FOSTER CITY, Calif., August 21st, 2007–Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of Jeanne d’Arc, available exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system. Developed by Level-5, Jeanne d’Arc is an epic fantasy tale, set in 15th Century France that delivers a mystical adventure inspired by the historic legend of Joan of Arc. Having previously launched the critically acclaimed Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud series, Level-5 has directed their talent to the portable arena with this distinctive tactical RPG that showcases stunning graphics, compelling characters, and engaging gameplay. Following last years successful launch in Japan, Jeanne d’Arc makes its official debut in North America featuring brilliantly detailed environments, a unique team-based attack system, and an immersive storyline bursting with more than 40 hours of gameplay.
"Level-5 has developed a reputation for quality RPG action and Jeanne d’Arc further cements their position as an elite developer in the genre," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "With distinctive visuals, innovative gameplay, and a deep story, Jeanne dArc pushes the PSP system to new heights and is a must own for gamers seeking the ultimate in portable RPG strategy."
Inspired by the Joan of Arc legend, the story centers on a young crusader named Jeanne and her quest to turn back an unrelenting English army. While the Hundred Year’s War rages between France and England, an army of demonic creatures attempts to invade the human world. Blessed with a mysterious armlet, Jeanne is commanded by voices from beyond to use its power to seal away the demon king and recover her homeland once and for all.
Featuring Level-5’s signature cel-shaded design, Jeanne d’Arc unfolds across 40 expansive environments where players journey through villages and battlefields to fight for freedom in France. Throughout the game players will have command of up to 14 total characters, both humans and beasts included, in the quest to save the French homeland. All of the characters are highly customizable, with more than 150 different skills and abilities to choose from, and each is associated with a specific weapon type. With an inventive turn-based combat system, players can engage in strategic team-based attacks and defensive schemes controlling up to seven characters at a time. Players are also able to individually develop each character’s skill set and transform them in battle to increase power and overall attributes.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Jeanne d’Arc "T” for "Teen.” For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org. For more information about
Jeanne d’Arc, visit www.us.playstation.com/Jeannedarc
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