Atlus USA Goes 360, Two New Games On The Way

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Atlus USA, via a new partnership with Microsoft, is now officially a licensed third-party publisher for the Xbox 360. As part of this move, Atlus has announced two new titles to make its 360 debut with, including Operation Darkness and Spectral Force 3, both strategy RPGs due out sometime in 2008.

“We are very proud to pledge our support to the Xbox 360 and to officially partner with Microsoft to bring quality titles to their impressive entertainment system,” said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President Sales & Marketing of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. “Atlus is renowned for its expertise and excellence in the RPG genre with critically-acclaimed hits like Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Odin Sphere, in addition to the award-winning Trauma Center franchise. We are honored to be able to contribute to the Xbox 360 and are eager to deliver the Atlus gaming experience to its owners.”

Teaser sites are up for both titles at the links provided above. Read on for full descriptions and features lists.

About Operation Darkness:
Enter an alternate WWII-era world where history and fantasy collide! Leading an army of ruthless officers and unearthly creatures, Adolf Hitler marches through Europe, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction. With his powers on the rise and his armies on the move, it falls on you and your team of elite soldiers to cut deep into the heart of the Third Reich and strike a fatal blow to Hitler’s ever-growing legion of evil!

Key Features:
• Lead the Offensive! Brave dozens of missions, confront supernatural creatures, and discover mystical powers as you progress through a sweeping campaign of drama and mystery!
• A Strategy-RPG with an Emphasis on Tactics! With a vast arsenal of historical weapons and a large team of specialized characters at their disposal, players will have to consider every variable as they plan their method of attack – using the environment to your advantage is imperative!
• High-definition visuals, fully-voiced dialogue, and in-game cutscenes deliver a true next-generation experience!

About Spectral Force 3:
Magic Era: 996. The ten kingdoms of the land, seizing the opportunity provided by Overlord Janus’s death, are attempting to unify the continent under their own banners. This is the beginning of the Great Neverland War. In order to bolster their defenses, kingdoms have begun hiring mercenary units. As new members of the Norius Mercenaries, you and your friend Diaz are eager to prove yourselves. When the squad’s commander Judo is mortally wounded in battle, the mantle of leadership is entrusted to you, and so the adventure begins…

Key Features:
•The long-running strategy RPG series enters the next generation of gaming!
•Over 50 hours of gameplay spanning more than 150 challenging missions!
•Up to 40 different characters to recruit into your party, each with their own unique individual attacks!
•Craft Your Items – collect and assemble different components to form new accessories!

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