Sega Reveals Lineup Of Interactive Stars For E3 2008
Industry Leader Showcases Roster of Legends, Blockbusters and Rising Stars for Wii, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PC and More
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 2008 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced a luminous lineup of video games to be presented at E3 2008. SEGA will debut numerous franchises across six platforms, including legendary icons and dazzling new stars, as the company continues to grow and develop both original and high-profile, licensed properties. Show attendees will witness innovative new technology and stellar gameplay on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii™ system from Nintendo, PC and Games for Windows - Live, the Nintendo DS™, as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. SEGA will showcase the new titles at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth #107, as well as host invited guests behind closed doors at a separate meeting location.
“Our E3 lineup showcases a range of top-flight franchises that will resonate with diverse audiences of gamers around the world,” said Sean Ratcliffe, vice president of marketing, SEGA of America. “We’re a top publisher on Wii, we’re leading the industry on iPhone, and we’re delivering unexpected titles like MADWORLD while refreshing family favorites like Samba de Amigo and Sonic. This is a great year for SEGA.”
SEGA’s lineup of interactive entertainment stars featured at E3 will include the following titles:
MADWORLD™ (Wii) – Releases March 2009
In development at the newly established Platinum Games, MADWORLD is establishing new gameplay turf on the Wii. A mysterious terrorist group called “The Organizers” is holding Varrigan City hostage, and the entire island is forced into a lethal game of survival known as “Death Watch.” Playing as Jack, players enter “Death Watch” and battle opponents for the most creative kill. Winners receive a vast reward, losers get death. MADWORLD delivers a unique mature gaming experience never-before-seen on the Wii system.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood™ (Nintendo DS) – Releases Fall 2008
Sonic and his friends band together to defeat a menacing new enemy in a distinctly new game that includes combat, skill, collectibles and puzzles, exclusively on the Nintendo DS™. For Sonic’s premier debut in the RPG genre, leading RPG developer, BioWare (Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) has created a slick blend of strategy and speed with fast-paced battles, character and party customization, and the ability to collect and trade items. Players will need to keep their wits about them at all times, as they will never know what will get them through the next challenge. With an engaging storyline, lightning fast attacks, high production values and impeccable visuals, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood™ allows gamers to experience Sonic in a whole new way.
Sonic Unleashed™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 system, Wii) – Releases Holiday 2008
Sonic the Hedgehog is on an adventure unlike any other! When Dr. Eggman awakens a slumbering beast unleashing it from the center of the Earth, there is a devastating tremor that splinters the world into many continents. Sonic must race to restore the planet in chaos, but an unusual situation challenges him in never-before-seen ways. Both day and night play different, yet important, roles in Sonic’s newest quest... as the sun sets, an intriguing adventure awakens!
Alpha Protocol™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360, Windows-based PC) – Releases February 2009
In the world of espionage, nothing is as it seems in Obsidian Entertainment’s blockbuster modern day RPG thriller, Alpha Protocol. Players assume the role of Michael Thorton, a government operative trained by the United States to eliminate threats to national security. Players determine the fate of the world by what route Michael takes, whether upholding professionalism and duty, going rogue and crushing anything in his path, or taking the role of a cocky smartass, willing to provoke and taunt even the most dangerous opponents until they break and lose their cool - and their advantage. Michael is on his own and it is his personality and his actions that will shape the future of the world, for good or for ill. But one thing above all is clear - as hostilities between nations escalate and chaos reigns, Michael is the only one capable of saving the world from those who plan to control and destroy it. To do so, he needs to utilize the very weapon they seek to use to against him - Alpha Protocol.
Samba De Amigo™ (Wii exclusive) – Releases September 2008
The Samba-inspired rhythm music game made popular in arcades and on the Dreamcast™ is shaking its way exclusively onto the Wii! Players will grab their friends and shake the Wii controllers like maracas to the beat in a variety of crazy environments full of zany characters. With a lively Samba-infused soundtrack packed with over 40 songs and additional downloadable tunes – Samba De Amigo is perfect for gamers of all ages.
Bayonetta™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system & Xbox 360) – Releases 2009
Bayonetta is a cinematic and stylish action game from the creative mind of famed Japanese video game developer Hideki Kamiya. As a gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces off against countless enemies in a game of pure, all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with acrobatic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre with magnificent, over-the-top action and fast-paced, dynamic climactic combat.
