November 9, 2005 - The PS2 has a whole lot of good gaming set for early 2006, and Onimusha looks like it will help to lead off the pack. Capcom will release Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams to Japan on 1/26, the company revealed today, making it part of a powerful late January trio that also included Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus and Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou. The game will carry a price of 7,329 yen.
The announcement took place at a ceremony held in Tokyo today to mark the completion of the game's development. Despite the ceremony, it turns out that Dawn of Dreams isn't actually 100% complete at this point, and executive producer Keiji Inafune revealed today that the development staff is hoping for more time. However, Capcom has decided on the January date in order to mark the anniversary of the first Onimusha, which hit Japan in January of 2001.
At the ceremony, Capcom revealed that, although Dawn of Dreams doesn't feature the likeness of a Japanese celebrity as its main character, it will have some big star power attached to it. Ayumi Hamasaki, one of Japan's biggest singers, will be providing two songs for the game, "Startin'," the opening theme, and "Rainy Day," the end theme. Both are being written for the game by Hamasaki herself. In a message delivered via video, Hamasaki stated that Startin' has been created to give players a sense of "Let's Go!" with Rainy Day, a ballad, providing the perfect closing atmosphere for the game's ending.
The addition of Hamasaki should give Onimusha some big press in Japan, the kind of mainstream press the previous titles got due to their main characters. As for America, while Capcom isn't talking about theme songs at this point, we are expecting a release to follow in early 2006.
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