Fall Brings Battle Fantasia To North America

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Arc System Works' latest fantasy fighting game is coming to the Xbox 360 this Fall courtesy of Aksys Games, the publisher that would have a much more interesting name if you just switched two letters. Battle Fantasia, already released in Japan on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, blends Arc's trademark high-end fighting with RPG flair, with beautiful cell-shaded characters designed by Guilty Gear artist Emiko Iwasaki. The console version of the game comes complete with an exclusive story mode, along with more than 80 unlockable illustrations to collect as you play.


"Battle Fantasia's helps bring the fighting genre to the mainstream with its RPG-style appeal," said Frank "Bo" deWindt II, Project Lead, Aksys Games. "If the fighting aspects don't hook you, the quirky characters and their stories will".

Great news, but where's the PlayStation 3 version for North America? Separate press release I missed? Perhaps it's a surprise?


A Fighting Game of RPG Sized Proportions!

Torrance, CA (July 3, 2008) – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, announced today that Battle Fantasia will be battling its way onto Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Fans of the fighting game genre can expect to see this high tension fighter in the fall of 2008.

Developed by ARC SYSTEM WORKS, creators of the highly popular Guilty Gear series, Battle Fantasia utilizes RPG-stylish elements and blends them with high level gameplay. Players will also be able to pick between 12 beautifully illustrated characters by Emiko Iwasaki, and battle it out in front of gorgeous high-definition 3D environments.

"Battle Fantasia's helps bring the fighting genre to the mainstream with its RPG-style appeal," said Frank "Bo" deWindt II, Project Lead, Aksys Games. "If the fighting aspects don't hook you, the quirky characters and their stories will".

Battle Fantasia Prologue

There was once a time when the world was engulfed in darkness. Mankind fought six battles to save their world, but lost every single one. All hope was lost for humanity and many turned to god with prayers. But one day the darkness was finally driven back by the swords of four heroes.

Light returned to the world, and with it came peace and serenity. The world was then divided into two major countries: The Magic Kingdom and the Steam Empire. The people prospered like never before…

But in recent months, strange things have begun to happen. Rumors spread among the people that the darkness was returning...

However, fate has once again brought together warriors from all over the world. Some fight in the relentless pursuit of justice. Some fight due to their conviction and faith.

As the battle looms near, an epic new tale of new heroes begins to unfold...

Battle Fantasia Key Features:

· Gorgeous Cel-shaded Graphics

Experience Battle Fantasia's amazing art and graphics as you play through the game!

· Exclusive Console Story Mode

Play through each character's main scenario in "Story Mode", or discover hidden sub-scenarios to truly immerse yourself in the universe of Battle Fantasia!

· Exciting Online Play

Fight against opponents from far and wide or view your overall online rankings via Xbox LIVE

· Feel the Burn of "Heat Up" and the Sting of "GACHI"

Master the Battle Fantasia exclusive battle mechanics of "Heat Up" mode, "GACHI Match", and "GACHI Drive" to keep your opponents on their toes!

· Find Every Unlockable!

With over 80 unlockable illustrations in "Gallery Mode" and various Xbox Achievements, you'll find yourself playing for hours on end!

Battle Fantasia has not yet been rated by the ESRB. More information about Aksys Games and Battle Fantasia can be found at www.aksysgames.com.



*Sigh* Aksys Games does it again.

First off, guys, they're showing BlazBlue off at some cons as part of a tour, so it's simple to assume that they plan on bringing it out. [www.animenewsnetwork.com]

Second, there will likely not be a PS3 version of Battle Fantasia hitting American shores. Why? Because they refused to bring over the Xbox 360 version of Castle of Shikigami III, despite the versions being identical apart from menus which are already in English in the Japanese version anyway (yes, including achievements, too!)

Basically, they're unwilling to commit to full licensing. They claim issues such as funds, which also lead to them not licensing CoS3's Japanese voice-overs; why are they licensing games from Japan in the first place then? It's an expensive business! They're even part of the niche market, which makes their excuses even more bewildering.

Basically, unless they sell boatloads of copies of the 360 version, they aren't going to want to waste more money on a PS3 version license.