SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 3, 2005) – Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today it has partnered with Hori (U.S.A.), Inc., a Japan-based peripherals manufacturer, to offer a limited edition TEKKENÃ‚Â® 5 premium bundle set to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the fighting franchise. The bundle will retail for $99.99 and include a copy of the game, a Hori customized peripheral and a special six-disc collectors DVD case for storage of all games in the TEKKEN franchise. Developed exclusively for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, both TEKKEN 5 and its limited edition premium bundle will be available in stores in Q1 2005.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Hori and are confident this limited edition bundle set offers gamers the most complete and definitive TEKKEN 5 game play experience,” said Garry Cole, Executive Vice President at Namco Hometek Inc.
The TEKKEN 5 limited edition peripheral offers highly accurate controls replicating the arcade game play experience currently found on the coin-op version of TEKKEN 5.
Partnering again for release in the United States, Namco and Hori previously collaborated on the release of a limited edition Flightstick 2 bundle set for ACE COMBAT?5: The Unsung War in 2004.
“With so many peripherals in existence, we are committed at Hori to delivering the most unique and highest quality products available for gamers,” said Ray Hiyoshi at Hori (U.S.A.), Inc. “Our newest peripheral was designed for TEKKEN 5 and those who love the best fighting game franchise of all time.”
The TEKKEN 5 premium bundle set will be available at a limited quantity of 20,000 at specialty retailers beginning on the launch day of the software. As part of the pre-order program at Electronics Boutique, GameStop and Game Crazy, players will receive a collector’s edition art book that features the art of TEKKEN spanning the 10-year history of the franchise. The book is available while supplies last and delivered upon purchase of the game.
Renowned for its variety of characters, amazing graphics and lightning-paced game play, TEKKEN 5 promises to deliver the ultimate, most visually stunning fighting game experience ever seen in a TEKKEN game. TEKKEN 5 brings back the popular cast of characters from the previous TEKKEN games, along with three new characters, for a total of 20 default characters to start and more to unlock as players progress in the game. TEKKEN 5 allows players to use their fight money to customize their characters with various accessories such as hats, glasses and an assortment of different costumes. Each of the new characters is equipped with a variety of deadly techniques, and the returning characters have been updated with new moves and attack combinations.
For more information on TEKKEN 5, please visit www.namco.com.
About the TEKKEN Series
TEKKEN was the first title to launch Namco’s legacy in the fighting game genre. Featuring an intriguing story with various stylistic characters and high-end graphics, TEKKEN became an instant success in the arcades and later was developed for the PlayStationÃ‚Â® and PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment systems. Sales of the TEKKEN franchise have surpassed 20 million units worldwide.
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: TekkenÃ‚Â®, SOULCALIBURÃ‚Â®, Dead to RightsÃ‚Â®, Pac-Man World?, Ridge RacerÃ‚Â®, Time CrisisÃ‚Â® and ACECOMBAT?. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.
About Hori (U.S.A.) Inc.
Hori Co. Ltd. is one of the oldest console peripheral makers in the world, with business operations existing in Japan for more than 20 years. The company develops a wide range of peripherals, including regular controllers, specialty controllers, memory cards, cables and remote controls. The company’s products are licensed by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo for the Japanese market. In January 2004, Hori Co. Ltd. opened a U.S. office, Hori (U.S.A.) Inc., to expand its business efforts worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.hori.jp/us/.
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