My first time playing Trauma Center, I played for three hours straight. It had been a while since any DS game had caused such obsessive emotions for me, not to mention presented me with enough challenge to make me want to throw my DS across the room. As hurling controllers across the room is directly associated with my NES days, it’ a good thing — it means I care about the game.
Trauma Center: New Blood was announced for the Wii with nary a glimmer of a DS version in sight, and since I far preferred the DS controls for the game, I was pretty downtrodden about this. However, today I am dancing around with my underwear on my head in a fit of glee, because Atlus has announced Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2, and it is most certainly coming to the DS.
An official website has been launched for the game, which comes out on July 1st. You can check out the trailer there as well as read up on the story, although if you played the first DS game, you’ll already be familiar with all the major characters. I won’t talk about where Under the Knife 2 begins so as not to ruin the first game for people who haven’t played it, but Under the Knife was by far one of my favorite stories in a DS game the year it was released. Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel so I can start actually considering tearing my hair out again!
Check out the full press release after the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLUS TO INJECT NINTENDO DS WITH TRAUMA CENTER: UNDER THE KNIFE 2
The Operating Room is Portable Again this July
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 7th, 2008 – Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced Trauma Center(R): Under the Knife 2 for Nintendo DS(TM), a direct sequel to the 2005 smash hit. The fast-paced medical action that made the handheld original a classic is back, along with all of your favorite Trauma Center characters. Rejoin Derek and Angie as they deal with the unpredictable aftereffects of GUILT. With numerous enhancements, including new difficulty modes and new operations, handheld surgeons have a lot to be excited about.
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is currently scheduled to release on July 1.
About Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
GUILT is no more. Dr. Derek Stiles and Nurse Angie Thompson faced humanity’s greatest threat and triumphed. Now, in the aftermath, they find themselves in unknown territory, forced to deal with the disastrous consequences of the killer virus. Join them as they scramble to address questions left unanswered and put an end to the mystery behind the disease.
– True sequel to Under the Knife – Scrub back in to Nintendo DS for the next chapter of the award-winning Trauma Center: Under the Knife that returns to the tactile stylus-based experience that made the original a smash hit.
– Derek and Angie are back – Caduceus’ preeminent surgical team returns to confront the aftermath of the devastating GUILT epidemic in a brand new story.
– Just what the doctor ordered – With a new easy-play mode, improved tool utility, and clearer directions, playing doctor has never been so much fun.
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 has been rated “T” for Teen with Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Mild Violence by the ESRB.
About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Odin Sphere, Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit https://www.atlus.com.
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