Bandai Namco have today announced that Tales of Berseria will be released for the PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2017.
They have also revealed two new characters for the game in Eizen and Eleanor. Here are official descriptions for both characters:
Eizen, nicknamed “The Reaper”, is the skipper of Aifread’s pirates and he always makes his own decisions. Though he is 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 Velvet’s repeated attacks. As a praetor, Eleanor always scrabbles to release the world from daemons threat, but fate will eventually make her join Velvet’s party. The young girl tries to be reasonable as much as possible but she can sometimes be overcome by emotion, because she is honest with a great compassion for others.
The familiar skit system also returns with a new ‘cut-in’ effect where character illustrations are inserted in various ways depending on their conversation. Sometimes a skit describes a single character’s facial expression, sometimes it shows a conversation among multiple characters. Expressions really change depending on the cut.
The Switch Blast feature has also been featured. This new 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”, for example when they are inflicted by a status ailment, players can overcome this danger by using the Switch Blast. Each character has a unique attack when he joins the battle via the Switch Blast.
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