Bandai Namco has provided gamers with tidbits of its upcoming RPG Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream (Chopin no Yume). Some screenshots and artwork has been published exclusively in Japan's Famitsu magazine, and it is known that the game will be released on Xbox 360. Other information is available scantily, but a few details have been unveiled.
The story takes place in a dream world dreamt by no other than the famous composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) himself, three hours before his early death in a hospital. In this dream, Chopin meets a young girl named Polka and a 16-year-old boy Allegretto. Polka, whose death is drawing near, lives with her mother in a village called Tenuto. In this dream world, however, those with incurable illnesses possess magical powers. Due to this, people tend to eschew the poor girl, except for Allegretto, who has determined to help her.
In their ventures the three are drawn into battles that focus on action, which makes Allegretto's sword skills and Polka's more or less powerful umbrella quite useful. The party will also receive reinforcement from a mysterious man called Beat.
Considering the identity of the key character, it comes as no surprise that music has a special emphasis in the game. In the Japanese version, famous actor Leo Morimoto will provide narration, and Russian pianist Stanislav Bunin will perform Chopin's original piano scores.
The overall musical composition will be the work of Motoi Sakuraba, who is well-known for his production for the Tales series. Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream seems to have other features common to Tales games, as well. The character illustrations, setting, artwork and even original names that are all musical terms that resemble those of the Tales series.
The game is under development at tri-Crescendo, the same studio that has contributed to such titles as Radiata Stories, Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile. The release date has not yet been announced and further information is still anticipated.