Namco Bandai has just released new details on the fan service-filled experience, Tales of World Radiant Mythology 3 for the Playstation Portable (PSP). Players will have the opportunity to play with over 80 characters from across the entire Tales Series, which is sure to make Tales fans salivate endlessly.While the whole reason for this game's existence is to bring all of the Tales characters into one game, there is still an underlying story. Players follow Kanno Grassvalley, who is voiced by voice actress and J-Pop singer Aya Hirano. She is best known for her role as Haruhi in the series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Like characters in most Japanese RPGs, Kanno has lost both her parents and memory. Kanno eventually joins Ad Libitum and must then take on various quests with the help of Tales characters.
Like previous Radiant Mythology titles, the gameplay is a standard action-RPG with a top-down view. The story will be told through cutscenes featuring hand drawn stills of characters. Production I.G., known for quality work on many anime series, will be working on action segments during gameplay. There’s a good chance they will also include an opening cutscene as well.
Owners of the recently released Tales of Phantasia Narikiri Dungeon X for PSP will be treated with bonus items when they purchase Radiant Mythology 3. Namco Bandai will also reintroduce the special download site for uploading and downloading user-created characters. Fans can download player created characters as NPCs and include them in their world of Radiant Mythology 3. Being able to create your own character and share it with the world will surely connect fans more than other single-player oriented RPGs.
Radiant Mythology 3 will be released in 2011 in Japan. No word on a North American release, but fans can only hope that this follows the tradition of the few Tales games that managed to come stateside, like Tales of Vesperia.