They’ve been saying “this month” since December, but now we’ve finally got a solid date for the release of this tomb raiding exploration/action game.

Hisashi Koshimizu – CEO, Producer & Art Director at Pygmy Studio – has taken to the North American and European PlayStation blog today to announce a firm release date for La Mulana EX; March 3rd in North America and March 4th in Europe.

But what if you’ve already played La Mulana on another platform?

Well there’s lots of EXtras in La Mulana EX to entice you into playing the game again on PlayStation Vita, which Hisashi details (via the blog);

For starters, the new Monster Bestiary is where you can check out details of every monster you slay and character you meet. It’s useful to read, but you’ll also get to see some wonderful art for the creatures in the ruins. We were amazed when we saw how much previously unseen art there was for La-Mulana, so this was the perfect way to show it off.

We’ve also tweaked the gameplay. La-Mulana lets you go almost anywhere you like from the start, which can be a bit daunting to some. When we first started developing La-Mulana EX, the plan was to have two modes: the original version for returning players, and a revised adventure that was more accessible for new players. However, as time went on, we decided to bring both versions together in a way that improves the experience for everyone.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ve made La-Mulana EX easier. Trust me, it’s still just as challenging as ever — it’s just also more accessible for those who might be too scared to enter the ruins otherwise. The signposting is improved, some of the puzzles and obstacles have been altered slightly (Don’t rely on your memories if you’ve played the game before!), it’s now possible to undo the Hard Mode curse if you want to, and so on. We’ve even added more languages (French and German, on top of English, Spanish and Russian) and improved the old translations, so now even more people can enjoy La-Mulana than ever before.

In celebration of launch and the announcement of release dates, here’s the title’s launch trailer;

…as well as a few new screenshots;

They’ve even provided us soon-to-be-players with some tips to get the most out of the game;

  • Read every stone tablet you find. The clues to solving the ruin’s puzzles are there for you to unravel!
  • Collect the Shell Horn and listen for it sounding. That means something has changed in the ruins for you to find.
  • If you hit a dead-end or meet an enemy you can’t beat, don’t be afraid to run away and explore somewhere else.
  • I know it’s old-fashioned, but please read the e-manual! Seriously, read it. Especially page 26.

Sound interesting? Maybe you should grab La Mulana EX in next week’s PSN update!

  • Mauricio Quintero

    This is going to be one ( if not the best) years for the PS Vita.

  • Slizarus

    I honestly think it’ll be available for PS Plus, it wasn’t mentioned in the digital showcase despite helldivers, a release for next week too was covered. We’ll see 🙂