Press Release and Buddy Icons [1/29/03]
Courtesy of hypecouncil.net,
we have a press release on the upcoming Xenosaga from Namco
for your reading. Also, feel free to download the Buddy Icons
from the sidebar.
Namco Hometek Inc. Announces Xenosagaª Der Wille zur Macht
Release Date For North America
Namco Combines an Immersive Story, Stimulating Cinematics,
and Outstanding Battle Action to Redefine the "Role Playing-Adventure"
Genre with the Long Awaited Xenosagaª Der Wille zur Macht
San Jose, Calif., December 13, 2002
- Namco Hometek
Inc. announced today that the highly anticipated role playing-adventure
game, Xenosagaª EPISODE I, Der Wille zur Macht
for a North American release date of February 25th, 2003 -
and will be exclusively available for the PlayStation¨2 computer
Featuring over 80 hours of game play, Xenosagaª
combines stimulating graphics, a seamless storyline and
exquisite music performed by the London Philharmonic
Orchestra to deliver a truly cinematic, sensory-absorbing
"The beautiful graphics and immersive story of Xenosagaª
will certainly appeal to both traditional RPG fans and casual
gamers who are interested in experiencing an amazing science-fiction
and space-themed adventure," said Stacey Hirata, Namco director
Developed by Monolith Software, Xenosagaª was initially
launched in Japan where it was greeted with extraordinary
fanfare and praise as it topped the charts as one of the
best selling games in its genre.
While many fans believe a direct correlation exists between
Xenosagaª and the preceding Xenogears, vice
chairman of the board of directors at Monolith Soft and
director of the project, Tetsuya Takahashi hinted at a possible
lineage between the two games in a recent interview (www.everythingxenosaga.com),
"...It's [Xenosaga] a small part of a very long, epic
story which takes place over thousands of years, and since
it's the beginning of the story, it's been subtitled "Episode
I", said Takahashi.
Requiring two years of initial development, the title
has taken over one year to Localize for a North American
audience and now includes full English voice overs and text.
Xenosagaª combines the best and most anticipated
elements of the Role Playing genre with complex character
development, an innovative battle system and boundless exploration
opportunities in a fully rendered 3D environment.
"Anticipation for this title has been tremendous and we
are proud to deliver an exceptionable product featuring
extraordinary characters, fascinating environments and truly
unique game experience," said Hirata Namco director of marketing.
The official Xenosaga website at www.xenosaga.com
will be launched December 20, 2002 and has plans to include
trailers from the game, screenshots, hints and an interactive
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco
Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment
industry. Committed to providing the ultimate entertainment
experience, Namco uses cutting-edge technology and advanced
electronics to take their theme parks, arcades, and home
video games far beyond traditional entertainment.
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