LAS VEGAS February 2, 2005 Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today showcased Haunting Ground for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system. This spine-chilling survival horror game is set in a mysterious castle that has become a prison for two innocent characters- an orphaned young girl and a white shepherd dog. They must utilize each other’s strengths if they hope to escape from their horrifying surroundings. Haunting Ground combines a compelling ambiance of terror and solitude with challenging puzzles and a unique gameplay approach. Haunting Ground is scheduled for release across PAL territories this April.
In Haunting Ground, players take on the role of Fiona Belli, an 18 year old girl who is the sole survivor of a tragic car accident that has claimed both her parents. When she regains consciousness following the accident, she finds herself locked up in an unfamiliar old castle, with no clear way out. As she makes her way through unsettling surroundings, she encounters an array of strange inhabitants and learns that she has become the heiress of the mysterious castle upon her parents’ death. Fiona also comes across Debilitas, a deformed and disturbed man who chases her relentlessly. Luckily, she meets a white shepherd dog named Hewie who has also been trapped in the castle. By saving him from the shackles that imprison him, an instant bond is formed.
Though Fiona is a physically weak character, she must use her wit and cunning to unravel the castle’s puzzles and figure out what is happening and why. Hewie will be a vital resource in surviving this ordeal as he has strengths where Fiona does not. As players develop trust and foster their relationship with Hewie, he will be much more willing to help Fiona progress through the game. He can use his heightened sense of smell to locate items, utilize his smaller size to access hard to reach areas and attack or distract enemies so Fiona can escape their clutches. The success of this partnership will be crucial if they both hope to stay alive.
Haunting Ground includes the following features:
• Unique partnership dynamic – In order to succeed, players must foster the complex connection between Fiona and Hewie which evolves as the game progresses
• Realistic canine model – Hewie was created using motion capture and studying a real dog to convey true behaviour and movements in the game
o Classic commands including attack, come, go, sit, stay and more
o Hewie displays a variety of reactions to each command
o The stronger the bond between Fiona and Hewie, the more likely he will be to obey her commands
• Engrossing atmospheric effects - Extra touches heighten fearful situations:
o Control pad mimics Fiona’s pounding heartbeat
o Fiona becomes more difficult to control the more time is spent near an enemy
o If Fiona is not able to escape a threatening scenario, the screen becomes grainy, changing to black and white and eventually sending her into panic mode
o Only by evading the perils can everything return to normal
o Music adapts to gameplay, changing relative to the enemies’ proximity and threat level to Fiona
o Enemies can hear and will react to sounds in the game, so Fiona must be careful when treading near them
o Likewise, Hewie can hear noises and alert Fiona to impending danger
• Fully interactive environment - Players must cleverly hide behind objects to escape from enemies and utilize objects in the vicinity to solve puzzles
• Cinematics directed by Naoto Takenaka – In order to provide the right sense of fear and a haunting atmosphere, Takenaka, a Japanese film director and actor, has been enlisted to manage the in game cut scenes
CE Europe Ltd, headquartered in London, England, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capcom, Co., Ltd. of Japan. A leading force in the multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment industry, Capcom’s legacy spans more than 22 years of entertaining video gamers. Capcom develops, markets, and distributes home video games for the PlayStationÃ‚Â® game console, PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, NintendoÃ‚Â® GameCube and the Xbox™ game consoles, Game BoyÃ‚Â® Advance and Game BoyÃ‚Â® Color Systems, personal computers, and coin-operated games. Worldwide recognizable product lines include the Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, and Onimusha series. World headquarters in Osaka, Japan, the company also has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Germany and Sunnyvale, California. The company is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange code number 9697.
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