LOS ANGELES– June 1, 2006 – Square Enix, Inc. the publisher of Square Enix interactive products in North America, and Amp'd Mobile, the first fully integrated mobile entertainment company, today announced the debut of DIRGE of CERBERUS: LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII-. Japan's leading 3D mobile game will be available exclusively on Amp'd mobile handsets Summer 2006. The game will be available for download at Amp'd (www.get.ampd.com).
DIRGE of CERBERUS: LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII- tells the story three years after Meteorfall, where the original FINAL FANTASY VII ended, with Vincent Valentine struggling to
save the world from the evil Deepground Soldiers, a mysterious army of bloodthirsty soldiers. This action/role-playing game will take advantage of all mobile gaming has to offer, allowing players to explore a sprawling world in Battlefield mode, and battle the Deepground Soldiers in FPS battle mode. Familiar features from FFVII, such as materia and limit break attacks, can also be utilized by Vincent to smash his foes.
The title will initially release a single player mode, with a multiplayer function launching at a later date. While more details have yet to be announced, the multiplayer mode will offer online head-to-head action with other Amp'd Mobile players. All of this takes place over the mobile network.
"Launching DIRGE of CERBERUS: LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII- with Amp'd mobile is extremely exciting," said Daishiro Okada, President and COO, Square Enix, Inc., "Amp'd Mobile's focus on the youth market and their powerful 3G network make them a great partner for continuing the legacy of FINAL FANTASY VII."
"We met with Square Enix at last year's QUALCOMM BREW conference and immediately targeted this title as an exclusive on Amp'd," said Seth Cummings, Senior Vice President, Content, Amp'd Mobile. "We're excited to announce deployment of FINAL FANTASY on Amp'd one year later. Our commitment to deploying only best-of-breed titles is exemplified by our partnership with Square Enix and we look forward to collaborating on future deployments."
"DIRGE OF CERBERUS is an amazing BREW 3D title that has raised the bar as far as what's possible on a mobile device and a high-speed network", said Mike Yuen, senior director, gaming group, QUALCOMM Internet Services. "Combining Square Enix's phenomenally successful FINAL FANTASY franchise with Amp'd Mobile's launch marketing savvy will be a showcase of what 3D gaming and 3G networks are all about."
DIRGE of CERBERUS: LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII- was developed by a Square Enix, Inc. team led by Kosei Ito, in partnership with Ideaworks 3D. Ito, along with Alex Caccia,
COO and general manager of Ideaworks3D, will delve deeper into the collaborative development of the title at the BREW 2006 Conference, leading a session entitled "DIRGE of CERBERUS:
LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII-" at BREW on Thursday, June 1 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. BREW 2006 is taking place May 31-June 2 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.
The BREW solution drives the discovery and delivery of data services. BREW subscribers benefit from several offerings, which include: uiOne for rich, integrated and dynamic user experiences with fast access to high revenue services on wireless devices; deliveryOne for differentiated and tightly integrated, operator-managed support and delivery of advanced wireless data content and services; and marketOne for a quick-to-market, hosted, scalable content delivery service that includes media titles, flexible management and monetization, content provider settlement and business intelligence services. QUALCOMM offers this comprehensive set of BREW offerings to meet the needs of companies delivering mobile products and services around the world.
Gamers can also look forward to the original PlayStation2 computer entertainment system game, DIRGE of CERBERUS -FINAL FANTASY VII- on August 22, 2006. Part of Square Enix's Polymorphic Content strategy, DIRGE of CERBERUS is Square Enix's first gun-action game. This release arrives with several new features tailored for the North American market including new missions and special content.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide—under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/na.
About Amp'd Mobile
Amp'd Mobile is the first integrated mobile entertainment company for youth, young professionals and early adopters, and the only 3G carrier in the US specifically targeting that demographic. By leveraging the power of broadband wireless (EVDO), Amp'd Mobile offers traditional services such as voice and text within a completely fresh user interface designed specifically for the "mobile graduate" and third-generation (3G) technology. With a myriad of customizable options to meet each person's individual needs, as well as strategic alliances with top entertainment properties, such as MTVN and Universal Music Group, Amp'd Mobile brings a more relevant, personal experience to the wireless lifestyle with unique music, video, community, entertainment, sports and gaming offerings divided into various channels for quick and easy access. Amp'd Mobile is offered nationwide and more information can be found at www.ampd.com.