This is the question you apparently must face when you take on Tales of Xillia 2. A sequel to the popular Tales of Xillia, this game takes place a year after the events end in the prior game. Ludger now has the ability to shift between worlds. One of these worlds continues the history of the first game where certain characters had perished, while the other takes a whole different historical path where all the characters live on.
A new character, yet to have his name Romanized, is aware of Ludger’s new ability and requests that he destroys the second world. In order to do this, he needs to destroy something called a Time Factor. If he takes on this request however, he will be stuck in the second world until he finishes his task.
While most American fans of the Tales series probably haven’t played the original game as it wasn’t released in the U.S. (but it will be next year!), they continue to keep an eye on this sequel. But, why? Well, Namco Bandai stated that if the original sells well in the States next year, they will strongly consider localizing this sequel!
Fans are hoping this does happen, as this sequel has a lot of changes that have been made to the game, mechanics and storyline wise. The battle system, coined the Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System, allows switching weapon styles while in battle. This allows for strategic game play, and being able to tailor the fights to however you feel most comfortable.
While the battle system has definitely seen a change, the storyline system has also adopted the ever-popular real time decision option. Now during cut scenes, the player can make dialogue choices that affect the outcome of certain events throughout the game.
The look of the story’s characters have been designed by Daigo Okumura, who worked previously on games such as Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World and various antagonists throughout the Tales series.
This game will be a PS3 release, coming out in Japan this November. And as I mentioned before, the original Tales of Xillia is planned for a 2013 release in North America, and if that does sell well, be looking forwards to seeing this sequel finding its way onto our shores soon enough!