Ragnarok Odyssey Ace journeys to PS3, Vita on April Fool's Day

An English-language localization of Game Arts' action-RPG Ragnarok Odyssey Ace will hit the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita platforms on April 1, publisher Xseed announced today.

An upgraded multiplatform version of 2012's PS Vita-exclusive Ragnarok Odyssey, Ace layers new bosses, equipment, and features on top of the previous game's existing content. Ace boasts a new AI mercenary mechanic, allowing players to tackle the game's challenges with assistance from computer-controlled companions. Ace is also compatible with all DLC released for Ragnarok Odyssey, and many existing character attributes and unlockables can be directly transferred over to the new game.

The PlayStation 3 version of Ragnarok Odyssey Ace will be available at retail and digitally via the PlayStation Network for $39.99. The PS Vita port will hit PSN at $34.99, while a physical edition packaged with a soundtrack CD will retail for $39.99.

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Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (2/19/14)

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XSEED Games Confirms April 1, 2014 Release for Ragnarok Odyssey ACE

First PlayStation®3 system Screenshots and New Trailer for Upcoming Action RPG also Unveiled

Torrance, Calif., (February 19, 2014) – XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today confirmed an April 1, 2014 release for the upcoming PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system title Ragnarok Odyssey ACE. The PlayStation®3 system version will be available at participating retailers, and digitally through the PlayStation®Store, for a suggested retail price of $39.99. All launch units of the PS®Vita version at retailers will ship with a bonus soundtrack CD, containing 25 songs, for a suggested retail price of $39.99, while the PS Vita version's digital release on the PlayStation Store will retail for $34.99.

Fans were also treated today to the first PlayStation®3 system screenshots from this next installment of the popular series, as well as a new trailer revisiting the Sundered Land, the setting of the popular 2012 release Ragnarok Odyssey and Ragnarok Odyssey ACE, showcasing the multitude of added features, levels, giant bosses and other new additions and enhancements.

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE will provide players with an opportunity to experience cross-platform play between the PlayStation 3 system and PS Vita versions for the first time in the series. In addition, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE features a host of all-new content, including the Tower of Yggdrasil, an enormous ever-changing dungeon that will challenge players with different layouts and enemies each time they enter. Further, players will utilize the new "ACE Skill" system, an arsenal of powerful new moves that can be unlocked when enemies drop the "Proof of Expertise" item.

Also new to Ragnarok Odyssey ACE are a dozen elite AI mercenaries. Solo players can recruit any two of these NPCs to fight at their side. AI mercenaries are available for hire in various classes and both genders, so players can pick and choose companions that offset or support their particular character.

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE delivers on rich, new – yet familiar – content to explore. The game features a plethora of new bosses, items and features that expand upon the original Ragnarok Odyssey experience. Players of the original Ragnarok Odyssey will be able to transfer their character's basic physical features such as name, face and job class (but not clothing), as well as weapon cards and monster cards (cards equipped to clothing or acquired via NEAR will not transfer over). Any additional DLC acquired can also be transferred by re-downloading it from the PlayStation Store.

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is developed by Game Arts, creators of the Grandia and Lunar series, together with GungHo Online Entertainment in Japan. XSEED Games will release Ragnarok Odyssey ACE in North America on April 1, 2014. This title has been rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.