Namco Bandai prefers to take its time localizing its largest franchises for western release. It has been a painful wait, but it seems like Namco has waited the appropriate time-length for Tales of Xillia. During a fan event today Namco Bandai announced Tales of Xillia is being localized for western release (Europe and America) in 2013. It'll only have take over a year and a half.
Xillia has received very high critical reception in Japan, along with the the highest initial sales in the franchise since Tales of Destiny 2 -- over a decade ago. This could party be due to the meeting of two of the Tales franchise best character designers working on the same project. Mutsumi Inomata, from Team Destiny, and Kosuke Fujishima, from Team Symphonia, are respectively designing Xillia's male and female protagonists. Top that off with Vesperia's anime style and Grace's watercolor aesthetic and this is an all-stars Tales project.
In the modern era of dying Japanese RPGS, it's tough not to be excited when big titles like Tales of Xillia finally are scheduled for localization. Much thanks to Namco Bandai for putting together the team to make it happen, and announcing it at a fan event to boot. Expect the title in 2013 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.