Square Enix has just announced that The 3rd Birthday, the next chapter in the Parasite Eve saga will ship to North American retailers on March 29, 2011. Developed exclusively for the PSP, The 3rd Birthday is an action-RPG that offers an all-new story-driven shooter for the handheld platform. This game is pretty odd and some of the trailers have been downright disturbing, but I am sure Square wouldn’t have had it any other way. Square Enix also announced that in Europe and other PAL territories, the 3rd Birthday will be released as a special Twisted Edition featuring a number of exclusive items including a copy of CTI Confidential – an exclusive 48 page hardback book packed with top secret artwork and concept illustrations; two deluxe Aya Brea Lithograph art prints and an exclusive Lightning in Aya Brea costume for use in the forthcoming PSP release DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy.
In the 3rd Birthday Players must navigate through a dangerous Manhattan of 2012 with the fate of the world in her hands, players must help Aya fulfill her role as the only one who can save mankind from the menace of the Twisted. In the game, hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life-forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year.
The Overdive System emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists – Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.
- Exciting new chapter for Aya Brea from the popular Parasite Eve series: An engaging, all-new tale of survival horror set in a ravaged New York City
- A true action-RPG hybrid: Resist the Twisted’s vicious onslaught in a third-person shooter, with a heavy dose of character progression and customization
- Strategic gameplay: The new “Overdive System” gives players a tactical advantage as they make split-second decisions on the battlefield
- All-star production staff: Including producer Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy series), director Hajime Tabata (Crisis Core – Final Fantasy VII-), character designer Tetsuya Nomura (KINGDOM HEARTS series), art director Isamu Kamikokuryo (Final Fantasy XIII) and music by Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts series)
The 3rd Birthday will be available at North American retailers on March 29, 2011 for $29.99.