Square Enix has announced a January 18 release date in North America for Mindjack, a once-delayed shooter that sees urban environments descend into anarchy and everyday citizens succumb to remote control. The commentary on our connected society might be about as subtle as a steamroller, but developer Feelplus Inc. will put the concept to use in its networked single-player campaign. When the non-player characters in your game lose control, they become puppets to online invaders, who can either aid or crush you.

Should that pique your curiosity -- along with that of your online friends or family -- you can pick up the game for either Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 when it launches. Oh, and if you head past the break, you'll encounter the latest trailer. We don't know yet if its bluster is indicative of the overall marketing campaign, or if Square Enix will get something more subversive and suited to the game's content. Mindjack is out in Japan on January 27.


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SQUARE ENIX SETS A DATE FOR GAMERS TO HACK INTO MINDJACK

Third-Person-Shooter Blurs the Line Between Single- and Multi-Player Action;

Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on January 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2010) -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, has announced release dates for MINDJACK™, the Company's upcoming third-person shooter for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The game, which is being developed in Japan by feelplus inc., will release in North America on January 18, 2011, followed by Japan on January 27.


ABOUT MINDJACK

MINDJACK is a unique action shooter that will push the boundaries of the third-person genre with its thrilling co-operative gameplay, mind control abilities and other incredible surprises. The game will effectively blur the line between traditional single- and multi-player gameplay, creating a campaign experience where non-playable characters can, at any moment, transform into human-controlled allies or gun-toting foes.

Set in 2031, MINDJACK throws players into the life of Jim Corbijn, a field agent with the Federal Intelligence Agency's elite "Direct Intervention Force." As Jim becomes embroiled in a clandestine war between governments and corporations, he employs futuristic technology that allows him to take control of other characters and machines within the game world by "hacking" into them.

As networked players join another gamer's single-player campaign through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, they seamlessly transform the experience into co-operative multiplayer, instantly altering the challenge and game world, resulting in each game session being truly unique.

MINDJACK is rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

For more information about MINDJACK please visit the official website at http://www.mindjackgame.com and follow the game on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MindjackGame.


About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S. based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., a holding company leading Square Enix Group. Square Enix, Inc. publishes and distributes entertainment content under the Square Enix Group's internationally renowned brands such as Square Enix, Eidos and Taito in the Americas. The Square Enix Group includes a global network of leading development studios located in North America, Europe and Japan. The Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 54 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and other well-established products and services.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com.

DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. MINDJACK is a trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. Eidos and Tomb Raider are registered trademarks of Square Enix, Ltd. Taito is a registered trademark of Taito Corp. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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