REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - September 28, 2005 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today shipped the official video game based on Aardman Animations' and DreamWorks Animation's upcoming movie, "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit," for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. With free-roaming environments, inventive action, clever gadgets, and humorous visuals, the game reproduces the distinctive look of the film and emulates the zany world of Wallace and Gromit.
The cheese-loving Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his loyal dog, Gromit, make their silver screen debut in "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit," a tale of giant vegetables, terrifying lupine beasts, and inventions gone awry. The film centers on the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, which Wallace and Gromit have been protecting with their latest 'Anti-Pesto' company as they attempt to keep rabbits away from the would-be winning vegetable. However, a huge, veg-eating beast starts to terrorize the neighborhood by destroying the prize exhibits and Wallace and Gromit are hired to save the day.
Konami's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit video game closely follows the events of the film and includes creative input from director, Nick Park. Additionally, players can use a two-player cooperative mode in the game to guide any pairing of Wallace, Gromit or their rabbit friend, Hutch, through huge areas. Players are given free reign of the areas as they attempt to solve the problems of the Giant Vegetable Competition. Their mission takes them from the seaside to suburbia as they venture out at night to confront the beast responsible for the vegetable-based carnage.
"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit brings the hilarious world of Wallace and Gromit to life," said Erica Mason, Group Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment - America. "The world is at the player's disposal and they will be challenged to save the town's vegetables through whatever means possible."
Gamers will play as one of three playable characters in ridding the town of its rabbit infestation. Through quickplay mode, a second player can join and leave the game at any point to help save the town without interrupting gameplay. As they travel through free-roaming landscapes players will use a multitude of innovative gadgets. Facing an array of challenges, gamers will meet and interact with characters from the film alongside an extensive new cast of Aardman characters. Each character has a series of challenging tasks to perform and can earn valuable anti-pesto cards. Collect anti-pesto cards to unlock new content and an information system. Enhancing the excitement is entry into the Fairgrounds where players can try the attractions, ride the rides, and even fly the plane in a gripping finale shoot-out.
The game is developed in the United Kingdom by Frontier Development, the makers of previous of Wallace & Gromit video games as well as the acclaimed Roller Coaster Tycoon series.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit is available for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for the SRP $39.99 and rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information on the game, please visit: www.konami.com/gs.
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