chopin.jpg Trusty RPG site RPGamer has lots of information on new Namco Bandai RPG Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream for Xbox 360, which, wait for it, "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."

Apparently, and this is all pretty damn surreal: "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... 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." Wow, 50 Cent, eat your heart out.

Also noted by the site, which seems to have images from the game also archived, tut tut: "The overall musical composition will be the work of Motoi Sakuraba, who is well-known for his production for 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." Fortunately, being for the Xbox 360 in Japan, commercial considerations do not apply (guffaw!)