So finally, tomorrow is the day that Tales of Xillia 2 comes out. Here's some info to warm you up before the release of the game.
For all of those who never managed to beat the game, or for those who played the game a long time ago and need to get some refresher of the first game before jumping into the sequel, Bandai Namco released (last week) a refresher video covering almost half of the story. This week they bring to us the second recap video for all of us to enjoy. *Friendly warning: as this are recap videos they are FULL of spoilers about the first game, so thread with care* (On a curious note, these are the exact same videos that were released in Japan before the release of Tales of Xillia 2) Also check this post over the official PlayStation blog (Europe), including a Q&A session with Tales of series produced, HIdeo Baba
Tales of Xillia 2 is the 14th mothership title in the series and a direct sequel to Tales of Xillia. The central theme of the game is "An RPG where your choices spin the future" It introduces the Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle system (Gamplay videos: 1, 2, 3 and 4). The player will take the role of the first ever silent protagonist in the series, Ludger Will Kresnik, a guy from Elenpios who's haunted by a giant money debt, and his journey to help Elle Marta reach Canaan, the place when wishes come true.
Ludger Will Kresnik: Lives with his older brother Julius in an apartment at Trigleph. Calm in demeanor and excellent cook, his dream is to follow his brother footsteps and become and become an prominent agent of Spirius corporation. But destiny has other plans for him. Following a casual encounter where he meets Elle, he swears to protect her in her journey to a mysterious place know as , a place where, according to rumors, dreams will come true. During his trip Ludger will have to take decisions that could either save or destroy the world
Elle Marta: She was separated from her father during a rainy and dark night when a mysterious group of individual attacked them. The last words she got from her father were <>. Despite her insolent an outspoken personality, he sides with Ludger to achieve her objectives. But what Ludger didn't knew is that Elle is more important to his future than he could have ever imagined.
Here's a promo video released for the game called The Power of Choice with some basic aspects of the story and the gameplay.
Also, in an very stealthy way (and mostly the European branch) Bandai Namco has released a couple of character videos. I will leave only the links as not to flood the post with videos. Also, keep in mind that these include spoilers for the ending of the first game
As it was the case with Tales of Xillia (and Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles for that matter), Tales of Xillia 2 is receiving a collector's edition, but instead of telling you the contents, you can watch an (Europe version) unboxing video here: (As a Bonus, here's Hideo Baba showing the metallic box of the Europe only Day One edition)
Update: Here's the NA Collector's edition unboxing video (thanks Josay!)
Tales of Xillia 2 comes out tomorrow (August 19) in NA and August 22 in Europe. I can't hardly wait!