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Square Enix Announces Summer 2006 Lineup

by Judy on July 25, 2006 @ 4:40 p.m. PDT

Square Enix revealed its summer lineup, a roster that includes an assortment of new and exciting titles for a wide variety of platforms: Dirge of Cerberus – Final Fantasy VII and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria exclusively on the PlayStation 2, and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for the PSP and Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime for the Nintendo DS.

"This summer, Square Enix is releasing titles that will truly appeal to all audiences," said Daishiro Okada, President and COO, Square Enix, Inc. "The line-up brings new titles for some of Square Enix's most beloved series with games for casual and young gamers, as well as gamers ‘on the go,' the revival of a cult hit, a new take on a renowned franchise and the ability to play together. We're excited about providing entertainment that will bring in new fans as well as delight our existing ones."

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Developer: tri-Ace Inc.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: PSP
Genre: RPG
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: July 18, 2006

Originally released on the PlayStation game console, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is the remastering of the 2000 cult hit that contains new features and bonus content to satisfy new and returning fans. In this tale of tragedy, deceit and the final juxtaposition of life and death, every move plays a crucial role in determining the outcome in the ultimate battle of good and evil. Throughout the course of the adventure, players will travel across foreign lands, engage in battle with supernatural forces and encounter an enchanting cast of tragedy-stricken characters. A non-linear structure ensures that no two adventures are the same.

Dirge of Cerberus – Final Fantasy VII
Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc
Platform: PlayStation 2
Genre: Action
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: August 15, 2006
** NOTE: The release date has been moved up one week from the original date of August 22, 2006.

Get ready for the action-packed thrill ride of the summer, courtesy of the masterminds behind the original Final Fantasy VII. Breakout star Vincent Valentine returns in this adrenaline-fueled rampage that propels players into the middle of an ongoing conflict that threatens all life on the planet. With his trusty triple-barreled Cerberus in hand, Vincent will shoot, fight, and rage his way through the ranks of a menacing uprising--one that must be stopped at all costs. Featuring fast-paced gameplay from renowned producer Yoshinori Kitase and character designs from Tetsuya Nomura, Dirge of Cerberus offers a non-stop ride through the exhilarating world of Final Fantasy VII. Numerous enhancements have been implemented in the North American release, including brand-new missions, a retooled camera system, and speedier action to keep up with American gamers. And fans will also be able to continue the adventure "on the go" with Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII-, a mobile title set for release this summer.

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Game Design/Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd./TOSE Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action Adventure
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Ship Date: September 19, 2006

Stretch, spring and shoot through the once peaceful kingdom of Slimenia as Rocket, the hero of the latest title from the legendary developers of the DRAGON QUEST series. Simple, streamlined controls allow players of all ages to bounce right in to the quest to rescue a colorful cast of 100 slimes. Hand-pick a crack team of slimes to help you in the heated tank battles, or enjoy Wireless DS Multi-Card action with up to 4 players. The DS Single-Card Download play feature also allows up to 16 players to enjoy the game at once. Tanks are also customizable by collecting a vast array of weapons and items, and then exploiting the powers of alchemy to create rarer and even stronger ammunition. Utilize the dual screen feature to view the menus and the action simultaneously during adventure sections, and get a unique view both inside and outside the tanks during battle sections. Only Rocket can uncover the truth and save the slimehabitants of the city of Boingburg!

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
Developer: tri-Ace Inc.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Genre: RPG
ESRB: T (Teen)
Release Date: September 26, 2006
** NOTE: The release date has been moved up from the previously announced release of November 2006

Delve deeper into a cult classic in Valkyrie Profile2: Silmeria developed by the creators of Star Ocean and Radiata Stories. Critically acclaimed on the original PlayStation game console, the Valkyrie Profile series bursts onto the PlayStation 2 with an addictive combat system, an epic score and gorgeous visuals that push the system's hardware to its limits. The captivating story takes place long before the events of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth with ties to Norse mythology, producing a perfect synergy of exploration, plot development and fast paced action. Control multiple combatants with an innovative battle system, and experience the latest masterpiece from fan-favorite developer tri-Ace Inc.

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