"Tales of Zestiria" will be making its North American debut later this week on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, with Bandai Namco announcing a ton of downloadable content (DLC) that will be available during launch. Some of the DLC will be free for a limited time, while others will have to be purchased with money.
The first two DLC packs revealed by the "Tales of" blog are the DLC exclusive Mystic Artes and an additional story chapter about Alisha. As fans of the "Tales of" series know, "Artes" are powerful moves that characters can use in battle and these DLC exclusive moves are no exception. The chapter surrounding Alisha doesn’t have a lot of information, but it will be interesting to see an extra story chapter in the game.
Fans that get the digital version of "Tales of Zestiria" will immediately get the Mystic Artes in the copy. The Alisha chapter is free until Nov. 18 and will have to be paid for after that date.
Another interesting DLC addition is the 23-skit pack. Fans of the series are familiar with the moments in the game where they can listen to the characters have normal conversations while travelling the world. This pack adds 23 more of those conversations, all of which will apparently be funny.
Bandai Namco also announced four costume sets for each of the characters including a school costume set, an iDOLM@STER set, a seaside resort set and surprisingly enough, an "Evangelion" set. "Evangelion" is considered to be a legendary anime by many a fan and its presence here is fairly interesting, though it's doubtful that mechs will start appearing in the game.
According to an article from Destructoid, the DLC listed by Bandai Namco is some of the least offensive content seen in modern gaming. Most of the changes seen in the DLC are cosmetic or aren’t important enough to affect the gameplay. The best part seems to be that all the content is optional and no fan feels forced to get them.
More DLC will be coming to the game sometime after launch, though no details were given. Despite this, "Tales of Zestiria" looks like a game worthy of celebrating the series' 20th anniversary.