Nintendo have announced that Hironobu Sakaguchi’s action-packed RPG will be available across Europe from 24 February 2012.

During The Last Story you take control of Zael and from time to time his partners, a band of mercenaries in search of their fortune. You undertake a series of missions and explore Lazulis Island and its sprawling medieval capital Lazulis City, while trying to help Zael achieve his ultimate goal of leaving his life as a mercenary behind and becoming a true knight.

Beyond the solo-player experience expect The Last Story also packs in online options including deathmatch, team deathmatch and co-op modes in which you can battle up to five users using your own customised character from the single player game.

Combat mixes traditional melee, ranged and magic attacks  with an innovative cover system and unique magical abilities. You will also have to master a ‘mysterious’ ability called The Gathering to help Zael and his band of mercenaries complete their missions and battle vast bosses by discovering their weak spots, picking a suitable strategy and using team work to bring them down.

It got 38 out of 40 on Famitsu and it’s not dated for release over in the US, reasons to be cheerful for us European-based gamers we’d say.