DIRGE of CERBERUS - FINAL FANTASY VII - EXPLODES ONTO RETAIL SHELVES

August 15, 2006

DIRGE of CERBERUS - FINAL FANTASY VII - EXPLODES ONTO RETAIL SHELVES
North American Edition Comes Fully Loaded with New Features and Enhancements
Los Angeles (August 15, 2006)
Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that DIRGE of CERBERUS™ - FINAL FANTASY® VII - (DIRGE of CERBERUS) has shipped to retailers across the nation, exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The blockbuster thrill ride from the creators of FINAL FANTASY VII comes fully loaded with all-new features and bonus content created exclusively for North American audiences.

"Creating the first action game in the beloved FINAL FANTASY series has been an exhilarating experience for us," said Yoshinori Kitase, Producer, Square Enix Co., Ltd. "Because the series, especially FINAL FANTASY VII, has enjoyed such a loyal following, we took special care with the direction for DIRGE of CERBERUS. In addition, we were sensitive to the difference between American and Japanese gamers, and made substantial changes to tailor the game to both regions. We hope the gamers will enjoy this new facet of the franchise and the continuation of the FINAL FANTASY VII legacy."

Breakout star Vincent Valentine returns in this adrenaline-fueled action game that propels players into the middle of an ongoing conflict that threatens all life on the planet. With his trusty triple-barreled Cerberus in hand, Vincent will shoot, fight and rage his way through the ranks of a menacing uprising—one that must be stopped at all costs. Featuring fast-paced gameplay from renowned producer Yoshinori Kitase and character designs from Tetsuya Nomura, DIRGE of CERBERUS offers a non-stop ride through the exhilarating world of FINAL FANTASY VII.

Numerous enhancements have been implemented in the North American release, including brand-new missions, a retooled camera system, and speedier action to keep up with American gamers. Fans will also have the opportunity to continue the adventure "on the go" with DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE™ - FINAL FANTASY VII -, a mobile title set for release this summer.

Story
Three years have passed since Meteor's devastating attack on the planet. After piecing together their shattered lives, people are terrorized yet again by sudden attacks stemming from a mysterious military organization known as "Deepground." Before Meteorfall, these soldiers formed one of Shinra's most secret projects—but with the destruction of Midgar, the soldiers left below the town's smoldering remains were forgotten. Vincent Valentine must now retaliate against this impending threat with his trusty Cerberus in hand.

Features
  • The first action title in the series delivers an entirely new collection of techniques and maneuvers exclusive to the North American release
  • Tweaks and changes bring the game up to speed for North American audiences - faster gameplay, an enhanced camera system and tightened controls provide gamers with a tailor-made experience
  • Extend the adventure with all-new bonus content that includes exclusive missions, character viewer, sound gallery and more
  • Revisit memorable locations and see familiar faces from FINAL FANTASY VII
  • Utilize a variety of weapons and unleash devastating melee combo attacks
  • Customize and upgrade Vincent's weapons, including handguns and machine guns, with five different varieties of parts that affect power, range, firing rate and more
  • Fully voiced, cutting-edge CG cinematics in the renowned Square Enix style
  • Continue the adventure on the go with the mobile game DIRGE of CERBERUS Lost Episode - FINAL FANTASY VII -


  • MARKETING AND ADVERTISING SUPPORT
    The launch of DIRGE of CERBERUS is supported by an interactive web site that includes a FINAL FANTASY VII tribute section for fans (http://na.square-enix.com/dcff7/). The tribute section includes questions about the plot of FINAL FANTASY VII which unlock footage from the original game when answered correctly, as well as a survey where fans can vote on their most memorable moments in the groundbreaking game.

    The program includes a three-week television campaign from August 13 through September 3 on Adult Swim, Comedy Central, Fuel, G4, MTV, MTV2, Spike and WWE, print advertising in the September and October issues of top gaming media, and a unique rich media online campaign with a major presence on 1UP, IGN, Gamespot, GamePro.com, MySpace and UGO.

    DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE - FINAL FANTASY VII -
    DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE - FINAL FANTASY VII - tells the story three years after Meteorfall, where the original FINAL FANTASY VII ended, with Vincent Valentine struggling to save the world from Deepground, a mysterious army of bloodthirsty warriors. This action role-playing game will take advantage of all mobile gaming has to offer, allowing players to explore a sprawling world in Battlefield mode, and battle with Deepground soldiers in FPS Battle mode. Familiar features from FFVII, such as materia and limit break attacks, can also be used by Vincent to smash his foes.

    Be the first to take a revolutionary step in mobile phone gaming! Available exclusively on Amp'd mobile handsets beginning on August 18, 2006. For more information visit www.ampd.com.

    DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE - FINAL FANTASY VII - was developed by a Square Enix Co., Ltd. team led by Kosei Ito in collaboration with Ideaworks3D Ltd., a BAFTA award-winning mobile games studio headquartered in London (http://www.ideaworks3d.com). For more about information about DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE - FINAL FANTASY VII - visit www.sqexm.com/dirge.

    DIRGE of CERBERUS is rated "T" for Teen. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Web site at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. DIRGE of CERBERUS is available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $49.99(USD). Additional information on DIRGE of CERBERUS can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/dcff7/.

    About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
    With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises—FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide—under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

    Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/na.

    DIRGE OF CERBERUS, DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, LOST EPISODE, SQUARE ENIX and the Square Enix logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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