Grandia III gets August call

Square Enix role-playing sequel comes to Japanese gamers in late summer.

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TOKYO--Square Enix announced today that it will release Grandia III for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on August 4. In the game, players assume the role of Yuuki, a 16-year-old boy who hopes one day to become a pilot. Yuuki adventures alongside Alfina, an elflike shaman who can communicate with holy beasts that both protect mankind and serve as gods. Alfina is searching for her brother, Emilious, who disappeared three years earlier. Emilious is eventually revealed to be the game's villain, however, as he is bent on world domination. According to Square Enix, Grandia III will have dramatic cutscenes that equate to the length of three movies. The game's development team consists of character designer You Yoshinari and scriptwriter Takahiro Hasebe, both of whom worked on Grandia 1. The game will retail for 7,980 yen ($75).

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