LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2005) â€“ Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the shockingly gritty first-person shooter Cold Winterâ„¢ has shipped to retail nationwide, and will be fully distributed in stores by June 1. Developed exclusively for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the intense first-person shooter (FPS) action thriller immerses gamers in a modern and deep story set in the shadowy world of international espionage.
â€œCold Winter is a visceral and tactile shooter that brings the precision, feedback and pacing of traditional PC FPS combat to the PlayStation 2,â€ said Philip W. Oâ€™Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. â€œThe impressive technology, realistic plot and beautifully lifelike elements provide gamers with a truly immersive and engaging sense of being right in the action.â€
In Cold Winter, the player is Andrew Sterling, a disavowed British MI6 agent who does what it takes and is prepared to kill in good conscience. Gamers will experience incredibly realistic interaction throughout highly-detailed and life-like environments, featuring real-world physics, searching fallen enemies and manipulating objects to use as cover. As players encounter intelligent adversaries, they can choose from an arsenal of over 30 weapons which inflict extremely graphic zone-specific body damage and produce realistic rag-doll death animations. The original storyline -- set in 2002 and written in collaboration with noted author Warren Ellis -- is revealed through beautiful and dramatic cinematics.
Cold Winter will also feature multiplayer support (headset enabled) with up to eight-player online multiplayer action powered by GameSpy, or up to four-player split-screen off-line mode. Players can choose from six multiplayer game modes, over 30 player skins and 12 maps, as well as set the parameters to customize games.
All multiplayer game modes have team versions and include the following:
Â§ Deathmatch â€“ Only kills matter in this mode.
Â§ King of the Hill â€“ Race against other players to â€œcapture the hill.â€
Â§ Flag Tag â€“ Find the flag and hold onto it for as long as possible.
Â§ Domination â€“ Capture, defend and retain the most Objective Points in the level.
Â§ Last Man Standing â€“ Outshoot, outplay and outlast opponents to win.
Â§ Head Match â€“ Gruesome variation of Flag Tag where players try to get â€œahead.â€
Developed by U.K.-based Swordfish Studios, Cold Winter is currently available in North America on PlayStation 2 for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and with an ESRB â€œMâ€ for Mature rating.
For more classified information, visit www.coldwinter.com.
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 BlizzardÂ® Entertainment, Radical Entertainmentâ„¢, SierraÂ® Entertainment and Massive Entertainmentâ„¢. VU Gamesâ€™ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, DiabloÂ® and World of Warcraftâ„¢ from Blizzard; Crash BandicootÂ®, Spyro The DragonÂ®, Empire EarthÂ®, Leisure Suit Larryâ„¢, Ground ControlÂ® and TribesÂ®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.