Asura's Wrath release date revealed

DLC promised.

Quirky action game Asura's Wrath launches in Europe on 24th February 2012, Capcom has announced.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 single-player only game is made by Cyber Connect 2, the Japanese studio behind the .hack and Naruto games.

You play Asura, a demigod hell bent on avenging his wife's death. The game blends Asian mythology with sci-fi elements in an episodic, TV series structure.

Asura is voiced by Liam O'Brien, the voice behind War from Darksiders. In the Western version you will be able to choose between Japanese and English voice acting.

There's a second playable character: Yasha, Asura's rival. Yasha has a different play style and travels at lightning speed.

"At Capcom we wanted to create a game we ourselves couldn't make in-house," Capcom producer Kasuhiro Tsuyachiya told Eurogamer at a recent Capcom preview event.

"We wanted to come up with a game that was very unique and beyond our imagination. We thought Cyber Connect 2 was the perfect fit for a collaboration."

"One of the challenges was the story, and coming up with the setting and the theme of anger," Cyber Connect 2 boss Hiroshi Matsuyama explained, "and trying to make a high quality game while blending drama and action seamlessly.

"Having players from all over the world be able to play it and feel like they don't understand it because it's based on Asian mythology - that aspect isn't the most important factor. You don't have to enjoy anything about Asian mythology to enjoy the game. The story is more based on this theme of anger and a blend of action and interactive cut scenes."

Capcom will release downloadable content post-launch. "There's no multiplayer but there will be DLC that will be pretty cool," Matsuyama confirmed.

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