Release the Minions! Overlord® II™, Overlord® Dark Legend™ &Amp; Overlord® Minions™ Available in UK Stores Tomorrow
Company: Codemasters
Thursday 25th June/... Don’t delay, be evil today and prepare to lead a horde of mischievous and destructive Minions through enchanted lands steeped in fairytale lore and loaded with sinister and satirical twists in Overlord® II™, Overlord® Dark Legend™ and Overlord® Minions™, available in UK stores tomorrow, Friday 26th June.†

Heralding the arrival of the delightfully diabolical trio of Overlord titles are three exclusive new Overlord videos. The Overlord II “Developer Diary: Humour” video features Lennart Sas, Creative Director of Triumph Studios, discussing how humour permeates throughout the game and plays a vital part in the Overlord universe. “Humour is key to the Overlord experience. Without humour and parody, the game would probably get banned.” says Sas

Codemasters also released new gameplay videos for Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions. In the Overlord Dark Legend gameplay video, players are introduced to the new, younger face of evil and the return of some old friends; the Minions. The Overlord Minions gameplay video showcases some of the more devious puzzles in wait for Giblet, Stench, Blaze and Zap (the Minion Special Farces team) as well as some of the spectacular bosses that they will need to outsmart in their quest to please the mighty Overlord.

The videos, the new screen shots for all of the Overlord games and the Overlord II wallpapers are available to view at www.overlordgame.com.

Overlord® II™ is the sequel to the original twisted fantasy action adventure and is available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC, with full online & offline multiplayer and split screen functions. Overlord® Dark Legend™ was developed and designed exclusively for Wii™ and features Minion control through intuitive Wii Remote movement. Overlord® Minions™ is a dedicated puzzle action title, developed exclusively for Nintendo DS™ and uses 100% touch screen controls, perfect for Overlords on the go.

OVERLORD TITLES NOW AVAILABLE:

OVERLORD®II™
• PLAYSTATION®3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PC.

Overlord II is the sequel to the hit warped fantasy action adventure that had players being delightfully despotic. In Overlord II, a new Overlord and a more powerful army of Minions take on an entire empire in a truly epic adventure, inspired by the rise of the Roman Empire. As the Glorious Empire conquers kingdoms and destroys any sign of magic it finds, it’s time to go Minion Maximus and send in the horde.

The Minions return smarter, deadlier (and funnier) and are ready to fight in large scale battles that will see their wild pack mentality squaring up to the organized legions of the Glorious Empire. As ever, they’ll do anything and everything the Overlord commands of them, especially now that they can run ravage and wreck buildings and scenery. They’ve also learn to ride: In Overlord II Minions are able to mount up and ride wolves and other magical creatures around the landscape and take them into battle, making our band of merry fighters faster and fiercer than ever before.

OVERLORD® DARK LEGEND™
• Wii™.

Designed and developed exclusively for Wii, Overlord Dark Legend is a brand new action adventure steeped in fairy tale lore with sinister, satirical twists. Set in a time before the original game, players take the role of a new young Overlord. As he revels in command of the Minions, 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.

Connecting players to the game world in three dimensions, the use of the Wii Remote™ gives unprecedented control over the minions. For example, individual Minions can be plucked from the horde, held by the neck and then, by vigorously shaking the Wii Remote, throttled to imbue him with some Overlordly power and turn him into a manic minion missile. With a now-explosive body, the insane little critter can be guided into enemies with hilarious, if rather fatal, consequences.

Backed by a rich, tongue-in-cheek story from award-winning games author Rhianna Pratchett, the game features Overlord favourites, including: Halflings, trolls, elves, and dwarves and introduces wicked witches, gingerbread men and Lil’ Red Riding Hood, the seeming sweet girl with a very personal lupine secret.

OVERLORD® MINIONS™
• Nintendo DS™.

Introducing Giblet, Blaze, Stench, and Zap – an elite Minion crew who, assisted by minion master Gnarl, receive star billing in Overlord Minions, an irresistible and accessible puzzle action game designed exclusively for Nintendo DS. In Overlord Minions, the Overlord commands the Minion team remotely. The Nintendo DS stylus becomes an extension of his evil will and every precise touch screen command is the player-as-Overlord directing, commanding and combining minions in battle, pointing and sweeping them to attack enemies and solving puzzles to execute his dastardly plans.

Controlling the Special Farces team of four, players negotiate fiendish levels and take on a huge range of warped enemies to hunt down the Kindred, a cult dedicated to resurrecting the mighty Dragon Kin, a race of humanoid dragon hybrids, determined to replace the Overlord’s despotism with their own. Extending the Overlord series’ trademark humour, gameplay focuses on the mischievous physical comedy of the minion’s antics and is delivered in a stylized cartoon visual style.

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 Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com

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