Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3 confirmed for 12th March release on next gen platforms

Thursday 4th March 2010: Leading video games publisher Rising Star Games has today announced that Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3, an open world action RPG, will arrive on 12th March for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Developed by Acquire, Way of the Samurai 3 shows gamers the true consequence of their actions, with each decision further influencing the way the game pans out. Playing as a samurai during the tumultuous time of the Sengoku era, gamers can join one of two warring factions, side with the neutral villagers, or ignore all and create their own path.

A series which is famous for its high level of freedom and giving players free rein over their gameplay styles, with over 15 different endings, Way of the Samurai 3 doesn't deviate from the formula known and loved by fans.

In addition to familiar systems new ones add depth to gameplay including, Sudden Battle that allows players to draw swords, Original Blade Creation where players can choose from over 200 different parts and materials to create a wholly original sword, and Companion that allows players to select a woman to set up home with.

Performing different challenges will reward a player with Samurai Points and a title - gamers start as 'nameless' - which in turn will unlock new features and authentic characters within the game.

"We're delighted to announce the release of Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "The ultimate choose your own adventure game, no game has used the butterfly effect to such extremes as in this one."

Way of the Samurai 3 launches on 12th March for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with two limited edition digital bonus items; a strategy guide, detailing an array of hints and tips, and a stunning artbook.

Screenshots and artwork can be downloaded directly here.

For further information, screenshots and press samples (when available), please contact:

Ali Wood (Premier PR)

ali.wood@premierpr.com

Yen Hau (Rising Star Games)

yen.hau@risingstargames.com

France - Namco Bandai Partners

Emilie Berndt

eberndt@namcobandaipartners.com

Germany - Koch Media

Andrea Stepper

A.Stepper@kochmedia.com

Spain - Namco Bandai Partners

Helena Careaga

hcareaga@namcobandaipartners.com

Italy - Cidiverte

Giovanna Cosentino

gcosentino@cidiverte.it

Benelux - CLD Distribution

Philippe Coopmans

philippe@cld.be

Nordic - Bergsala

Johan Lenngerd

johan.lenngerd@bergsala.se

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About Gamebridge

With a history stretching as far back as their involvement in the NEC PC Engine, Tokyo based developer/publisher Intergrow has formed a joint venture with Nordic Nintendo distributor Bergsala. 'Gamebridge' will publish games across all platforms focusing on those titles Intergrow has created or licensed from studios in Japan and throughout the world. www.gamebridge.co.uk

About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, Sony PS3 and PSP™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese video game publisher and content developer Intergrow Inc and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its sixth year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com.

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