Nigoro's puzzle-platforming adventure game La-Mulana is headed to the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe later this year with exclusive features and bonus content, publisher Rising Star Games announced today.

Originally released as freeware in 2005, La-Mulana later saw a revamped and expanded commercial release for WiiWare and PC platforms. A localized version launched for Steam via Greenlight last year, and a Kickstarter-funded sequel is currently in production after earning more than $260,000 in backer pledges.

The upcoming Vita port, La-Mulana EX, is developed by Japanese team Pygmy Studios, and is due to launch by the end of 2014. Rising Star notes that La-Mulana EX's Vita-exclusive features and a release date will be announced soon.

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Rising Star Games Partners with Pygmy Studios to Publish La-Mulana EX

Western release of this exciting new PlayStation®Vita game coming in 2014

LOS ANGELES - August, 5 2014 - Rising Star Games' digital escapade continues with another new partnership for 2014. Japanese developer, Pygmy Studios has partnered with Rising Star Games to bring La-Mulana EX - a new version of the cult 2D action-adventure game - to PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system later this year.

Set in the fabled ruins of La-Mulana, players will help Professor Lemeza Kosugi embark on an exciting but incredibly deadly adventure. Armed at first with only his trusty whip, he'll traverse through the lost city, finding treasures and discovering a bounty of unexplored caves, unsolved riddles and ravenous monsters. But with the ruins having claimed the lives of everyone that has ever entered, will Lemeza be able to survive in the quest to find the secret to life itself?

"Working with Pygmy Studios to release La-Mulana EX in the west is testament to our ongoing commitment to bring fresh titles to players everywhere," said Martin Defries, Managing Director of Rising Star Games. "PlayStation®Vita system is a natural fit for La-Mulana, and the exclusive features and additional content included in this new version will intrigue fans and newcomers alike."

"We are really looking forward to cooperating with Rising Star Games, as their strength in distributing and selling games in Western territories helps provide creative Japanese games to fans all around the world," said Hisashi Koshimizu, CEO of Pygmy Studio Co., Ltd. "My company may be Japanese, but even across borders, we share the same will as a European company to make video games more exciting. We are happy to join our forces with them!"

Packed with challenging enemies, treacherous locations, huge bosses and punishing but rewarding gameplay, La-Mulana EX is guaranteed to be a must-have title for PlayStation®Vita system when it arrives later this year.

More details about La-Mulana EX, including the new features exclusive to PlayStation®Vita system, will be made available in the near future.

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About Pygmy Studios

Based in Osaka and formed in 2007, Pygmy Studio Co., Ltd. describes itself as a 'digital toy factory' and uses its many talents to produce high-quality and, more importantly, fun titles. To date, it has created a number of successful titles for both mobile and handheld formats, including games designed expressly for PlayStation®Mobile. www.pygmy.jp

About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a worldwide video games publisher for Steam, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo DS™, Microsoft Xbox 360® and Wii™, Sony PlayStation3®, PSP™ and Vita™. Rising Star Games has published over 100 games with a schedule of exciting releases for 2014 and beyond. www.risingstargames.com

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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