JRPG Tales of Xillia bringing mature characters and gorgeous art to PS3
- Posted July 21st, 2012 at 20:26 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 8 Comments
JRPG fans cheered in unison when Namco Bandai earlier this month confirmed that Tales of Xillia would come to the West in 2013, more than a year after its Japanese debut. Of course, the delay just might be worth it - an interview with series producer Hideo Baba over on the official PlayStation Blog highlights what sets the game apart from the competition.
According to Baba, the difference (with regard to other franchises and other games in the Tales lineup) lies with its maturity. "I believe the game was acclaimed because of its maturity as the 15th anniversary title in Japan," he said. "The main audience in Japan remains [sic] continues to be the core . . . However, we know we need to acquire new fans while also keeping returning fans of the series invested in our new titles. The new character design is a big change for the series . . ."
Baba cites Milla, a female and one of two main protagonists, as evidence of this new direction. "I think you may recognize Milla as a mature character in terms of her portrayal in the game. Our intentions with Milla, for example, is to create a woman with strong convictions that female players can aspire to be like when they grow up. Of course she is also portrayed to be adored by young men like Jude."
Pleasing young female and young male audiences seems contradictory, but at least Milla is being bestowed with independence and moral strength. In a genre that's repeatedly blamed for perpetuating gender stereotypes, the change might be refreshing.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more on Tales of Xillia, including its official North American and European release dates. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know what you think of these gorgeous screenshots.
- 8:32pm EDT - July 21st, 2012
This mature style is how Square Enix gets overthrown. The nice thing about the Tales games is that they always give their fans what they want.
- 8:42pm EDT - July 21st, 2012
I'm so excited for this game. I never thought it would get a western release. Sooo pumped.
- 9:07pm EDT - July 21st, 2012
@2 I hear ya. I was pretty sore when Vesperia never came to PS3, but this one looks capable of dwarfing it. And it's ALL ours!
- 1:03am EDT - July 22nd, 2012
sooooo boobies hehe
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- 9:51am EDT - July 22nd, 2012
I watched a trailer / gameplay footage of the Japanese version and this actually looks pretty cool - I'll probably check it out next year. I just really, REALLY wish they'd quit with the characters that sound like a 6 year old who just took a hit of helium. That is incredibly annoying.
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