The DS sequel to the Xbox 360 title is being brought out of Japan for a worldwide release.
Ignition Entertainment announced early last week that they would be publishing the AQ Interactive title Blue Dragon Plus for the DS in North America and Europe early next year. The title was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, famous for creating the Final Fantasy series, and features character designs from artist Akira Toriyama, whose work includes Chronotrigger and the Dragonball anime. It also has a soundtrack from composer Nobuo Uematsu, who is also known for his work on many Final Fantasy games.
The DS sequel is set one year after the original Xbox 360 title and returns players to the story of Shu and his companions, who control powerful phantom shadows. In the DS title, they will have to deal with new enemies spawned from the devastation wrought in the first title.
The game will feature a thirty hour quest as well as the ability to control up to sixteen humans and Mecha Robos in real-time battles and shadow fights.
Blue Dragon Plus will be available March 2009 in both Europe and North America on the DS.
Ignition Entertainment Acquires Exclusive Video Game Publishing Rights to... Blue Dragon Plus for Nintendo DS™
Property Slated to Release Across North America and Europe in March, 2009
Glendale, CA – September 16, 2008 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, in conjunction with AQ Interactive invite gamers around the world to "Awaken the Power Within" when Blue Dragon Plus for Nintendo DS™ breathes fire across North America and Europe in March 2009.
Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Blue Dragon Plus features character designs by Akira Toriyama, and a soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu.
Currently a top-rated show on Cartoon Network in the U.S., the story of Blue Dragon centers on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends who possess the ability to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters. In Blue Dragon Plus, one year has passed since Shu and his companions defeated the tyrannical remnant of the Ancients, Nene. In the midst of the battle, the world split in two and now consists of a myriad of "cubes" that exploded from its depths. King Jibral notices a mysterious cube in the distance suddenly start to move violently, and from it he sees the Shadow of a Balaur, a three-headed dragon, emerge. The enormous and sinister Shadow is just the beginning of the new turmoil and devastation to come.
"We are thrilled to be able to take Blue Dragon Plus to market," said Ajay Chadha, President of Ignition Entertainment. "Out-of-the-box thinking and effective marketing are the cornerstones of our success, and this acquisition relays our standing commitment to that. Clearly our partners have as much faith in Ignition as we have in their products!"
"Ignition Entertainment has proven to be an excellent partner for us and we look forward to working together with them again with the launch of Blue Dragon Plus in North America and Europe next year," said Tomoyuki Takechi, CEO of AQ Interactive Inc.
Blue Dragon Plus Features Include:
- Single Player Campaign With Over 30 Hours of Game Play
- Legion vs. Legion
- Control up to 16 humans and Mecha Robos to fight against a horde of enemies
- Equip your units with items and alter their composition to bolster their strength
- Exciting Real-Time Battles and Shadow Fights!
- High Quality Dual Screen FMV's Showcasing More Than an Hour of Story Events!
- Exciting RPG Elements Such As Item Collection, Character Progression and Robot Customizations