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Radiant Historia is Waiting for You in February 2011

Posted by James Newton

A time travelling RPG that's not made by Square?!

Atlus has been a staunch supporter of the DS for years, releasing some quality, quirky RPGs in that time, and the company has just announced another title bound for North America next year in the form of Radiant Historia.

The press release hits all the key areas, promising to "channel the heart and soul" of 16-bit RPGs, deliver a unique battle system and wrap it all up in "intricate hand-drawn details" and "one of the best soundtracks in recent memory."

Check out the trailer below and expect Radiant Historia to land in North America on February 22nd 2011.

ATLUS RETURNS FROM A TERRIBLE FUTURE WITHOUT RADIANT HISTORIA, TIME-TRAVEL RPG FOR NINTENDO DS, WITH NEWS OF NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE IN FEBRUARY 2011

Gonna go back (and forward) in time.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 22, 2010 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc., recently returned from an expedition into the future, today announced a North American release for Radiant Historia, a new internally-developed time-travel RPG for Nintendo DS. Channeling the heart and soul of fan favorite 16-bit RPG classics, Radiant Historia combines a unique position-based battle system, intricate hand-drawn details, and one of the best soundtracks in recent memory as it takes gamers on a steampunk adventure back and forth through time.

"We've seen a future without a North American localization of Radiant Historia," warned a stern Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales. "That future was depressing and noticeably lacking in the 'epic handheld RPG' category. Knowing what that tomorrow would be like, we're excited to release Radiant Historia for Nintendo DS in February 2011. It's the kind of gaming experience that is really a time machine unto itself, transporting gamers back to the 16-bit era, the golden age of RPGs. Prepare to jump forward and back through time, meeting a variety of memorable characters and taking in some of the most polished, lovingly hand-drawn visuals ever to grace a handheld entry in the genre. A gaming future without all that? Not pretty," he concluded, grimacing.

Radiant Historia is currently scheduled to release on February 22, 2011 for Nintendo DS™. For more information, visit the official website.

About Radiant Historia
In the midst of an unending war for dominance between two super-powers, Special Intelligence Agent Stocke is assigned to a routine escort mission that goes horribly awry. However, wielding a mysterious book called the White Chronicle, Stocke discovers a way to travel to the intersection of time itself: Historia. With this power in his hands, he must travel back and forth through key events and an entirely alternate timeline to right the world's ill-fated course. The lives of his companions, the fate of nations, and the resolution of an impending disaster that now threatens the land all depend on Stocke's ability to discern the one "true" history.

Key Features

  • Restore the True History-With the power of the White Chronicle, the crossroads of time is yours to traverse. Jump back and forth across various turning points in history in order to save your world from destruction.
  • Your Choices Matter-Difficult decisions face you at every turn. Who will you side with? Who will you choose to help? Your choices progress the story and bring you to drastically different ends. Return to previous choices to initiate changes whose effects ripple throughout the timelines.
  • Push Your Foes Around-Use the turn order and your special ability to manipulate the positions of enemies on the field to set up combination attacks and gain the upper hand.

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User Comments (30)

MasterGraveheart

#1

MasterGraveheart said:

I'm still waiting for ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat.

...But this looks REALLY good. I hope to see more of the battle system though.

fchinaski

#2

fchinaski said:

This is real good news! It's always great when companies are willing to push the limits of an aging platform like the DS to deliver quality games before the end of its lifespan. And lately the DS is getting a lot of pretty good RPGs that do just that! Way to go, Atlus!

edhe

#3

edhe said:

Atlus seems to have an aversion to releasing RPGs in Europe, so I'll probably have to import this one.

Then again, I plan to get the 3DS (and sell my current DSi) on release, and If Nintendo decides to implement region locking, then what's the point?

But I'll wait for your review first.

Radbot42

#4

Radbot42 said:

This looks really good! I can't wait to see more footage and more of the battle system

Kimiko

#7

Kimiko said:

Reminds me of Avalon Code a little, but without a playable female character :( and turn/grid-based battles.

@edhe: There is no Atlus Europe, only Atlus Japan and Atlus USA. That's why we so rarely get the good stuff here.

Objection

#8

Objection said:

ATLUS is delicious. Pull up a chair, everyone, and let us enjoy this surprise banquet of gaming cupcakes!

WolfRamHeart

#15

WolfRamHeart said:

This looks really good. The soundtrack should be awesome as well. I just love Atlus for bringing us cool games like this!:)

CanisWolfred

#18

CanisWolfred said:

IMO, ASH was pretty disappointing, and the 4 import reviews I've read seem to agree. Just saying.

Bassman_Q

#21

Bassman_Q said:

This looks EPIC! Almost as epic as The Last Story! And they're not lying when they say the soundtrack's gonna be good. That music in the trailer sounds epic!

...but what's with the press release? The developers went back in time? What? 0.o

Marvelousmoo

#23

Marvelousmoo said:

Looks really amazing! There's something about time travel...it just appeals to all humans. Maybe it has to do with the longing in all of us to change the past...

Hmm, now that I look at it more closely, it resembles Chrono Trigger more and more. Is it just me or do the battles look like they take place in the walking field? The attacks look really similar too. I love the huge timeline though. If I had a DS, this would be mine. Maybe I'll just have to wait for a 3DS and a job.

Bankai

#24

Bankai said:

Atlus seems to have an aversion to releasing RPGs in Europe, so I'll probably have to import this one.

That's because Atlus doesn't have a distribution business in Europe, so it physically cannot release games in Europe. Another distributor would have to pick up the game.

Bankai

#25

Bankai said:

@Mickeymac: I enjoyed ASH, though I bought it for 500 Yen (~$5), and I dunno if it's worth more than budget pricing.

It's a decent tactics RPG though. It's a pity it wasn't released in English.

pikku

#26

pikku said:

this and Last Story are gonna be giving my RPG fix next year, for sure.

Noire

#28

Noire said:

This looks pretty cool... I've been on kinda an ATLUS high now after discovering Persona so they'll very likely get my money for this. :3

supers0nic91

#30

supers0nic91 said:

I really hope the Music is as good as this trailers music, with a CD that would be Awesome and the best part is, I've never even heard of this game.

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