CHERTSEY, UK , 18th July 2005 â€“ Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment software company today announced plans to co-publish Namco's Dead to RightsÂ®: Reckoning for the PSPTM (PlayStationÂ® Portable) system. Delivering the series' trademark non-stop, hard-boiled action and a gritty cop storyline, Dead to Rights: Reckoning, developed by Rebellion in the UK, is planned for release on the PSP in the winter of 2005.
Dead to Rights: Reckoning returns to crime-infested Grant City, as an important informant is kidnapped on the eve of the investigation of a major crime lord. Anticipating the worst if the crime boss is not brought to justice, Jack Slate and his K-9 companion Shadow thrust themselves into hostile gang territory to save the informant and bring peace to the city. Dead to Rights: Reckoning takes full advantage of the gaming power of the PSP, delivering advanced 3D graphics, surround audio design, and an advanced camera system that utilizes the handheld's widescreen display.
Dead to Rights: Reckoning expands upon the blistering action of the series with a robust ranged and melee fighting system that allows Jack to spit lead and bust heads with ease, and an all-new selection of weapons and lethal disarms. Players will also have unprecedented control of Shadow, utilizing him to watch Jack's back and unleash savage canine fury on lowlife thugs. For the first time in the series, Dead to Rights: Reckoning allows players to go head to head through wireless multiplayer death matches, adding hours of replay value to an already extensive single player campaign.
About Namco Limited
Namco, with headquarters in Japan was established in 1955 and has consistently provided a high level of expertise in the entertainment industry. With games such as TekkenTM, Ridge RacerTM, Time CrisisTM and SoulcaliburTM, Namco has become a successful developer and publisher, esteemed throughout the world for the games of excellent quality it has produced.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk/press. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press.
UK-based computer games super-developer Rebellion was established in 1991 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley.
Rebellion has developed such games as the double BAFTA-nominated Aliens Vs. Predator for 20th Century Fox on the PC, which was launched to worldwide acclaim in 1999 and reached the number one slot in games charts throughout the world. Recent games include World War Zero, Delta Force: Urban Warfare, Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf and Tiger Woods' PGA Tour Golf.
In June 2000 Rebellion purchased 2000 AD and its entire character portfolio. In November 2003, Rebellion launched Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death on PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC CD ROM and GameCube.
2005 releases are Sniper EliteTM for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC CD ROM, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down for PlayStation 2 and Dead To Rights: Reckoning for PSP. Rebellion is currently producing Rogue Trooper, its second 2000AD character game for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, due for release in 2006.