IGN has a nice preview up for Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Dawn of the New World is a sequel to the original Tales of Symphonia for the GCN. It’s set two years after the events of the original.
Something has gone wrong with the unification of the worlds. There should be balance. Peace. But the climates are out of tune — deserts have frozen over, massive lakes dried up — and nobody is certain why. To make matters worse, the people of the Sylvarant and Tethe’alla are at odds with one another and war looms. You play as the 16-year-old blonde boy Emil Castagnier, described by Namco as indecisive, whose parents were recently killed. One day Emil hears a calling and follows it into the mountains, where he meets Marta Lualdi, a 15-year-old tomboy whose mother was also killed in the unification of the two worlds. In a surprise twist, the characters learn that it was Lloyd Irving who was indirectly responsible for the deaths of their loved ones. “Emil believes that his parents were killed by Lloyd Irving. It’s a significant aspect of the story that will be addressed as players make their way through the game,” explains localization manager Minako Takahashi.” Together, they embark upon a quest to discover the truth behind the hearsay and also to bring balance back to the land.