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Microsoft Launches Gargantia 3D Browser Game in English

posted on 2014-06-18 09:00 EDT
Free-to-play game with anime's staff & cast; new OVA slated for September 27

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its Internet Explorer team partnered with the studio Production I.G to launch a browser game inspired by I.G's Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet anime. The anime's director Kazuya Murata supervised the free-to-play game Gargantia: Sky Courier, and the anime's episode scriptwriter Daishiro Tanimura wrote the story. The game is available in both English and Japanese.

"In Sky Courier, you get to play the role of Ledo as he explores his new home from the sky while piloting a surf kite with the help of his friends and an occasional hand from his AI companion, Chamber." The game is set between episodes 5 and 6 of the anime.

The game features never-before-seen cut scenes voiced by Gargantia's original cast, along with three "choose your own adventure" endings in the story mode. A separate free flight mode allows players to explore the world.

The game "is best experienced on" Internet Explorer 11, but should run on a modern browser with HTML5 and WebGL support, as well as a 1280-pixel-wide window. The source code for the game's first mission is available for free under the MIT License and Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (except for cut scenes, background music, and character voices). Microsoft also provided a "teardown" article on the game's development.

Production I.G also announced on Wednesday that the first of two volumes in the new original video anime project Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kōro, Haruka- will play in 10 Japanese theaters on September 27. The second volume will then play in theaters next April. People who buy advance tickets to the first volume's screening at participating theaters can receive a bonus rubber Chamber mobile phone strap or a clear ticket holder file folder.

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