Xbox 360 partners with leading Japanese publishers to bring their greatest games to fans around the world.’Halo 3: Recon,’ ‘TEKKEN 6,’ ‘RESIDENT EVIL 5,’ ‘Star Ocean: THE LAST HOPE’ and ‘THE LAST REMNANT’ Headline Blockbuster Xbox 360 Lineup at Tokyo Game Show
REDMOND, WA UNITED STATES
TOKYO, Oct. 9 – Against the backdrop of one of
the world’s largest video games events, Tokyo Game Show 2008, Microsoft
Corp. today unveiled a blockbuster portfolio of games for Xbox 360 video
game and entertainment system from many of the world’s most renowned
developers. The lineup, which features a variety of high-profile titles
coming this holiday season as well as in 2009 and beyond, was headlined by
“Halo 3: Recon,” an exciting new chapter in the legendary “Halo” franchise
from acclaimed developer Bungie, as well as the announcement of “TEKKEN 6″
coming to Xbox 360, which brings the “TEKKEN” franchise from Namco Bandai
Games to Xbox 360 for the first time in history.
During his keynote address, John Schappert, Microsoft’s corporate vice
president of LIVE, Software and Studios showcased the best blockbusters
Japan has to offer from the most popular genres. Cementing the reputation
of Xbox 360 as the premier home for great storytelling and the industry’s
best role-playing games (RPGs), Schappert provided an exclusive look at the
widely anticipated “Star Ocean(R): THE LAST HOPE(TM)” and “THE LAST
REMNANT(TM)” from developer Square Enix. Action-adventure fans were also
given a new look at the latest trailer for “RESIDENT EVIL 5,” slated to
launch on Xbox 360 in March 2009. Finally, Schappert thrilled the capacity
crowd by announcing that fighting franchise “TEKKEN 6″ would be launching
on Xbox 360 for the first time, releasing worldwide in 2009.
“Xbox 360 continues to be the destination of choice for the best and
broadest games from the world’s biggest and best developers,” Schappert
said. “With the latest incarnations of the ‘Halo’ universe, as well as
global hits like ‘TEKKEN 6,’ we continue to deliver on our commitment to
provide the caliber of entertainment and games that capture the imagination
of people across the globe.”
A New Look at the “Halo” Universe
To the delight of devoted fans across the world, Microsoft debuted
“Halo 3: Recon,” developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed developer
Bungie. “Halo 3: Recon” is a new chapter in the “Halo” saga that lets
gamers experience events leading up to the epic story told in “Halo 3″
through the eyes of a new hero in the “Halo” universe. The stand-alone
expansion, set to release in fall 2009, extends the award-winning “Halo 3″
experience with hours of new campaign excursions and multiplayer gameplay.
In addition, attendees were given an all-new glimpse of the Xbox 360
exclusive strategy game “Halo Wars” from Ensemble Studios. By showing
campaign mode for the first time, the live demo provided viewers with a
thrilling taste of the revolutionary gameplay and new perspective of the
“Halo” universe. Players will be able to enjoy the full experience when
“Halo Wars” hits retailers in early 2009.
Japanese Developers Gain Worldwide Momentum
By partnering with the best and brightest Japanese developers and
publishers, Microsoft is committed not only to providing an unparalleled
gaming experience on Xbox 360 to Japan, but also to helping Japanese games
reach new audiences worldwide. During his keynote address, Schappert
announced that Xbox 360 has the most top-selling, third-party Japanese
titles among all other current games platforms. He also noted that Japanese
publishers have sold more than $800 million worth of games thus far on Xbox
360 and are on track to see lifetime revenue of more than $1 billion by the
end of this holiday.
To underscore that point, Schappert unveiled dramatic new titles from
Japan, including “NINETY-NINE NIGHTS II”(1) produced by Q Entertainment and
developed by Feelplus. The title will join the “Ninja Gaiden” franchise and
the just-announced “Ninja Blade” in making Xbox 360 the best place for
Japanese action games. Schappert also declared that the release of “Star
Ocean: THE LAST HOPE” and “THE LAST REMNANT” are further proof that Xbox
360 is the best console for RPGs, citing a rich portfolio of global
blockbusters including “Infinite Undiscovery,” “Fable II” and “Fallout 3.”
Additional Japanese-developed blockbusters debuting this holiday and 2009
include the following:
– “THE LAST REMNANT” (Square Enix). “THE LAST REMNANT” is a new
role-playing game crafted using the finest artistry and technology Square
Enix has to offer. Set in a fantasy world, war-torn and scarred by years of
conflict, gameplay revolves around mysterious artifacts — Remnants — that
possess magic powers. Groundbreaking graphics possible only on Xbox 360
bring the intensity to a whole new level. “THE LAST REMNANT” is launching
worldwide on Nov. 20 and will be available only on Xbox 360.
