SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 16, 2005 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that it has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Square EnixTM to bring DRAKENGARD® 2 to North America and Europe. Under the agreement, Ubisoft will distribute DRAKENGARD® 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
Ubisoft is expanding its prior collaboration with Square Enix. Last year Ubisoft published Star OceanTM Till the End of TimeTM for PlayStation 2 and distributed the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) FINAL FANTASY® XI for Windows® throughout Europe.
DRAKENGARD® 2 is a role-playing action game featuring knights and dragons that builds on the scenario of the original title. Released in Japan last June, DRAKENGARD® 2 became an immediate success, topping Japanese sales charts and selling more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release.
"We are very excited to be working with Square Enix to publish this highly anticipated RPG in North America and Europe," said Jay Cohen, vice president of publishing at Ubisoft. "DRAKENGARD® 2 is a hit in the Japanese market, and we are sure that North American and European gamers will also be thrilled by this fantastic adventure title."
DRAKENGARD® 2 will be available in Europe, North America and Australia in March 2006. For more information and updates on the game, visit www.ubi.com.
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About Square Enix
Headquartered in Tokyo, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents 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 63 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST (DRAGON WARRIORTM in Europe) 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. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.