XSeed Games Ships Shadow Hearts: From the New World

Mar 8th 2006
XSEED GAMES SHIPS SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD

TO RETAILERS TODAY

The Addictive Judgment Ring is Back, This Time in North and South America


Torrance, Calif., (March 7, 2006) --- New video game publisher XSEED Games announced today

that SHADOW HEARTS®: FROM THE NEW WORLD has shipped to retailers across North America. Exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, this third and latest installment in the critically acclaimed role-playing game series takes place in the United States during the Great Depression. Featuring a gripping and inspirational storyline spanning across North and South America, players can expect to run into a unique set of characters at famous, real-world locations including Chicago, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, New York and Rio de Janeiro. The addictive Judgment Ring System has been improved, adding even more excitement and strategy to the overall gameplay.



The Story

The story begins as Johnny Garland, a young, 16-year old detective who lost his father, sister and his memory in an accident, accepts an investigation to track down a criminal suspect who escaped from custody. As he closes in on the suspect, Johnny witnesses a supernatural occurrence – a huge monster appears from a green light known as the “window” and swallows up the criminal. Apparently, a series of horrific incidents similar to this have been plaguing the cities across the nation. Johnny's female counterpart is 21-year-old bounty hunter Shania, a Native American who is searching for these mysterious windows and determined to fight them using her spiritual powers. Together, they travel around the states and are joined by other characters.


Key Features

* Series trademark Judgment Ring battle system makes a return with improvements – “Stock System” allowing players the option of executing a “Combo” command with a second character or “Double” command enabling a character to perform two different actions in one turn.
* A completely new story and set of new characters will make the title easily accessible to newcomers of the series with its unique style and sense of humor.
* A cast of well-drawn, entertaining characters with distinct personalities and reappearances by a few of the series' favorites.
* Experience a higher level of realism with easy to navigate, visually-stunning backgrounds, special lighting and illumination effects.
* Huge production values with dramatic events unfolding through high-quality graphics, CG cut- scenes, impressive sound effects and voice-overs.
* Tons of side-quests and exciting mini-games to explore totaling up to 60 hours of gameplay

The return of the Judgment Ring and the balance between seriousness and wackiness has attracted several editors:

“…merges an array of strategic and skill-based options into a complex and highly addictive machine that plays like an All-Star Team of RPG combat mechanics…one of the most inventive and entertaining RPGs in years.”

“…this RPG stands head and shoulders above most in the gameplay it delivers.”

- Game Informer, March 2006 issue

“A well-written story that mixes equal parts humor, romance and darker emotion, as well as an action-oriented ‘Judgment Ring’ battle system…There's something for everyone.”

- Newtype USA, January 2006 issue

“…the franchise has always done a great job of balancing humor and darkness to tell one hell of a story.”

- IGN.com

SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD is available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of US$39.99. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD “T” for Teen. Additional information on the title is available at http://www.shadowheartsnewworld.com.



Prima's Official Game Guide to SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD will give you the inside information to make sure you get the most out of your game. With a wickedly detailed walkthrough and fully labeled maps you'll find every item, treasure chest, and side quest in this stunning game world. The guide's bestiary lists each monster you'll face and reveals every single bit of info on them, from attacks to item drops to experience earned. SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD is a massive RPG and Prima's Official Game Guide is the handbook you need to get the maximum amount of fun. The guide will be available at EB, Gamestop, Gamecrazy, Borders, Amazon.com and other retailers for a suggested retail price of US$19.99.

XSEED Games

XSEED Games was founded in November 2004 by a small group of talented professionals, all of whom have extensive experience in the video game industry. Led by president Jun Iwasaki, the team launched several multi-million seller titles and many quality Japanese titles in multiple genres across the PlayStation®, PlayStation 2 and PC platforms. More information on XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com.



SHADOW HEARTS is a registered trademark of Aruze Corporation. ©2006 ARUZE CORP. All Rights Reserved. “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

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