Bandai Namco recently released details on the setting and story of the upcoming Tales of Berseria, as well as on the lead character Velvet Crowe. It begins three years prior to the game's events, when Velvet was still living with her family in a remote village in the Midgand Empire. She used to be more modest and amiable and loved her family. Then on the night the Scarlet Moon rose, someone Velvet trusted betrayed her. She lost her parents and her left hand was consumed by a strange power, transforming it into a terrible claw. It has extraordinary abilities and is able to devour monsters. She now travels through the empire with fury in her heart against the savior of the world that took everything from her.
The Midgand Empire is a vast nation that stretches across many islands divided into multiple territories. There is a large difference in climate between the northern and southern territories, which affects the cultures found there. In recent times the climate has cooled throughout the world, causing the northern territories to be covered in snow. Shipbuilding and seafaring technology are highly developed in the empire. Trading ships use specific sea routes, however, due to the changing climate and pirates.
Tales of Berseria is the sixteenth main title in the Tales of series. The game is due out sometime this year in Japan, North America, and Europe, although no specific dates have been revealed. It will be released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan, and on the PlayStation 4 and PC in the West.