LOS ANGELES (April 7, 2005) â€“ Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the development of CrashÂ¢Ã¢ Tag Team Racing for the PlayStationÂ¢Ã§2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ¢Ã§ video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeÂ¢Ã¢ and Nintendo DSÂ¢Ã¢. Developed by Radical EntertainmentÂ¢Ã¢, creators of the critically-acclaimed The Simpsons: Hit & RunÂ¢Ã¢, and Sensory Sweep (Nintendo DS version,) the newest addition to the best-selling video game franchise will give players a unique racing experience and allow them to continue the adventure on foot with out-of-car action. For the first time ever in a racing game, players will be able to fuse two cars together on the fly to form a super vehicle with the all-new Â¡Â°clashingÂ¡Â± technology.
In Crash Tag Team Racing, players can combine their car with an opponentÂ¡Â¯s mid-race to make a super-car equipped with a powerful turret gun. When clashed, players can either get behind the wheel and drive or fire an onboard weapon. Each character has his or her own uniquely deadly 360Â¢Âª rotating turret. Players can continue the action out of the car where they can explore the entire world on foot and collect upgrades for their cars and unlock bonus tracks.
Crash Tag Team Racing features split-screen multiplayer for up to eight players with system link on all consoles, and wirelessly supports up to four on the Nintendo DS.
Â¡Â°WeÂ¡Â¯re thrilled to give Crash BandicootÂ¢Ã§ fans another hilarious adventure with the irrepressible marsupial,Â¡Â± said Ian Wilkinson, President, Radical Entertainment. Â¡Â°The development team showed off its ability to create a break-out vehicle-based game with The Simpsons: Hit & Run and is set to deliver another innovative and wildly fun title in Crash Tag Team Racing.Â¡Â±
Penned by Crash TwinsanityÂ¢Ã¢ writer Jordan Reicheck, best known for his work on Ren & Stimpy, Crash Tag Team Racing brings the trademark Crash Bandicoot humor to new levels. After being humiliated yet again by Crash Bandicoot at the end of Twinsanity, Dr. Neo Cortex returns to his evil scheming in his dilapidated Iceberg Lair. He hatches a sinister plan to challenge Crash to a seemingly friendly race competitionÂ¡Â¦with plans of crushing the hapless bandicoot under the ruins of the hazardous racetrack!
Crash Tag Team Racing will be available at retail in Fall 2005 for a suggested retail price of $39.99 (Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube) and $29.99 (Nintendo DS).
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Radical Entertainment is one of North AmericaÂ¡Â¯s largest game developers. With more than a decade of hit titles like The Simpsons: Hit & Run, The HulkÂ¢Ã¢, and soon to be released ScarfaceÂ¢Ã¢, the studioÂ¡Â¯s commitment to partners and players continues to set Radical apart. The studio treats each property with the reverence it deserves and gamers demand. Radical brings the talent, tools and technology together to create entertainment that captures the worldÂ¡Â¯s imagination.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)
Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, and also holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard EntertainmentÂ¢Ã§, Radical Entertainment, SierraÂ¢Ã§ Entertainment and Massive EntertainmentÂ¢Ã¢. VU GamesÂ¡Â¯ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ¢Ã§, StarCraftÂ¢Ã§, DiabloÂ¢Ã§ and World of WarcraftÂ¢Ã¢ from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash BandicootÂ¢Ã§, Spyro The DragonÂ¢Ã§, Empire EarthÂ¢Ã§, Leisure Suit LarryÂ¢Ã¢, Ground ControlÂ¢Ã§ and TribesÂ¢Ã§. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.