Square Enix has confirmed plans to ship Dawn of Mana for the PlayStation 2 on May 22 in North America. This game marks the next chapter in the company’s World of Mana collection of games. The RPG will mark the series’ first foray into 3D, and will include “new characters and environments” as well as “familiar monsters and elemental spirits from previous Mana titles.”
In addition, the game will, for a limited time, be offered alongside a Breath of Mana sampler disc featuring musical selections from the soundtrack originally released in Japan. While specific selections have not been disclosed, it’s probably safe to assume that the disc will include Dawn of Mana’s title track by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This gift will be given to those who pick up the game from Amazon, Game Crazy, GameStop and EB Games.
In addition, Heroes of Mana, a new real-time strategy game developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS, will ship in North America during late summer 2007. Apart from this different take on the evolving Mana tree, the game will also feature a ranking system tracked by the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.