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Tales of Zestiria announced for worldwide release on PS3

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Tales of Zestiria is the next entry in Namco Bandai's Tales series of Japanese role-playing games, and it is in development on PlayStation 3 for a global release, the publisher announced today.

It is the first time Namco Bandai has simultaneously announced release plans in Japan and the West for a Tales game.

"Over the past few years the Tales Of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe," said Hideo Baba, producer of the Tales series, in a press release today. "To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales Of series together with Japanese and overseas fans."

Tales of Zestiria's developers are taking the franchise back to its fantasy roots, according to the press release. It will feature characters created by all four of the series' usual designers — Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura and Minoru Iwamoto — as well as cutscenes and an opening movie from the animation studio Ufotable.

Namco Bandai did not give any release window for Tales of Zestiria, and it's unclear if it will launch worldwide simultaneously. But the company described it as a "commemorative title" for the Tales series' 20th anniversary in Japan, which will take place in 2015. You can see the first screenshot from the game above.