Atlus announced today that Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity, a strategy / RPG for the PlayStation 2, has shipped to retailers nationwide. Stella Deus will also feature a dual-sided coversheet, the designs of which were chosen by users on Atlus' official message board.

"Stella Deus combines a compelling narrative with stunning hi-res graphics," said Akibo Shieh, Project Leader at Atlus. "Strategy RPGs have really come into their own in the past year, and we are pleased bring fans a game that raises the bar even higher–Stella Deus–a title they won't want to miss."

A deadly mist called the "Miasma" spreads across the land, killing all in its path. Having forsaken hope, the inhabitants simply await their deaths. Lord Dignus, self-appointed Overlord of Fortuna, sends forth the Imperial Legion to put a quick end to their apathy and eliminate this "weakness" from his kingdom. Spero, a member of the Legion, has been given the task of hunting spirits to further the alchemic studies of his friend Viser. The young soldier hopes this will bring an end to the Miasma. Meanwhile, a shaman warrior named Linea believes that she can save the world by opening the fabled Gate of Eternity.

Stella Deus also features: Hand-drawn artwork and voiced dialog, over 50 hours of tactical gameplay including side quests, and customizable inventory by fusing and creating items.

Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and has been rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.