Xillia is pronounced as “Ek-sill-lia”.
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Producer Baba reveals latest news about 『Tales of Xillia』! 【Report from “Tales of Festival 2011″】
● A Brand New Opening Movie!
On 28 May 2011, “Tale of Festival 2011” launched its opening show at Pacifico Yokohama. This is an introductory report on the series’ newest work 『Tales of Xillia』 (known as 『TOX』), which was featured in the show’s 2nd half.
Mr Baba Hideo from Bandai Namco Games took the stage as 『TOX』 Producer. Together with voice actors Mr Onosaka Masaya (Zelos from 『Tales of Symphonia』), Ms Morinaga Rika (Rita from 『Tales of Vesperia』) and Mr Yonaga Tsubosa, who is voicing lead character Jude in 『TOX』, he revealed some of the latest news about 『TOX』.
First up was a video message from Hamasaki Ayumi-san, who will be singing the theme song for 『TOX』. As the representative music Queen of Japan, her message created excitement at the “Tales of Festival 2011” venue! Furthermore, the theme song title was revealed to be 『progress』. This title was given to flow with the game’s theme, with a wish to “move forward, while holding on to unwavering faith”.
The opening movie was accompanied by backing soundtrack 『progress』, and the “Tales of Festival 2011” was officially open! The ufotable crew had a hand in the creation of the high-quality opening movie, which left the audience silent and captivated.
Next, 2 PVs about 『TOX』 were revealed. One depicted the scenarios in the game, the other described the systems. The first PV included enchanting scenes of the characters, as well as an as-yet-unrevealed enemy(?) character. The second PV showed off the playable fields in the game, plus high-speed battle scenes involving the characters. These PVs are to be available on the main website from 30 May onwards.
After the PVs, the release date of the game was revealed to be 8 September 2011, an announcement received by applause from the audience. A collaboration package of illustrations by Mr Fujishima Kousuke and Mr Inomata Mitsumi was also revealed, causing the excitement level at the venue to rise even higher.
Producer Baba had even more to reveal. The game was revealed to have 3 different limited versions, including a preorder version and a first-press version. A sample PS3 with 『TOX』 designs printed on it was brought on stage, and many calls of “I want that!” were heard from the audience. Yonaga also appealed to Producer Baba for it, saying “I really want this~”. For more information about all special promotion products, please refer to this article.
▲ 『PS3: Tales of Xillia X(Cross) Edition』 includes a PS3, as well as chibi figurines from the 『PS3 Tales of Xillia Kyun Character Pack』.
▲ A special calendar from the 『PS3 Tales of Xillia Kyun Character Pack』.
Information about 『TOX』 collaborations was then revealed! Collaboration costumes with anime 「STAR DRIVER Shining Tact」 were shown, and a collaboration event will also be held at Namja Town from 25 August~26 September 2011. ufotable, who helped in the game’s animation, will also be holding collaborations at their “ufotable cafe” outlets at Tokushima and Kouenji! A “Tales of cafe” will also be open for a limited period.
▲ Collaboration costumes can be downloaded.
▲ Namja Town’s characters Najavu and Najamii appeared as guests!
▲ 『TOX』 desserts and food,
▲ plus a goods shop and a commemoration photospot are planned.
▲ “Tales of cafe” will be open for 2 periods, from mid to end-July, then early to mid-September.
Lastly, the overwhelmed audience were treated once again to the opening movie, and the introductory report on 『TOX』 was over.