PlayStation®2 Preserves the Traditional Role-Playing Game Genre With Release Of Wild Arms®3

Latest Wild Arms Franchise Takes Players on Mythical Western Adventure With All New Battle System and Enhanced Features


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of Wild Arms® 3, the latest installment of the popular Wild Arms franchise, developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Developed by Media Vision in Japan, Wild Arms 3 is a true, traditional role-playing game (RPG) offering fresh, new characters, enhanced graphics, intricate puzzles and an all-new innovative battle system. Set within a background of stunning music from the critically acclaimed composers of the Wild Arms and Wild Arms 2 soundtracks, Wild Arms 3 delivers an epic role-playing adventure coupled with artistic anime sequences to enhance a heroic storyline.

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"We are thrilled to see the Wild Arms franchise expand onto PlayStation 2," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America "With the franchise popularity of the first two games on PlayStation, and the advanced technical capabilities made possible with PlayStation 2, fans of the role-playing category are sure to embrace the evolution of Wild Arms 3."

In Wild Arms 3, players will assume the roles of drifters traveling through Filgaia -- an interactive barren wasteland to solve complex puzzles utilizing the special abilities of the game's characters to unearth hidden treasures. Innovative stroke-shading technology brings to life the vibrant and energetic visuals in a western setting, filled with murky dungeons, mystic creations, monster-plagued frontiers and cities erected from eroded rock and scavenged wood.

Wild Arms 3 is an enchanting adventure that ties together the tales of four drifters -- Virginia, Gallows, Jet and Clive -- who are searching to understand why the land of Filgaia changed from a flourishing area to a barren wasteland. Setting aside their differences, they must roam the lands and unlock the knowledge of historical mystical forces, making their adventure their collective destiny. Each character possesses unique individual attributes, including their favorite weapons and destructive combat skills that aid in the journey. Players have the ability to read their character's moods and emotions through a technique called "expressive-communication" utilizing font and imagery variations. The enhanced battle system delivers a cinematic experience with improved features, including weapons varying in strength, speed, range, and a turn-based encounter battle system, providing for extremely intricate and challenging gameplay.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Wild Arms 3 "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB visit

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Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

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