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ToZ PS4 ver to release in Japan

It would seem Japan is finally getting the PlayStation 4 version of Tales of Zestiria that only international markets had gotten previously. It will release on July 7 and the physical release will cost 3,800 yen while the digital PS4 and PS3 versions will be 3,400 yen. This release will not include ufotable's anime special "Tales of Zestiria ~Dawn of the Shepherd~" like the original did though.

ToB Offscreen Gameplay

There isn't much gameplay footage out there of Tales of Berseria, but Game-eXperience uploaded a video of some taken with a camera. Hopefully this should hold people over until we get a system trailer or some other direct feed gameplay.

Edit: Video is private now. Leaving post in case they make it public again.
Edit2: Edited in a reupload

ToB Localized Eizen+Battle Info

The English Tales blog updated with information on Eizen and battle mechanics (Switch Blast, Eizen and Eleanor's Break Souls), along with screens of the skits in Berseria.
Before copying/pasting, it should be pointed out that the western release is scheduled for early 2017.
As usual, screenshots at the links.

Gender: Male – Age: 1,000 years old (his appearance is 30 y.o.)
Height: 187cm
Weapon: Bracelet
Fighting type: Pugilist
Tribe: Malak
Japanese Character Voice played by: Toshiyuki Morikawa

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. His immense knowledge and experience of surviving the underworld will greatly help Velvet in her quest for revenge.
It seems all his life he’s brought misfortune to those around him. However, the pirates do not care at all and they continue their journey with Eizen.

Aifread’s pirates
The pirates led by Captain Van Aifread. They are sailing the open seas on a pirate ship, the Van Eltia.

However, Captain Aifread is now missing, so Eizen and the Aifread pirates are searching for their captain.

Switch Blast

Switch Blast is an action in which the player switches a character in battle to a backup character.

The backup character has one more soul than usual when joining a battle. So, if a character in battle loses “Soul” and is at a disadvantage, a player can strategically utilize this action.

When the backup character joins the battle, that character is uses an attack.

Just press the up or down button on the d-pad to switch a battle member with a selected backup character. Switch Blast consumes 1 gauge of BG (Blast Gauge).

The Switch Blast is tied to a character’s Blast Gauge. As a reminder, this gauge is necessary to execute specific actions. In Tales of Berseria, this gauge can be filled predominantly by using “Break Soul”.

“Switch Blast” and “Mystic Artes” (to be revealed later) can be executed by consuming Blast Gauge.

If a player loses Soul, for example when they are inflicted with a status ailment, sometimes the player can find themselves in a tricky situation. In such a difficult situation, the player can overcome this danger by using Switch Blast.

Eizen’s Break Soul
“Draconic Drive“: Area attack ability with strong power and wide range to be executed only when the condition is met

Eizen’s Break Soul can be executed only when the enemy is stunned or down.

This ability can deal high damage by spewing flames from the air and consuming the enemies around.

The required condition to execute this Break Soul is more difficult than the other characters but its strength is overwhelming.

This can be executed even if a non-targeted enemy is stunned or down, so pay attention to the other enemies on the field to gain the chance to use Eizen’s Break Soul.

Eleanor’s Break Soul
“Aerial Strike”: This launches an enemy into the air and can link to the aerial combo!

Eleanor can launch an enemy into the air with a spear and keep her combo against the falling enemy.

Her action is simple and easy to use. It is easy to include this in the combo and also it is easy to use to achieve Guard Break.

When she learns more abilities, she become able to do a following up attack in the air.

ToB JP Release Date+PV3 Long Ver.

Couldn't get into the site for almost an hour, I planned to sleep after putting this up :/
The long version of the third Tales of Berseria trailer has been uploaded, with release date and other information at the end.

So the game releases in Japan on August 18, 2016 and will cost 8,200 yen. CERO rating is B, which is the standard for the series. PlayStation 4 boxart is below. The PS3 boxart is the same.

Preorder/First print bonuses include a special skit, "Special Dramatic Chat Melon Gummy Edition" and a code for a PS3 or PS4 theme illustrated by ufotable for the Digital Version (images for both at link).
There seems to be another campaign for if you order by July 11. The only bonus listed so far is a code for a special voice cast talk with the other two being revealed May and June.

There will be two limited editions, the Famitsu DX Pack and one from LaLaBit Market.
The Famitsu DX Pack will include the game (PS3 or PS4), a Bienfu plush, two posters, six keychains, and a set of six clear files. It will cost 11,852 yen.
The LaLaBit Market edition will include the game (PS3 or PS4), Chibi KyunChara figures of Velvet and Laphicet, short novel "Majogatari ~Ma ga Ochiru Sekai~"/Script/Storyboard collection, and a special box. It will cost 12,500 yen.
(Images at the link)

The site also has a new memo page that'll update periodically. The first entry is on Velvet and includes some art and screenshots of the outfit she wore three years prior to the game.

ToB Scan-New Character, Eleanor Confirmed Party Member

A new scan for Tales of Berseria reveals a new character along with some small info about Eleanor.

It reveals that Eleanor's last name is something like Hume (or maybe something like Hymn?) and that she'll be a party member, despite being part of Abbey.

It also reveals a "new" character named Eizen *coughs* voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa (Dhaos after Shiozawa passed, Yuan in Symphonia) and designed by Minoru Iwamoto. It says he's the vice commander of the Aifread Pirates and referred to as a "Shinigami" (God of Death/Grim Reaper, could be localized differently). As Abbey is their common enemy, he helps Velvet on her journey.

Since the magazine releases this week, no release date leak. We'll still have to wait until next week for that.