READING (June 22, 2005) â€“ Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) will bring Sierra Entertainment's CrashTM Tag Team Racing, a humorous action/racing game starring Crash Bandicoot, to the PSPTM (PlayStationÂ®Portable) system this Autumn. Developed by VU Games' Radical EntertainmentTM studio, creators of the critically-acclaimed The Simpsons: Hit & RunTM, the newest addition to the best-selling Crash BandicootÂ® video game franchise will combine crazy combat racing with on-foot exploration and adventure while taking advantage of all of the advanced technology of the PSP system.
"Crash Tag Team Racing on the PSP system will give Crash Bandicoot fans a hilarious and unique racing game that they can take with them wherever they go," said Ian Wilkinson, President, Radical Entertainment. "Crash Tag Team Racing will use all of the technological advancements of the PSP system -- including wireless multiplayer and advanced graphics -- to create a game unlike any other on the system, one that combines intense combat racing, player cooperation, great humor and on-foot exploration."
In Crash Tag Team Racing, players will be able to "Clash" their car with an opponent's mid-race, fusing the two together to create 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 360-degree 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 for the PSP system will take advantage of the technical innovations of the device, including advanced portable graphics and wireless multiplayer modes. Players will be able to play against one another through a wireless connection in Co-op Mode, where two players join and race together in a permanently clashed vehicle to race and combat other players, as well as Tournament Mode, where each player competes alone in a series of races to determine the ultimate winner.
CrashTM Tag Team Racing is the perfect game for Crash fans young and old, featuring hilarious gameplay and challenges fit for all levels of players. Penned by writer Jordan Reicheck, best known for his work on Ren & Stimpy, Crash Tag Team Racing brings the trademark Crash Bandicoot humor to new levels.
About Crash Tag Team Racing for the PSP System
After being humiliated yet again by Crash Bandicoot at the end of Twinsanity, Dr. Neo Cortex returns to his evil scheming to challenge Crash to a seemingly friendly race competition...with plans of crushing the hapless bandicoot under the ruins of the hazardous racetrack! Crash Tag Team Racing for the PSP system is expected to be available in Autumn 2005.
Radical Entertainment is one of North America's largest game developers. With more than a decade of hit titles like The Simpsons: Hit & Run, The HulkTM, and soon to be released ScarfaceTM, the studio'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 world'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®, Radical Entertainment, SierraÂ® Entertainment, Massive EntertainmentTM and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, DiabloÂ® and World of WarcraftTM from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash BandicootÂ®, Spyro The DragonÂ®, Empire EarthÂ®, Leisure Suit LarryTM, Ground ControlÂ® and TribesÂ®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.