Tokyo, Japan – August 9, 2013 – GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc., a multiplatform publisher for the online gaming community and publisher of the highly-successful mobile title Puzzle & Dragons, announced today its collaboration with TAITO® Corporation’s, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., Groove Coaster Zero. From Monday, August 12 through Sunday, August 24, Groove Coaster Zero-themed event dungeons with special monsters and aliens from SPACE INVADERS® will be made available.
SPACE INVADERS alien monsters include the octopus, crab, and squid aliens along with their evolved forms. The nostalgic, iconic monsters are waiting for the challengers in their event dungeons. The event features four different difficulties, so beginners and veterans alike will be able to thoroughly enjoy the collaboration. In addition, the Puzzle & Dragons theme music is newly arranged only for the event dungeons.
The Puzzle & Dragons original soundtrack, along with a remixed iteration by TAITO’s sound team Zuntata, will be playable tracks within Groove Coaster Zero. The Puzzle & Dragons track pack for Groove Coaster Zero will feature four playable songs and a special limited edition avatar based on the popular King Metal Dragon from Puzzle & Dragons for $4.99. A new version of composer Kenji Ito’s “Departure,” specially remixed by Zuntata member Cosio, will be available to play free of charge until the end of the crossover event. As a special bonus, the top 1,000 ranked players for the “Departure” remix track will receive 10 free VISIBLE items when the campaign concludes.
A mobile gaming phenomenon, Puzzle & Dragons continues to see tremendous growth thanks to the game’s addictive combination of puzzle, dungeon crawling, and monster collecting gameplay. Players capture, collect, and evolve hundreds of elemental monsters while using quick thinking to chain combos and maximize the abilities and skills of their monsters. Puzzle & Dragons has now surpassed 17 million downloads in Japan, 1 million in Korea, and 1 million in North America.
Groove Coaster Zero is a free-to-play rhythm game. The game offers exhilarating roller-coaster action with simple one-finger controls; players simply touch to the rhythm. Boasting a variety of new features, the game is an expanded follow-up to 2011’s internationally award-winning Groove Coaster.
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ABOUT GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA
GungHo Online Entertainment America is a multiplatform publisher dedicated to delivering the best titles, content and support for the online gaming community. Established in 2012 and led by former Square Enix and XSEED Games executive Jun Iwasaki, GungHo Online Entertainment America is the US division of GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE), an established Japanese publisher. GungHo Online Entertainment America’s content partners include leading developers Game Arts, Acquire, and Gravity, all of which are subsidiaries of GOE. GungHo Online Entertainment America publishes and distributes network-oriented games for console, handheld, mobile, tablet, and MMO-style games for PC. GungHo Online Entertainment America is located in El Segundo, CA. For more information, visit www.gunghoonline.com.
ABOUT TAITO CORPORATION
TAITO Corporation (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS®, and developed such fan favorites as PUZZLE BOBBLE® (BUST-A-MOVE®) and ARKANOID®. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries.
More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com/.
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