tales of xillia Tales of Xillia hits PlayStation 3 today

The team at Namco Bandai have announced the release of Tales of Xillia, their PlayStation 3 exclusive anime RPG and most recent entry for the Tales of series.   We’ve got a bevy of screenshots and video to go with the game, in case you’ve missed the announcements on the title.  Here’s what we know so far:

TALES OF XILLIA will draw players into the grand adventures of Jude Mathis, a clever medical student attending school in the capital city of Fennmont, and Milla Maxwell, a mysterious woman accompanied by four unseen beings.  In a tale that can be experienced from either Jude or Milla’s point of view, the two heroes’ paths fatefully intertwine as they learn that the kingdom of Rashugal has been willfully experimenting with a powerful device that has effectively been draining the world’s supply of mana.  Faced with the realization that continued experiments would result in dangerous ramifications, Milla and Jude join forces to restore peace to a dying world in a perilous journey that will test their courage and convictions.

TALES OF XILLIA updates the series’ trademark dynamic real-time battle system with the Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System.  The new system allows two characters to be linked together to provide support attacks and powerful linked artes attacks, allowing players to strategize their party setup for their preferred style of play.

The game will ship with the soundtrack, a character profile book, and costume DLC at no extra cost.   Shipping for the PlayStation 3 in retail channels, the game is also available immediately on PSN.  Check out the video and screens and see if this is your cup of tea: