e just received the latest preview build of Rogue Galaxy (the new RPG from Level-5 on PS2) and it included a handy sheet that details the multitude of changes that the game will experience on its way to North America.
"We've put so much effort into this game that it really went beyond localization," said U.S. producer Nao Higo. "It's the final realization of the team's original vision for the game."
First off, an entirely new planet has been added to Rogue Galaxy. The Japanese version only had four planets, and now Level-5 has added the water world of Alisita onto that number. Even though the planet doesn't contribute to the overall story arc, it does contain plenty of hidden items.
Developers have also made plenty of changes to the combat system as well. Chain attacks are no longer random, players now collect orbs during battle and get to choose when to unleash these special attacks. There are also new battle animations, special moves, monsters, costumes, and weapons. Plus, they've changed the layout and graphical look of several planets and dungeons and added new content to the Insectron Tournament sidequest.
The game now comes on a Dual-layer PS2 DVD to accommodate all of the new content, including over 2000 lines of additional dialogue. This extra space also allows for less compression of the FMV sequences so they'll look even better than before.
We'll have a full hands-on of Rogue Galaxy soon, but we wanted to get this new info out as quickly as possible.