URLINGAME, CA --July 22, 2005 -- This week, video gamers will get their chance to become Rome's finest warrior in KOEI's latest action title, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM. Today, video game publisher KOEI announced that COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM has shipped and is available at most video game retailers throughout North America. The gladiator-themed action game is exclusive to the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment
"We've enjoyed success with other historical action games this year and COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is proving to be a great summer diversion
with its rich variety of gameplay," said Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for KOEI Corporation. "Whether you're trading blows in the game's brutal Battle Royals or fighting to the death in two-player duels, you'll find COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM to be a guilty pleasure."
Got-next.com is already calling COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM, "the best gladiator simulator on the market." Gamershell.com says it's "an inspiring action title that will captivate you through its dramatic storyline. 8.8 out of 10"
Consumers can learn more about COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM by visiting the game's official minisite at www.koei.com, and the Official Game
Developer's Blog on 1UP.com (http://colosseum-dev.1up.com/)
About COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM
With second century Rome serving as its backdrop, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM takes gamers back in time and into the sandals of a slave turned
gladiator. Players will experience first-hand the thrill of fighting in the violent and often gruesome spectacles of gladiatorial combat. In between battle days, players are taken to the gladiator training ground. There, gladiators will master fighting techniques, earn points, and increase their status by engaging in a rigorous training regimen.
The Colosseum is a world unto itself with many challenges. In the game's six styles of battle, players will fight man and beast, or reenact glorious military victories true to history. Key features of COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM include multiple battle styles, including bouts with tigers and bulls, a weapon and armor purchase and upgrade system, and a dynamic 360 degree fighting system.
Developed by GOSHOW and licensed to KOEI Co., Ltd, by ERTAIN Corporation, COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is published by KOEI Corporation in North America. COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is a 1-2 player game, and is rated "M" (Mature- Blood, Violence) by the Entertainment Software
About the Development Team - GOSHOW Inc.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, GOSHOW is comprised of team members who love games and continuously pursue the theoretical studies of entertainment.
They are craftsmen who have chosen video games as the medium to demonstrate their expertise. They influence each other and strive to produce entertainment products that are perfect in every aspect.
About KOEI Corporation
KOEI Corporation, the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan, established operations in 1988. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company is now in its seventeenth year and is recognized as a leading content provider in the highly competitive video game industry.
KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand for Strategy and Simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Dynasty Warriors(r) series has generated more than 7 million units in sales worldwide since its first release for the PlayStation game console in 1997.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2004, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $270 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The company constantly seeks the fine balance between entertainment, technology, art and education. More information about KOEI's products can be found on the Internet at www.koei.com, www.koei.co.uk, and www.koei.co.jp.
COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM (c)2005 ERTAIN Corporation. All rights reserved. COLOSSEUM: ROAD TO FREEDOM is a trademark of ERTAIN Corporation. Developed by GOSHOW. Licensed to KOEI Co., Ltd. Published by KOEI Corporation. Dynasty Warriors and the KOEI logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KOEI Co., Ltd. Dynasty Warriors (c)2005 KOEI Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.