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Journey Into the Darkness With "Castlevania: Symphony of Night" on Xbox Live Arcade

20th March 2007

Celebrate more than two decades of the Castlevania franchise by reliving (or experiencing for the first time) one of the series' most highly regarded games. The legendary 2D side-scrolling action adventure game from Konami Digital Entertainment "Castlevania: Symphony of Night," will be available for download on Xbox Live® Arcade for Xbox 360 from Wednesday 21st March at 09.00 GMT / 10.00 CET.

The Castlevania franchise is well known for delivering exceptional quality in all elements that make a great game - story, music, level design, character development, gameplay and controls. In "Castlevania: Symphony of Night," the 12th iteration of the series, gamers take on the role of Alucard, the half-vampire son of the blood-drinker Dracula, as he ventures into his infamous father's foreboding castle. Along the way, Alucard must collect items, weapons and armour to defeat the powerful boss monsters that block access to key areas of the castle.

"Castlevania: Symphony of Night" is the first full console classic to appear on Xbox Live Arcade and offers dozens of hours of non-linear action RPG gameplay.

Game Features

· Play the original version of the game or experience it in enhanced mode with improved graphics and modernised sound effects

· New widescreen and high-definition support

· Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

Where can I get it?

"Castlevania: Symphony of Night" will be available worldwide from Wednesday 21st March for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated 12+.

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade.

Multiplayer gameplay over Xbox Live requires an Xbox Live Gold Membership.

For further information please contact: v-kaszle@microsoft.com

For assets and screen shots: https://www.microsoftprosource.com/product.asp?id=133694&region=36&tab=2898&displaymode=0

About Xbox 360

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About Xbox Live

Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox Live connects millions of members across 24 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox Live Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos, and movie trailers, as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live.

About Microsoft

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