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Tales of Orchestra 2016 CD Tracklist

The list of songs to be on the Tales of Orchestra Concert 2016 CD has been released. And yes, just like last time a few songs were left off: BURN and Kaze no Uta, in this case.

1. Yume wa Owaranai ~Koboreochiru Toki no Shizuku~ (Tales of Phantasia)
2. The Brilliant Capital (Tales of Berseria)
3. Nostalgic Home Town (Tales of Berseria)
4. The Underwater Ruins of Amenochi (Tales of Berseria)
5. The Way of the Embodied Dragon (Tales of Berseria)
6. Tales of Berseria Battle Theme Medley
-Shout Your Soul
-Burn Your Soul & Fly
-The Awakened Soul Within the Sky
7. Sorey's Theme ~Shepherd~ (Tales of Zestiria)
8. Theme of Velvet (Tales of Berseria)
9. Tales of Zestiria Trials Medley
-Flaming Bonds Are Being Tested
-Competing with the Honor of the Land
-Melody of Water is the Guide in Spiritual Mist
-Fight Between the Wind and the Blinking Sky
10. Rising Up (Tales of Zestiria)
11. Battle Between One and All (Tales of Berseria)
12. Eternal Dream (Tales of Berseria)
13. Katz Way (Tales of Zestiria)
14. flying (Tales of Eternia)
15. Yume de aru youni (Tales of Destiny)

ToB Character Trailers

Bandai Namco US uploaded three character trailers for Tales of Berseria today: Velvet, Laphicet, and Rokurou.
The layout at the opening of the video suggests they'll eventually add the rest, but I can't make any promises (there have been times they forgot to upload some for other games).

ToB Costume DLC 1

The first set of DLC costumes to be put up on the PlayStation Store for the western release of Tales of Berseria contains multiple sets: the Japanese costumes, fairy tale costumes, and Menagerie costumes and costs $9.99/Can$13.49/£7.99/€9.99/$14.95 AU/R$30.90/RUB 719.
Prices for other regions to be added once the game releases outside of North America and the DLC gets added to their stores. Other regions' pricing added.
There are also three free themes up: One of Velvet, one of the full cast, and another of the full cast designed to resemble the menu, as well as "digital essentials" that includes a skit hosted by Bienfu and a few music tracks you can listen to.
The usual item/exp/etc packs are also available.

ToB Release Day

The PlayStation 4 version of Tales of Berseria releases today in North America and the PAL/Steam release will be coming in a few days. As usual this post contains information about the game, and like I did with Zestiria, I'm combining the usual two posts for each region into one and will probably do it this way from now on.

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Tales of Berseria
Console: PlayStation 4/PC
Character Designer: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Minoru Iwamoto, Daigo Okumura
Theme Song: "BURN" by FLOW
Anime Cutscenes: ufotable

This is the beginning of a mythology where the true story is forgotten in the far future...

Three years ago, the world suffered periods of turbulence due to Daemonblight, the strange disease that changes humans to monsters.

Velvet and her family, living in a remote and old fashioned village in the Midgand Empire, helped one another and spent warm days together. However, the night the Scarlet Moon rose, Velvet’s life was drastically turned around. She was betrayed by a person who she trusted. She not only lost her parents but also her left hand which was swallowed by a mysterious power. It transformed into a terrible hand which has the power to devour monsters.

Time goes by and three years pass. Velvet Crowe races through the kingdom. Her eyes show her fury against the savior of the world who deprived everything from her...

Character Profiles

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Gender: Female
Age: 19
Weapon: Gauntlet Blade
Tribe: Daemon?
Character Designer: Mutsumi Inomata

She used to be unpretentious and so companionable and have rich sensibilities and love for her family. However, the incident three years ago changed her radically. She barely smiles but she has fury and hatred in her heart instead. Velvet, who happened to suppress her true kindness and feed rage, is becoming the existence that shakes the world...

Her left hand is wrapped in bandage as it had been transformed by the mysterious power that swallowed her on the day of the event. This left hand wields the extraordinary power like daemons, but it seems her left hand has a different ability from the one that daemons usually have.

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Gender: Male
Age: 10
Weapon: Paper
Tribe: Malak
Character Designer: Minoru Iwamoto

When he was born, he was exploited as just a tool that can wield artes without even being given a name. He didn’t know how to live without his master’s orders, didn’t have a mind of his own and was emotionless.

