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SANTA CLARA, Calif., (January 11, 2006) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that Tales of Legendia™ for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system has gone gold. The latest installment in the renowned Tales role playing series lets players embark on a journey to uncover the mysteries of a legendary ship and take on fearsome creatures using a unique fighting system influenced by the award-winning SOULCALIBUR® series.

An original adventure in the Tales universe, Tales of Legendia sets players in a lush game world that is actually a massive ship called the Legacy, a remnant of a civilization long past. Assuming the role of main character Senel, an Alliance marine skilled in an art known as “eres”, players will experience a dramatic storyline and uncover the truth behind the Legacy. In the process, the characters learn the depths of their relationships in an epic tales of love and heroism.

Tales of Legendia combines the depth and storytelling of a traditional RPG with the action and strategy of a fighting game, letting players explore the Legacy and uncover its secrets, while taking on fearsome enemies with the game’s new X-LiMBS (Crossover Linear Motion) battle system. Influenced by the acclaimed SOULCALIBUR series of fighting games, X-LiMBS lets players unleash attacks never before seen in a role playing game such as throws and rapid fire combos and execute potent team attacks. Boasting detailed and vibrant 3D graphics, Tales of Legendia features an all-new cast of characters and close to 30 minutes of anime cut scenes featuring characters designed by artist Kazuto Nakazawa, renowned for his work on the animated sequences in Kill Bill: Volume 1 and the anime series Samurai Champloo.

“With its classic RPG gameplay, innovative battle system and stunning art style, Tales of Legendia sets a new standard for interactive storytelling,” said Yoshi Niki, business unit director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The new X-LiMBS battle system adds a level of fighting depth never before seen in a role playing game, further enhancing the player’s bond with the characters and adding a new element of combat strategy to the series.”

Tales of Legendia is rated T for “Teen” by the ESRB, and will be available in stores this February.

For more information on Tales of Legendia, please visit http://tales.namco.com/legendia/.

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