Nintendo of Australia today confirmed that The Last Story, the latest action-packed RPG to be developed by Japanese company Mistwalker (Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon) will be released in Australia and New Zealand on the 23rd February 2012. Along with the team at Mistwalker, this game was co-developed by AQ Interactive with lead producer Hironobu Sakaguchi (Many Final Fantasy games) taking the reins.
This is a game that has been in high demand since it was originally announced for release in Japan, and as of yet has only been announced for a PAL release, similar to that of Nintendo’s other release of Xenoblade Chronicles which was only recently announced for distribution in North America having been released last year in PAL regions. The Last Story features RPG-esque gameplay and storyline elements, but is claimed to have added a modern twist to the traditional formula, leaving you to master the “innovative combat system” and customize items and equipment.
The following is a brief blurb taken from the official press release, mentioning some information on the plot, customization and multiplayer modes:
During The Last Story you take control of Zael and from time to time his partners, a band of mercenaries in search of their fortune. You undertake a series of missions and explore Lazulis Island and its sprawling medieval capital Lazulis City, while trying to help Zael achieve his ultimate goal of leaving his life as a mercenary behind and becoming a true knight.
The Last Story features a high level of customisation for both items and characters appearance. There are two main ways of customising your party’s equipment including visiting blacksmiths to increase their abilities and using dyes to change their colour. By visiting the various blacksmiths who are situated within Lazulis City and within some dungeons, you can upgrade your weapons and armour.
Unlike many other RPGs, The Last Story not only features a thrilling single player campaign with an engaging story, but also Online Multiplayer options including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Co-Op modes. Now you can battle against or alongside up to five other RPG fans using your own customised character from the Single Player game.
I intend on picking up this game upon its release, so I look forward to bringing you a review of the game by the end of February.