Codemasters Declares War as Operation Flashpoint: Elite Battles Its Way Onto Store Shelves
Company: Codemasters
New York (Nov. 8, 2005) – Global interactive entertainment company, Codemasters, announced today that Operation Flashpoint: Elite is launching onto store shelves across the country. Operation Flashpoint: Elite carries a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is exclusively for the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft.

Developed by Bohemia Interactive Studio and specifically adapted for Xbox from the PC original, Operation Flashpoint: Elite allows console gamers to experience this revered award winning military simulator on a whole new level. With the Cold War conflict between the NATO coalition forces and a renegade Soviet Red army faction initiated, players must join U.S. forces and make their mark in the most realistic modern warfare simulation on any console.

Operation Flashpoint: Elite transports players to 1985, in the midst of the Cold War, where Gorbachev has just been elected to power. It is up to the player to dictate how the U.S. forces will tackle the Soviet faction. With two riveting military campaigns plus 15 solo missions over 4 sprawling 100+ km2 battle zones, the options for gameplay are endless.

Adapted and improved from the PC original, Operation Flashpoint: Elite allows players to think, act and move, as troops would in a similar real life operation. For the first time in a military simulator, players take control and command their soldiers by utilizing the game’s bevy of authentic land, sea and air vehicles that bring freedom to one’s gameplay like never before. Plus with over 30 authentic weapons, complete with true-to-life models and physics, gamers will experience war on a whole new level.

As well as the hugely expansive mission editor, an additional 15-mission campaign, named ‘Resistance’, can also be unlocked in the game. Be thrown into the role of local resistance leader Viktor Troska, as the storyline prequels that of the main Cold War campaign.

Fully Xbox Live  enabled, Operation Flashpoint: Elite gives players the opportunity to take on real-life opponents to the tune of 14 players on Xbox Live  and with some multiplayer missions allowing more than 25 players on a dedicated host. With over 50 missions, including co-op and team based play, players can use genuine military tactics or just plain bravado to take down the enemy; the choice is yours.

Key Features:
The No. 1 PC military combat game comes to Xbox.
Fly or drive more than 40, armored air and ground based military vehicles including the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter, A-10 Thunderbolt Jet, M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and SCUD Launcher.
Fight using any of 30+ authentic weapons.
Two enthralling campaigns plus 15 solo missions over four sprawling 100+ km2 battle zones.
Over 50 missions, including co-op and team based, playable over Xbox Live. Supports up to 14 players over Xbox Live and certain missions allow over 25 players using dedicated host mode.
Create your own scenarios using the built-in mission editor.
True-to-life models and physics provide the most realistic combat experience to date in a console game.
Advanced squad-management system enables players to efficiently issue orders to squad members.
Real time lighting and weather, including accurate star constellations for navigation.

About Bohemia Interactive
Bohemia Interactive is an independent game development company, with studios in Czech Republic and Australia, founded in 1999, that focuses on developing state of the art computer entertainment software and the research of advanced real time 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and physical simulation technologies for real-time interactive environments. The company’s debut release, Operation Flashpoint for personal computers, has won universal acclaim for its realism of simulating military conflict situations, even to the extent where the game's technology has been adapted for real soldiers to use as a special combat training application Virtual Battlespace that’s used by various military organizations worldwide. Company has been awarded Best PC Game Developer of the year 2001 Award and Rookie Studio of the Year Award at GDC 2002. For more information about the company visit www.bohemiainteractive.com.

About Codemasters
Codemasters is a global interactive entertainment company with offices in New York City, England, France, Spain, Holland and Germany. Founded in the UK in 1986, Codemasters publishes award-winning software for the PC, next generation video game consoles and online gaming. Codemasters develops original titles such as Operation Flashpoint (PC Game-of-the-year) and ToCA Race Driver, as well as games based on top licensed properties including American Idol, MTV Music Generator and IndyCar Series. Additional information about Codemasters and its products can be found at www.codemasters.com.
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