Vanillaware’s Grand Knights History to Be Told on U.S. PSPs

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Similarly to the Nintendo DS, it looks like the PSP is gearing up for one last holiday season hurrah with a few compelling titles left to give handheld gamers eager to move on to the PS Vita. Shooting straight up to the top of the list is Grand Knights History, the latest game from Vanillaware, the studio behind such cult classics as Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Dragon’s Crown will surely join that list as well when it comes to PS3 and PS Vita next year.

Grand Knights History will have to hold us over until then, and it certainly looks up to the task. A 2D turn-based RPG lovingly crafted in Vanillaware’s trademark hand-drawn style, Grand Knights History will arrive on North American shores this winter as a PSN digital download and in physical UMD form. To no surprise, the PSP lovers at XSEED Games signed on the dotted line with Marvelous Entertainment to make the U.S. release happen. Thanks again, XSEED. You’ve steadfastly supported the PSP while many others abandoned it.

Anyway… let’s read a bit more about the game, per XSEED’s press release:

Presented with a gorgeous palette of rich colors and a distinctive hand-painted art style, Grand Knights History takes place in the land of Listia, a European-inspired medieval continent plagued by conflict as the struggle for land and power sees three competing nations stuck at a standstill. For years, the lands of Union, Avalon and Logres have battled against one another for supremacy, with the resulting bloodshed across the land reaching historical proportions. With no nation able to gain an advantage, the war rages on unabated.

While these three nations vie for continental domination, one captain must choose a nation with which to align him/herself, then recruit teams of able-bodied soldiers and train them into battle-ready knights to send off into the ever-changing online war campaign. It is up to players to choose an allegiance with one of the three factions, then progress through offline questing and intense 30-hour online skirmishes, all making use of deep, strategic RPG combat and expansive customization. Race, sex, appearance, job class, sub-class and weapon type are all freely alterable for every team member, so no two knights are ever the same; and unique massively-multiplayer online functionality allows players to test their knights against others from all corners of North America, without even requiring a constant internet connection.

Of course you want to see more of its gorgeous, painterly graphics, right? Here you go!

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