Konami Announces Plans to Publish Death, Jr. For the PSP Handheld Entertainment System
Company: Konami
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 27, 2005 – Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced plans to publish Death, Jr., one of the most highly anticipated titles for the forthcoming PSP™ handheld entertainment system. Already creating a buzz in the video game industry for its surprising amount of visual effects, including a unique particle-effect system and sophisticated 3D engine which provide some of the best graphics on the PSP handheld system, Death, Jr. is emerging as a must-have title for SCEA’S new portable gaming system.

“Death, Jr. is a groundbreaking title for the new PSP handheld system and a perfect compliment to the Konami catalog of video games,” said Dennis Lee, product manager at Konami Digital Entertainment - America. “Death, Jr.’s unique character design and engaging storyline about the mischievous son of the Grim Reaper is a fresh and original concept that has never been approached before and will appeal to a wide variety of gamers.”

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Death, Jr., seamlessly blends first-person shooter elements with third-person platforming action that serves up a large dose of intense gameplay and weapon-heavy combat. The game stars Death, Jr., a mischievous youngster who is armed with a mighty scythe, which serves as both a weapon and unique platforming tool.

Death, Jr. embarks with his friends on a school fieldtrip to the local museum. When the group sneaks away to explore on their own, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil force from a mysterious locked box. Facing near insurmountable odds and the threat of being grounded and sent to military school, Death, Jr. and his pals must fight hoards of demons and their wicked master Moloch through the museum and surrounding town before anyone else finds out.

In order to avoid being punished for his mischief, and to save his friends from eternal suffering at the hands of Moloch, Death, Jr. must eliminate the evil demon scourge that has taken over the town. Armed with his scythe and an arsenal of guns and explosives, Death, Jr. will battle through numerous action-filled levels towards a final confrontation with Moloch himself.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Konami,” said Andrew Ayre, President of Backbone Entertainment. “Konami’s experience in successfully launching new franchise titles is second to none, and we can’t imagine a better publishing partner on Death, Jr.”

Death Jr. is well on its way to becoming a cross-media phenomenon. In addition to being one of the first announced titles for the PSP handheld system, Death, Jr. has a comic book published by Image Comics™, a toy and collectibles line by Gentle Giant™ and a forthcoming movie currently in production.

Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation’s action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/gs.

Death, Jr., the Death, Jr. character, and the Pandora characters are trademarks of Backbone Entertainment. All rights reserved © 2004, Backbone Entertainment. KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION. KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks and PSP is a trademark of SCEI.
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Game: Death, Jr. (PSP)