London, 28th June 2007, Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the highly anticipated role-playing game (RPG) â€œBlue Dragonâ€ will go on sale throughout Europe on 24th August for the estimated retail price of Â£44.99. Rated 12+ â€œBlue Dragonâ€ will usher in the next generation of RPG exclusively on the Xbox 360, with a combination of realistic environments, anime-styled characters, unique battles and a deep, compelling storyline.
Bringing top Japanese developer talent to the Xbox 360, â€œBlue Dragonâ€ is a culmination of the work of famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker game studio and developer Artoon. This epic RPG features the character design of Akira Toriyama, who designed â€œDragon Ball Z,â€ and music by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for â€œFinal Fantasy.â€
Gamers will find themselves exploring and discovering the vast world of â€œBlue Dragonâ€ as they assume the role of Shu, a young boy who along with his band of four friends, embarks on a quest to combat the evil forces that have come to their world. These unlikely heroes possess miraculous strength and the magical power to control their phantom shadow creatures that range from a Minotaur to a phoenix to a dragon and more.
In addition, adventurers can bring Shu, his friends and their quest to save the world to their websites with the official â€œBlue Dragonâ€ Fan Site Kit, which is available for download from http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/b/bluedragonxbox360/. The Fan Site Kit includes artwork, skins, screenshots, forum avatars and more assets for webmasters to create their very own â€œBlue Dragonâ€ fan site.
Mistwalker is a creative company founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the original developer of â€œFinal Fantasy.â€ Operated by a handful of experts, the direction of new Mistwalker is influenced by Sakaguchiâ€™s extensive industry experience.
Based in Yokohama, Japan, Artoon is a digital entertainment design, development and production company with rich talent and experience. The company was established in 1999 by Yoji Ishii and Naoto Oshima, co-creator of â€œSonic the Hedgehogâ€ in 1991 and part of Segaâ€™s Sonic Team. Centering on the design and development of original content, Artoon is mainly involved in the development of software through external cooperation, as well as the design and production of entertainment content in the mobile communication category. More information on Artoon can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.artoon.co.jp/.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the XboxÂ® and Xbox 360 video game systems, the WindowsÂ® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as â€œAge of EmpiresÂ®,â€ â€œFlight Simulatorâ€ and â€œZoo TycoonÂ®â€; Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as â€œGears of Warâ€ and franchises such as â€œHalo,â€ â€œFableÂ®,â€ â€œProject Gotham RacingÂ®â€ and â€œForza MotorsportÂ®â€; and MSNÂ® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as â€œBejeweledâ€ and â€œHexicÂ®.â€