San Francisco, CA – February 22, 2005 – Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that America’s ArmyÂ®: Rise of a Soldier™ will be available in summer 2005 for the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system and the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft. Ubisoft and the U.S. Army are working together to develop a new and unique experience for console gamers that features all the action-packed realism that players have come to expect from the America’s Army game brand. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the vast military expertise of the U.S. Army, Ubisoft is creating the most authentic military console game to date by incorporating true-to-life character progression via an all-new Career mode and gameplay.
About America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier
Built in partnership with the U.S. Army, and developed by Secret Level, America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier offers the most true-to-life Army experience, allowing you to create a soldier and take him through the thrills and adventure of an army career. Intense single-player missions and high-adrenaline multiplayer action build the skills of your soldier and advance him through his career.
•Unique Career Mode: Unparalleled character customization allows you to create a soldier and take him throughout his career – from recruit to Special Forces team leader.
•Exclusive U.S. Army License: Real Special Forces operatives are consulting with game designers to ensure the highest level of realism in any military console game in existence. Authentic weapons, equipment, and combat situations come straight from the U.S. Army subject matter experts.
•Play it your way: America’s Army has no linear campaign design; players can choose their own career paths. You can focus on certain army roles (marksman or grenadier for example), or experience different roles in your goal to achieve Special Forces qualification.
•Intense military action: Quick reflexes, strategic planning and the use of teamwork are mandatory to succeed in army missions, which plunge you into ultra-realistic combat scenarios.
•Multiplayer: America’s Army will offer a top-notch multiplayer experience with up to 16 players online as well as split-screen cooperative play mode. Career mode will also be brought to online play, allowing players to create and build online characters.
About the U.S. Army:
Through the teamwork efforts of the more than 1.2 million Soldiers in the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, the U.S. Army is the world's relevant and ready land force. Today's Army Soldiers are on the frontline in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism in missions like OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and joint-service missions for the Department of Defense. The Army will be 230 years old June 14. For more information on the Army, go to www.goarmy.com or www.army.mil.
About Secret Level:
Secret Level, Inc., is a growing company balancing tool, technology and title development for the console game industry. Founded in 1999, has both shipped game titles with publishing partners Atari and LucasArts Entertainment Company, as well as, developed technology for partners such as Epic Games and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. is a licensed developer for Xbox, Sony PlayStationÂ®2 and Nintendo GameCube, and holds "Tools & Middleware" licenses for notable platforms such as Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 2. Additional info is available through website at www.secretlevel.com.
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Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide. Ubisoft is the fastest growing company in the videogame industry and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of â‚¬ 508 million for the 2003–2004 fiscal year, an increase of 22.5 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.