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NIS' New Project Headed for PS2
09.08.06 - 5:06 PM

Nippon Ichi Software today revealed its newest project. Titled Soul Cradle: Sekai wo Kurau Mono, the game is a PlayStation 2-based strategy RPG. The game's character designs are the work of designer toi8. The game takes place in a medieval world where humans and other creatures have co-existed peacefully. Once upon a time, King Median managed to unite the entire world under his rule and bring an end to an age of war. Despite being a human, he possessed super-human powers and was considered a hero by his contemporaries. After the death of the king and his son, the continent once again declined into a state of war. This period of turmoil, however, did not continue for long, as the adult daughter of the king, Lena managed to quell the violence and bring all countries under her absolute control. The various countries ended up signing peace treaties, and order returned to the world. Only five decades later, one shadow and three giants appeared, though. The shadow's name was Gig. The mysterious creature was so powerful that he could summon and control the three giants. Aiming to destroy the world, they caused destruction, chaos and fear. While the different countries first tried to fight the unknown enemy together, rifts in the alliance soon became visible. With her last ally, Lena set up an army and as an old queen managed to defeat the shadow. After this epic battle, Gig was sealed in a sword, while Lena was supposedly dead.

In the game's present however, Gig has re-appeared. Meanwhile, Lena also survived the battle and had continued to hide for 200 years. The game begins, as Lena merges Gig with the 17-year old protagonist. He managed to restore himself partially and now aims to use the protagonist's body to fully regain his powers and destroy the world. Danett is the protagonist's childhood friend. Feenu is one of the giants commanded by Gig 200 years ago. Following Gig's defeat, the giant has stopped moving, though. In its current state the giant is protected by the country of Raid. In addition to Feenu, the other two giants also continue to exist in the world.

Soul Cradle: Sekai wo Kurau Mono will be available in Japan sometime next year.


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