EA to publish Soul Calibur 2 in Europe

Electronic Arts today officially announced plans to publish Soul Calibur II from Namco Limited for PS2 and Xbox across PAL territories. This agreement also includes Dead to Rights for Xbox and Pac-Man World 2 for GameCube, both of which titles are due to be released in February 2003. Read the press release for more details.
EA TO PUBLISH NAMCO'S SOUL CALIBUR II ON PLAYSTATION 2 AND XBOX ACROSS PAL TERRITORIES Chertsey, UK. – January 15th, 2003 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, today officially announced plans to publish Soul CaliburTM II for Namco Limited for the PLAYSTATION®2 computer entertainment system and the XboxTM video game system across PAL territories. Four years have passed since the release of Soul Calibur, which received worldwide recognition as the zenith of 3D weapon-based fighting action game. "Soul Calibur II" will be brought to you with additional characters Both versions will star Necrid, a new character designed solely for the console version by famous American comic artist Todd McFarlane.Necrid`s swift sword handling techniques along with his intimidating appearance can only be described as a "pièce de resistance" and will definitely attract players. The Xbox version welcomes "Spawn," the best-selling American comic book , movie star and action figure hero, . His appearance in "Soul Calibur II" will definitely contribute to the excitement of Soul Calibur II. The PlayStation 2 version features Heihachi Mishima , one of the main characters from Namco's "Tekken". Battle action fans cannot miss this dream collaboration of Namco's top two battle action titles, "Tekken" and "Soul Calibur II." "The original Soul Calibur was one of the best games ever released," said Frank Sagnier, Vice President of EA Distribution in Europe. "We are extremely excited to be able to expand our relationship with Namco in Europe and other PAL territories and look forward to bringing these exciting games to the market." Amongst the titles already included in the agreement are the eagerly awaited Dead to RightsTM exclusive to the Xbox platform and the return of the successful Pac-Man franchise in Pac-Man WorldTM 2 on the NINTENDO GAMECUBETM, both of which titles are due to be released in February 2003 Kevin Yanagihara, Director of Namco Limited, said, "We look forward to bringing this title to the Soul Calibur fans in the PAL territories." The PAL release dates for Soul Calibur II are as yet to be confirmed.