SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 13, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today released  Tales of Graces™ f  for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in North America.   Tales of Graces f combines lush animated graphics, a dramatic storyline, and an exciting real-time battle system into a sprawling epic for fans of the Tales of series and Japanese RPGs.

Tales of Graces f  brings the renowned and beloved Tales of series to the PlayStation 3 system for the first time in North America. Set amidst the conflict of three kingdoms competing for planetary dominance, the story follows Asbel Lhant and his friends as they come to discover just how far they will go to protect the bonds of friendship between them in a quest that stretches beyond their comprehension.

“The Tales of series’ strong characters, captivating stories and signature real-time battle system have earned it some of NAMCO BANDAI Games’ most diehard fans,” said Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.  “ Tales of Graces f  continues with that tradition and we are excited for those fans to help us foster and grow the community for the Western market.”

For the first time in the Tales of series, the combat system lets the player freely change attack style depending on the battle situation. The characters can fight with two different attacking styles, and the new combat system is easier to control while simultaneously adding new levels of tactical depth. The title is developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. in Japan with the aim of bringing to life the rich depth of the evocative characters designed by Mutsumi Inomata.

Post-launch DLC for  Tales of Graces f  will include special character costumes and accessories.  Outfit your party with fashionably cool clothes based on past Tales of games and various themes.  Certain costumes will give characters stat boosts and access to classic Tales of battle music when they are equipped, giving players that extra edge in battle.

Tales of Graces f  is scheduled for European release in summer 2012, with an exclusive day one edition of the game set to include bonuses for European fans only. More details regarding the European release will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Tales of Graces f  is rated “T” for teen by the ESRB and carries a MSRP of $59.99.  For more information on the Tales of Graces f and the Tales of series, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com and  http://www.facebook.com/tales.

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