LOS ANGELES (Dec. 17, 2010) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, today announced the launch of its online manga store, where users and fans can view electronic editions of popular Square Enix manga series, such as Fullmetal Alchemist® and Soul Eater®. Users can access the store through the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS website, a free-to-register membership site operated by local subsidiaries of Square Enix ( http://publications.na.square-enix.com/na/us/top).
Through the new service, SQUARE ENIX aims to provide a global audience with easy access to localized versions of its popular manga titles through streaming. Also, through cooperation with regional localization/publishing companies, SQUARE ENIX will endeavor to promote both print and online versions of its manga titles globally. Furthermore, it is the company's aim for the official online distribution service to serve as a deterrent against illegal downloading and piracy.
Anchored by established series in the United States, the online distribution service will continue to provide manga titles that will appeal to readers of the region (further details outlined below). Starting today, the initial lineup in the United States will be four titles, including Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater, available at the special sale price of $5.99 for a limited time. The first update is scheduled for January 11, 2011. New titles will be added bi-monthly after January.
The community services offered through the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS website will not only allow members to enjoy manga titles, but also supply a public forum where fans can provide commentary and exchange opinions about their favorite series. The site will also have special offers where members can download free wallpapers. Non-members can get a taste of the Japanese manga experience as well through free previews of the first chapters from each of the available titles.
Square Enix is dedicated to creating new entertainment experiences via online communities, shopping sites and other Internet-based business operations, and digital distribution of manga is one such endeavor toward that goal. The company plans to continue delivering a wide variety of content to an expanding global customer base through numerous outlets and multiple forms of media.
For details on the manga distribution service in the United States, please refer to the followingOnline Manga Store Details
Service Launch December 17, 2010
Fees and Pricing Special Launch Sale Price: $5.99
Note: Access to the online manga store requires registration with the SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS service (registration free of charge). Current membership: over 1,700,000 members worldwide (as of December 1, 2010).
Access to the free previews available on the preview site does not require SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS registration.
Payment method is credit card only.
System Requirements Supported Operating Systems / Browsers
Windows XP / Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or above, Firefox 3.x Windows Vista / Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or above, Firefox 3.x, Safari 3.x
Note: The newest Adobe Flash Player plug-in (version 10 or above) is required for all browsers.
1024 x 768 resolution or higher
ADSL or faster
Official URL http://publications.na.square-enix.com/na/us/top
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Initial Distribution Lineup:
Author: Hiromu Arakawa
© Hiromu Arakawa
Author: Atsushi Ohkubo
© Atsushi Ohkubo
THE RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE
Story: Kyo Shirodaira
Art: Yuri Kimura
© Kyo Shirodaira
© Yuri Kimura
YUMEKUI KENBUN: NIGHTMARE INSPECTOR
Author: Shin Mashiba
© Shin Mashiba
Author: Jun Mochizuki
© Jun Mochizuki BAMBOO BLADE
Story: Masahiro Totsuka
Art: Aguri Igarashi
© Shinya Murata
© Kim Byung Jin
Note: All images are of the Japanese editions of the manga.
About SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS
SQUARE ENIX MEMBERS is Square Enix’s free-to-register membership website. It currently has over 1.7 million members worldwide (as of December 1, 2010). Members have access to various contents based on Square Enix titles. Members can create their own profile page and interact with other members. ( http://member.square-enix.com/na)
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 54 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/na.
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