Tales of Xillia 2 producer, Hideo Baba, answered a few pre-fed questions on a recent Playstation Blog entry, in lieu of the game’s release. It reveals some source material of the game, as well as the studios take on the Tales of series as a whole.
Baba discusses drawing their inspiration from specific books, music and various arts. In particular two books are pointed out: Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and The Giving Tree.
In the first example, the bird character is admired for its introspection on what it really means to fly and how it continues to carve its own path, despite scruples from others. The Giving Tree is commended for its intuitive vision of love and its multiple facets.
Further in the questionnaire, Hideo Baba reveals that sci-fi wouldn’t really work for the Tales of franchise. Wanting to stick to their own theme, the producer states:
I believe a story can be any storyline and can be described in any ways, but Tales of series has been described in the adventure of sword and magic with the theme of storyline and its message, so if I have an opportunity to develop a sci-fi game, I would like to make it in the other new series.
For sci-fi themed games of the sort, we’d recommend the Star Ocean series. Its third iteration is especially grand, though results may vary.
Additionally, the Tales of Xillia 2 studio would be looking towards putting in the original Japanese voice overs in upcoming titles. Though it’s said to have problems right now, it is something they’re looking into, as Baba says:
I cannot make a promise, but I would like to challenge to bring the original Japanese voice-overs to everyone.
Hopefully, games past Tales of Xillia 2 would be getting these voice overs inside the game, as that’s no longer a certainty. Earlier this year, Square Enix chopped off this part of fan service as paid downloadable content.