Tales of Berseria
Velvet stares intensely in "Tales of Berseria." Official "Tales of" Blog site

Now that Western fans know “Tales of Berseria” will be getting a worldwide release, there is a lot to be excited about. Fans of the series will be happy to know that Bandai Namco have released more details about the game’s world and lead character Velvet.

According to Gematsu, Velvet used to be quite a happy person with a decent life and family. However, an incident that took place three years before the game, changed her outlook of life forever, as she never smiled again. She also has an arm that can transform into something inhuman, due to the aforementioned incident.

The incident might be related to Goma disease. This disease has spread across the world of Berseria, transforming people into monsters that end up being slain. This adds a much darker element to the “Tales of” series, since monsters in previous games were just mindless beasts.

The fact that they used to be human adds a lot of drama to some of the battles in the game and could make “Berseria” one of the darker installments of the series. Only time and reviews will tell if the game lives up to its promise, but it does look interesting at the very least.

Of course, story isn’t the only major component in the “Tales of” video game. ‘Berseria” brings back the Linear Motion Battle System from “Tales of Zesteria.” Players can now roam the battlefield and control the camera during battles, a big improvement over the limited amount of space in a regular “Tales of” game.

Speaking of “Zesteria,” Gearnuke has confirmed that “Tales of Besteria” will be a prequel of sorts to “Tales of Zesteria.” This is fairly interesting, as previous “Tales of” games have never really connected to one another. There have been a few sequels, like “Tales of Destiny 2” and “Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World,” but for the most part, games in the “Tales of” series have been self-contained.

“Tales of Berseria” is slated for a 2016 release date for Japan and an unknown one for the rest of the world. The game will be coming to the PC, PS4 and PS3.

Tales of Berseria - Announcement Trailer | PS4, PC (Credit: YouTube/Bandai Namco Entertainment America)