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More info on SEGA's new Nintendo DS RPG exclusive

This week’s edition of popular Japanese gaming bible, Famitsu magazine, has now hit the streets, complete with more information on the recently revealed joint-venture between both SEGA and Image Epoch, ‘7th Dragon’ a fresh new RPG experience that is coming to Nintendo DS.

7th Dragon is the next project from Luminous Arc developer Image Epoch via SEGAThe team behind Luminous Arc is working hard with SEGA on ‘7th Dragon’ for the Nintendo DS in an effort to ensure the game hits its proposed Spring 2009 release date in Japan. Its official website has now been launched, and comes complete with a teaser flash video and two very impressive versions of the same tune - one being of an 8-bit, retro style.

The producer of this new title is Reiko Kodama of Phantasy Star and Skies of Arcadia fame, the Director is none other than Kazuya Niinou, formerly of Atlus where he created both Trauma Centre and Etrian Odyssey, the main composer is another SEGA fan favourite Yuzo Koshiro, who scored Shenmue and Shinobi, plus the character designer is a doujin moe artist called Jun’ya Ota. Considering this was Image Epoch’s ‘Project DF’, the last of the remaining ‘unknown’ games it was working on, many believe its theme will be similar to SEGA’s old classic Dragon Force.

But most of that we already knew from the leaked website translations previously reported on. Below is the fresh information that has arrived courtesy of this week’s Famitsu magazine and translation work from the folk over at the NeoGAF forums:

  • New game from Niinou, the director of Etrian Odyssey
  • Command-based battle encounters
  • Four characters in a party at one time
  • Simple game concept: kill all the dragons
  • There are seven classes in the game (Rogue, Mage, Fighter, Princess, Knight, Samurai, Healer)
  • For each class there are four different appearances
  • There are skill trees for each of the classes
  • The stats include LIFE, MANA, ATK, POW, DEF, INT, SPD
  • While moving around, the top screen is a top-down map view, while the bottom screen is a conquest map
7th Dragon is the next project from Luminous Arc developer Image Epoch via SEGA

No doubt there will be a flurry of extra information at the upcoming Tokyo Games Show, so stick around for news on that…

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