– “NINETY-NINE NIGHTS II” (Q Entertainment). Set amid a dramatic, epic
backdrop of a warring world, “NINETY-NINE NIGHTS II” blends strategy and
action, allowing players to take control of massive armies to defeat
thousands of enemies in massive-scaled battles never before seen on Xbox
– “RESIDENT EVIL 5″ (Capcom Entertainment Inc.). Destined to bring new
fans to the series, “RESIDENT EVIL 5″ is the sequel to one of the
highest-rated video games in history (according to Metacritic.com and
GameRankings.com). Promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an
unbelievable level of detail, realism and control, “RESIDENT EVIL 5″
unleashes an unprecedented level of fear for the next generation. New
technology developed specifically for the game, as well as incredible
changes to both the gameplay and the “RESIDENT EVIL” world, will make this
a must-have game for gamers across the globe.
– “Star Ocean: THE LAST HOPE” (Square Enix). “Star Ocean: THE LAST
HOPE” is the long-awaited continuation of the celebrated science fiction
and fantasy role-playing game series. Slated for release on Xbox 360 in
spring 2009 and published by Square Enix, this prequel set during the
aftermath of World War III combines science fiction and fantasy elements
spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the
origins of the “Star Ocean” universe. Exhilarating combat expands upon the
franchise’s famous real-time battle system, introducing the amazing
graphics and visual effects possible only on Xbox 360.
– “TEKKEN 6″ (Namco Bandai Games). The latest chapter in one of the
most popular fighting franchises in the world, “TEKKEN,” a series that has
sold 33 million units worldwide, is coming for the first time to Xbox 360.
“TEKKEN 6″ is the newest addition to the 3-D fighting series “TEKKEN,”
popular for its immersive storyline with characters featuring distinctive
personalities as they fight it out at incredible speeds. Starting with the
launch of the arcade version in 1994, “TEKKEN” has evolved into a highly
acclaimed worldwide franchise, and “TEKKEN 6,” appearing on Xbox 360, is
the first multiplatform title in the “TEKKEN” series.
Xbox LIVE Arcade Debuts New Lineup
Xbox LIVE Arcade continued momentum built during the summer of arcade
as Microsoft announced seven new titles to the already robust lineup of
classics and original titles. With the power of Xbox LIVE Arcade, a new
generation of gamers can now experience some of the most beloved games of
all time from Japan’s most legendary developers. Classic titles showcased
at Tokyo Game Show include the following:
– “ARKANOID(TM) Live!” (TAITO). First appearing in the 1980s as a
block-breaking game, the next evolution will now be available on Xbox LIVE
Arcade. Gamers can enjoy “Arkanoid” in high definition with beautifully
choreographed background movies and background music. “Arkanoid” is loaded
with 120 stages and colorful cooperative and versus modes.
– “The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match” (SNK PLAYMORE). The
original “dream match” comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade with new features,
characters and game modes. Gamers can face their favorite “The King of
Fighters” characters to determine the ultimate champion.
– “Metal Slug 7″ (SNK PLAYMORE). Gamers can join Marco, Tarma, Eri,
Fiolina, Clark and Ralph as they prepare to take on Modern’s Forces across
seven new missions. “Metal Slug 7″ will also feature new weapons, colossal
new bosses, new gameplay modes and new Slugs to pilot.
– “Meteos Wars” (Q ENTERTAINMENT). Gamers can take a ride through this
intergalactic journey where they slide, stack and ignite their blocks to
blast away the world-ending meteors to stop them from falling and crushing
the planet. Gamers master the combo links and power-ups to challenge their
friends in intense multiplayer sessions.
– “R-Type Dimensions(TM)” (Microsoft). “R-Type Dimensions” combines
the genre-defining coin-op classics “R-Type” and “R-Type II,” with a twist.
For the first time ever, “R-Type Dimensions” allows multiplayer co-op play
locally or over Xbox LIVE for up to two players. Gamers fight through all
14 Bydo-infested stages in the original 2-D or all-new 3-D graphics, and
can swap between the two seamlessly.
– “SPACE INVADERS EXTREME(TM)” (TAITO). Gamers can experience “Space
Invaders” in fully immersive sound and vivid high definition on the
next-generation system, with visuals that will excite their senses.
– “Tenchu: Shadow Assault” (FROMSOFTWARE). Tenchu, the world-famous
ninja action game, is now on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Gamers can control their
favorite characters as they use a variety of ninja weapons to defeat their
enemies and complete their missions. They can use traps in multiplayer
mode(2) to kill their friends for massive points.
About Xbox 360
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to the best and broadest games. The digital center of the living room, Xbox
360 blends unbeatable content, including personal pictures and music, with
a unified online social network to create a limitless entertainment
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(1) Final title name is subject to change
(2) Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for online multiplayer.