BURLINGAME, CA --July 11, 2005 -- The Colosseum, a great monument to Roman imperial strength, was the setting for some of the most brutal displays in history. This month, the monument returns to life in KOEI's latest action title, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM. Game publisher KOEI has
announced that the action game has achieved gold status and will ship on July 19th to retailers throughout North America. Consumers can still
pre-order the title at ebgames.com and gamestop.com
"At the start of their training, gladiators swore an oath of obedience, where they would endure beatings with rods, burning flames, or execution by steel. This oath truly captures the spirit of the gladiator's way of life. COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM recreates the gladiator experience through both combat and training," said Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for KOEI Corporation. "The game faithfully recreates the fighting styles, weapons, and armor of the period and serves them up with a quick-paced 360 degree fighting system and immersive storyline."
Consumers can learn more about COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM at the game's official minisite which launches later today at www.koei.com.
About Colosseum: Road to Freedom
With second century Rome serving as its backdrop, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM takes gamers back in time and into the sandals of a slave turned
gladiator. Players will experience first-hand the thrill of fighting in the violent and often gruesome spectacles of gladiatorial combat. In between battle days, players are taken to the gladiator training ground. There, gladiators will master fighting techniques, earn points, and increase their status by engaging in a rigorous training regimen.
The Colosseum is a world unto itself with many challenges. In the game's six styles of battle, players will fight man and beast, or reenact glorious military victories true to history. Key features of COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM include multiple battle styles, including bouts with tigers and bulls, a weapon and armor purchase and upgrade system, and a dynamic 360 degree fighting system.
Developed by GOSHOW and licensed to KOEI Co., Ltd, by ERTAIN
Corporation, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is published by KOEI Corporation in North America. COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is a 1-2 player game, and is rated "M" (Mature- Blood, Violence).
About the Development Team - GOSHOW Inc.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, GOSHOW is comprised of team members who love games and continuously pursue the theoretical studies of entertainment.
They are craftsmen who have chosen video games as the medium to demonstrate their expertise. They influence each other and strive to
produce entertainment products that are perfect in every aspect.
About KOEI Corporation
KOEI Corporation, the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan, established operations in 1988. Based in the San Francisco Bay
Area, the company is now in its seventeenth year and is recognized as a leading content provider in the highly competitive video game industry.
KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand for Strategy and Simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Dynasty Warriors(r) series has generated more than 7 million units in sales worldwide since its first release for the PlayStation game console in 1997.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2004, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $270 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The company constantly seeks the fine balance between entertainment, technology, art and education. More information about KOEI's products can be found on the Internet at www.koei.com, www.koei.co.uk, and www.koei.co.jp.
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