Codemasters® Breaks Out Its Big Guns at Gamers Day Event
Company: Codemasters
Friday 20th February/... Codemasters® showcased some of the star players from its 2009 portfolio at its San Francisco Gamers Day event, held last night, Thursday 19th February. Featured titles included DiRT™2, FUEL™, Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising, Jumpgate Evolution®, Overlord™II, Overlord™Dark Legend and Overlord™Minions.

Codemasters announced that DiRT™2, the sequel to the award-winning off-road racer, has been scheduled to ship this September for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games For Windows® LIVE, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system; the most extensive format launch in the 10 million+ selling series’ history.

Set to deliver a thrilling off-roading experience with extreme sports attitude, new visuals released at www.dirt2game.com revealed that, in addition to Utah, Malaysia and London, DiRT 2’s World Tour of off-road events will take racers to a massive, spectator-packed Los Angeles sports stadium for an exhilarating rally cross event: the “Stadium King Shootout”.

Codemasters also showcased FUEL™, the multi-terrain, multi-vehicle action racing title from Asobo Studios that will present players with the largest environment ever created in race gaming. FUEL will have players competing across wildly different terrain, created from the most compelling, diverse and striking areas of America using satellite data.

In a new gameplay video, now available from www.fuel-game.com, gamers can tour some of the game’s iconic locations, including the Utah salt-plains and the Grand Canyon, all rendered beautiful by Asobo Studios’ A.C.E. game engine. Coming this May, FUEL will be published for the PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360 and Games For Windows LIVE.

Marking the much anticipated return of the genre-defining military conflict title, Codemasters revealed Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising in action and released new in-game screenshots (now available from www.flashpointgame.com). Set to be the most accessible, engaging and visceral sandbox shooter of the year Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising is coming this summer for the Xbox 360, the PLAYSTATION® system and Games For Windows.

From an immense racing world to an entire universe, Codemasters Online and developer NetDevil announced that Jumpgate Evolution®, the action-based PC Massively Multiplayer Online game that promises exhilarating space combat on a vast scale, is scheduled for take-off this June. Previewing the game’s breath-taking visuals and an innovative twitch-based space combat, a new gameplay video was also released and is now available from www.jumpgateevolution.com.

Heralding the return of the delightfully despotic Overlord and his Minion horde, Codemasters announced that its three new Overlord titles are scheduled to ship this June. Overlord™II, the sequel to the original hit twisted fantasy adventure will launch for PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360 and PC. Overlord™ Dark Legend, an all-new Overlord action adventure steeped in fairy tale lore with sinister satirical twists and starring a new, younger Overlord, will be published exclusively for Wii. While Overlord™ Minions, an irresistible puzzle action game starring an elite squad of four heroic Minions, will be available exclusively for Nintendo DS.

Revealing a taste of the terrific tales of tyranny that await players, the first Overlord II and Overlord Dark Legend gameplay videos were released and are now available from www.codemasters.com/overlordII and www.codemasters.com/darklegend respectively.

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OPERATION FLASHPOINT™: DRAGON RISING
o Summer 2009
o PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox® 360, Games for Windows®
o www.flashpointgame.com

Set to take gamers as close to war as they’ll ever want to get, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is set on the 220km2 island of Skira, located off the oil-rich eastern coast of Russia, north of Japan. On this immense open-world battlefield players will experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a present day conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine and a Special Forces officer, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA. As an epic single and multi-player campaign weaves the narrative, the game will give players the freedom to handle military crisis situations on their initiative.


DiRT™2
o September 2009
o PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360, Games for Windows LIVE, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP system
o New visuals now available from www.dirt2game.com

Promising a thrilling off-roading experience with extreme sports attitude, DiRT™ 2 will take players on a World Tour to compete in aggressive race events in the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. Events will include edge-of-control canyon racing of Utah’s “Creek Trailblazer” event, the “Rawang Rally Run” along treacherous Malaysian rainforest tracks and the “Battersea Battle”, where night races are staged at the iconic London power station. The World Tour will take also racers to a massive Los Angeles sports stadium for an exhilarating event: the “Stadium King Shootout”. Located near Marina Del Ray, the LA Stadium will be transformed into an amphitheatre of racing for a fierce rally cross event. Featuring a peerless line-up of super-charged off-road speed machines, DiRT 2 will also come complete with full head-to-head competitive online play. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too, this September.


