Aksys Nation
posted by techism @ 8:35 am on November 5, 2010

My goodness, this could be the happiest day ever! You’ve successfully defeated all five generations of one of the most challenging Strategy RPGs ever, and you’ve won your share of the ladies in the game. You’ve braved the ordeal of ordering “The Really Naughty Limited Edition” and you’ve convinced your friends to make good use of their 320gb PS3s.

The time has finally come. Welcome to Record of Agarest War Zero.

Full press release after the jump.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Every generation has a beginning!

Torrance, CA (November 5, 2010) – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, proudly announced today that Record of Agarest War Zero, the prequel to last year’s epic Strategy RPG, will be released in North America this summer. From the critically-acclaimed developer of niche RPG games, Idea Factory, Record of Agarest War Zero will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

“First and foremost,” says Ben Bateman, Localization Editor, Aksys Games, “I would like to address the question I know all of you are asking. The answer is yes, Santa Claus does exist. I have met him, in person. He has the strong, warm hands of a working man. Of course, some of you may already know this and are likely asking a different question. The answer to that question is also yes: We will be releasing Record of Agarest War Zero on a disc for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system. It was made excessively clear to us that there are a number of people who do not care for downloading their videogames. I am told this number is bigger than a breadbox, and so we have gone to great lengths—I personally have killed at least five orcs—to ensure that everyone will have the opportunity of sliding a shiny, new physical disc into the console of their choice. Or both, if they are into that sort of thing.”

“In addition, Zero also includes a number of other features, although I suppose it is rather disingenuous to consider existing on the physical plane to be a ‘feature.’ The portraits during conversations are now animated, which is nice, and the addition of a feature called, tentatively, ‘Free Intention’ allows you to explore towns and meet with members of your party, giving you more control over your relationship(s) with the ladies. Speaking of the ladies, as they grow fonder of you their clothes will change. Dressing like a nurse seems like an odd way to show your affection to me, but I’m not a woman on an adventure to save the world, so maybe I’m missing an important perspective.”

FEATURES

  • The Prequel to the RPG That Brought You Five Generations of Stories: The pivotal installment of the multi-generational tale tells the story of what happened in the age before Record of Agarest War, detailing the rise of some to glory, and the fall of others, into darkness.

  • Experience “Living Portraits”: The beautiful, static character portraits from Record of Agarest War are now animated to resemble living and breathing characters. Players will now see Sieghart display emotions of surprise, despair, and joy, among others.

  • The Return of the Unique Soul-Breeding System: Once again, the choice of bride at the end of the first generation further determines the skill sets and weapon of the offspring.

  • The Addition of the New Card Skill System: Players now have more control over the battle style of the main character, as well as his skills, by way of a card system. By picking the appropriate cards, Sieghart can be customized to reflect the type of fighter one wishes to play.

Record of Agarest Zero has not been rated by the ESRB. More information about Aksys Games and Record of Agarest Zero can be found at www.aksysgames.com.

About Aksys Games

Located in Torrance, California and founded in 2006, Aksys Games is well-known for being a visionary within the fighting game sector while expanding into other genres such as RPGs, fishing, and family-style games. Some of their more popular games include the BIT.TRIP, Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Hooked: Real Motion Fishing series.

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  1.  RivalShadeX
    11.05.10 at 12:53 pm

    Is there any chance that you guys can reveal which version you guys are bringing over?

  2.  Rogue Ninja
    11.05.10 at 2:54 pm

    There’s more than one version of Agarest Zero?

    Living portraits sound intriguing! I look forward to seeing what you guys have in store for this game!

  3.  masuto
    11.05.10 at 3:39 pm

    OMG finally! It’s official! No more naughty edition please! For the sake of GameStop!

  4.  Heavenscent
    11.05.10 at 4:03 pm

    @RivalShadeX: Both platforms will have the “Dawn of War” additions.

  5.  Neveryll
    11.05.10 at 4:34 pm

    Yes please more naughty editions. :P I would have bought one on the last release but for some reason I couldn’t find any with PS3 disks in them.

    I’d actually buy one. :D

  6.  Rarutos
    11.05.10 at 4:38 pm

    This makes me oh so happy. I was one of those that really wanted a disc for the PS3 release of the original. So happy it’s happening for Zero!

  7.  RivalShadeX
    11.05.10 at 4:45 pm

    I wanted a disc release for PS3 as well but I figured it wasn’t going to happen so I bought it anyway to support Aksys for at least putting it on the system. Glad there will be a physical copy of Zero this time. Thank you Aksys Games!

