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Tales of Legendia announced

For the US, anyway. The man who did the animated bit in Kill Bill is involved.

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Nearly a decade after the popular 'Tales' RPG series first appeared, Namco has announced that the latest instalment is to get a US release exclusively on PS2.

Tales of Legendia has been in development for several years, says Namco, and will feature 3D graphics, an innovative battle system and a storyline so epic you may die of old age before it's over.

There's also a unique cast of characters designed by Kazuto Nakazawa, the renowned Japanese artist who did that cartoony bit in Kill Bill Volume One where a young Lucy Liu hides under the bed and sees her parents getting killed and then grows up and finds the man who did it and goes mental and stabs him to bits with a carving knife. That bit.

The main character is one Senel Coolidge, "a young expert of the special skill called 'eres'." No idea. Whilst drifting upon a misty ocean in a small boat with his young sister Shirley, he comes across a mysterious island which turns out to be a boat. We've all been there. Cue a powerful tale of love and heroism as Senel begins his epic quest to unravel the mystery of the strange island/boat thing.

Namco says the real-time battles feel more like they're out of a fighting game than an RPG thanks to something called the Crossover Linear Motion Battle System, or X-LiMBS, which sees you taking on huge enemies with a beat-em-up-style control system. Smart.

"Tales of Legendia's updated graphics and engaging battle system clearly sets a new standard for the role-playing genre of games," said Namco bosstype Yoshi Niki.

There's no word yet on a launch date or European release. Namco was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, but we'll keep you posted.

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