Ubisoft picks up Korean PSP RPG

French publisher to bring Astonishia Story to the world, starting with a March release in the US; first screens inside.

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After a slow start, the lineup of role-playing games on Sony's PlayStation Portable looks to be nicely filled out in the coming year. New installments in the Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Namco's Tales, Suikoden, and Shin Megami Tensei series have all been announced, but Ubisoft is betting there's still room for at least one newcomer to the group.

Today the publisher announced that it has reached an agreement with Korea-based Sonnori Corporation to release Astonishia Story around the world (excluding Japan and Korea). Said to be "a rich and simple experience" by Ubisoft, the game casts players in the role of a royal knight charged with recovering a sacred relic. Assisting the knight on his quest will be wizards and "many other mysterious allies."

Ubisoft will release the game on American shores first in March. There is no word yet on when Ubi hopes to release the game in the other regions covered by the deal.

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