While the console manufacturers fight over next-gen exclusives, the current-gen PS3 and Xbox 360 are still alive and kicking, and both are laying claim to exclusive titles. Namco Bandai, for instance, today announced that the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Collectors Edition will ship in North America exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Although the PS4 will be widely available by then, no Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Collectors Edition PS4 version was announced.
The Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Collectors Edition will mark the 10th anniversary of the classic Tales of Symphonia and its sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. The compilation collection is the first time the games will be presented together on a single disc containing the entire Tales of Symphonia storyline. The game will be limited to 15,000 copies and retail for $99.95 at participating retailers. As of press time, Amazon didn’t have the set available, but you should continually refresh this page at Amazon“>this page at Amazon to see if and when it shows up. The link does show a special collectible edition of Tales of Xilia.
The Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Collectors Edition will feature updated HD graphics and new content, and it will be packaged with an exclusive set of five Chibi Kyun Chara figurines. Also included will be a paperback novel detailing the events between both games, a multi-disc soundtrack, and special collector’s packaging with artwork from Japanese animation studio, ufotable.
In the game, which will ship in “early 2014,” players follow Lloyd Irving as he embarks on a grand adventure with his friends to restore mana back to the world of Sylvarant. Along the way, they learn of the parallel world of Tethe’alla, whose survival rests on the same source of mana Sylvarant needs to sustain life. How will Lloyd and his friends find a way to ensure the survival of both worlds?
Meanwhile, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World continues the story by delving into the consequences set into motion by Lloyd and his friends at the end of Tales of Symphonia. Take on the role of Emil Castagnier as he seeks to uncover the mysteries that have befallen his world. Dawn of the New World advances the series’ battle system by introducing a new monster recruitment feature that lets players capture more than 200 unique monsters and train them to participate in battles. Players have complete control over their roster of party members and monster allies, allowing for limitless combinations to take out to the battlefield.