First Look: Tales of Xillia
The first original PlayStation 3 Tales game is an RPG of Steadfast Convictions.
Word may have leaked out of Jump in advance, but Tales of Xillia's true reveal came via an official site that opened up at 17:00 today.
Namco Bandai has been promising the site's opening since August, and they didn't let down. Access the site for a lengthy promotional video. You can also see a YouTube version of the trailer here:
First character and story details on the game can be found here.
As detailed in that article, Xillia features character designs by both Kosuke Fujishima and Mutsumi Inomata, two primary Tales series character designers. Fujishima created the game's male main character, Shuto Matis (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga). Inomata created the game's female main character, Mira Maxwell (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro). This use of two main characters is a first for the series according to Jump.
The trailer lists animation from Ufotable, music from Motoi Sakuraba and, as detailed in Jump, a theme song from Ayumi Hamasaki. Two directors are listed: Asana Inoki (director of Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World) and Naoto Miyadera (previous work on Symphonia and Abyss). The game's producer is Hideo Baba.
The site lists Xillia as due for PlayStation 3 release in 2011. As always for the Tales series, the genre is some sort of phrase that describes the game's theme. This time, the genre is listed as "揺るぎなき信念のRPG," which I'm going to take a shot at translating as "RPG of Steadfast Convictions."