TOKYO, JAPAN – October 15, 2011 – The annual live press conference and stage event held by LEVEL-5 Inc., LEVEL5 VISION 2011, has concluded. Previewing the company’s Japanese product line for the coming year and kicking off the company’s first ever consumer exhibit show, LEVEL5 WORLD 2011, LEVEL-5 is proud to present this recap of the projects and intellectual properties presented at the show that will be available to consumers across a broad spectrum of gaming consoles, cell phones, and a variety of other entertainment mediums.
All information and projects marked with * below are Japanese titles only and have no North American releases planned at this time.
PROFESSOR LAYTON VS ACE ATTORNEY* -- Opening the event with the trailer that debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom’s Shu Takumi and LEVEL-5 President/CEO Akihiro Hino expounded on the collaboration that brought the two companies together for this unprecedented project. The title is playable for the first time at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.
GUNDAM AGE* -- GUNDAM AGE is a PSP title based on the TV Anime of the same name with scenario created by LEVEL-5’s Akihiro Hino. Bandai Namco Games will publish and LEVEL-5 will develop. The latest trailer was revealed at LEVEL5 VISION 2011.
PROFESSOR LAYTON ROYALE* Professor Layton Royale, a new social mobile game developed in collaboration with DeNA, combines LEVEL-5's internationally popular Professor Layton series with DeNA's flagship "Royale" franchise of social games on the Mobage platform.
INAZUMA ELEVEN* -- A wealth of new information was revealed at LEVEL5 VISION 2011, with trailers, a presentation on the game systems, and an overview of the products. A total of four titles were showcased, including the movie and two newly announced games in the series: Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme*, as well as the arcade machine LEVEL-5 Station Inazuma Eleven Strikers2012 Extreme*.
LITTLE BATTLERS EXPERIENCE BOOST* -- The definitive version of Little Battlers eXperience, LBX Boost charges up with new LBX battlers, weapons, and moves as well as a number of gameplay enhancements. The title is scheduled to be available in Japan in UMD and digital format on November 23, 2011.
NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH – The RPG planned and produced by LEVEL-5, with animation by Studio Ghibli and music by Joe Hisaishi will be brought to North America and Europe by NAMCO BANDAI Games America and NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe respectively, who will be releasing statements in the near future.
GIRLS RPG CINDERELIFE* -- A game of conversations and fashion, players can customize their avatar with over 1,000 accessories in pursuit of the butterfly of happiness. Two new guest characters were introduced at the show as well as a February launch window in Japan.
LAYTON BROTHERS: MYSTERY ROOM* – LEVEL-5 has announced that this title will put a new spin on the Professor Layton universe with crime-scene mystery style gameplay starring the intuitive son of Hershel Layton. The title is scheduled to be released on the iOS platform.
FANTASY LIFE* -- The event debuted an array of new designs by visionary illustrator Yoshitaka Amano as well as a new trailer. The title will be playable for the first time today at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.
TIME TRAVELERS* -- New details on the story, setting, and characters emerged at the event, as well as its release across three different platforms in Japan. It will be playable at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.
GUILD01* -- LEVEL-5’s newly announced collaboration title brings together the talent and artistic vision of four famed game designers under a single package, including LEVEL-5’s Yasumi Matsuno, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi Suda, Vivarium’s Yoot Saito, and Shochiku Geino’s Yoshiyuki Hirai (a comedian belonging to the comedy duo Americazarigani). Some of these creators’ titles are playable at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.
YOKAI WATCH* -- Yokai Watch is a newly announced title from LEVEL-5 that will cross into anime and manga based on the game. Details, including release date, have yet to be confirmed.
*Project titles tentative. All information pertains only to the Japanese release; there are no plans for release outside of Japan at this time All titles are the exclusive property of LEVEL-5 Inc. unless otherwise noted.
LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship Professor Layton series has shipped over 12 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped over 3.65 million units worldwide (as of end of September 2011). In 2010, the company began a collaboration with the academy award winning Studio Ghibli (to create the animated movies) and composer/director Joe Hisaishi (to supervise the music) that resulted in the development and release of Ni no Kuni for the Nintendo DS™ system. This collaboration is currently continuing to work together on the PlayStation 3® version of Ni no Kuni, which has had a multitude of new elements added to make it a brand new title in its own right. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Santa Monica, California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand.
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