Tales of the Abyss (テイルズ オブ ジ アビス, Teiruzu obu ji Abisu?) is a console role-playing game developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco. It is the eighth mothership title in the Tales series, and was released for the PlayStation 2 on 15 December 2005 in Japan, celebrating the Tales series' 10th anniversary, and on October 10, 2006 in North America. Tales of the Abyss's characteristic genre name is To Know the Meaning of Birth RPG (生まれた意味を知るRPG, Umareta imi o shiru RPG?). It features the Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System, which most resembles Tales of Symphonia's. The character designs are by manga artist Kosuke Fujishima.
A television anime series adaptation of the series has been announced for the fall 2008 season, which will be animated by the noted animation studio Sunrise, directed by Kenji Kodama (noted for his work on Kekkaishi, Detective Conan and City Hunter), and written by Akemi Omode (noted for her work on GetBackers, Kyo Kara Maoh, Meine Liebe and Princess Princess). The series is now broadcasting on MBS from Oct 2008. Unlike other video game animes, this show is an almost exact retelling of the game's storyline.