Title: "Blue Dragon"
Publisher: Microsoft Corp.
Developer: Mistwalker and Artoon Co. Ltd.
Format: DVD for the Xbox 360™ video game system
ESRB Rating: Pending
Availability: TBD (North America)
Product Overview:Famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker game studio anddeveloper Artoon present the highly anticipated Xbox 360-exclusive"Blue Dragon." Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama, whodesigned "Dragon Ball Z," and music by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for"Final Fantasy," "Blue Dragon" is an epic role-playing game (RPG)centered on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends. Theseunlikely heroes possess miraculous strength and magical power tocontrol phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters.
Shuand company must use their shadows as weapons as they battle the evilNene and an antiquated human race of people who command a magical powerthought to have perished long ago. Shu and friends must wield theirskills to save their world from impending doom.
Encounteringvarious people on a planet with numerous ancient ruins, the charactersand their shadows travel through a world full of mysteries andillusions, where the slightest touch can cause reactions ofunparalleled magnitude.
InnovativeRPG gameplay features. As their quest progresses, warriors can createoriginal attack methods by using several types of Shadow Change,including Sword, Assassin and Power Magic. Players can also choose tofocus their hero on certain areas of expertise; as they fight, shadowswill level up and gain new abilities associated with the job beingdone. Once gained, abilities remain available to use when needed.Massivescope and engrossing environments. Shu and his companions battle theirway through an immense world filled with vividly illustrated remnantsof ancient civilizations long forgotten. Their journey takes themthrough alluring ancient ruins scattered with machines of war that havelong since fallen into disrepair.Stunning graphics. Takingfull advantage of the power of Xbox 360, "Blue Dragon" will engagegamers in a world and characters that are brought to life with vibrantcolors and detail - from Shu's wild hair to his martial arts-style garb- conveying the beautiful simplicity and sense of adventure found inthis truly next-generation RPG.Dazzling character design andeffects. Toriyama's unique influence is evident in the design of thegame's anime-style characters, whose actions are enhanced withnext-generation blur effects. In addition, the game's algorithmicanimation system adds heightened realism to character and creaturemovements.
Developer Information:Mistwalker is a creative company founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, theoriginal developer of "Final Fantasy." Operated by a handful ofexperts, the direction of new Mistwalker is influenced by Sakaguchi'sextensive industry experience.
Artoon is a digital entertainmentdesign, development and production company with rich talent andexperience. Centering on the design and development of originalcontent, Artoon is mainly involved in the development of softwarethrough external cooperation, as well as the design and production ofentertainment content in the mobile communication category.
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