FUEL™
o May 2009
o PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360, Games for Windows LIVE.
o New ‘US Landmarks’ video available from www.fuel-game.com

Coming this May, FUEL™ is a revolution in multi-terrain action racing set in the largest ever racing environment and featuring more than 100,000 miles (161,000+km) of tarmac, tracks and trails through dramatic and diverse landscapes. FUEL’s world is created from the most compelling, diverse and striking areas of America, from the Utah salt-plains, to the Grand Canyon and the snow-capped Mount Rainier, all modelled from satellite data and rendered beautifully by Asobo Studios’ A.C.E. game engine.

Players will explore and race around the remains of devastated towns, cities and villages as the on-going effects of accelerated global warming – from sandstorms, blizzards and brush fires to tsunamis and tornados – create unpredictable and spectacular races. Complete with free roam and a multitude of online multiplayer challenges, FUEL is scheduled to release this May.


JUMPGATE EVOLUTION®
o June 2009
o PC MMO
o New space combat gameplay video available from www.jumpgateevolution.com.

Set to deliver exhilarating space combat on a vast scale, Jumpgate Evolution®, the action-based PC Massively Multiplayer Online game from developer NetDevil, is scheduled for take off this June. Offering breath-taking visuals and innovative twitch-based space combat, Jumpgate Evolution will see players joining one of three playable Nations to engage in intense ship-to-ship combat in a persistent online universe. Gamers can embark on an immersive and accessible space adventure where they can trade valuable commodities, take part in dangerous large-scale intergalactic battles, meet and play with friends and live out the dream to become an elite space hero or space pirate. Sign up for the Beta and prepare to fight in a gloriously fierce new universe with Jumpgate Evolution this June.


OVERLORD™ TITLES FOR JUNE 2009

Heralding the return of the delightfully despotic Overlord and his Minion horde, three new Overlord titles are scheduled to ship this June.

• Overlord™II, the sequel to the original twisted fantasy action adventure, will see a new Overlord and a more powerful army of Minions take on the Glorious Empire, an advanced Romanesque nation, in a truly epic yet familiarly warped adventure. Now in development at Triumph Studios, Overlord II will be published for the PLAYSTATION®3 system, Xbox 360 and Games For Windows.

• Overlord™ Dark Legend is an original Overlord action adventure designed and developed exclusively for Wii. In a tale steeped in fairy tale lore with sinister, satirical twists, players take the role of a new younger Overlord. As he revels in command of the Minions – occasionally throttling the little blighters by vigorously shaking the Wii Remote – our trainee tyrant will be able to take his growing pains out on the local fairy tale inhabitants as he protects his castle and lands.

• Overlord™ Minions is an irresistible puzzle action game, designed exclusively for Nintendo DS that sees Giblet, Blaze, Stench, and Zap form an elite Minion squad. As the Overlord, players direct, command and combine the Minions in battle, pointing and sweeping them to attack enemies and solving puzzles to execute dastardly plans.


ABOUT CODEMASTERS
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Race Driver GRID, Overlord and Operation Flashpoint; the company recently secured the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA 1. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Universal City, Calif. The company also maintains operations in Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com

ABOUT CODEMASTERS ONLINE
Codemasters Online is a leading global publisher and operator of online persistent world games. Established in 2005 and part of the wider Codemasters organisation, in a short time Codemasters Online has become one of the West’s leading persistent world gaming organisations. With a suite of successful persistent games including the hugely popular The Lord of the Rings Online™, ArchLord and forthcoming space based MMO Jumpgate Evolution, Codemasters Online is one of the fastest growing specialists in massively multiplayer online games in the world.

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