In a deal with Nintendo of America, Xseed games revealed today that they had acquired the rights to bring Mistwalker’s The Last Story to America some time this summer. This is big news following the revelation that Xenoblade Chronicles would release in April. That’s two of the big Project Rainfall projects revealed for this year and goes a long way in washing out the memories of last year’s anemic release schedule.
I was afraid that Nintendo of America would be waiting on sales of Xenoblade to gauge consumer anticipation before releasing information on The Last Story, but thankfully that’s not the case. As excited as I was for Xenoblade, I’m more so for Hironobu Sakaguchi’s epic. Hopefully a news release on Pandora’s Tower is following, but of the three that was the least likely to come over.
Below you can see the full press release.Torrance, Calif., (February 22, 2012) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today announced a partnership with Nintendo that will bring The Last Story™ to North America, exclusively for Wii™. Developed by legendary creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and his studio, MISTWALKER, in conjunction with Nintendo, The Last Story has players taking charge of a band of mercenaries and journeying with them into a sprawling cinematic adventure. The agreement with Nintendo grants XSEED Games exclusive publishing rights to The Last Story in North America when the game ships this summer.
“I am very happy to be able to confirm that The Last Story will be released in North America,” stated Hironobu Sakaguchi, CEO of MISTWALKER. “XSEED Games has a reputation for bringing high-quality JRPGs to America, and I’m sure they will do a great job with this release too.” Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games, shared Mr. Sakaguchi’s sentiments. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work on such a unique and ground-breaking RPG. I’m sure that North American gamers will love this title.” The Last Story follows Zael and his band of fellow adventurers as they go to Lazulis Island, the only region prospering as the mainland of the Empire slowly rots away, in search of work 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… The Last Story was developed by Nintendo and MISTWALKER, exclusively for Wii. The game will be published by XSEED Games in North America in Summer 2012. XSEED Games will release more product updates in the coming months. ©2011-2012 Nintendo / MISTWALKER. Published by XSEED Games. Wii and The Last Story are trademarks of Nintendo.