Revealed in Japanese magazines in recent weeks, Bandai Namco has posted screenshots introducing Eizen in Tales of Berseria, alongside details on skits and the battle system. Below you can find the information and media from the publisher.
Eizen, nicknamed “The Reaper”, is the skipper of Aifread’s pirates and he always makes his own decisions. Though he is a malak (a spiritual being that can harness the power of nature), 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.
Players will be able to enjoy the daily casual conversation of their characters thanks to the “Tales of” familiar skit system! In TALES OF BERSERIA the skit system introduces a “cut-in” effect where character illustrations are inserted in various ways depending on their conversation. Sometimes a skit describes a single character’s facial expression, sometimes it shows a conversation among multiple characters. Expressions really change depending on the cut.
Furthermore, the new “Switch Blast” battle system has been further detailed; with “Switch Blast”, players can switch characters during battles and choose a back-up character to replace one character in the battle. The back-up character has one more soul than usual when he joins a battle. If players lose some “Soul”, for example when they are inflicted by a status ailment, players can overcome this danger by using the Switch Blast. Each character has a unique attack when he joins the battle via the Switch Blast.
Find the last set of screenshots here, introducing Magilou. Tales of Berseria releases in Japan on August 18th for PS3 and PS4, and launches in the west early next year on PS4 and PC.