And Atlus’ New Mystery Game Is…

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10AM PST has come and gone today, so you know what that means. Atlus USA’s mystery game announcement, hinted at via a recent newsletter, has been officially unveiled! Common predication was for DS title Dokapon Journey, but it’s actually not that. However, the predications did peg the correct series, just not the correct platform. While Dokapon Journey may still wind up coming stateside, today’s game reveal is for Dokapon Kingdom, a unique board game-RPG crossover title for PS2 and Wii. Basically, it’s like Mario Party crossed with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. At least that’s the impression I get.

Check after the break for the debut trailer, gallery and official press release.

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Have Friendships? Let Atlus Ruin Them With Party RPG Dokapon Kingdom

The Friendship-Destroying Game for Wii and PlayStation 2

Irvine, Calif. – June 03, 2008

Atlus U.S.A., Inc., triumphantly friendless, today announced Dokapon Kingdom, an addictive new multiplayer RPG for Wii™ and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The King of Dokapon has offered you his throne; all he asks for in return is that you dispose of an invading horde of thieving monsters. Trouble is – you’re not the only one he asked. Contend with up to three friends as you navigate playfields littered with challenges, monsters to defeat, and rare secrets to unlock. Warning: Relationship counseling not included.

Dokapon Kingdom is currently scheduled for release on October 14th, 2008.

Key Features:
• Innovative board game-RPG crossover – Tired of shallow gameplay in party games? The genre gets retooled in this exuberant mix of role playing and board games! Encounter zany characters, collect rare items, and explore a fascinating kingdom on your quest to vanquish monsters, gather treasure, and level up!
• The friendship-destroying game – Turn the heat up on your rivalries! Take on up to three other soon-to-be-ex-friends in the race for Princess Penny and the crown. Battle, steal, deface – playing dirty is the name of the game – through a variety of locales and challenges. After your friendships are broken, the game is just as much fun to play alone.
• Never the same game twice – Tons of battles, magic spells, mini-games, and multiple play modes add up to endless replayability!
• Easy, intuitive, and effective combat system – This is no boring game of hack-and-slash. Players covertly choose their actions in an intuitive battle interface that guarantees every fight will surprise.

Dokapon Kingdom has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

About Dokapon Kingdom:

The Kingdom of Dokapon is a land of wealth and riches ruled by a gold-loving King and his daughter Princess Penny. One day, monsters begin appearing all over the realm, assaulting the towns and stealing all of the empire’s wealth. The King, unable to collect taxes from his impoverished citizens, calls for heroes from across the land to come and rid his monarchy of these monsters. The prize for the hero who is able to free the land: The hand of Princess Penny and rule of the Kingdom itself!

About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Odin Sphere, Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit http://www.atlus.com.

©2008 STING. Licensed to and published by Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

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