Wii's 'The Last Story' coming to North America in 2012 [update: summer!]

The final surprise at the end of this morning's Nintendo Direct: The Last Story! The long-awaited action-RPG for Wii by Mistwalker will be out in North America this year, thanks to the stalwart RPG localizing staff of publisher XSEED Games.

Update: A press release from XSEED specifies summer 2012. You can read it after the break.
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XSEED Games Announces The Last Story Exclusively for Wii

Highly Anticipated Wii-exclusive Action RPG to be Released for the North American Market


Torrance, Calif., (February 22, 2012) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today announced a partnership with Nintendo that will bring The Last Story™ to North America, exclusively for Wii™. Developed by legendary creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and his studio, MISTWALKER, in conjunction with Nintendo, The Last Story has players taking charge of a band of mercenaries and journeying with them into a sprawling cinematic adventure. The agreement with Nintendo grants XSEED Games exclusive publishing rights to The Last Story in North America when the game ships this summer.

"I am very happy to be able to confirm that The Last Story will be released in North America," stated Hironobu Sakaguchi, CEO of MISTWALKER. "XSEED Games has a reputation for bringing high-quality JRPGs to America, and I'm sure they will do a great job with this release too."

Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games, shared Mr. Sakaguchi's sentiments. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work on such a unique and ground-breaking RPG. I'm sure that North American gamers will love this title."

The Last Story follows Zael and his band of fellow adventurers as they go to Lazulis Island, the only region prospering as the mainland of the Empire slowly rots away, in search of work and a better future. After securing employment with the ruler of the island, Count Arganan, Zael dreams of finally achieving a secure life as a knight and putting his unstable mercenary past behind him, but things don't exactly go to plan when events during their first mission change his life forever...

The Last Story was developed by Nintendo and MISTWALKER, exclusively for Wii. The game will be published by XSEED Games in North America in Summer 2012. XSEED Games will release more product updates in the coming months.

©2011-2012 Nintendo / MISTWALKER. Published by XSEED Games.

Wii and The Last Story are trademarks of Nintendo.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.