At first, his behavior without his own ideas made Velvet irritated but as he learned various things through traveling with her, he grew to develop a mind of his own. His existence gradually becomes an anchor for Velvet to keep moving forward with anger inside her...

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Gender: Male
Age: 22 years old
Weapon: Dual blades
Tribe: Daemon
Character Designer: Daigo Okumura

Rokurou is a young swordsman with a cheerful, pleasant, and freewheeling personality. He adopts a natural attitude towards Velvet who moves forward with her intense emotion. He experienced an onset of Daemonblight a few years ago and became a daemon. However he keeps moving his way to take advantage of that power to master his family’s swordplay style without giving up his hope. He seems to stay rational even though he is a daemon.

He attaches his mind to the huge sword on his back and calls it “his life” but he consistently refuses to draw that sword. Thus he usually fight with dual short blades.

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Gender: Female
Age: Unknown
Weapon: Guardian
Tribe: Human
Character Designer: Daigo Okumura

Magilou is a mysterious woman who introduces herself as a “great sorceress” and “Head of Menagerie,” even though their reputation is for “unlicensed witchcraft.”

She is easy going and rather reckless at times. Extroverted and chatty, Magilou could break the ice in any party conversation, but there’s something sinister about her: something in the heartless things she says to Velvet, and the callous phrases she can sometimes spout, that hint at an evil edge befitting the title “witch.”

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Gender: Male
Age: 1,000 (looks around 30)
Weapon: Bracelet
Tribe: Malak
Character Designer: Minoru Iwamoto

Eizen, nicknamed “The Reaper,” is the skipper of Aifread’s pirates and he always makes his own decisions. Though he is a Malak, 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.

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Eleanor Hume
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Weapon: Spear
Tribe: Human
Character Designer: Kosuke Fujishima

Eleanor belongs to “Abbey,” the organization of exorcists. She always scrambles as a praetor to release the world from the threat of daemons. She is so sober that she does not forget to have compassion for the others and she also has a stubborn aspect to always do right things in the right way. She is honest and easily exposes her emotion but she recognizes her inexperience and tries hard to stick to ruthless “reason.”

Battle System
Note: All controls are PS4 version

Tales of Berseria uses a battle system called the Liberation Linear Motion Battle System (Liberation-LMBS) in which you take control of your characters in real time. Unlike previous games in the series, you will set arte trees to each face button (X, O, □, △).

Similar to A-Artes in Graces and Martial Artes in Zestiria, these artes will be in a tree that you'll have to go through to get to the ones assigned later, however you can freely edit these to fit your current battle situation.

As a result of the new button setup, guarding is now set to the L1 button, which you will also use with the left stick in order to quickstep, and the right stick is now used to control the camera.

Soul Gauge
The amount of Soul you have in your Soul Gauge (SG) dictates how many artes you can chain in a combo and decreases depending on which artes you use. The SG will increase again over time automatically, but you can also gain Soul by stealing it from enemies--knocking out enemies, inflicting status effects or stunning, by using specific items, picking up Soul on the battlefield, properly timing dodges, etc. However, you can also have Soul taken from you.

Break Soul
Break Soul enables a character to exceed the upper limit of artes in a combo and invoke a special effect. Any player can execute Break Soul, which then has a special effect.

When using Break Soul, the player can exceed the upper limit of performable artes in a combo and each character can use their unique special action. These special actions are wildly different depending on the character. The player can introduce more choices and greater strategic play by switching the controlled character during battle to react to the enemy and the situation. “Break Soul” has multiple levels and the player can unlock more abilities as they progress through the game.

When a character has 3 Souls or more, the player can push the R2 button to consume one Soul and execute “Break Soul”. Characters must have 3 Souls or more to use “Break Soul”.

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 uses an attack.

Press the up or down button on the d-pad to switch a battle member with a selected backup character. You can press right or left on the D-Pad to select which character gets swapped before you use Switch Blast. Switch Blast consumes 1 BG (Blast Gauge).

Switching Characters
Other than using Switch Blast to change to an out of battle character, you can also switch to the characters already participating by either bringing up the menu and pressing L2/R2 to cycle through them until you get the one you want or pressing L1 and the D-Pad to do the same in the heat of battle.

Mystic Artes
As usual, each character has Mystic Artes. These are more powerful artes that have a different manner of activation. The first you'll obtain will be used by pressing L2 during a combo while having 3 or more BG.

Wandering Enemies
By meeting certain conditions during battle, Wandering Enemies can appear. These enemies are stronger than normal ones and have other enemies accompanying them.

