Report: Tales Of Graces F Battle Programmer Working On Tales of Zestiria

By Spencer . December 16, 2013 . 2:34am

image Another tidbit about Tales of Zestiria from series producer Hideo Baba, Tatsuro Udo is working on the next major Tales of project. Udo most recently was the battle programmer on Tales of Graces F.


The news came out of a Tales of Xillia 2 scenario book signing where Baba was present. Baba also commented on the Tales of Vesperia text hidden in the code of the Next Tales of site. Baba said it was a big mistake and he was upset about that.


Tales of Zestiria is in development for PlayStation 3.

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  • I actually preferred the combat in Graces over Xillia, so this is great news for me.

    …Though this doesn’t mean the combat will be at all similar, now that I think about it.

    • ヴァルラシュ

      I actually liked Xillia’s system more than Graces, but both are great

      • Scott

        Xillia’s was a mix of classic and Graces combat to me, but it felt too easy at a point, so hopefully Zestiria is more like Graces.

        • JuhRo

          I see what you mean… I think Hearts R was a lot like Graces… I really really enjoyed Hearts R.. Though it could have been cause I could take it anywhere and did so. Great times.

          I wish it was on PS4..
          I’d be happy about that.

          • LightZero

            Tales never been about graphics so what would be the point of it being on the PS4 when the PS3 is alive and taking names? Personally I’m glad it’s on the PS3. I don’t want to buy a PS4 any time soon. It’s not worth the money at present.

          • JuhRo

            Remote play mostly. :)

            I could care less about graphical improvement– possibly share features or smoothness factors(since Xillia seemed to skip every now and then. :/).. but I’m not touching my PS3 very often.. even since I got a hold of a Vita… and now especially with my PS4.

            Oh.. and to release on BOTH would be a great option..

          • ヴァルラシュ

            They’ve already said they’re working on a PS4 game, most likely next year’s entry

    • Arcana Wiz

      yeah pretty much this, but i wish that they pick the best aspects if graces and put on Zestiria. :)

    • fairysun

      I like the Mystic Artes in Graces more. So full of energy!

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  • Tatsuya Fabre

    Wasn’t a fan of Graces combat at all, felt way too stiff and hits never felt like they connected. Hope they stick with Xillia 2 style here.

    • Ladius

      Udo worked on Xillia 2, too, so you probably shouldn’t worry :)

    • 하세요

      Glad I wasn’t the only one. I felt pretty bored playing Graces F. I’m on board for Xillia 2’s style.

    • Tiredman

      Play a different character. I started playing as Sophie, and its rather interesting.

  • Samsara09

    this guy worked on xillia 2,and yeah,that game’s battle system was beastly.Well,they said that in jump festa there would be a gameplay trailer,right?We wll see.And,by jan,they will be announcing the third playable caracter…of either 6 or 8.waiting game begins.

    • Tatsuya Fabre

      Ah, very good. We get a trailer on the 21st I think.

      • Samsara09

        indeed.The waiting game will be fierce….hopefully they will say to us if the game has 6 or 8 caracters…after all,xillia had 2 artists,this game has 4. 6 caracters doesn’t work.or does it…who knows.

        • Arcana Wiz

          “xillia had 2,this game has 4. 6 caracters doesn’t work.” i didnt understand… what xillia has 2 and this game has 4?

          • Aunna Terrell

            He said that Xillia had two artists and that Zesty has four artists. So hopefully we’ll have more party characters to choose from because of that.

          • Arcana Wiz

            ohh now i understnad i hope for 8 characters too :3 big variety is nice :3

          • Samsara09

            bad habit of mine,eating words.Yeah,it was artist.Weird…didn’t I edit it a little later?
            Oh well.The good about having eight caracters is that there isn’t spares….

  • Arcana Wiz

    and xillia 2, so this dont means that this game will have a battle system like game X or Y….

    • 하세요

      “What does Pokemon have to do wi-” oh now I double checked it. I need sleep.

  • MrJechgo

    Sweet! I liked Graces’ system ^_^
    For once, every character can be used individually and decently.

    • Mar Mar

      One time I was switching between healing and tanking as well as *cough* kiting. I had a hard battle with some boss which I don’t remember and it felt like I was playing World of Warcraft.

