Namco Bandai has announced that the next Tales game will be Tales of Xillia 2, a rare direct sequel in the series. Although it takes place only a year after Tales of Xillia, the game has a distinctly different, more modern look and feel.
Xillia 2 stars a young man named Rudger, and the young girl featured in the trailer below is Elle. We don't yet know if Elle will be a second main character or even a playable party member. We do know that there's once again a needlessly lengthy new term for the battle system (Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System). Rudger can use both swords and pistols in battle, switching between them freely.
The main theme in Xillia 2 is choice, and the player will have opportunities to make choices that will affect how the game's story plays out. An example of one of these choices can be seen in the first trailer below.