As Tales of Xillia 2 is a direct sequel to the original Tales of Xillia, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that some of the characters will be returning. Today, Jump (and Jump flying getter Tales Source) provided confirmation. TOX's Alvin and Leia will appear in TOX2. They're shown in Jump sporting new outfits (why does it always take a sequel to make these guys change their clothes?)
Jump also has a November 1 release date for the game (which we reported earlier as an unconfirmed story) and a first introduction to main character Ludger's older brother Julius (voiced by Tooru Okawa).
You may be able to see some new bits from Xillia 2 in tonight's Bandai Namco Live TV broadcast, which will feature the formal announcement of the game's release date. Tuen in here at 22:00.