Dark Cloud 2 (Dark Chronicle in Japan and Europe) is an action RPG developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. It was released in Japan in November 2002, in North America in February 2003, and in Europe in September 2003. The game is a non-direct sequel to the 2000 game Dark Cloud, with the same basic game mechanics (action role-playing combined with elements of city-building games), but features mainly different characters and an unrelated plot. Players control two main protagonists, Max and Monica, who come from the present and future, respectively. They must work together to stop the game's main antagonist, Emperor Griffon, who wishes to destroy the present from deep in the past. In January 2016, an emulated version of the game was made available for the PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Network.