LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2011) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced today that its popular digital release Moon Diver™ will be available May 4, 2011 for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed for both the PlayStation®Network and for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, Moon Diver delivers frenetically fast–paced gameplay and a classic side–scrolling perspective for up to four players locally or via online cooperative play. The Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 version of Moon Diver will be available for 1200 Microsoft Points. The PlayStation®Network version of Moon Diver is available now for $14.99.
Developed by feelplus inc., Moon Diver was created by Koichi Yotsui, the visionary game designer behind one of the most iconic arcade action games of the last two decades, Strider®. While Moon Diver certainly pays homage to its side–scrolling ancestor with hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses, the game innovates in a number of ways, including: entirely modern three–dimensional graphics; a dynamic and intuitive character experience and leveling system; four–player local and online co–op with the ability to instantly drop in and out; and finally, a number of unique, selectable, upgradeable and cooperatively combinable character special abilities called “MoonSault Combinations,” which can dramatically alter the field of play at any moment — from powerful area–of–effect attacks to critical passive power boosts to simple, yet effective, invisibility.
The Moon Diver Story:
At the dawn of the 22nd century, an evil power brought inanimate objects to life, and they turned on humanity. Bridges, automobiles, cities — the whole of humanity’s creations were all compelled to turn on their makers. Mankind’s fears of apocalypse became reality!
Hidden amongst humanity’s survivors, an elite unit of specially trained ninja known as Moondivers has been lying in wait for orders to reclaim the planet.
Today, those orders arrived. Today, the battle to retake Earth begins.
- The Diver System allows players to jump in or out at any time, for a maximum of up to four players total. Guest players are awarded experience points for helping out.
- Combos increase in power and intensity based on the number of players. Collect new combo moves by picking them up on the map or fulfilling certain requirements.
- Adjust the difficulty level at any time with the Chaos Accelerator. Higher levels are rewarded with enhanced visuals and greater experience points. Players set the challenge rating as they see fit.
- 12 stages to explore and master.
- Local and online co–op for up to four players.
- Character designs by Roberto Ferrari (formerly of Tatsunoko).
Moon Diver will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points on May 4, 2011. Moon Diver is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information about Moon Diver, please visit the official website at http://dlgames.square-enix.com/moondiver/.
About Square Enix
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 57 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
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