Archive for category The Last Story
VGMdb reports that the The Last Story soundtrack will be releasing on February 23 next year in Japan, one month after the release of the game. It will be a 3-disc set with all music composed by Nobuo Uematsu. We await further official announcement by Mistwalke or Nobuo’s production company, although VGMdb is known as a reliable source. Earlier they also revealed the Final Fantasy XIII Piano Collections album several days before official announcement.
The press conference is over. As we expected, Sakaguchi showed many different aspects of The Last Story. Ranging from a detailed (Japanse) explanation of the battle system, a look at clothes and character customization to the free camera during fast-forwardable cutscenes. Sakaguchi was joined by several important staff members, and even Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata made a surprise announcement to congratulate Sakaguchi and his team. The event ended with the reveal of the game’s themesong, sung by Japanese singer Kanon.
Missed this event? No problem, as you can rewatch it on Ustream in decent quality. Furthermore the Japanese website got a big update giving a look at Ruri city, the battle system in motion and other gameplay elements. So far no further information about an European/North American release has been mentioned, although Mistwalker promised (rather, tweeted) they would reveal more about this closer to the Japanese launch date. The site also contains several new (hidden) tracks composed by Uematsu.
Other than 2 trailers we haven’t seen a lot of The Last Story in action. Nintendo has decided to stream an online event for The Last Story fans. Broadcasted live over Ustream, Director Hironobu Sakaguchi will introduce his Wii RPG and its battle system. We also expect to see a huge amount of online play, and the recently announced weapon upgrade system. Nintendo has high hopes on The Last Story seeing how the game is one month away from release and already starting to get a big promotional campaign, including a commercial to promote this upcoming event.
This presentation is called “Seeking A New RPG” and will be streamed live on the Nintendo homepage and Ustream on the 27th of December, at 2pm Japanese time. Oh, and Sakaguchi revealed on Twitter that the development of LS has been completed. Now the development staff has time enough to read the happy tweets!
We’ve seen Kanan, Last Story’s heroine for a long time now without really knowing much about her background. This changed earlier this week when Jump revealed the first details about her. She is, as expected from a look at her clothing, from noble origin. Kanan is, like Elza, an orphan. She’s a daughter in the Arganon family, the family who rules Ruri island, living in Ruri castle and dreaming of leaving and exploring the world outside this castle. As she is under close supervision of her uncle, Count Arganon, this dream will remain a dream forever… isn’t it? We’re pretty sure Elza will come into play there. Remember the romantic tête-à-tête with Elza at the Star Gazing Tower? Just to recap, count Arganon gives employment to the young mercenaries Elza, Quark, Seiren, Yuris, Jackal and Manamia. Perhaps this will lead to their “fated meeting”, Jump hints.
You can view artwork and hear voice samples of all announced characters in The Last Story on its official website (Japanese)
Besides the reveal of Kanan, Jump also revealed a fairly straightforward weapon upgrading system. You can bring your weapons to a weapon upgrade shop were you can upgrade your weapons with new skills, properties and even completely new looks. You will also find identify shops in town, allowing you to identify an unknown weapon you’ve found during your adventures. The currency (gil?) or loot (vibrant ooze?) for weapon upgrades/identifying are unknown at the moment, although we suspect screenshots and more information on this system will be revealed soon.
As we highly suspect that with the background info on Kanan, we have information on all major characters of The Last Story, we think this is a good place to recap all of the information we know, courtesy of Andriasang/Wikipedia:
The main character. He lost all his family as a youth and became a Mercenary, wandering the land and fighting. He dreams of becoming a Knight. Upon visiting Ruli Island, some strange occurrence happens to him while on his first mission (this is where he gets his "Gathering" ability).
Jackal is a mage who has the ability to control ice. While he behaves in a flirtatious and easy-going manner, he’s actually a thinker and cares for his allies. In battle, he’s an all rounder who can use both magic and swords.
Manamia is capable of using recovery magic. She has a philosophical way of speaking and gentle, motherly atmosphere, traits whose origins appear to lie in the secrets surrounding her birth and upbringing. She’s a big eater.
Leader of Elza’s mercenary group. He and Elza met in their youth and are like brothers. He has great trust from his fellow mercenaries.
The "mood maker" of Elza’s mercenary group, Seiren makes use of dual swords. She’s a heavy drinker and has a foul mouth, but she’s kind and considerate of her friends.
He’s the youngest of the mercenaries, but has great capabilities in battle where he makes use of flame magic. He doesn’t talk much and is unsociable. He lost his father in his youth, and then his mother too.
