Eidos has officially announced that it plans to release Legaia 2: Duel Saga in North America and Europe under its Fresh Games label this coming fall. The game is a sequel to the popular PlayStation RPG The Legend of Legaia, which was published in Japan by Sony earlier this year. At the game's outset, players will assume the role of Lang, a rookie militiaman residing in the desert village of Nohl. Nohl's water supply is provided by a magical crystal that is stolen one day by a sinister man called Avalon. With the water crystal gone, the village of Nohl is shrouded in a perpetual eclipse that strengthens the evil creatures that inhabit the land and causes them to proliferate more quickly. For the sake of his village, Lang bravely sets forth to parts unknown to hunt down Avalon and retrieve the water crystal.
Like its predecessor, Legaia 2 will utilize a combat system built around fighting-game-style D pad and button inputs, which players will use to execute their party members' special abilities. These special abilities are called "origins," and their effects are varied--some will be used in battle to heal injured fighters, while others will be used on the field to overcome obstacles. Players will also be able to combine items and weapons to create gear with more powerful attributes and properties.
We'll have more information on Legaia 2: Duel Saga for you soon, as the game will be on display at the coming E3. For now, check out our previous coverage of the Japanese version of the game.