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John McCarroll
Nostalgia Coming To North American Shores
Ignition is going at the RPG genre hardcore.
04.28.09 - 11:13 PM

Ignition Entertainment, the publisher that recently announced they would bring Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade has acquired the rights to another RPG, Tecmo's Nostalgia. Developed in conjunction with Matrix Software (Final Fantasy III and IV for the Nintendo DS) and RED Entertainment (Sakura Taisen), the title features quite the star studded staff of developers. Produced by Keisuki Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame, the title is directed by Sakura Taisen developer Naoki Morita. As well, Yoshiteru Tsujino of Far East of Eden (Tengai Makyou) fame takes the position of Art Director, with some designs being done by anime heavyweights Takuhito Kusanagi and Keita Amemiya.

Keisuki Kikuchi had to say of Nostalgia's concept, "I knew this game had such potential when I saw Mr. Morita’s project book. It is an adventure game set in another Earth, offering an enjoyable story that involves various different cultures in many diverse locations. The key element that brings the game together is the airship, the conveyance which fits its game system and world-view. I wanted to make this idea into a product for everyone to play."

Players will take control of Eddie, a London native who traverses the world in a steampunk zeppelin. Eddie will visit a gamut of real-world locations like New York, Cairo, and Russia in full 3D. As well, similarly to Sega's Skies of Arcadia, the game will feature both melee battles and ship-to-ship skirmishes.

"We feel deeply honored for the opportunity to bring Tecmo’s esteemed Japanese Nintendo DS role-playing game Nostalgeo no Kaze to an entirely new audience as Nostalgia," said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. "Amid a sea of remakes and rehashes, this endearing adventure blazes its own unique path with deeply engrossing gameplay systems, but it also hearkens back to the classic RPGs of yesteryear with its unforgettable characters and universal narrative themes."

Nostalgia will see release in September of 2009 in North America.


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