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RPG Eternal Sonata Composes New PS3 Features Tomorrow

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315w ago - Stephanie Fernandez (Localization Producer at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.) has shared the following via PS Blog today:

Hello, my name is Stephanie Fernandez and I worked as the Localization Producer on Eternal Sonata for the PLAYSTATION 3.

Eternal Sonata will be shipping tomorrow, October 21st, and it will include new features and extras that can only be found on the PLAYSTATION 3 platform.

In preparation for the game's release, I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts and insights from working on the game and give you a few more details about the new exclusive content.





When I started working on Eternal Sonata for the PS3, I was pleased to find out there would be additional story material incorporated into the game that is unique to the platform. I had always felt there were some aspects of the story which might be a little too vague for anyone who didn't have the advantage of the background knowledge that I had about the story.

But now there are scenes that give the game player a little more insight; scenes that reveal a bit more general information about the concept behind the story and more specific details regarding character motivations.

Not that everything is spelled out point-by-point-you...
 

Eternal Sonata hitting European PlayStation 3's in February 2009

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317w ago - European PS3 owners with a taste for authentic Japanese role-playing experiences can celebrate with the news that Atari and NAMCO BANDAI Games are bringing Eternal Sonata for PS3 to European shores in February 2009, complete with new gameplay quests, a revitalised story, brand new costumes and additional playable characters.

Press Release: Atari and NAMCO BANDAI Games to Bring the Unique and Enchanting Role-playing Game to PLAYSTATION 3 in February 2009, with New Features and Content -

6 October 2008 - European PLAYSTATION3 owners with a taste for authentic Japanese role-playing experiences can celebrate with the news that Atari and NAMCO BANDAI Games are bringing Eternal Sonata for PLAYSTATION 3 to European shores in February 2009, complete with new gameplay quests, a revitalised story, brand new costumes and additional playable characters.

With its vibrant visuals, innovative combat system and captivatingregional storyline, Eternal Sonata has already won the hearts of western fans of Japanese role-playing games following its release for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in October 2007. Selected media comments from reviews of the Xbox 360 game include:

"The battle system is addictively fun, the multifaceted story is riveting, and the graphics...
 

Trusty Bell / Eternal Sonata Demo Available via PSN

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318w ago - First it was Japanese RPG Angel Love Online, and today another graces PSN... namely the Trusty Bell/Eternal Sonata demo (660MB).

Rykomatsu of PS3Forums (linked above) has offered some tips on how to play the game as follows:

No major dialogue so don't really need to know Japanese to play

Things to note, to make playing easier:

- Special Attack (triangle) changes based on whether you're standing in the light or shadow

- From the map, if you press triangle, you go into menu setup. Leftmost icon is items you have, second icon from left is your item bag in which you stuff items into to use during battle. Square in battle activates the items, which can be scrolled through using R1/R2

- At start of turn, you have unlimited time to plan what to do. Once you move the character at all, timer starts and you can attack/heal until your time runs out.

- Guard timing (X) is VERY short... when you see the word CHANCE pop up on your char while the enemy is attacking, you press X. It's VERY short so be careful. Enemies seem to do way more damage now than on the 360 version.

Cheers!
 

Namco Bandai: No plans to release Eternal Sonata outside Japan

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334w ago - According to a rep from Namco Bandai US, Eternal Sonata PS3 has only been announced for release in Japan and they "have no plans to release the game on the PS3 in the US at this moment."

To quote: Namco Bandai US has told videogaming247 that as far as it's aware, the PS3 version of tri-Crescendo's JRPG Eternal Sonata won't make it out of Japan.

"I can't speak for any other territories, but I believe Eternal Sonata is only announced for the PS3 in Japan right now," said the spokesperson.

"We have no plans to release the game on the PS3 in the US at this moment."
 

Eternal Sonata: Characters broadened for PS3

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356w ago - Microsoft fans got to play Eternal Sonata far before their rival PlayStation fans. They were given the opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece of a title in all of its glory. Anybody who has played it would agree that is was not only phenomenal, but also unforgettable. The story was perfect, the art was brilliant, and the score was absolutely mesmerizing. Now it's our turns.

Great things come to those who wait. Eternal Sonata is slated to hit PS3 shelves this year and it's going to be a title to remember. What do the Sony faithful get for the long wait? Two extra playable characters that were mere NPC's for the 360.

Those who have waited for this title will be given the chance to utilize not only Prince Crescendo, but his lovely bride, Serenade. This is complimented with more story sequences as well.

All of these may have been news that was commonly known, however, we have screenshots of the characters in action.

More pics can be seen at the link above!
 
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