Square-Enix Ships Fullmetal Alchemis 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir on July 12

Square Enix Ships FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST(TM) 2: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ELIXIR to Retailers July 12, 2005

Action RPG Prequel Traces Life-Changing Quest of Two Brothers on the PlayStation(R)2 Computer Entertainment System
Bonus DVD Features Two Complete Episodes From Season 2 of the Anime Series and Game Includes 30 Minutes of Original Animation

LOS ANGELES, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST(TM) 2: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ELIXIR (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2) will ship to retailers nationwide on July 12, 2005. This fast-paced action RPG prequel to FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST(TM) AND THE BROKEN ANGEL is the second installment in the FULLMETAL series. Exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 follows the story in the anime series, which airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming.

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"The new story and enhanced gameplay of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 will appeal to devoted fans and newcomers alike," said Ichiro Otobe, president and COO of Square Enix, Inc. "Through the game, players explore completely new elements of the story not found in the anime series. And the new attacks and combos take the adventure to a higher level. Enhanced visual style, speed and voiceovers improve upon the original title, making FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 a truly enjoyable game."

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 begins in Lior, the desert city that the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse encounter in the first episode of the anime series. Just as the brothers are unveiling the secrets of a cult called Leto, they engage in a battle with creatures from the unknown. Immediately after this, they encounter a mysterious woman who hands the brothers a ring and then disappears without a trace.

Key features of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 include an enhanced and highly intuitive alchemy system, beautifully rendered cel-shaded graphics and nearly 30 minutes of animated cut-scenes created specifically for the game, complementing the fast-paced story that will keep players on the edge of their seats. In addition, a bonus DVD features an advance look at the first two episodes of season 2, which airs in the Fall of 2005. Complete episodes included are #27 "Teacher" and #28 "One is All, All is One."

For more information about FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2, please visit the official website, launching today at http://na.square-enix.com/games/FMA2/.

Based on the Japanese anime and manga series, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST made its way to America, beginning with episodic programming on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The series spans 51 episodes in a story that ranges from tear-jerking drama to hilarious comedy. The anime series has been popular with fans and media alike, with a DVD release of Volume 4 July 26.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST(TM) 2: CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ELIXIR has a suggested retail price of U.S. $39.99 and is rated "T" (Teen).

About Development Team -- Racjin Co., Ltd

Established in 1995, Racjin Co., Ltd (Racjin) is based in Osaka, Japan and has gained a reputation for developing video games that utilize high-end technology to ante up the fun factor. Racjin conducts its technological research with the end goal of providing outstanding fun to gamers worldwide.

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(TM), 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.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/na.

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