RPG Maker series developer Enterbrain has announced a September 16 worldwide release date for the PC title RPG Maker XP. The game will be available for direct download from CNET's Download.com. As of yet, the price game development would-bes will have to pay for the software is unknown.
Since RPG Maker XP's release in Japan, the game's software has been altered by fans, and illegal "hacked" versions of the game have been made widely available in many different languages. Now, many game development enthusiasts and those with a passing curiosity alike can finally claim a fully legal copy of the software in their own language.
RPG Maker XP, much like the other entrants in the series, enables players to make their own console-like RPGs without using prior programming knowledge. Previous installments were also released for consoles, such as RPG Maker for the PlayStation and RPG Maker 2 for the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 2's RPG Maker 3 is due for release in North America on September 20.