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New 'Tales of Xillia 2' screens highlight some returning characters

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Bandai Namco Games today released a new set of screenshots for their upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG, “Tales of Xillia 2”, which focus on two characters making their return for the sequel.

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“Tales of Xillia 2” takes place one year after the events of the first game, as the worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios attempt to find a peaceful coexistence following the destruction of the barrier that kept the two separated. This time around, the story follows the adventures of Ludger Kresnik, a talented young chef striving to follow in the footsteps of his brother, and Elle Marta, a young woman on a quest to be reunited with her father. When Ludger makes the choice to join Elle on her journey, the two begin an adventure that will change the fates of both worlds.

The images found in the slideshow on the left, focus on two returning characters that fans will be pleased to see return, former main character Jude Mathis and his childhood friend, Leia Rolando. Since the events of “Tales of Xillia”, Jude has put all of his efforts into an finding an alternative energy source to spyrix, hoping that it could solve Elympios’ energy crisis and help unite the two worlds. Leia has become a reporter for a newspaper, and through her writing, she attempts to promote cultural understanding between the two nations, even if her editor isn’t always on board with her writing.

Tales of Xillia 2” will be available for the PlayStation 3 beginning on August 19, 2014. Along with the standard edition, a collector’s edition, priced at $129.99, is also available for preorder, containing a Ludger Kresnik figure, an Elle’s pocket watch replica compact, a Rollo plush charm, a music selection CD, an art book and classic “Tales of” costume DLC.