As in the other recent games in the series, there is no traditional World Map. There are somewhat large fields that you must traverse.
A map of the general area is at the top left of the screen and you can bring up a larger map by pressing □. You can rotate the camera with the right stick.

Katz Boxes
Outside of the normal treasure chests, sometimes you will find Katz Boxes which contain Katz that will reward you with items, such as attachments, if you open them with the required amount of Katz Spirits, which look like glowing orbs floating around areas.

The Geoboard is a faster means of travel that you can ride by holding R2 while running. Some spots can only be crossed with the Geoboard.

There are multiple types of skills in this game.
Master Skills keep their effect even after removing equipment. There is a gauge beside the skill that shows far along mastering the skill is, which is determined by GRADE received in battle. A notification with a star appears once it's mastered.
Enhancement Bonuses are added to equipment in the process of upgrading.
Random Skills are random extra skills a piece of equipment might have.
Titles can also grant skills to characters.
Active skills can be checked by pressing △ on the equipment menu or character status screen.

Potentite are items you'll obtain that will give additional effects and abilities during battle.

Titles will be obtained occasionally throughout the game and are equipped on the menu screen. These have different effects on your stats including a set of skills which will be unlocked as a title's rank goes up.

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Sometimes a prompt to watch a skit will appear on the bottom right of the screen as a small white simplified person silhouette with an image of the △ button next to it. Press the △ button in order to activate it.

The cooking system makes its return. Gather different recipes and their ingredients and cook them for different effects, such as recovering HP. Each character also has additional skills you can add to the dish from a list and can be obtained by increasing their cooking level.

Costumes and Attachments
As you progress through the game, you might find costumes or attachments. There are three slots for attachments, though each one has a "cost" of sorts that can limit which how many and which ones you can wear together. You can enter a menu to edit the location, color, and size of attachments by pressing △ with the desired attachment selected.
Costumes are separated by hairstyle and outfit, so you can mix and match those if you so desire.

Tales of Berseria has also brought back minigames.
Jump, Bienfu!: Direct Bienfu to jump as far as he can from a pier into the sea
Serving game: Bring dishes to customers based on their orders
Geoboard races: This comes in two modes--one in which you gather as many coins before time runs out or one where you collect flags as fast as possible.
Chamballoon 2: Pick a character and pop as many balloons as you can.
Character Cards: Collect cards featuring characters from the Tales of Series to create high scoring hands.

Code Red Daemons
While not as strong as Wandering Enemies, there are daemons classified as Code Red that you can volunteer to hunt. After defeating these, you can return to the quest giver for a reward. Note that it is not necessary to talk to the quest giver beforehand.

Exploration of Outer Seas
Similar to the cat dispatch in Xillia 2, you can send out a scouting vessel to other areas. They will return after an amount of time, potentially with things such as materials, treasure, or recipes.

Collector's Edition

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The North American Collector's Edition includes:

  • Special packaging
  • Game Software
  • Music Selection CD
  • Steelbook Case
  • Hardcover Novel "A Witch's Tale: A World Full of Daemons"
  • Starter Strategy Guide
  • Chibi Kyun Chara Figures of Velvet and Laphicet
  • 8-bit Keychain Set
  • Trading Cards

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And the European Collector's Edition includes:

  • Tales of Berseria game
  • The Collector’s Edition box
  • 2 Chibi Kyun characters figures (Laphicet and Velvet)
  • 3 Metal Coins
  • Exclusive Bienfu metal case
  • Game soundtrack
  • Artbook
  • Starter strategy guide

Other Videos
Japanese Trailer 1
Japanese Trailer 2 (Subtitled)
Japanese Trailer 3
Japanese Trailer 3 (Long Version, Subtitled)
Japanese Trailer 4 (System, Partial English Text, embedded in post)
Japanese Trailer 5 (Subtitled)
English Launch Trailer
Japanese Commercial 1
Japanese Commercial 2 (Laphicet)
Japanese Commercial 3 (Rokurou)
Japanese Commercial 4 (Magilou)
Japanese Commercial 5 (Eleanor)
Japanese Commercial 6 (Eizen)
Japanese Commercial 7
Japanese Commercial 8 (Velvet)

ToB Launch Trailer

Tales of Berseria releases on PlayStation 4 tomorrow in North America and Bandai Namco America has uploaded the launch trailer for it. As a reminder, the Steam version comes Thursday for NA with the European release on Friday (due to time zones, not actually getting it a day earlier).