If you’ve been looking for a second helping of sausage, Aksys has got what you need. Yesterday, over at their blog, Aksys announced that Record of Agarest War Zero will be coming to North America. Record of Agarest War Zero, prequel to the original strategy RPG, has been licensed for both PS3 and XBox 360. Responding to complaints about distribution of the first game, both systems will get a physical disc this time. For the first Record of Agarest War, PS3 players got a digital only edition while 360 players were able to enjoy the “Really Naughty Limited Edition.”
Agarest Zero has quite a few updates over the original including animated character pictures during dialogue, free movement within towns and changing character outfits. Soul Breeding makes its return once again, but more control over character development can be had via a “card skill” system.
Aksys has not yet named a price or release date for Record of Agarest War Zero, but expect more news in the near future.
Here’s the full (less than serious) press release from Aksys:
Torrance, CA (November 5, 2010) – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, proudly announced today that Record of Agarest War Zero, the prequel to last year’s epic Strategy RPG, will be released in North America this summer. From the critically-acclaimed developer of niche RPG games, Idea Factory, Record of Agarest War Zero will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“First and foremost,” says Ben Bateman, Localization Editor, Aksys Games, “I would like to address the question I know all of you are asking. The answer is yes, Santa Claus does exist. I have met him, in person. He has the strong, warm hands of a working man. Of course, some of you may already know this and are likely asking a different question. The answer to that question is also yes: We will be releasing Record of Agarest War Zero on a disc for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system. It was made excessively clear to us that there are a number of people who do not care for downloading their videogames. I am told this number is bigger than a breadbox, and so we have gone to great lengths—I personally have killed at least five orcs—to ensure that everyone will have the opportunity of sliding a shiny, new physical disc into the console of their choice. Or both, if they are into that sort of thing.”
“In addition, Zero also includes a number of other features, although I suppose it is rather disingenuous to consider existing on the physical plane to be a ‘feature.’ The portraits during conversations are now animated, which is nice, and the addition of a feature called, tentatively, ‘Free Intention’ allows you to explore towns and meet with members of your party, giving you more control over your relationship(s) with the ladies. Speaking of the ladies, as they grow fonder of you their clothes will change. Dressing like a nurse seems like an odd way to show your affection to me, but I’m not a woman on an adventure to save the world, so maybe I’m missing an important perspective.”
* The Prequel to the RPG That Brought You Five Generations of Stories: The pivotal installment of the multi-generational tale tells the story of what happened in the age before Record of Agarest War, detailing the rise of some to glory, and the fall of others, into darkness.
* Experience “Living Portraits”: The beautiful, static character portraits from Record of Agarest War are now animated to resemble living and breathing characters. Players will now see Sieghart display emotions of surprise, despair, and joy, among others.
* The Return of the Unique Soul-Breeding System: Once again, the choice of bride at the end of the first generation further determines the skill sets and weapon of the offspring.
* The Addition of the New Card Skill System: Players now have more control over the battle style of the main character, as well as his skills, by way of a card system. By picking the appropriate cards, Sieghart can be customized to reflect the type of fighter one wishes to play.
Record of Agarest Zero has not been rated by the ESRB. More information about Aksys Games and Record of Agarest Zero can be found at www.aksysgames.com.
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