The game takes place on Ruli Island, governed by Earl Arganan and located at the entrance of a harbor which serves as the only entrance to a mountainous continent. The player controls a group of mercenaries that have come from the desolate continent to Ruli City seeking work. The production staff is trying to limit science fiction elements in the game.
The game includes abilities such as "Gathering", which allows Elza to draw the attention of enemies to buy time for his allies to cast spells. Another ability called "Focus" which allows you to make long range attacks and see the weaknesses of enemies. A sequence in the first trailer for the game shows an example of the focus ability being used to cast fire magic to destroy a bridge with enemies on it. Pointers show which allies are being targeted at any given time.
The game also contains 6-player cooperative and competitive online modes, where users either team up to face monsters or battle each other. The game also features the use of crossbows in a manner similar to third-person shooters, including a cover system.
Despite rumors of a Nintendo UK rep discussing a European localization,[ the game was noticeably absent at E3 2011. It was confirmed on June 26, 2011 by the product manager of the French branch of Nintendo, Ludovic Amouroux, that the game is indeed being localized for the European market for a release in 2012. There have been no announcements with regard to a North American release, although the fan-based localization movement, Operation Rainfall, has been pressuring Nintendo of America for a localization of the game, along with Wii titles Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower. In July 2011, Nintendo of America issued a trademark for The Last Story title.