Tales of Zestiria screenshots introduce new areas

High-res screenshots of new character Lailah, too.

Tales of Zestiria

Namco Bandai has released a new set of Tales of Zestiria screenshots, showing the recently introduced Lailah, as well as some new areas.

View the screenshots at the gallery. Details below.

Doshi Contract

By forming a pact with a member of the Family of Heaven, a doshi is able to gain abilities that exceed that of a normal human being and use Heaven Echo Artes thanks to the weapon that houses the other party.

Forming a pact requires two things: a high aptitude for spiritual energy and a pure heart. This process of forming a pact and infusing a weapon with the body of a member in the Family of Heaven is referred to as a “Marriage.”

In a pact, the member of the Family of Heaven is considered to be the Contractor, while the doshi is the Contractee and can under no circumstances break it off. Doshis who are particularly good at their work can form multiple pacts and while it would be considered ideal to have pacts with members in the Family of Heaven belonging to all four elements, historically speaking, no doshi has been able to pull off such a feat.

Lake Pirow Plateau

Sitting at the foot of a tall mountain in Izuchi, Lake Pirow Plateau has a relatively chilly climate, but is rich in nature, playing host to waterfalls and conifer tree forests, among other things.

Rapid waters aplenty from the surrounding mountains run through the plateau, ultimately flowing into the lake over which Imperial Capital Lady Lake looms. Sorey and Mikleo end up visiting it for the first time after setting out from Izuchi under the impression that the area is a sort of underworld.

The Maiden Lake Sanctuary

A shrine designed to protect the lake’s maidens, the Lake Sanctuary also houses the every important doshi’s sacred sword. Although it ostensibly holds a highly important position within Lady Lake when it comes to doshi worshiping and the belief in the Family of Heaven, in recent years, the influence of the outside world has become burdensome, resulting in the formation of the Holy Sword Festival, an occasion where so-called men of valor attempt to pull out the sacred sword.

Although chaos in recent years had resulted in the Holy Sword Festival being cancelled, it ends up resuming as a result of Alisha’s efforts. When Sorey ends up splitting up from her, he gets a recommendation to pay a visit to the festival and goes sightseeing.

Vivia Aqueduct Ruins

Although they ostensibly sit underground below Imperial Capital Lady Lake, the culture on display in the Vivia Aqueduct Ruins differ from those observed in the contemporary city above it. With facilities that can control the complex currents running through it, they also serve as the medium for the city’s water and sewage systems.

The deeper parts of the ruins are said to house historic remains from a number of time periods and also come with hidden pathways and mysterious mechanisms. While the Hyland royal family is thought to hold deep ties to the ruins’ establishment, the truth remains murky.

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