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Square Enix teams up with Ankama to release the free MMORPG Wakfu

Square Enix has announced today that it has teamed up with the company Ankama. Ankama is responsible for a free to play MMORPG called Wafku. The game Wakfu features 12 character classes to choose from and the game is turn-based with tactical combat. Each class features its own set of 25 spells to choose from and character customization features to make your character stand out from others. Here is what Mike Fischer, president and CEO of Square Enix said about the team up:

Teaming with Ankama for the North American release of WAKFU is a natural fit, given their propensity to develop story-driven gameplay experiences. WAKFU will fascinate players of all ages with its engaging storyline and beautiful environments.

Emmanuel Darras, CEO and co-founder of Ankama said the following as well:

Given our common knowledge of tactical fighting systems and engaging multiplayer experiences, Square Enix constitutes the ideal teammate for Ankama. his teaming is a key factor for the success of WAKFU’s transmedia universe that includes the WAKFU TV series, the MMO, the trading card game, the manga and the action figures.

This deal with Square Enix and Ankama should create some exciting news as the release nears for PC. Now news yet if it will be available on consoles. Check out the demo video below.

Full Press Release:

Square Enix Teams With Ankama

Tactical MMORPG WAKFU to Make North American Debut


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it has teamed with Ankama and will release the free-to-play MMORPG WAKFU for Windows® PC in North America. Featuring turn-based, tactical combat, players will choose from 12 character classes as they are whisked away to the vibrant, anime-style world of WAKFU.

“Teaming with Ankama for the North American release of WAKFU is a natural fit, given their propensity to develop story-driven gameplay experiences,” said Mike Fischer, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc. “WAKFU will fascinate players of all ages with its engaging storyline and beautiful environments.”

Offering a deep, tactical MMORPG experience, WAKFU challenges players to bring hope back to the universe. Players have the option to choose between 12 playable classes, each with its own set of 25 spells. WAKFU also comes complete with a full set of character customization features, allowing players to make characters that stand out from the crowd.

“Given our common knowledge of tactical fighting systems and engaging multiplayer experiences, Square Enix constitutes the ideal teammate for Ankama,” said Emmanuel Darras, CEO and co-founder of Ankama. “This teaming is a key factor for the success of WAKFU’s transmedia universe that includes the WAKFU TV series, the MMO, the trading card game, the manga and the action figures.”

For more information about WAKFU, please visit the official website at http://www.wakfu.com/na

About WAKFU

Story

In the time of Dofus, an ogre named Ogrest managed to acquire six rare Dofus eggs for the sake of someone he loved. However, she was interested only in the eggs, and Ogrest killed her in a fit of rage. After realizing what he had done, Ogrest climbed to a mountaintop and cried for several hundred years, bringing utter ruin to the universe.

Features

  • Freedom of Choice – Players can choose to be an insanely-strong warrior, a magical healer, an assassin or even a summoner of plants or animals, among several other playable character classes, each with a total of 25 spells.
  • Strategic Gameplay – The turn-based, tactical combat system challenges players to size up their opponents and think their way through battles
  • Evolving Environments – In WAKFU, a player’s actions affect the environment. If they kill a monster, it might be gone for good, and if they mine an ore, it might never appear in the game again. Players will have to carefully choose when they should protect or exploit their environment’s natural resources
  • Dynamic Challenges – Unique, area-specific quests keep players entertained as they adventure through the various parts of the world
  • Wicked Humor – Players will notice an unusual sense of humor, as WAKFU is the only place where they’ll find a suit of armor that makes the wearer look like a giant rabbit
  • Customizable Characters – Players can bring their characters to life with a robust set of customization features. Purple hair? Check. Grey skin? Check. A far-out hairstyle? Check.

About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S. based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., a holding company leading Square Enix Group. Square Enix, Inc. publishes and distributes entertainment content under the Square Enix Group’s internationally renowned brands such as Square Enix, Eidos® and Taito® in the Americas. The Square Enix Group includes a global network of leading development studios located in North America, Europe and Japan. The Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 54 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and other well-established products and services.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com.

About ANKAMA

Founded by Anthony Roux, Camille Chafer and Emmanuel Darras in Roubaix, France in 2001, ANKAMA is an independent group which produces digital creations and employs over 400 people. The international success of the group’s MMORPG DOFUS, with more than 35 million players, enabled ANKAMA to branch out into several related industries: online games, publishing, animations, web design, press, mobile phone services, video games for next gen’ consoles. ANKAMA is developing Wakfu, a transmedia project composed of animated cartoon, video game, card game and comic book. For more information, visit our official website: www.wakfu.com

WAKFU and DOFUS are registered trademarks of Ankama Games.  DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.  Eidos and Tomb Raider are registered trademarks of Square Enix, Ltd.  Taito is a registered trademark of Taito Corp. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

SOURCE Square Enix, Inc.

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