Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quickies: A little background info on The Third Birthday

A little background info on The Third Birthday
Source(s): Kotaku

During that snorefest of a Sony Conference, we saw a little glimpse of a game that will be released for PSP, called The Third Birthday AKA: Parasite Eve 3. This game was released in Japan for moble phones, but not much was heard after that. To see it being released as a PSP game is downright interesting, and I'm more than willing to play it. Even if I have to borrow a PSP from someone to do so. I found a bit of info regarding the transition from cell phone to PSP through an article on Kotaku and figured I'd post it up.

"During the late 1990s, Parasite Eve was adapted from a Japanese horror novel into a PlayStation title. A sequel followed in 2000. Then radio silence until 2007 when The Third Birthday was released on Japanese cell phones.

According to Square Enix, there was concern because so much time had passed between the second and the third game. What's more, the game was released in installments on the cell phone, allowing Square Enix to respond to player feedback. The cell phone was the ideal testing ground for the new Parasite Eve game.
For the upcoming handheld console version, developers who worked on Final Fantasy XIII were able to bring their expertise to the title and help craft a stunning looking PSP title.

Like the cell phone title, the PSP game carries the title of The Third Birthday, but that doesn't mean it's not a Parasite Eve title. For Square Enix, Parasite Eve is always about protagonist Aya Brea and guns — both of which feature predominately in the game, which is a nifty third-person shooter with a lock-on function."

There's more to Parasite eve than Aya Brea and her guns. She also had special abilities that protected her from the danger of Mitochondrial revolution going on around her and the city of New York, but only fans of the series would know about those things. Parasite Eve has been out of the limelight for quite a long time, and the exposure could really do it some good. I'm even wondering if they've bothered to release Parasite Eve 1 and 2 on PSN yet to get people ready for 3, or will they do that a few months prior to release?  It would be advantageous of SquareEnix to get on that if they aren't planning to already.

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