We once had a "fall 2011" release window for the 3DS release of Tales of the Abyss. You probably won't be too shocked to hear that Namco is no longer attempting to cram this game into the crowded fall release window -- where it would have to compete with Mario and his Kart on 3DS, along with every game ever on other platforms.

If you write in the new date on your calendar, you'll have to write small to make room under the existing "Valentine's Day" label, as Namco has chosen February 14, 2012 for the refreshed PS2 RPG, making the game a perfect way for dateless, and formerly 3DS-gameless, people to pass the holiday.

Namco also reiterated the "2012" window for the PS3's Tales of Graces F.
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NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has released new screen shots for Tales of the Abyss for the Nintendo 3DS system. The new assets focus on Guy, Anise and Natalia, three playable party members found through the game. Tales of the Abyss will be available in North America on February 14, 2012.



Tales of the Abyss, the critically-acclaimed PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system role playing game, is updated for the Nintendo 3DS system. The upcoming title delivers full 3D support and use of the dual screens to bring players closer to the action. Tales of the Abyss tells the story of Luke fon Fabre, sole heir to a family of aristocrats, as he is suddenly thrust into the outside world on an epic adventure. Naïve and spoiled by years of isolation, Luke struggles to learn of friendship, sacrifice, duty and of choice. With the fates of many in his hands, Luke's actions could ultimately save the world or bring about its very destruction.



The series' trademark real-time battle system returns with increased mobility in the "Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System." The updated battle system allows players to run in any direction while engaged in battle. Throughout the game, characters will learn AD Skills, acquired with the use of Capacity Cores, stat increasing items given out as characters level up. AD Skills can be equipped and unequipped at will during battles. The battle system also introduces Field of Fonons, a special system that allows players to charge elemental attacks through repeated use. Once the Field of Fonons is charged, players can execute a technique that corresponds to the elemental alignment represented on the screen to create an upgraded, powerful version of the attack.



Tales of the Abyss is developed by NAMCO TALES STUDIO LTD. and will be available for North America on February 14, 2012. In addition to Tales of the Abyss, NAMCO BANDAI Games America will also be releasing Tales of Graces f, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in 2012.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.