We’ve known for quite some time now that Tales of Zestiria is coming west, but we had no real clue as to when the English language version would be available.
When Tales of Xillia 2 launches in August, the game will be coming a whole two years after its original launch in Japan. However, with Tales of Zestiria, Bandai Namco is aiming to get the game to Western fans quicker. In an interview (featured above) with Dennis Lee, the global brand manager for the Tales series, we learn it ships to Western countries in the same year as Japan receives the game:
“One of the big things was, it’s taking so long between the Japanese release and when the western releases come out. And so, over the past, I’d say, two years, they’ve been working really hard to shorten that time frame.
We’ve gone from over two years with Xillia 1, and now we’ve gotten it down to a year, and we’re going to get it to less than that for Tales of Zestiria—it’s going to be in the same year as the Japanese release. So they’re working on shrinking that time down as much as possible.”
So there you have it, folks. But we still don’t have a release date for the game!
We’ll keep you posted, though.