SAN FRANCISCO (May 13, 2005) - SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. today announced its fall and winter lineup of entertainment titles to be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2005. Extending its reach as an independent content publisher, SEGA will feature titles developed for a broad base of home and handheld platforms including the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxTM video game system from MicrosoftÂ®, Nintendo GameCubeTM, Game BoyÂ® Advance, Nintendo DSTM, the PSPTM portable entertainment system, PC, and the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. SEGA's booth will be located in South Hall, #924, Los Angeles Convention Center.
SEGA of America is introducing two original Xbox 360 games; both playable at E3. Condemned: Criminal Origins is a first-person psychological thriller featuring photorealistic graphics, advanced enemy AI, and a strong dose of atmospheric tension. The hunt for a notorious serial killer offers gamers melee/firearm combat and game environments that are unpredictable and terrifyingly real. Full Auto redefines combat racing with physics technology that enables bigger crashes and the most destructive play experience ever captured in the racing genre. Amazingly detailed vehicles race through packed city streets with guns blazing, laying spectacular waste to opposing vehicles and buildings that get in their way.
SEGA is also fully supporting PC, handheld, and current-generation users with AAA titles like Spartan: Total Warrior (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube), Shadow The Hedgehog, Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP portable gaming system), and Phantasy Star Universe (PlayStation 2, PC). And on the first day of E3, SEGA will announce two new additions to the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise.
"Backed by strong development teams and an exciting lineup of playable content, SEGA is poised to assume a leadership position at the beginning of a new hardware lifecycle," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "And throughout 2005, current-generation systems will play host to a solid lineup of SEGA titles, representing new intellectual properties and some of our most popular established franchises."
SEGA's lineup of entertainment games to be featured at E3 includes, but is not limited to, titles listed below.
Condemned: Criminal OriginsTM (Xbox 360): Developed by award-winning Monolith Productions, Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience an unnatural level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, melee combat, and firearms to track a serial killer and bring him to justice. Presented in a first-person view for maximum visceral effect, this atmospheric thriller is best played with the surround-sound up and the lights off.
Full AutoTM (Xbox 360): Combine fully-automatic, weapon-equipped vehicles with highly detailed and interactive urban environments and you have Full Auto, the most destructive racing action ever experienced in a video game. Players can choose from a wide selection of unique vehicle designs, arm them with any combination of deadly weapons, and maneuver out of tight spots with the unique 'unwreck' play mechanic.
Gunstar Super HeroesTM (Game Boy Advance): Gunstar HeroesTM, one of the most critically acclaimed 2D games of all time, is finally receiving a sequel, and it's being developed by Treasure, the legendary team responsible for the original. In this intense side-scrolling shooter, Blue and Red (the lead characters) must once again keep a crystal of great power from falling into the hands of an evil empire intent on resurrecting the God of Ruin.
NHL Eastside Hockey ManagerTM 2005 (PC): The second in the series, NHLTM: Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 is a comprehensive ice hockey management simulation featuring more than 15 playable leagues, a comprehensive database of 3,200 teams and over 32,000 players and staff â€“ all listed in minute detail with more than 50 attributes each.
Phantasy StarTM Universe (PlayStation 2, PC): This enormous game offers two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action-adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component. In offline mode, this action-RPG offers more than 40 hours of gameplay, an emotionally engaging story, traditional cut scenes, and strong character development. In online mode, players are given the opportunity to travel with a squad of other adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of players, and build their unique avatars into powerful warriors
Shadow The HedgehogTM (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube): From his first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2TM to his most recent role in Sonic HeroesTM, Shadow has emerged as one of the most popular characters in the Sonic The Hedgehog universe. And now, he is headlining his own game. Shadow The Hedgehog boldly combines the excitement of high-speed action-platformers with the intensity of third-person shooters. Hero or Villain? You decide.
Shining ForceTM Neo (PlayStation 2): Moving away from the methodical gameplay of prior Shining Force strategy-RPGs, Shining Force Neo is a fast-paced action-adventure. Real-time combat creates a deeper sense of personal involvement in battles, and the presence of more than 90 enemies on screen at once ratchets up the grand scale that the Shining Force games are known for.
Spartan: Total WarriorTM (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube): This action epic lets players fight within massive cinematic battles as a fighter known only as The Spartan. Spartan: Total Warrior runs on proprietary software technology that makes it possible to present more than 170 detailed warriors simultaneously engaged in pitched combat.
Virtua TennisTM: World Tour (PSP portable): Virtua Tennis: World Tour features an array of internationally ranked tennis pros, as well as a new make-your-own player option, exclusive mini-games, and original courts. Wi-Fi gameplay is also supported, encouraging up to 4 friends to play together.
Worldwide Soccer ManagerTM 2006 (PC): Developed for the PC and Mac by UK developer Sports Interactive, creators of the highly popular Championship ManagerTM series, Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 represents the next evolution in fantasy sports by enabling gamers to control all team-related activities for their favorite pro or semi-pro franchise in the U.S. as well as 50 other countries across the world.
About SEGAÂ® of America
SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.sega.com/usa.