Bandai Namco has revealed a handful of new information about the next chapter of the Tales Of franchise.
First off, the developer has revealed two new playable characters:
Eizen a.k.a. The Reaperâ€ is the skipper of Aifreadâ€™s pirates and he always makes his own decisions. As a malak (a spiritual being that can harness the power of nature), he sails the Van Eltia pirate ship on the open seas to follow his own creed. While looking for the missing Captain Van Aifread, he meets Velvet and joins her to fight their common enemy, the Abbey.
Eleanor defends the Abbey against Velvetâ€™s repeated attacks. As a praetor, Eleanor always scrabbles to release the world from daemons threat, but fate will eventually make her join Velvetâ€™s party.
The returning skit system used in Tales Of Berseria introduces a cut-in effect where character illustrations are inserted in various ways depending on their conversation. Sometimes a skit describes a single characterâ€™s facial expression, sometimes it shows a conversation among multiple characters. Expressions really change depending on the cut.
Finally, Bandai Namco also detailed the new Switch Blast battle system. Switch Blast battle system lets players switch characters during battles and choose a back-up character to replace one character in the battle. The back-up character has one more soul than usual when he joins a battle. If players lose some Soul by being a status ailment (for example), players can get rid of itby using the Switch Blast. Each character has a unique attack when he joins the battle via the Switch Blast.
Tales Of Berseria will release early 2017 for PC (via Steam) and PS4.