      I thought I was a genius XD

      • MrJechgo

        I really don’t know how to take this comment… seriously…

        My point is that in Tales games, it’s kinda hard to use every character decently unless you buff them up to ridiculous levels. Spellcasters are a pain to play as because they are like tortoises with bull’s eyes painted on them. They’re slow to cast spells, their spells can be easily disrupted and they rarely have weapon artes. In Graces however, all characters except Asbel have spells, but they can easily change from spellcasting to attacking in melee or ranged.

        Genis and Raine, back in Symphonia were hard to use because of their exclusive use of spells. In Graces, the spellcasters have at least backup tools.

  • Count me in, I see nothing wrong with that. I liked Graces’ system. It was dynamic, and I loved to do combos chains. And it’s not as if Zestiria would have the exact same system anyway, they’ll undoubtedly improve it in order to offer even more possibilities. All in all, this should be a solid system.

  • Will Jay

    The trailer already looks way more like Graces, so if it’s like that, it’ll be great.

  • Seven of The Scions

    and go combine it with awesome features from Xillia!

    Now you imagine battle system without TP consumption who can do air combos, switch characters and party anytime, lots of chain artes combination and even combined Mystic arts!!!

    • Arcana Wiz

      well like we said below he worked in XIllia 2 too….

      • Seven of The Scions

        Well, never played Xillia 2 before since haven’t localized lol.

        and don’t want to see any video of it to save my first experience playing it.

        Gaming these days are too much exploited, I rarely got element of surprise….

        • Arcana Wiz

          well xillia 2 is essentially xillia 1 with some adjustments, so the chances of him putting elements of xillia and graces is good, it depends if Baba decides for it or not.

      • LightZero

        From what I heard he had a more supporting role in Xillia 2. He had more of a presence in Destiny R and Graces

  • baha

    This doesn’t redeem the fact that the main character looted Colette for her clothes ;__;

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Religious order of knights. Such attire is required.

  • Both Xillia and Graces had great combat. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for Zesteria.

  • Heropon

    Yes , Grace combat is the best

  • Slickyslacker

    Oh. wonderful. Amongst all of the Graces’ bashing I’ve seen, virtually everyone still consistently ranks the game’s combat as its best feature.

  • Natat

    Hmm this is pretty interesing. While Graces’ combat is no Destiny R, it’s still among my favorites.

  • DanielGearSolid

    Love Graces F battle system

  • DanielGearSolid

    The trailer went emphasized horizontal dodging. That sold me

  • Alexander Marquis Starkey

    As long as they don’ use Assault Arte chains or find a way to make it feel less spammy, I’m fine. My issue with Graces f’s system is the lack of technique it required, much unlike how Vesperia and Xillia turned out.

    • LightZero

      I will have to agree to disagree. There is plenty of technique to be used in Graces. It just comes down to whether you prefer a Team Symphonia style or a more Team Destiny style, Personally I”m more of a fan of the latter.

    • Tiredman

      Depends on the difficulty you choose. You don’t spam non stop on chaos and higher or you will die.

  • Courtney Levi Osborn

    awesome! =)

  • megaten666

    – Mr. Yesman! What are your thoughts about today’s Zestiria news?
    – YES! YES! YES!

  • Learii

    don’t tell me they going to have CC again that annoying =(


      CC is the least of the problems. I just hope that it doesn’t turn into a spam fest like Graces were

  • Maumac77

    I figured since the little battle scene they showed had him circle around the enemy :p

  • Micah Gajewski

    What are they talking about with the hidden code on the Vesperia site?

  • Rogerrmark


    Graces f is actually one of my favorites,along Abyss and Hearts.
    Soooo…neverending hype,I guess.

  • Slayven19

    I don’t really care cause tales combat is fun in general no matter who does it. I just want to see more of the combat and especially more of the open world its supposed to have.

  • saran

    Udo also worked on Rebirth, Destiny PS2, and Destiny. All three of those have fantastic battle systems, as well. A shame these gems never made it to the states. Very unorthodox games: a shame many of them get slammed for for being “mashfests” when they try to deviate from the norm and provide a unique Tales experience as opposed to the traditional, almost ubiquitous, 3D FR-LMBS.

    Very much looking forward to this.

  • Alestaos

    This is a hard one for me since i enjoyed Xillias combat a bit more than graces f. But then again it could be they take the good bits of both. Intresting art style after following Xillias picture painted/semi realism seems imo there returning to and enhancing the Graces F art directon and thats not a bad thing at all imo :)

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