Namco Bandai announced Tales of Zestiria today, a new entry in the long-running RPG franchise set to hit PlayStation 3. It's meant to pay homage to the 20th anniversary of the series, which is around the corner in 2015. It's set for a 2014 release in Japan and confirmed for North America.
To honor the series' roots, it will feature character designs from all four series designers: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. The animation company Ufotable will return to handle the animated cutscenes and opening movie as well. The Japanese date is from its official site, but we have no word on when the North American release will come.
"2015 marks the 20th anniversary for the Tales Of franchise in Japan and I would like to thank all the fans who have supported us for the past two decades from the bottom of my heart," said producer Makoto Yoshizumi, in the announcement. "In recent years we have received anticipation for the series not only from Japan, but from overseas fans as well. Because of this I feel that the Tales Of series has more potential than ever before. For this reason we are taking this opportunity to announce Tales of Zestiria as a worldwide title. This title will be going back to the roots of the series and boldly exclaim to the world 'this is Tales Of!'"
We've gotten a brief glimpse of the game via shakycam footage (via VG247). Check it out below: