Madrid- May 29th, 2008- Virgin PLAY is proud to give the first details of their newest Nintendo DS game, after signing with AQ Interactive. Virgin PLAY will be the publisher and distributor of AWAY Shuffle Dungeon in the PAL territories.
Hironobu Sakaguchi and Naoto Ohshima are the lead designers for the project. Naoto Oshima and Hironobu Sakaguchi both well known names in the industry for their work on their best-selling projects, and are now masterminding the characters and environment for Away respectively. To complement this dynamic duo, Nobuo Uematsu, one of the best known composers for videogames in Japan, is now dedicating his creative talent to compose the music for Away. With these 3 talented men working on the project, Away promises to become their next big hit.
Welcome to Webb Village. Webb Village is your average pleasant storybook village with one peculiar trait. Webb Village has been suffering from a rare phenomenon for over a century. People disappear leaving no tracebehind, something that they refer to as‘Away’. Nothing to let them know when it’s going to happen or who´s next…
Sword is a 17 year-old boy that came to Webb Village when he was 15. On the verge of becoming another‘away’ victim, little Anella quickly jumps in the way to keep him from vanishing sacrificing herself instead. Her heroic action not only‘aways’ herself, but all of the other villagers as well, leaving Sword alone.
Guided by a mysterious light, Sword finds his way to the Shuffle Dungeon where his adventure starts. There is a chance, to find the villagers and to bring them back, but can he do it before it’s too late?
Welcome to Webb Village, however long your stay.
Away, Shuffle Dungeon is scheduled for release this autumn 2008 exclusively for your Nintendo DS.
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About Virgin PLAY:
Virgin Interactive Entertainment España S.A. commenced trading in 1995 with Mariele Isidoro and Francisco Encinas at the helm, a subsidiary of Virgin Interactive Entertainment Ltd, at the time, a VIACOM company. Over the next five years, VIE España became a leader in the videogame sector launching monster hits such as: Resident Evil 1&2, Command and Conquer, C&C: Red Alert, Driver and Baldur’s Gate. In May of 2002, Tim Chaney and Francisco Encinas lead a management buyout from then owners Titus Interactive and renamed the company Virgin PLAY and became the exclusive distributor in the Spanish and Portuguese markets for companies such as: Midway, Ignition (SNK), Take2,Playlogic, Koch Media, Koei and D3P just to name a few.
Virgin PLAY’s first publishing projects, starting in 2005, were Torrente 3, Dead&Furious and Final Armada- all became commercial successes. The company has added on to their catalogue with titles such as Donkey Xote, Snow X Racing (2007), The Crusaders(2008) and forthcoming in 2008 is Real Madrid–Real Life, Mind Your Language, Pocoyo and Lola Y Virginia, which will be published under Virgins new brand: V.2Play.
Virgin sells and distributes its products worldwide using local distribution partners and multinational publishers and locally through their own offices in Spain and Portugal. For more information: www.virginplay.es
About AQ Interactive:
AQ Interactive consists of the main development company, three development studios - ARTOON CO., LTD., cavia inc., and feelplus Inc. (all are consolidated subsidiaries) - and a US-based marketing services agency, XSEED JKS, Inc. AQI is involved mainly in the planning, development, and sales of videogame software. Since its inception in 2000, the group’s main objective has been to offer high-quality entertainment products to our users. The group mainly sells videogame software created by their three subsidiaries domestically in Japan, as well as sell licenses for the same software overseas. AQ Interactive also acquires distribution rights for videogame titles created overseas to sell them in Japan. The three subsidiaries each have distinctive development studios and create videogame titles for the company. For more information, please visit: http://www.aqi.co.jp/en/index.html.