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Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Coming to Nintendo DS in 2010

D3Publisher today announced that Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow will spread its shadow over the U.S. in Spring 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS. Developed by tri-Crescendo, the studio behind Eternal Sonata, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow brings the Blue Dragon role-playing experience to DS players in the United States following the title’s Japanese launch in October 2009. The game continues the series’ contemporary approach to traditional Japanese role-playing games and is set two years after the original 2007 Blue Dragon story for the Xbox 360.

“We are thrilled to bring Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow to DS,” said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P. “In the two previously released games, Shu was the main character, but now players can create their own hero and even choose to journey as themselves. We believe returning fans and new audiences will enjoy this unique element in the series.”

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For the first time in the series, the player can assume the role of the main character, choose the character’s gender, and customize their look. The controls make it easy to customize clothes, hairstyles and facial details of the main character to fit the player’s personality. The player can also upgrade equipment, weapons and armor, which are then visually reflected in the character’s appearance.