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Phantom Brave set for February

We named Disgaea: Hour of Darkness as our favourite PlayStation 2 game of last year because of it's sheer brilliance and if you're like us you'll be determined to get your hands on whatever KOEI and NIPPON ICHI have in store for us this year. Well there's not long to wait for what's sure to be more turn based magic as KOEI have announced Phantom Brave will released on February 4th 2005. Below you'll find the official press release.


KOEI Ltd, the European subsidiary of the Japanese publisher and developer KOEI Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce their plans to bring two highly acclaimed RPG titles to the European market. An agreement has been established between KOEI and the burgeoning Japanese publisher and developer, NIPPON ICHI SOFTWARE INC, to publish both award winning ‘La Pucelle’ and the almighty ‘Phantom Brave’ in Europe.

Following the deal that brought the critically acclaimed Disgaea to the European market, both parties are delighted to be working together again on these two new titles. Steve Marks, Marketing and PR Manager for KOEI Ltd, spoke favourably of the acquisition:
“It is a pleasure to be working with Nippon Ichi yet again. In Disgaea they gave us a AAA title and the feedback we received has proved to us that there will be great demand for these two titles. The two new games from Nippon Ichi fit in extremely well with our brand strategy and both La Pucelle and Phantom Brave will be very valuable additions to our ever-growing catalogue. Both titles are highly acclaimed and we are delighted to be able to offer top quality RPG games to fans across Europe”.


Phantom Brave
- Format PlayStation 2
- Launch date - February 4th 2005

Following critical acclaim in the US, Phantom Brave is the latest hit title from
In the year 921, in a world called Ivoire lives Marona, a 13 year old orphaned girl with a special ability to communicate with phantoms. Her ability brings resentment from others, but cheerful Marona is undeterred. Marona believes in her parent’s teaching that people will one day come to like her as long as she stays compassionate and kind.
Marona is a Chroma, a magical mercenary of sorts, in the archipelago world of Ivoire.
Unlike most Chromas, however, Marona possesses the power to summon phantoms and is always accompanied by Ash, her dead parents' former companion as they bid to resolve disputes around the world.

In Phantom Brave players will take on the role of Marona to complete missions assigned by the clients. Players are not alone in their quest though as Marona is able to create custom Phantom troops that you manage and control in battle.

Features include:
• No battle map grids = Free roaming battle maps allow you to place your characters anywhere.
• Create your custom characters from over 400 different skills and magical spells.
• Over 100 hours of gameplay.
• Unlimited variation of dungeon maps to satisfy even the most hardcore gamer.

About KOEI Ltd.

KOEI Ltd, is a subsidiary of the Japanese company KOEI Co.,Ltd, that established office in Hertfordshire, UK in 2003. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, The US, UK, Canada, China, Korea and Taiwan. KOEI employs over six hundred people worldwide and has sales exceeding $200 million. The company constantly seeks the fine balance between entertainment, technology, art and education and provides games that seek to mesmerise gamers globally.

The KOEI logo is a registered trademark of KOEI Co., Ltd ©2004, KOEI Co.,Ltd. All rights reserved.
“PlayStation” and the “PS” family logo are registered trademarks of Sony computer Entertainment Europe.

About Nippon Ichi Software inc
Nippon Ichi Software was founded in 1994 in Gifu, Japan as an entertainment software company. Since then Nippon Ichi Software has grown into an international company focused on creating innovative video game products.

Disgaea, Phantom Brave and La Pucelle are all trademarks or registered trademarks of Nippon Ichi Software Inc. All rights reserved.

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