  8.  WildArms
    11.05.10 at 5:53 pm

    YES!!!!… and no, it wasnt easy to put agarest war on my 40 gigs ps3, thank god this one is disc based, if i could, i would kiss you aksys… at least the girls that work there.

  9.  ikichi
    11.05.10 at 10:03 pm

    YEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! Oh man words cannot express this feeling of joy! More naughty edition or something like it? Sure hope so. Aksys! You guys are awesome!

  10.  speddemon974
    11.05.10 at 11:54 pm

    hooray!!!!!!!!!!!! now for my life to be complete i need naughty edition =3 and now aksys needs to get deathsmiles II

  11.  Keksus
    11.07.10 at 4:46 am

    I waited for this for a long time. Finally it happened! Also good to hear that we will get the Dawn of War content.

  12.  Shadowfang12
    11.07.10 at 4:46 pm

    Oh dude this made my day. I wanted the another Agarest War game….and now it is confirmed. Yeah…..I can die a happy man today. Thank everyone who decided to bring this to North America. You know what I am going to bake you guys all cookies.

  13.  Shadowfang12
    11.07.10 at 4:50 pm

    I know someone will shoot me for saying this but what additional content did the naughty edition have? I didn’t get it. I got the regular version. So yeah…someone please answer me…yeah…thanks.

  14.  Treequil
    11.07.10 at 5:04 pm

    @Shadowfang12
    All the info on the Naughty Limited Edition is in this link…
    http://www.aksysgames.com/2010/01/26/this-edition-is-limited-only-by-your-imaginationalso-that-is-a-lie/
    And I wouldn’t suggest reading through the comments, may take several years…

  15.  Belisarius
    11.07.10 at 8:56 pm

    @Shadowfang12: All the extra stuff with the Naughty Edition was just swag stuff: A pillowcase, the mousepad, and a music CD. The actual game content was exactly the same. The “additional content” some people maybe be talking about is probably the following:
    In Japan, Idea Factory released two version of Agarest. The first was the one one that Ghostlight localized, and was for the PS3 only. Idea Factory later released a slightly revised version for the 360, which included some stuff like special effects during conversations, achievements and a few other things (I honestly don’t know what, exactly). That was the version that we released with the extra content ported to the PS3. Idea Factory did pretty much the same thing for Zero, with an enhanced release for the 360 called “Dawn of War”. We’re also doing the same thing we did before, and releasing the enhanced version for both consoles.

  16.  PoyucaTwilightShadow
    11.08.10 at 12:20 pm

    This game is already nearing the top of my list for games I want next year! ^_^

  17.  Hollow_Ninja
    11.09.10 at 5:25 pm

    Two thumbs up for actually taking past experiences into account, Aksys! Now, if only certain other companies would do the same…

    (Yes, the glass is half-empty)

  18.  Akira
    11.11.10 at 10:12 pm

    Aksys….

    i think i love you….
    lol!

    any way, thanks!

  19.  IcedEarthaholic
    11.20.10 at 9:09 pm

    I am overjoyed that this game is coming stateside. However, is it me or do I think a better title would be Dawn of Agarest War? I think it flows off the tongue better, and as a prequel title, it would seem to make sense. Kinda like how Nintendo and Bandai-Namco did away with the long-winded subtitle of Baten Kaitos 2 in the US and simply called it Baten Kaitos Origins. Brilliant move if I say so myself. I seriously think that they should instead call it Dawn of Agarest War, anyone else with me?

  20.  masuto
    11.20.10 at 9:12 pm

    ^ you know…that actually sounds great!

  21.  IcedEarthaholic
    11.20.10 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you masuto, I feel it’d be a great amalgamation of Agarest Senki Zero: Dawn of War, which was the Japanese title of the 360 edition I believe. I do hope an admin from Aksys games themselves reads my suggestion and considers the title change. It’d most likely require a small tweaking of the title screen and art, but it just flows so much better to me and would probably catch a few more eyes. I will most likely get the 360 version of this game just to support Aksys, and of course I already have the 360 version of RoAW, and I pray they get Record of Agarest War 2 as well. I also

  22.  Keksus
    11.29.10 at 2:13 pm

    I do so hope they will also bring Agarest Senki 2 to the west. Just imported it and it’s even better than Zero. But first things first, because you can import your Zero Savegame into Senki 2.

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