SANTA CLARA, Calif., (March 14, 2007) – Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that Culdcept™ SAGA will be released this Summer for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and feature online competitive gameplay via Xbox Live®. The latest entry to the popular card battle series, Culdcept SAGA combines the thrilling luck and strategy of a board game with the depth of a trading card game to create a unique twist on traditional turn-based play. An original storyline developed by one of Japan’s premiere sci-fi writers adds RPG-style elements that offer an enriching experience any player can enjoy.
Culdcept SAGA follows the journey of a princess and unlikely hero trying to bring peace back to their beleaguered country and free the land from the evil tyranny of their vicious adversaries. Summoning beasts of great power and skill, these adventurers will attempt to control strategic locations on the battlefield until all areas are freed from their enemies’ influence.
“Namco Bandai is proud to bring such a unique concept to the Xbox Live community.” said Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and COO of NAMCO BANDAI Games. “It’s the perfect blend of classic board games and modern competitive trading cards in one beautiful package!”
In Culdcept SAGA, individuals known as Cepters move around a game board by the roll of the dice, using magical cards to call upon creatures and cast spells to occupy each area they encounter. Using alluring cards designed by Japan’s top illustrators, players can customize different decks to assist in their struggle for territorial dominance. As they maneuver their way around the board and land on occupied properties, opponents can opt to pay a fee for their brief stay or attack the guarding creature to inhabit the zone. Players can fortify their decks and develop strategies in single player mode, then apply those tactics against up to 3 friends on Xbox Live or on a single console. Gamers can further modify the game with their own unique style when they alter their characters’ appearances using parts won during matches, providing a distinctive experience for every personality.