Monday, December 14, 2015

Summon Night 5 Is Arriving On the North American PSN Tomorrow!

For the first time, a mainline game in Bandai Namco's long-running Summon Night series has been localized and is fully playable in English. Summon Night 5 will be available for download on the North American PlayStation™Network on Tuesday, December 15. The game is playable on the PSP™ and PlayStation®Vita, with PlayStation®TV compatibility pending Sony approval.

"The Summon Night series has had a loyal following in Japan ever since the first game was released for the original PlayStation® almost 16 years ago," says GAIJINWORKS president Victor Ireland. "We can't wait to see the reaction when American gamers begin to experience the deep mythology of the Summon Night universe at long last. It's a thrill to be able to bring it to them."

To raise awareness for the game on social media, GAIJINWORKS will give away PlayStation®TV consoles to several lucky winners, randomly selected from a list of fans who Retweet a specific "Summon Night 5 PSN Launch" Tweet from the company's official Twitter feed. See the GAIJINWORKS Web site on Tuesday for the Twitter Retweet link.

In addition to the digital release, physical copies of Summon Night 5 for PSP™ are currently on the production line at Sony's sole remaining UMD™ manufacturing facility. Each lucky gamer who preordered a physical copy will soon receive a Summon Night 5 UMD™ in a deluxe package with a full-color manual, a multi-sided case insert, one of two giant 19" x 14" posters, a serial numbered hologram on the back of the game box, the game's complete original music soundtrack on CD. Also, PSN download codes are being sent to preorder customers tonight, so they can start playing the game while they wait for their physical copies to arrive. (Note: A digital copy of the complete Summon Night 5 instruction manual is available in the "Game Help" section of the GAIJINWORKS Web site.)

Among the popular highlights of the Summon Night series are its "night conversations": At the end of each day of game time, your character meets with a friend, acquaintance, ally or rival to discuss in-game events, relationships, goals and much more. Unlike the static character images in previous games, the conversations in Summon Night 5 have been made even more engaging by the use of a proprietary animation technique developed by Tokyo-based Live2D, Inc. The game includes over 40,000 lines of text dialogue, all of which have been expertly translated into English by a GAIJINWORKS team of former Working Designs staffers known for localizing Japanese RPGs like Lunar: The Silver Star and Arc the Lad.

Summon Night 5 has been rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB. Its suggested retail price of $30.99 was reduced from the original announced price of $34.99 by fans who participated in GAIJINWORKS' innovative "Retweet Price Slicer" Twitter campaign in October.

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