Burlingame, CA– March 18, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that Opoona™, a new Role-Playing Game (RPG) exclusively for Wii™ has reached gold status, and is scheduled to ship to North American retailers on March 25, 2008. Gamers can begin their journey at Amazon.com, Game Crazy, Gamefly, and GameStop.
While on an interplanetary family vacation, the young boy Opoona crash lands on Planet Landroll after his family’s spaceship is involved in a mysterious accident. Separated from his family, Opoona is forced to live alone. On the planet, Opoona must find a job, search for his siblings, and defend himself and the people of Landroll against creatures known as the Dark Rogues. Luckily for Opoona, he is the descendant of a long line of warriors known as the Cosmo Guards. Thus, Opoona’s adventure begins as he struggles to establish a new life and reunite his family.
The game’s action-oriented battle system lets players use powerful“Energy Bonbons” against their enemies. Using just the Nunchuk™, players can manipulate an Energy Bonbon’s trajectory in a number of different ways. All of Opoona’s commands are also controlled by the Nunchuk, to allow a complete“single-hand control” of the game.
The gameplay in Opoona is not just about battling; it is a“Lifestyle RPG.” As Opoona, players must adapt to a new environment, meet new people, and contribute to society through work, all while becoming aware of the precious world and people around him. As the game progresses, Opoona will develop relationships and uncover a broader range of activities including new jobs and clues to new adventures.
The unique characters and a modern fantasy world created by Art Director, Shintaro Majima, are sure to fascinate gamers. From futuristic buildings to ancient ruins and strange rock formations in the wild, the world of Opoona is a remarkable fusion of both contemporary design and whimsical fantasy.
Developed by ArtePiazza, the team behind four installments of the best-selling DRAGON QUEST® series of RPGs, Opoona showcases the talent of some of today’s most creative game designers including: Art Director Shintaro Majima, Planning Director Sachiko Sugimura, and Composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, acclaimed for his contribution to the FINAL FANTASY® XII soundtrack.
Opoona is rated“E10+” (Everyone 10+ - Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Opoona is a single player game. For updates on Opoona, please visit www.koei.com. Media can find screenshots and assets (watermark-free) at gamespress.com.
About KOEI Corporation
Based in Burlingame, California, KOEI Corporation established operations in 1988 as the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan. KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® series of games have generated a combined 15 million units in global sales.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2006, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $206 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the U.S., the UK, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Lithuania. More information about KOEI and its products can be found at www.koei.com.
Opoona©2008 ARTEPIAZZA/KOEI Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.©HITOSHI SAKIMOTO. Samurai Warriors, Dynasty Warriors and the KOEI logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KOEI Co., Ltd.©2007-2008 KOEI Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Wii and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo.©2006 Nintendo. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association.“Dolby”,“Pro Logic”, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. DRAGON QUEST and FINAL FANTASY are registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd., in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Press Release©2008 KOEI Co., Ltd.
Jarik R. Sikat
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