One of the main gameplay elements in Tales of Xillia 2 is the Weapon Shift system. Players can change weapons in the heat of battle by holding L1 and pressing R1 to cycle forward. Pressing R2 goes back a weapon, so it’s possible to quickly switch what sword Ludgar has in his hand.
Ludgar, as explained in Famitsu magazine, is kind of like a homemaker. He 20 and lives with his older brother in Trigraph, but since his brother is out most of the time Ludgar takes care of the pad. He also watches Lulu, the cat, and cooks food. Because he cooks delicious meals for his brother, Ludgar has become quite a chef. When he’s not cleaning up the house, Ludgar daydreams about working at the Clanpios corporation. This giant building is the heart of Trigraph’s industrial infrastructure.
Elle is the other main character in Tales of Xillia 2. She’s eight years old and described as pampered and shy. Elle is on a quest to the legendary land called Canaan. Legend says travelers that arrive in Canaan will be granted a single wish. Elle plans on using this to help her father. She meets Ludgar while traveling through Trigraph. While Elle is a key character, she will not fight in battle.
After the events in Tales of Xillia, Liese Maxia and Elenpios are moving towards a reconciliation, but cultural differences keep the fire of conflict kindling. Channeling spirits to cast elemental magic was a key part of the story and in Tales of Xillia 2 a technology called Origin is in development that lets users cast spells without killing spirits.
Tales of Xillia 2 is slated for release in Japan this winter.