Threads of Fate

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For the 1915 silent film, see The Threads of Fate.
Threads of Fate
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Developer(s) Square Product Development Division 3
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Koji Sugimoto
Producer(s) Hiromichi Tanaka
Designer(s) Makoto Shimamoto
Programmer(s) Koji Sugimoto
Writer(s) Daisuke Watanabe
Composer(s) Junya Nakano
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • JP: October 14, 1999
  • NA: July 19, 2000[1]
Genre(s) Action role-playing game, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player

Threads of Fate, known in Japan as Dewprism (デュープリズム Dyūpurizumu?), is a 1999 action platform video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the PlayStation console. The game was released in Japan on October 14, 1999 and in North America on July 19, 2000,[1] and was re-released on the PlayStation Network in Japan on June 23, 2010 and in North America on April 19, 2011.

Threads of Fate revolves around two characters, Rue and Mint, and their quest for a mystical object known only as "the Relic" that has the power to profoundly alter their lives. The game received favorable reviews and was re-released as part of Square Enixs "Legendary Hits" label. Though an official sequel was never released, a fan-made sequel called "Duo Princess" was created for the PC in Japanese.

Gameplay[edit]

The game gives the player a choice between Rue, an amnesiac boy who is searching for his missing friend, and Mint, a bratty and hyperactive girl who wants to be a princess and control the world, as they search for the Dewprism, which is an artifact that can grant wishes. Rue's story is more somber and serious, whereas Mint's emphasizes humor. Each character has different attacks and transformations.

Plot[edit]

The two protagonists, Rue and Mint, both desire the Dewprism for different reasons; Rue wants to revive his dead friend Claire, while Mint, a princess, wanted to reclaim her right to the throne from her sister Maya.

Development and release[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga based on the game was planned to be made by Ken Akamatsu of Love Hina fame, but the project was scrapped. Many of his character designs would later be redesigned and used in Akamatsu's Negima!: Magister Negi Magi.

Soundtrack[edit]

The music of Threads of Fate is composed by Junya Nakano, who has worked on several other games for Square. Hidenori Iwasaki did the score's synthesizer programming. A soundtrack was released in Japan (titled Dewprism OST) and was available via import for several years in other countries. The soundtrack, though discontinued and out of print, was recently given a re-print in August 2006.

The OST has two discs, Disc RUE and Disc MINT, featuring all of the tracks played throughout the game. The tracks are divided between the discs according to which character they fit best. Much of the mellower music is contained on Rue's disc, with a fairly small selection of 'happy' tracks or battle tracks, while Mint's disc contains almost all of the more intrusive tracks, the happier tracks, and several battle themes.

PlayStation Network re-release[edit]

On May 4, 2010 Square Enix announced Threads of Fate would be released for PlayStation Network. It was released on June 23, 2010 on the Japanese Store.[2]

On December 29, 2010 Square-Enix announced Threads of Fate would also be released for the PlayStation Network in North America.[3] It was released on April 19, 2011; however, this was one day before the PlayStation Network outage, and thus it was not widely available until June 2, 2011, when the network was restored.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 76%[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars[6]
EGM 6.17/10[7]
Famitsu 34/40[8]
GameFan 71%[9]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[10]
Game Revolution C−[11]
GameSpot 7.9/10[12]
IGN 7.7/10[1]
OPM (US) 3.5/5 stars[13]
PSM 3.5/5 stars[14]

Threads of Fate received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.[5] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 34 out of 40.[8][15]

The game sold over 111,000 copies in Japan by the end of 1999.[16] The game was re-released in 2007 under Square Enix's Legendary Hits label in Japan.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, David (July 18, 2000). "Threads of Fate". IGN. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Romano, Sal (June 9, 2010). "Threads of Fate dated for JP PlayStation Network". Gematsu. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Reilly, Jim (December 29, 2010). "Vagrant Story, Xenogears Headed to PSN". IGN. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gutierrez, Rey (April 17, 2011). "The Drop: Week of April 18th 2011 New Releases". PlayStation Blog. 
  5. ^ a b "Threads of Fate for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ Berger, Gregory. "Threads of Fate - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 17, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Threads of Fate". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2000. 
  8. ^ a b "プレイステーション - DEWPRISM (デュープリズム)". Famitsu. 915: 13. June 30, 2006. 
  9. ^ "REVIEW for Threads of Fate". GameFan. July 14, 2000. 
  10. ^ Star Dingo (August 2, 2000). "Threads of Fate Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 20, 2005. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Archer, Erik (July 2000). "Threads of Fate Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ Vestal, Andrew (November 19, 1999). "Threads of Fate Review". GameSpot. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Threads of Fate". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2000. 
  14. ^ "Review: Threads of Fate". PSM. August 2000. 
  15. ^ Hill, Doug "Stom" (October 15, 1999). "Famitsu rates Square's Dewprism". RPGamer. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  16. ^ "1999年ゲームソフト年間売上TOP300" [1999 Game Software Annual Sales Top 300]. Famitsū Gēmu Hakusho 2005 ファミ通ゲーム白書2005 [Famitsu Game Whitebook 2005] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Enterbrain. May 13, 2005. p. 416. ISBN 4-7577-2307-5. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ Spencer (November 15, 2006). "Square-Enix reprints their Legendary Hits". Siliconera. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 

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