For Immediate Release:
Hertfordshire, UK - August 11th, 2005 - Koei Ltd. today announced plans to publish the highly acclaimed RPG title Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in Europe. The European release of Atelier Iris is scheduled for Q1 2006. The game is developed by Japanese developer Gust and was published in the USA by NIS America, the publisher of Disgaea, Makai Kingdom, Phantom Brave, and La Pucelle.
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About Atelier Iris
The game is set in a world called Regallzine - a world sustained by spirits called Mana and their elemental powers. Every substance and object in this world is formed by the elements and people live under the protection and guidance of Mana. A few select people in this world can use the elemental powers of Mana to create something out of nothing. These people are called Alchemists.
Players will take on the role of a young hero called Klein Keisling, striving to achieve his dream of becoming an alchemist. As the story develops, Klein and friends he meets on his travels get involved in a massive adventure to save the world in which they live in. On the journey, Klein learns more about Mana and about how to become a great Alchemist, working with nature and elemental powers along the way. There is a mass of things to do, evil forces and monsters to battle and, as a result, countless hours of gameplay in Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.
Commenting on the release of Atelier Iris, David Hope, General Manager of Koei Ltd said, "We are now building on the interest in the PlayStation 2 RPG gaming genre we have created over the past two years, and the release of Atelier Iris is another significant move in this area. We are very happy to be bringing Atelier Iris to European shores - the interest in the title has been intense and we are very pleased that we can confirm our plans and meet customer demand for this title."
Gust Co., LTD. (Gust) was established on October 1st, 1993 in Nagano, Japan as an entertainment software developer. Gust is well known for developing the popular Atelier series, as well as for being the very first video game publisher in Nagano, Japan. Gust strives to create sensible new games that continually advance gaming technology to fulfill the dreams and expectations of their fans around the world.
About Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Nippon Ichi Software was founded in 1994 in Gifu, Japan as an entertainment software company. Since then Nippon Ichi Software has grown into an international company focused on creating innovative video game products.
About Koei Ltd.
KOEI Ltd is a subsidiary of Japanese company KOEI Co., Ltd and has had offices in Hertfordshire, UK since 2003. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the US, UK, Canada, China, Korea, France, Taiwan, Singapore, and Lithuania. KOEI employs over 900 people worldwide with sales exceeding $250 million. The company constantly seeks to achieve a fine balance between entertainment, technology, art and education and provides games that will mesmerize gamers globally.
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