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'Xenosaga Episode II' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Judy on Feb. 2, 2005 @ 9:34 a.m. PST

Namco announced today that its PS2 exclusive RPG, Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Boese, has gone gold and will ship to North American retail outlets in February. Developed by Monolith Software Inc. in Japan, Xenosaga Episode II is the latest addition to Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, which sold a million units worldwide.

"Xenosaga Episode II establishes a new standard for the role-playing genre and is sure to provide players with an incredible game play experience," said Yoshi Niki, Business Unit Director at Namco Hometek Inc. "With a tremendous following already established for this sequel, franchise fans and newcomers alike will wholeheartedly embrace Xenosaga Episode II when it arrives in stores next month."

Featuring unforgettable cinematics and exciting game play, Xenosaga Episode II is a premier role-playing game occurring in the far future where the Earth is forgotten and mankind is at war with a mysterious alien race. Xenosaga Episode II's epic storyline begins on Second Miltia, with an elite cast of characters reaching the planet to recover the key to the Y-data hidden inside MOMO. In the race to save humanity from extinction, players must uncover the secrets surrounding the Miltian Conflict and delve further into many unresolved questions and mysteries posed in Xenosaga Episode I. Offering a large number of characters in expansive worlds with multiple destinations, Xenosaga Episode II takes players on a philosophical journey filled with intrigue and surprise.

Characters in Xenosaga Episode II are equipped with extraordinary abilities to tackle the most difficult situations. Players can customize characters to their liking using more than 100 different skills such as Last Revenge, Overload and Double Power. They can also use the game's enhanced battle system and refined boost system to execute devastating two-character "Double Attacks" including Archangel's Requiem, Fiery Ritornelle and the Gravity Bomb.

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