Tales of the Abyss (テイルズ オブ ジ アビス Teiruzu obu ji Abisu?) is a role-playing video game developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco in Japan and Namco Bandai Games in North America. Tales of the Abyss's characteristic genre name is The Meaning Of Birth RPG (「生まれた意味を知るRPG」。).
It is the eighth mothership title in the Tales series, and was released for the PlayStation 2 on December 15, 2005 in Japan, celebrating the Tales series' 10th anniversary, and on October 10, 2006 in North America. It features the Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System, which most resembles Tales of Symphonia's. The character designs are by manga artist Kōsuke Fujishima. The game was scheduled to receive a port to the Nintendo 3DS on May 19, 2011, but Namco Bandai has announced that the port for that region has been delayed to June 30, 2011. Nintendo Power magazine has confirmed the 3DS port for a North American release. It was released on February 14, 2012 in North America and in Europe on November 25, 2011.
An anime adaptation of the game, developed by Sunrise, premiered on MBS in October 2008. The episodes were directed by Kenji Kodama and written by Akemi Omode.
Luke fon Fabre, the spoiled son of a noble from the kingdom of Kimlasca-Lavaldear, has been confined inside his father's mansion ever since he was kidnapped seven years ago by a rival country, the Malkuth Empire. Now Luke's memory of the life he led before is missing, and a strange voice, which only he can hear, has been calling out to him ever since. One day while training with his mentor, Van Grants, a strange woman called Tear breaks into the mansion with the sole intent of taking Van's life. During the struggle Luke is transported far from home, along with Tear, and now that Luke has finally gained the freedom he's been dreaming of, what awaits him in the outside world will shatter everything he's ever known about himself.
- w:c:Tales which can cover other anime adapted from the Tales video game series including:
- Tales of Eternia, a 13-part TV series from 2001
- Tales of Phantasia, a 4-part OVA series that came out 2004 to 2006
- Tales of Symphonia, an 11-part OVA series which had 4 come out in 2007, 4 more in 2010 and 3 more in 2011.
- Tales of Vesperia has a 2009 film adaptation (a prequel to the game)