Xbox 360 owners around the world can rejoice as Microsoft Game Studios has given Blue Dragon release dates for both North America and Europe. For once European gamers will be able to say they got the game first, as it will be coming out on August 24 in Europe and August 28 in North America.
In Blue Dragon, players will take on the role of a young boy named Shu who, with the help of four companions, will battle the forces of evil. Shu's motley crew has the ability to control phantom creatures such as a minotaur, a phoenix or a dragon and with these powers must struggle to save the world. The game's development team boasts of several big names. Hironobu Sakaguchi, best known as the creator of the Final Fantasy series, produced the game. Character designs were done by Akira Toriyama, well known for his work on Dragon Ball Z and, in the RPG world, for his work on the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger. Nobuo Uematsu, also of Final Fantasy fame, composed the score.
For those who can't get enough of Blue Dragon, a Fan Site Kit, including artwork, skins, screenshots, and other media to help in the creation of Blue Dragon fan sites, is now available. A second site will soon be available featuring "Red, White and Blue Dragon," a special feature revolving around the idea of "American Independence and Japanese Games."
Blue Dragon is rated "T" for "Teen" in North America and will sell at a suggested retail price of 59.99 USD. In Europe it is rated 12+ with a price tag of approximately 44.99 pounds.