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Tales of Xillia Dated, Gets Special PS3

Namco Bandai provides the latest Tales info at today's Tales of Festival event.


At today's Tales of Festival 2011 event, Namco Bandai announced a final release date of September 8 for Tales of Xillia. The PS3 Tales title will be priced ¥8,379.

Sony and Namco Bandai are teaming up to release the Tales of Xillia X Edition, a hardware bundle that includes the game and a special PS system for ¥37,980 (the X stands for Xross). The the system uses multiple colors, which is apparently a first for the PS3.

Namco Bandai also announced a number of bonus items for the game.

Pre-orders will receive a special mascot charm. There are four types. Buyers will receive one at random.

The first print run of the game will include a product code for 10 PlayStation 3 custom themes and special 15th anniversary costumes for the main characters. The costumes are meant to be the first Tales series characters designed by Xillia character designers Kosuke Fujishima and Mutsumi Inomata, respectively Cress from Tales of Phantasia and and Stan from Tales of Destiny.

You can see the bonus costumes along with some long awaited battle and field exploration gameplay in this short video from the event.

Fujishima and Inomata also worked together on the game's packaging, shown here:

Retailers will be offering their very own special editions. Namco Bandai detailed two:

From Namco Bandai's own LaLaBit sales site comes the Tales of Xillia Kyun Kyara Pack. Priced ¥12,980, this includes a copy of the game, character figures for Jude and Milla, a calendar, and a special box.

From Famitsu's commerce site comes the Tales of Xillia DX Pack. Priced ¥10,979, this includes a stuffed version of the Tipo character, a B2 poster, a clear file set and a cloth.

Other revelations from today's event included:

Namco Bandai revealed the title of the game's theme song to be "Progress." As previously detailed, this is sung by Ayumi Hamasaki.

Namco Bandai showed a number of trailers for the game. In addition to the previously announced scenario and system videos, which are scheduled to be uploaded to the official site and PSN in the coming days, attendees were treated to the game's opening movie.

Xillia is being paired up with the anime Star Driver for a collaboration. This will result in some collaborative costumes offered as paid DLC. Details will be announced later.

Visitors to the Namco Namja Town amusement facility in Ikebukuro can look forward to a massive Xillia presence this Summer. The collaboration includes Xillia themed deserts and food, a Xillia goods shop, a Tales of Photo Spot where you can take a picture with a character, and a special Tales-designed Namja Passport (the ticket used to enter the facility). This will run from 8/26 through 9/25.

If you can't make it out to Namja Town, you can also visit the Tales of Cafe, a Tales-themed cafe at two Ufotable Cafe shops in Tokushima and Kouenji (Tokyo). This will run in two segments, first in July and then in September.

Separate from Xillia, Namco Bandai revealed that the theme song for the upcoming two part Tales of Symphonia anime will be "Honto Uso" by Me. The first volume is due for release in Fall 2011.

For pictures from the Tales of Xillia segment of the Tales of Festival event, visit 4Gamer and Famitsu.com.

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