New partial Tales of Graces f scans have been released, which reveals a bevy of new information, including the new Mystic Artes for Cheria and Malik, as well as more concrete information on the game's new Accelerate mode.
Tales of Graces f (the f stands for "future") has an extra post-game story which takes place after the game's original ending. Without spoiling anything, there seems to be an increase in the monster population, which increases the amount of monster attacks around the world. This causes Asbel and his group to set off once again to determine the cause behind the recent disturbance.
Tales of Graces f, PS3, Sony, Namco BandaiTales of Graces f, PS3, Sony, Namco Bandai The scans reveal that Artes will be able to be tied to the right analog stick, functioning similarly to the the ability given by Tales of Vesperia PS3's Artes Ball. It doesn't seem to specify if this is done via an item or not, so it looks like this might be enabled by default in Tales of Graces f.
As for the game's new Accelerate mode, it's not currently know how it activates, but the scans do reveal the effects it gives to the characters, which are as follows:
Asbel: Raises attack and can attack downed enemies.
Sophie: Raises attack, allows for instant movement with the Forward Step mode and speeds up CC recovery.
Cheria: Stops time on everyone but herself (isn't noted if this only means enemies or the playable characters as well).
Hubert: Changes his weapon to bow form, which allows him to shoot depending on what level his gauge is at.
Malik: Strengths his close range attacks.
Pascal: She doesn't stagger and herself and any allies within range will take half damage.
Richard: Cut spell casting time in half.
The scan also reveals two new areas, Chemical Element Lab and Paradise of the Otherworld, which will likely take place in the post-game story.
The long wait for the Tales of Graces F downloadable demo will be coming to an end this week. Namco Bandai updated the game's official site with a final date for the demo: October 7.
As previously detailed, the demo will give players a chance to form a party of 7 characters and work through a demo-exclusive dungeon called "Forest of Mystery." You'll get to sample the battle system's Accel Mode, which is new for PS3 players, as well as some of the new skills.