The current head of the Arganon family which rules over Ruli Island. He’s the most powerful person on the island and is both resourceful and ambitious. He gives employment to Elza and his mercenary crew
Trista was once the highest ranking officer in the imperial army and was the embodiment of the ideals of chivalry. Through his first hand experience with the tragedy of war, he quickly came to understand the relation between war and the devastation of the land.
The Last Story will be releasing on January 27 in Japan and with only co-op, weapon upgrades, real-time combat and a formidable cast in an intriguing story, things are looking good for The Last Story. Be sure to stay with us for the latest information about this upcoming RPG developed by Mistwalker/AQ Interactive and directed by Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi.
A week after a big update, Mistwalker updated the The Last Story website once again with a preview of the soundtrack composed by Nobuo Uematsu. A new track called “With Order And Chaos” is available for preview. This track will be a key phrase for the game, according to Sakaguchi, and will be included in the mini-OST alongside with six other tracks and much more. Make sure to take a look at the site for some of the latest screenshots and character artwork, as well as some other music previews on (almost) each page.
Today the The Last Story site got a very big update, similar to Final Fantasy XIII, summarizing everything we saw in earlier Famitsu scans, including 2 new characters.
They however announced some new things, the most important one being the Collector’s Edition of the game. The edition is dubbed as “Special Pack” and includes a Wii console, a Classic controller and of course the game itself. This Special Pack’s packaging shows all main characters, weapons, the tiger, Seiren’s bird and a mysterious dragon-like creature. This bundle seems to be a must-have for RPG fans who don’t yet have a Wii console and we can’t wait to hear if we’ll get the same special treatment.
There also have been some perks announced for early buyers, as the first print of the game will have a special box art and will include an “ELEMENTS OF THE LAST STORY” bonus item, containing a mini-OST and an artbook all wrapped together in a nice case with gorgeous artwork by Kimihiko Fujisaka . It’s unknown, although probable, if the Special Wii bundle will also contain these items. Sure, it has to be, as everyone wants to get their hands on the soundtrack after the surprising announcement that Nobuo Uematsu will be composing all of The Last Story’s music.
Yes, you read that right, legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, a good friend of Hirobu Sakaguchi will be composing the entire soundtrack of The Last Story. Nobuo Uematsu is best known for his Final Fantasy (FFI – X, FFXIV) soundtracks and some of his recent works include arrangements for the Distant Worlds II concerts, Lord Of Arcana, and MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. He earlier composed the soundtracks of highly acclaimed Mistwalker titles like Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon. You can hear some of his works on the Last Story site, although we’ve zipped all of the 4 preview tracks, of which 2 are new, in one handy download.
Knowing all of this it’s time to head over to the Japanese The Last Story site and see these things for yourself! You’ll find that the site got a big update and is a lot easier to use now thanks to a heavier usage of Flash. Make sure to check the Characters section, which is the third tab, to view all the currently announced characters. Some of these you know very well, others might be new to you, as they only briefly appeared in trailers or in magazine scans (that weren’t even leaked in the first place.) From left to right you’ll see Elza, Kanan, Quark, Seiren, Yuuris, Jackall, Manamia and 2 newcomers, Count Arganan and Commander Trista.
So far, 2 box arts have been released, we assume that the left one will be included in the Special Wii bundle, while the right one will be the regular box art. You can view the below.
The Last Story will be releasing early next year, January 27 and is Hironobu Sakaguchi (FF Series) his next big RPG after Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest news and updates on this blockbuster Wii RPG!
Source: Siliconera and various others.
The latest issue of V-Jump covered The Last Story last week and while unfortunately no scans are available, it has been revealed that The Last Story will feature online play.
Not much has been revealed on this feature yet, but apparently players can log into the “Raid Lobby” mode where they can battle with their favorite character in 6 player co-op facing off against each other or powerful bosses/enemies from the game. Furthermore Jump also talked about the customization features of LS allowing players to dress up your characters’ clothing, weapons and other items in a similar way to Resonance Of Fate (End of Eternity, JP).
At last, Jump also revealed a new character, general Trista, an ex-knight who was once the highest ranking officer in the imperial army of Ruri Island. It’s unknown whether Trista is a playable character like Elza or an important… antagonist?
Jump had several screenshots of the online mode, as well as the item customization features. At the moment, no scans are available although we fully expect more details and scans in Famitsu next week. Last Story will hit Japanese store shelves on January 27, 2011 with information regarding an English localization happening some time before this date.
With the release of Last Story in Japan, Mass Effect 2 on PS3 in North America and the Fabula Nova Crystallis conference, January’s sure to be become an exciting month for RPG fans!
Source: Andriasang and various other Dutch/French sites