SANTA CLARA, Calif. (October 18, 2005) â€“ Leading video games developer Namco Hometek, Inc. announced today that their World War II sniping simulation Sniper Elite(TM) has shipped to retail stores for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. Position yourself behind enemy lines on a top-secret mission to prevent the advancing Soviet army from obtaining valuable nuclear intelligence from war-torn Berlin in this realistic sniper game developed in the UK by Rebellion. Featuring detailed sniper techniques and four modes of online and offline game play, Sniper Elite is rated M for mature.
Sniper Elite immerses players in the ruins of Berlin in 1945 as a vital member of an invisible, elite American special forces group with the primary goal
of preventing the Russian army from obtaining atomic research from the Germans. In taking aim at the enemy from long range, gravity, heart rate, wind speed and direction, breath, posture, and other factors must be considered for players to hit their mark. Across 28 grueling missions, players can also search the bodies of their fallen enemies for additional close range firepower, such as machine guns, dynamite and deadly trip grenades. The advanced artificial intelligence in Sniper Elite will require players to continually devise new tactics for survival, as enemies will flank the player, take cover and even form groups to attack in numbers.
â€œSniper Elite harnesses the intensity of World War II Berlin by positioning players in the midst of an international struggle for German nuclear
intelligence,â€ said Jeff Lujan, business director at Namco Hometek, Inc. â€œThe advanced sniping mechanics and sophisticated AI add to the realism of the game, making players feel the chaos and danger of fighting behind enemy lines.â€
Intrepid freedom fighters can also take Sniper Elite online in the gameâ€™s different multiplayer modes. In a variety of team and deathmatch modes, players will engage in a unique game of cat and mouse as they stealthily pursue opponents, seek out optimal sniping position and search for the enemy in their sights.
For more information on Sniper Elite, please visit www.namco.com.
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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. Recent releases include Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf, World War Zero and Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. Amongst other titles Rebellion is currently producing Rogue Trooper for Eidos, and working on its Next Generation of hit titles.
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: Tekken(R), SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man World(TM), Ridge Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(TM). For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.
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