Atlus Announces Samurai Western

SAMURAI
WESTERN SLASHING ITS WAY TO THE PLAYSTATION®2 IN THE SUMMER OF 2005 

Do you know
what it means to be a samurai?


Irvine, CA, February 23, 2005
– Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a
leading publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today its plans to
publish Samurai Western , an action-packed adventure game scheduled to
ship in June 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Developed
by Spike, the creators of the original Tenchu and The Way of the Samurai series,
Samurai Western is an enhanced version of the J apanese game that was released
earlier in the year.  Featuring improved graphics and a multitude of gameplay
additions such as a First Person Mode, an ‘Insane’ difficulty level, and
‘Bushido Sense’, Samurai Western will tar and feather all but the most
experienced gamers!

"We’re thrilled to be
adding Samurai Western to the Atlus’ line-up, said Gail Salamanca , Marketing
Manager, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. "There’s nothing quite like deflecting a rain of gun
fire while running up on a group of gunmen, only to eviscerate them in one fell
swoop.  Whoever said "never bring a knife to a gunfight’ obviously hadn’t played
Samurai Western."

About
Samurai Western

It’s the American West during the 1800’s. The days of pioneers and the Gold Rush
are ending, and a transcontinental railway is in place. One day, a lone stranger
arrives in a tiny, windswept desert town?

His long hair is drawn back in a topknot and he wears strange foreign clothes. A
mysterious-looking blade that is neither a knife nor a saber hangs from his
belt. This mysterious stranger is certainly no gunman, and he ain’t no indian?

His name is Gojiro Kiryu, and he’s bringing justice back to the Old West.

Samurai
Western Key Features:

  • Slash your way
    through 16 different missions!

  • ‘Bushido Sense’
    allows you to dodge and deflect bullets with superhuman skill!

  • Customize your hero
    by choosing between 10 different stances each with their own special attacks
    and powers!

  • Over 100
    unlockables including over 25 playable characters, 70 accessories and 20
    weapons!

  • Be a Samurai or a
    Gunman! Unique 2 player mode allows you to play as both!

  • Unleash the power
    of the samurai in Master Mode and chain hundred-hit combos!

Samurai Western has
not yet been rated by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $39.99. For additional
information on the game, visit 
www.atlus.com
.

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About Atlus
U.S.A., Inc.

Located in Irvine , CA , Atlus U.S.A. , Inc. is a publisher of challenging and
engaging video games for a variety of platforms including Microsoft’s Xbox and
Sony’s PlayStation®2. Atlus is best known for releasing unique RPGs and Strategy
RPGs such as Ogre Battle, Tactics Ogre, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Wizardry,
Persona, and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. For more information visit:
www.atlus.com