BLEACH: Dark Souls™ (Nintendo DS exclusive) – Releases Fall 2008
Ichigo and friends are back in BLEACH: Dark Souls™ on the Nintendo DS™. BLEACH: Dark Souls™ brings an exclusive storyline (in-game events take place between seasons one and two of the highly popular animated series that airs on Adult Swim), expanded cast of playable characters and fast multi-plane fighting action for up to four players via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection. Players will also build a power-packed Spirit Card Deck enhanced by power crystals that will allow them to dish out moves that will directly affect their opponent’s gameplay. With a burgeoning cast of 44 characters, including the ability to play as Hollows, players can spend hours experiencing furious sword fighting action and unlocking personal character stories all based on the series’ story arc.
Dinosaur King™ (Nintendo DS exclusive) – Releases Fall 2008
Based on the animated hit currently airing on the CW 4Kids network, Dinosaur King™ on the Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system brings exciting new twists to the traditional role playing game genre with 3D battling systems and multiplayer fighting action via Wi-Fi. Playing as Max or Rex, otherwise known as the D-Team, players will collect over 100 dinosaurs, each with its own special moves totaling over 240 in all. Traveling to five different territories around the globe, players will dig for fossils that are indigenous to that region. Once the player has collected their dinosaurs, exciting battles can take place to stop the nefarious Dr. Z and the Alpha Gang bent on hunting down the dinosaurs and using their awesome powers to take over the world.
Empire: Total War™ (Windows-based PC) – Releases February 2009
Control the sea, command great armies, forge a new nation and conquer the globe. Empire: Total War takes the Total War franchise to the 18th Century and the Age of Imperialism - a time of unprecedented technological advancement and perpetual war. This latest installation in the award-winning, multi-million unit selling Total War franchise introduces a host of revolutionary new features, including true 3D naval combat. For the first time ever, Empire: Total War will feature an additional story-driven campaign portraying the birth of America. This “Road to Independence” mode provides a revolutionary level of accessibility for the Total War series. Empire: Total War lets players experience combat on the high seas, the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe, and for the first time, the untapped potential of North America.
Golden Axe: Beast Rider™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system & Xbox 360) – Releases September 2008
A SEGA classic arcade game is reborn! As Tyris Flare, half-Gladiator/half-Barbarian, players will charge across ravaged lands atop colossal beasts seeking vengeance against Death Adder and his armies of evil. Wielding fierce swords, fire-infused magic and the fearsome powers of brutal beasts, players will vanquish Death Adder’s countless minions and prepare to face the ultimate battle against the evildoer responsible for wiping out Tyris’ entire tribe.
Stormrise™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360 & Windows-based PC) – Releases 2009
An innovative real time strategy title, Stormrise™ marks The Creative Assembly’s first foray into developing a console RTS title from the ground up. Set on a bleak and barren Earth, devastated by a catastrophic event centuries ago, Stormrise sees the Echelon and the Sai battling to survive in a hostile and uninhabitable wasteland. An innovative control system tailored specifically for consoles, will allow easy and effective unit selection, rapid navigation and precise deployment. Players will also play for the first time in a fully realized 3D environment.
Space Siege™ (Games For Windows) – Releases August 2008
Space Siege is the next action-rpg title from Gas Powered Games, the developers that created Dungeon® Siege and Supreme® Commander. After a massive alien attack on Earth, the last remnants of humanity flee aboard the Armstrong colonization ship. As Seth Walker, robotics specialist, players will battle the alien scourge that has invaded the Armstrong by augmenting Seth’s body with cybernetic upgrades. The moral cost of each additional mechanical improvement takes the player further from what they are trying so hard to protect…humanity itself.
Valkyria Chronicles™ (PLAYSTATION 3 system exclusive) – Releases November 2008
Utilizing a proprietary engine technology called the “Canvas Engine”, SEGA Studios Japan has created this artfully expressed epic RPG set in a fictitious 1930s Europe. Players assume the role of Welkin, a heroic commander who leads his small platoon of willing soldiers against two neighboring enemy nations on the brink of war. As Welkin’s small country is engulfed in battle, the “Valkyria,” an ancient race with destructive powers, emerges in one of the invading factions. Faced with this new threat, Welkin and his troops gather their courage to fight as never before for their freedom and a better future.
Yakuza 2™ (PlayStation 2 system exclusive) – Releases September 9, 2008
Yakuza 2 plunges players once more into the violent Japanese underworld. As the heroic Kazuma Kiryu from the original Yakuza, players will explore Tokyo and the city of Osaka, while engaging in intense, brutal clashes with rival gangs, the police and the Korean mafia. Players will wander through the back alleys of Japan’s underworld while trying to prevent an all-out gang war in over 16 complex, cinematic chapters written by Hase Seishu, the famous Japanese author who also wrote the first Yakuza. Endless conflict and surprise plot twists will immerse the player in a dark shadowy world where only the strongest will survive.
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