‘Druaga’ online game launched in France.

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Index Corp. launched “The Tower of Druaga: The Recovery of BABYLIM” online role-playing game in France on December 22.

The title is a sequel to “The Tower of Druaga,” a popular arcade game released in 1984 by Namco Bandai Games Inc. and is set in a world broadly based on the original game.

Basic gameplay is free, but players are charged for optional in-game items.

Rosso Index, part of the Index group, launched the online game version in Japan in April 2008, and, at around the same time, two animated TV series were aired on television, “The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk” and “The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk.”

The French version was released by Index’s France-based subsidiary, Index Multimedia.

Despite fierce competition in the online gaming industry, the company is confident that the game’s high profile combined with enthusiasm in France for Japanese popular culture will ensure its success.

Index Multimedia was established after Index Corporation acquired a leading French content provider in 2004. It also operates the Tchatche.com social networking site, which boasts 4.2 million members in France and is particularly popular among people in their 20s to 30s. Index said it will try to find synergies between the network and its new online game.

On Dec. 17, Rosso Index’s U.S. subsidiary Atlus U.S.A. Inc. launched a closed trial of the “Pandora Saga” online game in the United States.

The company says it plans to expand operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia through foreign subsidiaries.

See (http://www.index-hd.com/), (http://www.rossoindex.com/), (http://www.indexmultimedia.com/), (http://druaga-mmo.com/) and (http://www.druaga.fr).

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