It's been announced that Take 2 Interactive, the company behind Rockstar Games and Gathering of Developers, has acquired the rights to publish Square Enix's forthcoming Drakengard RPG.
The move makes Take 2 Square Enix's fourth known European publisher of its games after Sony, Infogrames and Electronic Arts. Why the Japanese RPG giant doesn't publish its own titles is unknown, but with Square Enix now promising to pay more attention to the PAL market, it would make sense.
Drakengard is supposedly a 'unique' RPG - if there is such a thing - that boasts creativity from developers behind A-list games such as Ace Combat, Final Fantasy and Resident Evil Code Veronica. Should be good, then.
President of Take 2 Europe Gary Lewis stated: "We commend Square Enix for their fresh and innovative approach to RPG with Drakengard and are optimistic about the opportunity to distribute, market, and support this game."
No date has been confirmed for Drakengard as yet, but an autumn 2004 release is looking likely. We'll keep you posted.