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'Kessen III' (PS2) Charges Into Retail

by Rainier on Feb. 22, 2005 @ 12:35 p.m. PST

KOEI today announced that Kessen III is shipping to retailers throughout North America. Kessen III is the first sequel in almost four years and uses a completely updated Crowd Engine to deliver the most exciting battle scenes and action-oriented gameplay in the series- all in full 3D. Players will have direct real-time control of troop movements, offensives, and defensive maneuvers. Moreover, allied units can join the player-controlled unit to create combination attacks.

"Kessen III's completely re-invented gameplay capitalizes on the strengths that have formed the foundation of our success. Whether you're a gamer seeking action or strategy, producer Kou Shibusawa's martial arts epic is tailored to provide a compelling combination of the two," said Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at KOEI Corporation, "With over 120 minutes of cinematic sequences, the game also represents another approach by e company to further blur the line between cinematic storytelling and gaming."

KESSEN III is the first sequel in the series in almost four years and will be notable for several sweeping changes to the widely respected franchise. The series' Crowd Engine that was used in the original Kessen has been completely rebuilt to deliver the most exciting battle scenes and action-oriented gameplay in the series- all in full 3D. Unlike any of the previous Kessen games in the series, players will have direct real-time control of troop movements, offensives, and defensive maneuvers. Moreover, allied units can join the player-controlled unit to create combination attacks.

The new sequel marks the franchise's return to Japanese history and aesthetics. It is the middle of the turbulent Sengoku or "warring states" period. Endless chaos and plunder have consumed the islands of Japan. A young teenager, known for his extravagant appearance and unconventional attitude emerges from Central Japan- he is Nobunaga Oda. While elders admonished him, his contemporaries admired him. Blessed with an indomitable vision and fearless constitution, the soon-to-be legendary Nobunaga will stand against legions of warriors in order to resurrect a land filled with chaos and sorrow.

KESSEN III now features non-linear stage selection, an officer and troop development system, and a process that allows players to equip officers with
over 450 weapons, helmets, and samurai armor. The game's deep and compelling narrative will unfold throughout 120 combined minutes of movie sequences,
accompanied by a stirring musical score from legendary composer Reijiro Koroku.

KESSEN III was developed by KOEI Co., Ltd. and is produced by Kou Shibusawa, who's previous credits include the legendary Romance of the Three
Kingdoms(r) series, Nobunaga's Ambition(tm), Winning Post(tm), P.T.O.(tm), and Crimson Sea(r). KESSEN III is an action-strategy game for 1 Player, and is rated "T" (Teen- Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes) by the ESRB.

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