Monday, January 24, 2011

Atlus to Publish Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga In North America

While I liked the original Divinty II: Ego Draconis on both the 360 and PC, it DID have it's share of technical issues that definitely required some serious patching. Nevertheless, the game not only got those patches, but some nice DLC and an excellent PC expansion that, along with the original content added up to well over one hundred hours of gameplay. In today's "Well, THAT woke me up!" news, Atlus USA has very wisely teamed up with Focus Home Interactive to present Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga exclusively for the Xbox 360 in North America.

It seems as if Atlus is striving to become the 'Kings of All Things RPG' these days as they branch out and publish non-Japanese developed titles such as The Cursed Crusade and now Larian's sweeping epic. Hmmm... maybe they can convince Soldak to get its games onto a console or look into stuff like the Eschalon series in the future... my mind is full of ideas. Er, anyway...

Press release/screens below the jump (it's long like the game, so go read it and make that pre-order afterward) and the trailer is up and running on the other blog.


The flames of vengeance burn brightest when lit by dragonfire

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- JANUARY 24, 2011 -- Atlus U.S.A., Inc., in partnership with Focus Home Interactive, today announced North American publishing plans for Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for Xbox®360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

"With Ego Draconis, the original Divinity II adventure now enhanced to live up to its original promise, and Flames of Vengeance, the tale's rousing finale, Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for Xbox 360 system stands as one of the most expansive console action RPG experiences of all time," stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. "Comprehensive in its content, extensively remastered based on community feedback, and unflinching in its grand scope and ambition, this complete set offers roleplaying fans over 100 hours of intense action, unique quests, a fully realized fantasy world to explore, and the unmatched thrill of taking to the skies as a powerful dragon. There's no better or more entertaining way to mow down dozens of your enemy's troops than with searing blasts of flame from your mouth. Believe us: we've tried."
"Focus is very happy to work with Atlus for the release of Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for North America," stated C├ędric Lagarrigue, CEO of Focus Home Interactive. "Atlus has already demonstrated its expertise on the RPG genre and they proved it yet again with the success of Demon's Souls. Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga was praised by the press and the players in Europe, and we are convinced Atlus is the ideal partner to make the game reach the same success in North America."

Adding even more value is the addition of a soundtrack CD featuring selections from the game's heroic fantasy score, included free inside every launch copy of the game!

Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for Xbox 360 system brings its fast-paced action RPG combat and high-flying dragon battles to North America on April 12, 2011.

About Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga

The long-besieged realm of Rivellon continues to be plagued by strife and conflict. Decades ago, the divine prophet of a holy order was murdered by a Dragon Knight. Blessed with superhuman power and the ability to transform into their namesake and take to the skies with the might of fire to aid them, these Knights suddenly became outcasts in Rivellon, condemned for the killing of the holy order's leader. Hunted mercilessly by Slayers, followers of the Divine now vigilantly committed to avenging the assassination of their prophet, the Knights soon became scarce.

During the final attack that would result in the extermination of the Dragon Knights, you-a lone Slayer separated from your group, stumble upon a dying Knight. With her final breath, she grants you her abilities, insisting that all is not as it seems. You arise the last living Dragon Knight, shunned by your former Slayer allies, gifted with supernatural powers, and tasked with

exploring the true nature of your age-old conflict...

Key Features

* The complete Divinity II saga in one package -- With the remastered Ego Draconis and its thrilling conclusion Flames of Vengeance together on one jam-packed disc (along with all previously released DLC), The Dragon Knight Saga offers over 100 hours of rich fantasy roleplaying and gamers' first chance to experience the entire Divinity II adventure from start to finish!

* Wage war as human and dragon -- You begin the adventure as a human Dragon Slayer but are soon transformed into a Dragon Knight with the ability to change into dragon form at will. From here, perspectives shift as both your skills and objectives adapt to encompass the concerns of land and air, human and dragon.

* Dynamically unfolding storyline -- Apart from your primary mission, the open land of Rivellon and its many secrets and surprises lie in wait for the daring explorer. Every nook and cranny potentially hides a new path to explore, while the protagonist's ability to read the mind of any NPC can lead to new quests to solve and new areas to discover. Take on over 180 missions, and watch the storyline change according to your choices and skills.

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