lot of (often superfluous) talking then the JRPG route may not be for you. 

      • isfuturebright

        I’ve played quite a “Tales” games and JRPGs. My problem with Vesperia was the constant conversations where they talked about the same things over and over. That happened way too much. It constantly broke the flow of playing. Other tales also have that but not as much as Vesperia IMO.

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    Hmm, I want to play it ^^, I also have to buy graces F as soon as I can. By the way, as a curiosity, zavvi has the game available for preorder and it says “June 07”. I don’t think it will be the real date, but someone may be interested.

  • I’m loving Graces f (still need to finish it). I hope that Xillia has a lovable character like Sophie or Pascal; I’m hoping the English dub is as good as Graces because I’m loving it.

    Still new to the Tales series, but I’m loving what I’ve seen, so far.   

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    It won’t be dual audio.

  • KyoyaHibari
    stop hating on “Tales of Xillia” when you haven’t played it. 
    Play it and then you can have a better insight as to what you think of the Game. So what that it sold well. Tales of Xillia continues to show that the Tales series is breaking the old style of Gameplay. If you think every Tales game is the Same look at TALES OF REBIRTH that game broke the mold too and featured some innovations like the EP. Stop bitching and play some VideoGames. I know a lot of Tales games are a bit of the same. I still enjoy the Tales games for their characters and Story as well as Gameplay. 
    Don’t  believe me about Tales of REBIRTH read here. http://aselia.wikia.com/wiki/Tales_of_Rebirth

  • I no longer listen to Journalists they are a buncha biased Morons who value FPS too much. 

  • Karnk321

    Wow, the amount of localized screen shots are coming out pretty fast from Namco Bandai. It’s good to see they are trying harder to make the Tales series a successful JRPG series in the west. Now if they had only just done this after Vesperia was so successful, it would probably already be an well established series in the west. 

  • Setsu Oh

    .For once i can ‘t wait for the US version tales of mangled opening(instrumental!?).
    i really dont like ayumi hamasaki.
    what if they asked for a very small cheap up and coming US pop band this time around?
    i dont know pop that well to make propositions though.

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