The latest European release in Namco-Bandai’s Tales of series has finally received a release date.

Originally slated for a vague “summer” launch, Tales of Graces f has now been dated for release on August 31st. An enhanced PS3 port of the original Wii title, f includes an additional epilogue set six months after the main scenario. Titled “Lineage and Legacies”, this extra ten-hour mode is said to wrap up the remaining mysteries and unanswered questions.

That’s not the end of the good news, however, as Namco-Bandai have also announced that there will be a special, bonus-packed ‘Day One’ edition of the game.  I’m assuming it’ll be much the same situation as with the publisher’s 2011 release of Dark Souls, where every pre-order was upgraded to the ‘Day One’ edition at no extra charge.















Inside the lovely presentation box you can see above will be the game (of course), along with a hardcover art book, an original soundtrack disc, a third disc containing making of videos and a code for some bonus DLC – exclusive Tales of themes for the XMB and some extra character costumes taken from PS2 title Tales of Destiny 2. You can see all the goodies below.

I have to say, it’s pretty refreshing to be getting a special edition of a Tales of game over here. The releases outside of Japan have been spotty to say the least, and even when we do get them, it’s in limited numbers. So it’s good to see the games even making it over here, let alone as a special edition for the price of a standard game. This also bodes well for a European release of the latest title in the series, Tales of Xillia. Hopefully we’ll hear something about that, and maybe Tales of Innocence R for the Vita, at E3.