Unique Trading Card and Board Game Hybrid Arrives in North America with Addictive Tactical Gameplay, Nearly 500 Cards to Collect and Support for Xbox LIVE® Online Play.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 5, 2008) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America announced today that Culdcept™ SAGA has shipped to retail stores nationwide exclusively for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Combining the luck and strategy of a traditional board game with the depth of trading card games, Culdcept SAGA offers gamers an entirely original play experience as they customize their decks and take on opponents in an addictive single player mode, multiplayer versus mode and online via Xbox LIVE®.
Culdcept SAGA immerses players in a mystical world in which combatants wage war to possess pieces of a powerful book known as the “Culdcept.” Shattered into hundreds of cards imbued with incredible capabilities, the Culdcept has the power to grant its owner godlike abilities. As players battle others who seek to wield the Culdcept, they will move around a variety of game boards in an attempt to gain ownership of land squares while confronting enemy monsters. As they traverse the board, players can choose to pay a toll to their opponent to avoid battle, or go toe to toe with a creature of their own. With each successful encounter in the game’s single player story mode, players will acquire new cards as well as rare outfits they can use to customize their in-game avatar.
Featuring nearly 500 unique hand-illustrated cards, Culdcept SAGA lets players create their own custom decks that suit their individual play style. Choosing from fearsome creatures, powerful equipment and mighty spells, players have nearly infinite freedom to generate new strategies and techniques for overcoming their opponents.
Boasting an impressive range of multiplayer features, Culdcept SAGA lets up to four players match wits and custom decks in tactical battles on a single Xbox 360 system or online with Xbox LIVE. Players will be able to customize the full scope of their multiplayer experience by managing the in-game rules, match types and even holding “blind” matches to level the playing field by distributing a random deck of cards to all competitors.
Culdcept SAGA is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and carries and suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com.
NAMCO BANDAI Games today released a new video for Culdcept SAGA, its upcoming strategy game for the Xbox 360. Combining the luck of a board game with the depth of a trading card game, Culdcept SAGA lets players experience a unique fusion of traditional turn-based play.
The newly released video provides an in-depth tutorial on the game demo that was recently made available for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Narrated by several members of the team at Namco Bandai Games America that worked on the game, the tutorial video covers all basic aspects of the game, including deck creation, multiplayer strategies and general game objectives.
In Culdcept SAGA, players move around a game board and attempt to claim ownership of land squares while battling enemy monsters. Players can customize their own unique decks, choosing from nearly 500 hand-illustrated cards with fearsome monsters, powerful spells and useful equipment. New cards can be unlocked by playing through the game’s single player and multiplayer modes, and players can also venture online with custom decks to participate in strategic clashes for up to four players on Xbox LIVE.
Culdcept SAGA will launch for the Xbox 360 on February 5, 2008 for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
According to some rumors floating around and landing in our inbox, we are to believe that Namco are going to release sequels to three popular franchises on the Xbox 360 soon. Katamari Damacy will be followed up with a title named "Beautiful Katamari Damacy", Ace Combat will bring "Ace Combat 6" and the Warhammer based game "Warhammer; Mark of Chaos" will see it's debut on the Xbox 360 later this year. Namco have released a couple great titles thus far on the console, and have two very promising titles coming soon, "Eternal Sonata" and "Culdcept Saga".
The rumor states that a Blockbuster Employee took a picture of the upcoming games database and these titles were listed as coming out soon. It's hard to believe just anything but with the power of the Xbox 360 and the ease of porting from the PC (in the case of Warhammer) it wouldn't be very far fetched to think that this rumor could be true. We are waiting for official confirmation though.
From Namco's Press Release:
Leading video games publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today plans to showcase 19 of its highly anticipated console, PC and handheld releases at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 10-12, 2006 (booth #824 in the South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center).
“This year’s E3 marks the debut of our integrated title line-up and exemplifies the industry strength behind the NAMCO BANDAI merger,” said Genichi Ito, president and CEO of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Our strong commitment to extending popular franchises, creating original content and developing strategic partnerships with key licensors allows us to deliver quality games for all ages, interests and platforms.”
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Gundam, Culdcept, and new mech game underway; Pac-Man and Galaga heading to Xbox Live Arcade.
TOKYO--At the Xbox 360 Press Conference in Tokyo today, Namco Bandai Games made its first Xbox 360 presentation since its corporate merger on April 1. Company vice president Shin Unozawa appeared on stage as the conference room was filled with the familiar 8-bit music of Namco's classic 1981 arcade hit, Pac-Man. And indeed, that was the first game to be shown off.
Unozawa announced that Namco Bandai Games is currently developing a version of Pac-Man for distribution on Xbox Live Arcade. He presented a real-time demo of the game, and showed off that it plays as a full port of the original arcade release, albeit with functions that take advantage of Xbox Live. Its menu featured the standard options seen in most Xbox Live Arcade games, including leaderboards, achievements, options, and an Unlock Full Game selection (so a downloadable demo is assured). Unozawa also announced that the arcade shooter Galaga is being ported to Xbox Live Arcade. Details about the games release and cost have not been revealed yet.
Unozawa then moved on to discuss bigger projects. The first game he introduced was Zegapain XOR, a mech shooter exclusive to the Xbox 360. The game is currently being developed by Cavia for a summer 2006 release in Japan.