The next entry in Namco Bandai’s “Tales of” series might be one step closer to a North American release with the news that the publisher has trademarked Tales of Xillia in North America.
Xillia, the 13th major release in the Tales series, was released in Japan this past September. The game uses the series staple real time battle system where up to four characters battle monsters/enemies using “artes” (special attacks). Bringing subtle changes to the series established Tales formula Xillia allows multiple characters to combine their attacks mid-battle. The game’s perspective also changes in Xillia from a top down perspective to a third person “behind the back” camera.
The last North American releases in the Tales series came within a month of each other over the last few weeks. Tales of the Abyss was released on February 14th for the Nintendo 3DS and Tales of Graces F was released on March 6th for the Playstation 3.