- Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 games console got a big boost on Wednesday when Square Enix Co. Ltd., the last major Japanese games developer not to have embraced the console, said it would release a title on the platform.
The game, called "Infinite Undiscovery," was given a brief preview at a Tokyo news conference but few details of the role-playing game were announced. Square Enix didn't share a release date.
"We are working to ramp up the action and create a dynamic, compelling next-generation RPG," said Hajime Kojima, a producer from Square Enix. The concept of the game is to play in a world that is constantly changing in real time. Even when you pull up the menu screen the action won't stop on screen.
The debut of role-playing games like "Infinite Undiscovery" is key to Microsoft's success in Japan. Gamers here prefer RPG titles over the first-person shooter games that are popular in North America and Europe and the company's original Xbox suffered in Japan because there wasn't enough attractive software for local gamers.
"The genre will be RPG (role playing game), the most popular in the Japan market," said Takashi Sensui, general manager of the Home and Entertainment Division at Microsoft's Japan unit, Microsoft Co. Ltd.
The support of a major publisher like Square...