Aksys Games has announced that old-school anime strategy RPG Record of Agarest War Zero will be released in North America this summer. The latest title serves as a prequel to last year's Record of Agarest War.
The publisher has provided the following details about the game's key features:
The Prequel to the RPG That Brought You Five Generations of Stories - The pivotal installment of this multi-generational tale tells the story of what happened in the age of myth that came before Record of Agarest War, detailing the rise of some to glory, and the fall of others into darkness.Those of you who want more than a written description of the game will likely appreciate the bunch of screenshots which have been made available:
Experience Living Portraits - The beautiful, static character portraits from Record of Agarest War are now animated to resemble living and breathing characters. Players will now see characters display emotions of surprise, despair, and joy, among others.
The Return of the Unique Soul-Breeding System - The choice of bride at the end of the first generation determines the skill set and weapon of their offspring.
The Addition of the New Card Skill System - Players now have more control over the battle style of the main character, as well as his skills, by way of a card system. By picking the appropriate cards, Sieghart can be customized to reflect the type of warrior one wishes to play.
It has also been announced that a Limited Edition of Record of Agarest War Zero will also be available. The Limited Edition includes "a 34-song soundtrack, a 48-page character data guide filled with artwork and stats of all playable characters, and a special card box that holds decks of Agarest-themed playing cards and collectible skill cards".
Record of Agarest War Zero is being developed by Idea Factory and is slated for release in June 2011. The standard edition is set to retail at $49.99, whilst the Limited Edition will set you back $59.99. Both editions can already be pre-ordered at Amazon or Gamestop.