XSeed Games have announced that they have begun shipping the highly acclaimed, action-oriented RPG title, The Last Story, to retailers across North America. All initial copies of The Last Story include a bonus 44-page softcover art book packaged together with the game in a custom outer box. Developed by legendary game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his studio MISTWALKER in conjunction with Nintendo, The Last Story has been hailed by critics and fans from around the world for its brilliance in storytelling, immersive audio and music, cover-based action combat and mystical setting. The Last Story centers on a band of mercenaries and follows them on their journey to gain wealth and notoriety. Throughout the adventure, players will experience an engaging story with an emphasis on immersion and environmental interaction. Gameplay is action-oriented, utilizing a cover system and both ranged and melee combat, but also includes strategic elements such as a battle command system which players can use to issue orders to party members on-the-fly, expertly blending classic turn-based mechanics with real-time action combat. “It has been an amazing journey for The Last Story, so to be able to share the experience with fans and supporters is very rewarding to me,” said Hironobu Sakaguchi, Director of The Last Story, in response to the game’s highly-anticipated North American release. In addition to the high-octane combat, players are transported through an emotional storyline via a magical and striking soundtrack, crafted by famed industry composer Nobuo Uematsu. The action can also be taken online where players can compete against or play cooperatively with friends, choosing between either a three-on-three deathmatch mode or coop boss rush, in which a team of up to six players take on more powerful versions of the game’s bosses. The Last Story follows Zael and his band of fellow adventurers as they travel to Lazulis Island, the only region prospering as the mainland of the Empire slowly rots away, in their search for work, opportunity, and a better future. After securing employment with the ruler of the island, Count Arganan, Zael dreams of finally achieving a secure life as a knight and putting his unstable mercenary past behind him, but things don’t exactly go to plan when events during their first mission change his life forever… “This is truly one of the best, most epic adventures out there, so we are thrilled to offer our players an experience they will never forget,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President at XSEED Games. “Through the visionary mind and talent of Sakaguchi-san and his team at Mistwalker comes a game that will be a timeless centerpiece for what storytelling and adventure mean to gamers.” Will you be picking up The Last Story?