LOS ANGELES, California (July 18, 2005) Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square EnixTM interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that RADIATA STORIESTM will ship to retailers September 6, 2005, exclusively for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system. RADIATA STORIES is the latest fantasy RPG developed by tri-Ace Inc., developers of Valkyrie ProfileÂ® and the Star OceanTM series and takes gamers on a non-linear adventure through a fully interactive world.
"RADIATA STORIES is an extremely engaging and unique RPG," said Ichiro Otobe, president and COO, Square Enix, Inc. "Gamers will be drawn into the game for both the beautiful, interactive environment as well as the melancholic story. I think gamers will really enjoy the great balance to the serious story that is brought on by the humor that is sprinkled throughout the game."
The tale begins in the kingdom of Radiata, which lies in a world where humans and fairy creatures coexist. It is here that the protagonists, Jack and Ridley, meet for the first time. While Jack seeks to become a knight, Ridley must accept her fate in becoming one. Destinies are realized when a war erupts between the humans and the fairy creatures and threatens to end the world of Radiata.
In RADIATA STORIES, enter a never-before-seen living, breathing world where all of the characters live their own lives and the passage of time brings about remarkable changes. Your choices including which side you will fight for determine which of over 175 individuals will lend you a hand in your journey. Precise, easy-to-use controls allow you to add strategies to real-time battles through various changes in your partyÂfs formation.
Explore a fully interactive and animated environment by kicking objects! Kick chairs, trees, rocks, monsters, townsfolk, chickens, etc. to earn items or engage in battle. In addition, collect and equip a variety of alternate costumes and weapon types for Jack, each with its own set of stats and special attributes, including cameos from past tri-Ace titles.
RADIATA STORIES will be available at North American retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD). The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated RADIATA STORIES "T" for Teen. For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 60 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
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