Tales of Xillia 2 is the direct sequel to Tales of Xillia, and the 14th main line entry in the series. It's set one year later. It features a new character, Ludger Will Kresnik, as protagonist.
All characters from the first game make a return and Ludger is the only completely new character who is playable. Gaius is also playable for the first time.
The game was released on November 1st, 2012 in Japan, on August 22nd, 2014 in North America and on August 25th, 2014 in Europe.
Tales of Xillia uses another modification of the Tales battle system known as XDR-LMBS, which is based on ToX1's battle system with dashes of Devil May Cry's weapon switching system, Tales of Vesperia's Fatal Strikes, and Tales of Graces' weakness-exploiting system and more robust side-stepping functionality.
Ludger can switch between three different sets of weapons (Dual Blades, Dual Guns, Giant Hammer) on the fly. He can also enter a sort of pocket dimension in a "Devil Trigger-esque" mode slaying enemies solo.
Another new mechanic is the Kitty Dispatch, where cats the player finds in the world are dispatched to various places in hopes of bringing back items, some of which can only be obtained through this system.
Tales of Xillia 2 is set one year after the events of the first game. It deals with many of the problems that occurred after the schizm that kept Rieze Maxia and Elympios separated got dispelled by Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell, like political tensions and prejudice.
The new main protagonist is Ludger Kresnik, who is working as a chef at a train station after failing his exam for the Spirius Corparation, where his elder brother Lucius works in a leadership position.
On his first day to work he meats Jude, who is now a doctor in Spyrite research, and shows him the way to the train station. At the station Ludger encounters a litte girl called Elle, who is trying to reach the fabled land of Cannan, to make a wish and reunite with her father.
The train gets attacked by the terrorist organization Exodus and Ludger, Jude and Elle get caught up right in the middle. The terrorists seem to be lead be Ludger's brother Julius, and after a struggle the train eventually crashes into a research facility.
Ludger and Elle get seriously hurt, but are saved by a doctor working for the huge Verland bank. The medical bill is steep, and Ludger now has to deal with a huge debt of 20.000.000 Gald. The only way to pay back the debt is to find and apprehend Julius.
So Ludger, Jude and Elle start out on a journey to find Julius and get to Cannan. They are soon reunited with all the characters from the previous game and discover that things aren't quite as simple as the seem to be.
Xillia 2 was the first Tales game developed after the shutdown of Namco Tales Studio Ltd., and the core development team from there remains.