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Blue Dragon gets dated: August 28th, 24th in Europe

We knew Microsoft's Blue Dragon -- the Japanese RPG by famed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi -- would be barreling into American shores in August, but we didn't know the specific date. Good news for fans of the month of August then, the much anticipated RPG will get in just under the cutoff making an August 28th touchdown for $59.99.

More interesting for European gamers is the August 24th European release date. Originally scheduled for September in that part of the globe, the title has managed to leapfrog the North American release date by four days; however, at £44.99, they're paying nearly $90 for the privilege. We don't think Americans mind waiting. Now, if we only knew when Mass Effect was coming out ...

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Japanese RPG "Blue Dragon" Lifts Its Wings and Flies To North American Shores

U.S. gamers will finally have the chance to join Shu and his friends in the eagerly awaited "Blue Dragon" for Xbox 360, when the game journeys to retailers on August 28

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the highly anticipated role-playing game (RPG) "Blue Dragon" will ship to retailers throughout North America on August 28 for the estimated retail price of $59.99. Rated "T" for "Teen," "Blue Dragon" will usher in the next generation of RPG exclusively on the Xbox 360, with a combination of realistic environments, anime-styled characters, unique battles and a deep, compelling storyline.

Bringing top Japanese developer talent to the Xbox 360, "Blue Dragon" is a culmination of the work of famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker game studio and developer Artoon. This epic RPG features the character design of Akira Toriyama, who designed "Dragon Ball Z," and music by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for "Final Fantasy."

Gamers will find themselves exploring and discovering the vast world of "Blue Dragon" as they assume the role of Shu, a young boy who along with his band of four friends, embarks on a quest to combat the evil forces that have come to their world. These unlikely heroes possess miraculous strength and the magical power to control their phantom shadow creatures that range from a Minotaur to a phoenix to a dragon and more.

"Blue Dragon" will be available on August 28, but anxious adventurers can head over to now to check out the "Red, White and Blue Dragon" feature, based on the premise of "American Independence and Japanese Games."

In addition, adventurers can bring Shu, his friends and their quest to save the world to their websites with the official "Blue Dragon" Fan Site Kit, which is available for download from The Fan Site Kit includes artwork, skins, screenshots, forum avatars and more assets for webmasters to create their very own "Blue Dragon" fan site.

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