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Tales of Zestiria to feature dragons, evolved combat

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Tales of Zestiria, the next installment in Namco Bandai's role-playing Tales series, will focus heavily on dragons — a first time for the franchise, Siliconera reports via Famitsu magazine.

According to producer Hideo Baba, dragons often represent either a good or evil symbolic existence to different worlds. In Zestiria, dragons will play a large role in the game's story, though it's still unclear if that role will be benevolent or malicious.

The producer also spoke briefly about the game's battle system, which will apparently differ from what players have come to expect. Zestiria will incorporate more "sword and magic fantasy," Baba said, and will evolve the series' current linear-motion system.

Tales of Zestiria will be released worldwide for PlayStation 3. The game is said to return to the franchise's fantasy roots and will feature characters created by all four of the series' designers.